Nature is always ready to protect itself against human invasion for a variety of reasons, some of which are examined in great length in Amit Masurkar’s Sherni (The Tigress). Sherni is set in the wilds of Madhya Pradesh in the middle of simultaneous human-animal conflict and internal strife in the Homo sapiens species between environmentalists and predators, with a plot and screenplay by Aastha Tiku and dialogues by Masurkar and Yashasvi Mishra. When a tigress assaults a villager in Vidya Vincent’s (Vidya Balan) area of operation, she is newly assigned as a Divisional Forest Officer. Vidya’s team works tirelessly to assuage the community’s anxieties and formulate solutions.
Vidya finds supporters in Hassan Noorani (Vijay Raaz), many personnel of her department, and destitute villagers who join them in keeping watch. Their mission is to transport the large cat to the national park before she is captured by a hunter or comes into contact with another innocent human. Sherni appears to be continuing Masurkar’s predilection for inserting humour into combustible situations, as he did with the riotous Sulemani Keeda, which debuted in 2014, and 2017’s Newton, in which the titular hero is dispatched to oversee an election in a conflict zone in Chhattisgarh. The first scene here features Hassan and Vidya’s employer. IMDB