REVIEW: Mardaani 2 - Has some good ideas but chooses to execute them in an old-fashioned way.

"A scene where the medical examiner and Rani converse about the wounds felt exactly like ACP Pradyuman and forensic expert Salunke conversing about how the perpetrator might have killed the victim in the CID."

Mardaani 2 movie cast: Rani Mukerji, Vishal Jethwa

Mardaani 2 movie director: Gopi Puthran

Rani Mukherjee reprises her role as the fearless, bold Shivan Shivaji Roy in Mardaani 2, certainly the protagonist which was needed. She becomes DSP in Kota this time and is handed a brutal rape case at the very beginning of her transfer. We get a close insight into the lust of the perpetrator finding his next target in the funfair at Dusshera. While the movie starts on the occasion Dusshera it ends on the occasion of Diwali.

I can almost see Sunny revisiting an Arjun Rampal dialogue “ Tumlog har saal Raavan ko isliye jalate ho kyuki tum Jante ho Woh Kabhi Nahi Marta.” in the movie Ra.One. The intention of the movies was great but it lacks the execution and what could have been great becomes just another example of good-idea-bad execution.

There is a sense of badass cop in her attitude but the way she approaches an investigation is old and almost extinct. Her investigation is based on ‘wild hunches’ without a single shred of concrete facts, like ACP Pradyumann in the famous CID TV Series gives away the whole origin of the criminal just based on his instincts, you can feel the same thing for the character of Shivani at many places. A scene where the medical examiner and Rani converse about the wounds felt exactly like ACP Pradyuman and forensic expert Salunke conversing about how the perpetrator might have killed the victim in the CID.

The movie plays a thrilling game of identifying the perpetrator, who stays close to the eyes of the police in the first half it looks like the police can never guess the real mastermind but in the second half the plot gives away the perpetrator in a very easy and silly manner, almost destroying everything the first half carefully build. The film could have been better and showed the intricate details of rape cases like the Netflix show Delhi Crime did but it chooses to give core attention to the sick mind of the villain.

The personality selection of almost everyone in the film is pretty common, a lot similar to Article 15. Few subordinates respect her and a senior inspector who badmouths her and you know always tries to point out the “women are weak scenario” in every situation or comments on the way these outsiders taught him to do his work, these comments are the only dialogues the Inspector Shekhawat gets which appear to be forceful at many places and thus this hinders the subtlety of the movie.

Vishal Jethwa ( Sunny) as a psychotic villain gives a remarkable performance, there is a swag, a unique way of how he chooses to disguise himself. His stochasticity in everything is a thing to watch out for, from choosing a rape victim to bullying a cop by painting her mirror with lipstick and stealing her saree, the way he paints his den and his victims with bloody wounds. He often breaks the fourth wall and tells us what he thinks about the women and how he can execute whatever he wants. He is like the junior Ramanna (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) in Raman Raghav 2.0.

The film chooses not to have any song which is good but I don’t know why it didn’t choose better background music. I remember I only heard two sorts of background music in the film which were very mundane and not suitable at many places. I liked the fact that movie is limited to a runtime of 103 minutes, the runtime favors the thrill of chase quite brilliantly.

The plot chooses to be open in showing the horrifying brutality of the crimes almost like every other cop centric drama nowadays which is good but in this movie it looks like a highly derived concept.

The movie certainly forgets about the rape crime data it shows in the beginning because it becomes a cat- and –mouse chase, investing ample amount of time on the perpetrator rather than reminiscing these data often and strongly raising the important question.