The first part of Mardaani came in the year 2014 which left the crowd thrilled with a good cop story with believable action scenes where cars don’t fly. You, know what we mean lol. So we expected more this time, obviously!
Mardaani 2 is based on (TW:) rape and murder. The movie starts with a good establishing shot and is based in Kota, Rajasthan. The whole movie is on the fact that juvenile rapists always escape the barricades of law, one way or another as the recent facts state that more than 2000 rape cases are committed by juveniles every year. In recent heartbreaking incidents of the Hyderabad and Unnao, this story stands even more significant.
In the first half of the movie, the cinematography is decent. Rani Mukherjee does a good job as usual, we can feel that’s she’s in showbiz for a long time now by the level of confidence she shows in her acting. The dialogues are crisp, understandable and holds a very firm ground. Though some dialogues appear loosely written and downright sound cringy. The suspense keeps us on our toes throughout the movie. Some scenes in the first half are downright gruesome and should’ve come with a separate trigger warning.
The main focus of the movie is the antagonist played by Vishal Jethwa who does a fantastic job. Jethwa, who we’ve seen before in small TV serials, holds this movie together with his amazing characterization. Without his character, this movie would have been just another Crime Patrol episode.
In the second half, the story seems a bit rushed owing to its story-line. But, it still keeps the audience on their toes. The second half is wittily written but some scenes look really overdone and unbelievable. One of the best things in the second half is Rani Mukerji’s one minute monologue bashing patriarchy in India that leaves a reporter awestruck in the movie. And, it also has quite a riveting but a bit predictable ending.
While every sequel gets compared to it’s first part, I shall abstain from doing so as this movie wasn’t anyway related to it’s first part. It was thrilling, nerve-racking and a good entertaining one-time watch for the weekend even though it had its share of mistakes which are negligible when it comes to the entertainment quotient of the film!