Movie Review : Mardaani 2 – Day 1709

By 13 December, 2019Films

 If the woman is so capable why call her Mardani?

 

Film: Mardani 2

Release: 13.12.2019

Producer: YRFilms

Director: Gopi Puthran

Cast: Rani Mukherji, Vishal Jethwa

Music: Annu Malik

 

Name: Shivani Shivaji Roy

Designation: Crime Branch, Senior Officer

Posting: 2014, Mumbai

Case: Child Trafficking

Details: Every 8 minutes a girl goes missing and every year 40,000 kids are kidnapped

Deadline: 30 days

Accomplishment: Organized gang busted

Team: Director Pradeep Sarkar, opponent, Tahir Raj Bassin

 

Six years later….

 

Name/ Designation: Shivani Shivaji Roy. Crime Branch Senior Officer

Posting: 2019, Kota, Rajasthan

Case: Serial rape and murder

Details: There’s a rape every 10 minutes, of the 2000 registered cases the perpetrators are minors.

This time Deadline: 48 hours

This time Team: Director Gopi Puthran, accused, Vishal Jethwa

 

Mardani 2 is a sequel of Yash Raj Films Mardani and is stronger and more effective than the prequel.

The opening shot giving a panoramic view of festive celebrations in Rajasthan is a treat to the eyes and amidst all the revelry you are introduced to the villain, Sunny/ Bajrang/ Vishal Jethwa looking for his next victim. He is self-assured and dangerous and is attracted to the strong and assertive women because he feels they have to be taught a lesson and he is the one who will do it, so Sunny lays the trap and when they fall for it he kidnaps them, tortures, assaults, abuses and finally murders them one by one!

Mardani 2 is a tale  of the rape victims between Dassehre  and Diwali, the story of Shivani Shivaji Roy/ Rani Mukherji and how she cracked the case with her team but most important, it a film that holds a mirror to our society where  women are still unequal to men.

Irrespective of whether she is in a position of power or not, working/ studying or even at home, she is molested in public space/ attacked in professional space and abused in personal space and Maardani 2 addresses that exploitation.

The merits of the film include the length/147 minutes, engaging screenplay, powerful dialogues, razor sharp editing, convincing action and impressive camera work so Gopi Puthran take a bow. The demerits are that the criminal is always able to strategize his plans even though he has no infrastructure or consistent resources. Shivani and team have a deadline of 48 hours and are on the field without a break but the strain and the exhaustion does not reflect in their appearance/body language or temperament.

Vishal Jethwa is energetic, unpredictable and the surprise packet of the film reminiscent of the menacing Shah Rukh Khan in Darr. Rani Mukherjee proves that she is as convincing wearing chiffon singing romantic songs in the Alps as dragging the villain by the collar and whipping him with a belt.

I have a complaint against producer Aditya Chopra; if you truly believe in the message of the film why title it Mardani? Think about it!

I rate Mardani 2 with 3.5 stars.

Bhawana Somaaya