Release Date: 13th December, 2019
Cast: Rani Mukerji
Director: Gopi Puthran
Producer: Aditya Chopra
Mardaani 2 Movie Review Rating: 3.5/5 Stars (Three and half stars)
Star Cast: Rani Mukerji, Vishal Jethwa
Director: Gopi Puthran
What’s Good: It just gives you a glimpse of what’s happening out there & still disturbs you to the core of your soul
What’s Bad: Still follows some cliches which could be overlooked for the message the film brings with itself
Loo Break: It’s just a little over 100 minutes & Rani will not allow you to leave your seats
Watch or Not?: Even if you’ve not seen the prequel, go for this without even thinking twice about it
It starts with ‘I know everything’ Shivani Shivaji Roy making a heroic entry to the crime scene. A girl is brutally raped and Shivani bashes her colleague for focusing on the media rather than the case. And she hates the reporters. Investigating the case, she opens up a couple of new ones. A psychopath named Sunny (Vishal Jethwa) is behind all this.
The second half of the film follows Tom & Jerry’s format between Shivani and Sunny. With the obligation of getting transferred, Shivani decides to wrap up this case before she’s gone for bad. The rest of the story is all about how and when she’ll get till Sunny.
Mardaani 2 Movie Review: Script Analysis
Gopi Puthran who penned the story for the prequel dons the double role also as a director for this one. The story follows a similar formula as part 1, with comparatively fewer twists. A psychopath villain who breaks the fourth wall is a very interesting idea, working in favour of the film. The twists penned to give chills land exactly where they should. Gopi manages to keep things in between, to maintain the gray on the canvas. It’s not as chaotic as a Black, not as soothing as a White.
My major problem is a movie like this needs to be treated raw. Can totally get the curse of ‘censor’ but then pen the situations accordingly. If you’re showing something brutal has happened with someone, show the brutal to connect the feeling. If you’re saying he’s a ‘chutiya’ just let it be, we don’t want a ‘dedh-shaana’ dubbed on it. It’ll restrict the target audience but it’ll give us the feeling to linger on for a longer time as compared to this. It goes into the ‘morality’ cliche zone at times, concluding with a whole news segment towards the end.
Mardaani 2 Movie Review: Star Performance
Rani Mukerji carries forward the fire in her from the prequel. She loves to be Shivani Shivaji Roy and that’s why it comes as so believable on screen. She deserved better dialogues but balances this liability with her act. Another memorable performance!
Vishal Jethwa brings in the chills to the narrative with his superlative performance. A brilliantly sketched character portrayed with an equal amount of creepiness. A mixture of sympathy & empathy, Vishal’s manipulative character Sunny is created to make you hate him. But, he somewhere has a bit of human alive in him which plays with your mind.
The supporting cast could’ve been better but the makers’ main focus is just on the above two leads.
Mardaani 2 Box Office Review: Star Cast: Rani Mukerji, Vishal Jethwa, Vikram Singh Chauhan, Shruti Bapna, Rajesh Sharma, Vishal Sudarshanwar, Deepika Amin
Director: Gopi Puthran
Mardaani 2 Box Office Review: Expectations
Mardaani starring Rani Mukerji as Inspector Shivani Shivaji Roy released back in 2014. The film took a slow start but thanks to its terrific content it got very positive word of mouth from audience and proved to be a sleeper hit.
Now with Mardaani 2, Rani is back in her cop avatar. Mardaani did a business of 36 crores 5 years back and since this one is second installment of franchise, the least expectations from the film can be to cross this mark.
Mardaani 2 Box Office Review: Impact
Shivani Shivaji Roy as Rani herself admitted in a recent interview she is not a Rohit Shetty film’s cop. She is a grounded character who doesn’t come all guns blazing, doesn’t beat 10s of goons single-handedly.
While making a larger than life cinema and presenting larger than life characters is difficult, it’s altogether a different and hard task to engage the audience when you take a simplistic and real approach.
