The cycle of violence continues as the performances once again become the saving grace.
Director: Gurmmeet Singh, Mihir Desai
Cast: Pankaj Tripathi, Ali Fazal, Divyenndu Sharmaa, Shweta Tripathi, Rasika Dugal, Harshita Shekhar Gaur, Sheeba Chaddha, Rajesh Tailang, Amit Sial, Isha Talwar, Priyanshu Painyuli, Anjum Sharma, Vijay Varma
Mirzapur 2 picks up where it left off. The season came back to prime video on 23rd October. Watch the trailer here:
Guddu, Golu and Dimpy are on the run. Munna has made new enemies after turning a wedding into a massacre. He thinks himself to be immortal and dreams of ruling Mirzapur. Beena has her own scores to settle. Bahubali’s son wants to wreak havoc on his father’s killers.
In case it was not clear from the story, the show is about badla. Revenge. The first season ended on a violent note. Now, an injured Guddu and a hardened by circumstances Golu are left seeking vengeance. Most of the other subplots are also centered around a similar theme. In fact almost every character is looking to avenge either themselves or their loved ones.
The complaints raised during the first season vis a vis the production value seem to have been addressed. The set no longer looks like an Anurag Kashyap reject. The same however cannot be said for the story. The show seems to follow a formulaic story building process. Guns and violence check. Men with big egos check. Dialogues and “witty” one-liners check.
When J.K. Rowling started writing Harry Potter she spent the first few years determining the rules of the magic world. In this case there seems to be no code of conduct for the characters. Everything is fair game. You’re left confused as to who or what to root for.
The show also seems to be a few episodes too long. Perhaps it would have felt less messy had the makers decided to wrap it up in 7-8 episodes. However, the subplots feel overwhelming and hastily solved for the most part. The intense climax is predictable (and not in a good way). To be fair though, the show delivers what it said it would and that is hot headed violence. Once you learn to push away the feelings of deja vu you can give in to the mind numbing quality of the show and submit to its aggressive nature. Fans who liked the show for this very reason will not be left disappointed.
Yep, the cast gets their own section because they are the sole redeeming factor of the show.
Ali Fazal and Shwetha Tripathi play their respective characters with great conviction. Rasika Dugal is fantastic as the woman scorned. Although the character teeters on the edge of tokenism as the liberal, forward thinking woman with no depth in writing, it is saved by Rasika Dugal’s performance. Pankaj Tripathi plays the role of Kaleen Bhai with the effortless charm we have come to associate with the actor. Divyendu Sharma as Munna is equal parts evil and entertaining. Isha Talwar as Madhuri is an interesting addition and responsible for a major plot shift. And yet there is no character that you can align yourself with. No one to root for and no central theme to keep you grounded. Hence, the cycle of violence continues as the performances once again become the saving grace.
The advent of OTT platforms was celebrated and hailed as the new age of content as it did not conform to the over used, cliched tropes of Bollywood films. However, Mirzapur proves that web content is not free from it’s own stereotypes. The only difference is the sense of superiority in the latter.