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Mardaani 2 Review

Mardaani 2
Punarvasu Pendse /
Can watch again
Good for kids
Good for dates
Wait for OTT
A crisply edited film that runs just over a hundred minutes is not the kind of fare we generally expect from Bollywood. Mardaani 2 gets rids of a lot of filmmaking clutter as it rushes towards the end credits, and we here at don't want to lag behind either.

Shivani Roy (Rani Mukherjee) is back, this time posted away from Mumbai, put in charge of the city of Kota, Rajasthan. This time around, she is on the trail of a violent rapist and murderer, who is shown to feel no remorse or regret. Political backing, and a twisted interest in being famous, have this monster of a man trying to both one-up and impress Roy whose public condemnation of his heinous acts makes her the number one target of his misogynistic rage.

This is a film that should come with a trigger warning, given it has some pretty graphic scenes of brutality. The movie grabs your attention very quickly with some sequences that make you recoil, drawing audible gasps from the audience within the first few minutes - its opening credits roll during a scene in which a woman is abducted and sexually assaulted.

Indeed, writer-director Gopi Puthran stomps upon the sensitivities of his viewers, purposefully, to showcase the discomfort that women regularly face in this country. The antagonist is also regularly made to break the fourth wall, making his character even creepier.

However, much of all that adds nothing that would make the viewer think. The tension in the beginning, too, unfortunately, does not last for the entirety of the movie. Mardaani 2's script falls into the trap of dramatising its message, despite having the right intentions. For all her tough-tackling demeanour, Mukherji's Shivani Roy has to resort to sermonising on television her responses to what is essentially bait masquerading as tough questions.

Roy is also meant to be the one shining light in a bumbling police department, her laconism and honesty cutting through the bullshit that is thrown at her. Despite this setup, however, the criminal seems to always be two steps ahead of her, and every encounter between them looks like it was on his terms.

Mardaani 2, its problematic title notwithstanding, essentially boils down to the differences between men and women, with the worrying view of singularly giving the audience an antagonist to hate rather than the larger, institutional issues that lie beneath it all. Bollywood is rarely interested in delving into the complexities of sensitive topics, something we mentioned when we reviewed Section 375, and Mardaani 2, despite its initial promise, goes down the same road.

Mardaani 2 also ends with statistics on sexual assault in India, adding, "It's time to do something about it." Yes, it is time to do something about it, but not through lynching or mob justice.

Watch Mardaani 2, by all means, but do think beyond.
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  • Cast
    Rani Mukerji, Vishal Jethwa, Avneet Kaur, Shruti Bapna, Rajesh Sharma, Tejasvi Singh Ahlawat, Pratyksh Rajbhatt, Prasanna Ketkar, Anurag Sharma, Sunny Hinduja, Sumit Nijhawan, Vikram Singh Chauhan, Deepika Amin, Vishal Sudarshanwar
  • Music
    John Stewart Eduri
  • Director
    Gopi Puthran
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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