Rani Mukerji has taken on effervescent roles in the past, but for her forthcoming film Mardaani, where the newly-married actress plays a police officer's role for the first time, she has shed frills and style to get under the character's skin. (Also read - Revealed: Rani Mukerji's Role in Mardaani)
In the Yash Raj Films (YRF) movie, produced by her husband Aditya Chopra, Rani plays Shivani Shivaji Roy, an astute police officer working in a unit of the Mumbai Crime Branch.
The raw and gritty film, a distinct departure from Pradeep Sarkar's style of filmmaking, will hit the screens on August 22.
In the newly launched poster, Rani sports a black kurta with her hair tied loosely, and she holds up a revolver with the confidence of any action hero that tinsel town has ever seen.
Describing the film and Rani's character, a statement from YRF read: "Deft at picking up hidden clues and fearless in confronting hardened criminals, Shivani stumbles into the world of debauchery, cruel desires and exploitation and onto a case that will change her life forever."
The film's story takes an interesting curve when a teenage girl is kidnapped by the child trafficking mafia and smuggled outside the city. Shivani then embarks on a relentless hunt for the girl and what follows is a cat and mouse game between the fearless cop and a ruthless mafia kingpin.