Mardaani 2 review: Rani Mukerji steals the show in soul-stirring thriller

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Mardaani 2 is disturbing, chilling, heart-wrenching and makes you uncomfortable; and perhaps that’s what the makers intended to achieve through this edge-of-the-seat crime thriller. Written and directed by Gopi Puthran with Rani Mukerji in the lead role. Mardaani 2 highlights the gruesome crimes against women. But also delves deeper into issues such as women’s safety. Also, gender inequality, misogyny, and toxic masculinity

Superintendent of police, Shivani Shivaji Roy (Rani Mukerji) is out to capture a criminal (Vishal Jethwa) who rapes young women in a fit of rage before cruelly murdering them. The trouble is, he is always one step ahead of the cops. However, playing a cat-and-mouse game on his own terms.

Mardaani 2 highlights the gruesome crimes against women

Shivani comes with her own strengths — she has the knack of studying a crime scene in the most detailed manner, a trait that her male subordinates detest. In the chase that follows, you invested in finding out how. Also, Shivani will catch him before he lets the monster out again.

Mardaani 2 is not the first film to bring heinous crimes under the spotlight but it manages to tap into social consciousness given its timing. As the nation seethes after the horrendous rape and murder of a doctor in Hyderabad and its aftermath, the film once again takes us back to the brutality of such crimes and how we need a firm solution.

Cinema is the reflection of our society

A sequel to Pradeep Sarkar’s Mardaani (2014), that highlighted the issue of human trafficking, Mardaani 2 takes it a notch higher and duly delivers on the fact that cinema is the reflection of our society. It’s real, relatable and succeeds in evoking the desired angst in you.

Playing the top cop, Rani Mukerji looks convincing and impresses with her controlled performance from the word go. The expressions of anger and helplessness on her face resonate with you. She has some hard-hitting dialogues and manages to strike a fine balance between her duty and emotions, never going overboard.

Debutant Vishal Jethwa as the mysterious and egotist villain is spot-on. It’s not easy to deliver such a confident performance. Also, especially when you are cast opposite someone as seasoned as Rani but Vishal holds his own.

While Mardaani 2 makes you hate the perpetrator, it also shows the larger systemic problem that leads to hate crimes such as these. The director gives the bad guy a fairly believable back-story involving a troubled past and childhood making us go beneath the surface.

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