Director: Gopi Puthran
Mardaani 2 is the sequel to the 2014 film ‘Mardaani’ and Rani Mukerji once again reprises the role of the fearless cop Shivani Shivaji Roy and this time she faces a challenge from a psychotic and brutal young villain who kidnaps, rapes and murders young students in the town of Kota, Rajasthan.
Gopi Puthran’s film begins on high note hooking the audience in this chilling cat and mouse chase between Shivani Shivaji Roy and the scary young rapist-killer villain Sunny (Vishal Jethwa) and once he sets your eyes to the screen you do not want to miss or blink even for a moment.
The screenplay is gripping & thrilling and the pace makes sure it stays engaging from start to finish. The writers have made sure to keep reminding us of the gender inequality prevalent in many parts of the country and there couldn’t have been a better time to do that than now.
But what doesn’t make sense is after looking at Sunny’s troubled past life, you can’t help but question how is he way too smart than the police every time which doesn’t seem believable. What goes beyond logic and looks over the top is the villain eventually talking to the audience.
The film also presents almost every male character on screen stereotypically portraying all of them as misogynistic and insensitive towards the plight of women as one can be.
Rani Mukerji delivers a charismatic performance as a tough and bold S.P. who fights with a psycho villain playing a mind battle with her while going through the patriarchal behavior of her colleagues towards her at the same time. She is top-notch as an angry cop who is determined to catch the culprit and shines in every scene on screen.
The villain of the film and Rani’s opponent Sunny (Vishal Jethwa) manages to leave his impact as a young and atrocious psycho killer and delivers a chilling performance in his debut film. His acting is strong and he holds his ground with a performer like Rani in the film.
The background music of the film is chilling and adds to the thrill and suspense.
Overall, ‘Mardaani 2’ is a gripping and chilling film that manages to keep your eyes glued to the screen from the start with some strong and impressive performances from Rani Mukerji and the debutant Vishal Jethwa. Although stereotypical at parts, it is a story that stays with you and might even haunt you.