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Shabri promotion poster
Directed by Lalit Marathe
Produced by Ram Gopal Varma
Written by Lalit Marathe
Screenplay by Lalit Marathe
Story by Lalit Marathe
Music by Raju Singh
Cinematography Amit Roy
Edited by Avinash Walzade
Distributed by Reliance Pictures
Release date
  • 26 August 2011 (2011-08-26)
Country India
Language Hindi

Shabri is 2011 Hindi film directed by Lalit Marathe and produced by Ram Gopal Varma. It is about a woman, played by Ishaa Koppikar, who becomes the first female crime lady in Mumbai. The film was completed in 2005 and was showcased as the opening film at the Rome Film Festival, and was also premiered at the New York Asian Film Festival.[2][3] The film was officially released worldwide on 26 August 2011.[4]


The film starts with accidental death of Kisnya (younger brother of the villain), who insists that Shabri be handed over to Police for the murder of Inspector Khare, which Murad ( a friendly neighbor of Shabri family who is a bookie) forcefully opposes. Shabri is guilty of murder of a wicked police inspector (Khare) who tried to rape her in police station in front of her younger brother who has already been tortured by Khare. After killing Kisnya, Murad and Shabri (now both murderers) run away from Mumbai to a farmhouse uptown, but are nevertheless traced by Rajdar bhau's gang (who is even helped by a corrupt officer named Inspector Kadam). There is a shoot out. Murad gets shot and is captured by the gang (he is later put to death with two dozen bullets by an angry Rajdhar Bhau, who wants to avenge Kisnya's death). Shabri is taken to Kadam's flat where the drunk officer tries to rape her but Shabri again somehow manages to run away after shooting Kadam in foot and breaking a bottle of beer on his head.

Now another friend of the late Murad namely Vilas helps her. Here an interesting character, Irfan Kazi (played by Zakir Hussain) enters the story, interesting because it is not possible to make out if he is good or evil. Nevertheless, he is an encounter cop who is fed up with killing criminals and wishes to do something more creative for his own entertainment. He does this by giving Shabri inside knowhow of Rajdar Bhau's gang where unknown to the egotist Rajdar almost every one, by now fed up with selfishness of their boss, is standing on brink of rebellion. In the climax, Shabri at last comes face to face with Rajdar bhau and he is shocked to learn that Shabri is not there to beg for mercy but to kill him. Each gangster standing around them are now friends of Shabri and ready to kill Rajdar at her signal - their guns are pointed at Rajdar bhau (using her leadership qualities and Kazi's contacts she has convinced all of them that their future and well being is now in getting rid of Rajdar bhau and reorganizing under Shabri's being their chief under whom they will all work as equal partners ). Rajdar Bhau, with Shabri's approval shoots himself.

The movie ends with Shabri as a powerful chief, who kills Vilas but takes her mother with her to give her a better life.


  • Ishaa Koppikar .... Shabri
  • Manish Wadhwa .... Vilas
  • Pradeep Rawat .... Rajdhar Bhau
  • Raj Arjun .... Murad
  • Zakir Hussain .... Inspector Irfan Qazi
  • Vijay Kadechkar .... Bandya
  • Sanjay Kulkarni .... Inspector Kadam
  • Datta Sonawane .... Inspector Khare
  • Niraj Kumar .... Kisnya Bhau
  • Parvez Khan .... Rahuu
  • Mohit Dwivedi ... Arjun
  • Anshul Joshi .... Ram
  • Vimal Mhatre .... Shabri's Mother
  • Kishore Nandlaskar .... Shabri's Father
  • Ragesh Asthana .... Shardool Seth
  • Chandan Pethkar .... Nana
  • Archana Thavre .... Mrs. Khare
  • Pravesh Mishra .... Khare's Son
  • Urmila Matondkar .... Cameo


  • Ishaa Koppikar's make-up was so convincing that security and producers wouldn't let her enter the set, as they didn't recognize her.[5]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 May 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  2. ^ David (16 June 2006). "The Films of Ram Gopal Varma – An Overview". Cinema Strikes Back. Archived from the original on 25 July 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2009. 
  3. ^ Much-Delayed Shabri Gets A Sequel! | Box Office India : India’s premier film trade magazine
  4. ^ RGV: SHABRI is far superior to SATYA - bollywood news :
  5. ^ When Isha Koppikar was unrecognizable Archived 24 August 2006 at the Wayback Machine., ApunkaChoice, 25 April 2006

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