Mardaani 2 as a sequel to Mardaani has again proved that if you have a conviction to tell an important story with a strong message with an equally engaging way, you can do it.
From the very first scene, the film Mardaani 2 creates an environment which is chilling to be precise. The introduction part of the antagonist is spine chilling and because he is introducing his personality traits himself to the audience, the impact just doubles up. You are scared and disgusted to the core in the first scene itself that you can’t imagine how things will unfold from here. It’s so tough to imagine how things will build up from here for the finale and how the finale will be. In your mind, you already start thinking the worst punishment for the antagonist.
The film starts building up till the last and it comes out as one of the best thrillers of recent times. The environment is so absorbing, the drama is so gripping that I was finding it difficult to take away my eyes from screens for a few seconds to note down key points related to the film. The screenplay is so tight and intelligent that its hard to praise it. The way the film’s writer Gopi Puthran has written a story in which the antagonist always stays around the protagonist and still manages to not come in her notice is so convincing that you will fall in love with it. And what a terrific build-up it creates for an equally amazing finale.
It’s just so delightful and fulfilling that you think the makers could’ve extended it for 5 more minutes. The film is made on true rape incidents so it’s also very relevant and connects just perfectly.
Rani Mukerji has done an excellent job and truly deserves the national award for this performance. Yes, I mean it! She gives her everything to the character of Shivani Shivaji Roy and makes her a memorable character. After this film, the audience will actually request her to come up with more Mardaani installments.
The villain! Vishal Jethwa as rapist and murdered will go down in the Indian cinematic
history as one of the best villains. He performs splendidly and is so perfectly cast that credit also goes to the casting director Shanoo Sharma. His eyes, his vocals and his body language is so on point that you just don’t look anywhere else when he is on the screen.
Rest of the cast is good too.
Gopi Puthran has given excellent direction and has brought a worthy sequel of Mardaani. He didn’t direct the first part but as he replaces Pardeep Sarkar for this film he makes sure he doesn’t leave any chance for complaints.
Mardaani 2 Box Office Review: Prospects
Mardaani 2 may not take a big opening but it will trend extremely well for at least one week. Dabangg 3 is releasing next week and Good Newwz is releasing next which will take away most of its screen space but it’s still very much capable of doing lifetime business in 50-60 crores range.
Since it’s a small film this kind of business will make it a clean hit.
Mardaani 2 Trailer Review: Rani Mukerji’s cop avatar of Shivani Shivaji Roy in Mardaani (2014) was loved by the audience. This acclaim was the reason that the film proved to be a sleeper hit and the makers planned a sequel. Now 5 years after Mardaani, the talented actress is actually coming with Mardaani 2 and it’s less than a month away from the release.
The trailer of Mardaani 2 was released recently and I must say it packs the punch. Last time Shivani Shivaji Roy busted the human trafficking racket and now she is chasing a brutal rape case. Rani Mukerji as Shivani promises equally intense performance and the trailer also promises a hard-hitting drama with realistic but powerful action. If Mardaani had Tahir Raj Bhasin playing an intriguing and powerful villain, this one seems to have got a darker antagonist.
Overall, Mardaani 2’s trailer successfully creates excitement around the upcoming film. Gopi Puthran has replaced Pradeep Sarkar as the director and he seems to have done pretty well. The film is slated to release on Dec 13 and will be eyeing for a decent start at the Box Office.
Produced by YRF, Mardaani 2 has been shot in Rajasthan. Talking about the dangerous societal issue of rape in India, Rani earlier said, “I’m hoping that the entire nation watches this film because it is inspired by some very disturbing true events that have happened around us wherein, crime has been committed by a someone you don’t even expect is capable of hurting anyone. Such crimes committed by juveniles is a reality and it is important for everyone to take note of this because it’s one of the biggest challenges and threats posed to society at large.”