Star Cast: Rani Mukerji, Vishal Jethwa.
Writer: Gopi Puthran.
Music: John Stewart Eduri.
Director: Gopi Puthran.
Produced by: Aditya Chopra.
Production Company: Yash Raj Films.
With the second installment of the Mardaani franchise, Rani Mukerji makes a powerful comeback to the big screen with her brilliant performance in Mardaani 2. The first installment, released in the year 2014, focused on the issue of child trafficking and drug smuggling in India. The Mardaani team is back with its second installment which released 5 years later, written and directed by Gopi Puthran, focuses on rapes and murders taking place in the country. The movie is based in Kota, Rajasthan, a town where students from all over the country come to take IIT-JEE coaching. Rani Mukerji reprises her role as the top cop, Shivani Shivaji Roy, who is appointed in Kota, where the female students are being raped and brutally killed by a young ferocious psycho killer, Sunny (Vishal Jethwa) who challenges Shivani to stop him if she can. Will Shivani be able to catch Sunny? Will she win the game of cat and mouse? The thrilling suspense unfolds in the movie.
The movie is unapologetically grey, doesn't shy away from depicting all the cruel, unpleasant details about the crime scenes. It doesn't sugar coat anything. It has moments which will be extremely tough to watch but from a narrative point of view its effective in getting its point across.
Hats off to Gopi Puthran for creating niche drama with well- written screenplay that will keep glued on the screen till the end. The movie is just 1hr and 46 mins long thus it doesn't have time to stare its narrative into unnecessary sub-plot. There is no song in the film or some unwanted stupid romantic angle. It totally sticks to its subject matter. The Cinematography is outstanding. background score gels well with the mood of the film. Editing adds crispness to the pace not making you dissociate from the story. The movie also highlights several biasness females have to go through in the personal and professional front.
The performances are the biggest highlights of the movie. Rani Mukerji as Shivani gives a crackling performance, everything from her body language to the way she speaks, everything is spot on. She is blunt and fearless. Rani again proves that you cannot keep a good actor away for too long.
Another brilliant performance is of the debutant Vishan Jethwa who plays the antagonist Sunny, he is so good that you start hating him from the first frame itself. His exceptionally disgusting and wild in this film, truly justifying the script and characters demand. Kudos to the Yash Raj banner's strategy of not showing him much in the trailers, It effectively enhances the movie-watching experience.
The supporting actors also play their part effectively.
Grippingly fast-paced screenplay, Unpredictable twists, and the power-packed performances is the heart of the movie.
Mardaani 2 is truly Brilliant! Hard-Hitting!! Disturbingly Outstanding Crime Thriller !!!
Mardaani 2 has everything going in its favour. It conveys a message that we are now on the edge of this viciousness and it needs to be stopped
Truly a must watch!!
Star rating: ***