Mirzapur 2 Review: A revenge saga that turns into a blood-smeared hinterland!
Friday, October 23, 2020 16:46 IST
By Santa Banta News Network
Cast: Ali Fazal, Shweta Tripathi, Pankaj Tripathi, Divyendu, Vijay Varma, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Rasika Dugal, Harshita Gaur

Director: Karan Anshuman, Gurmmeet Singh & Mihir Desai

Platform: Amazon Prime

Rating: ***

'Hamara Naam Akhandanand Tripathi Hai. Jis Akhanda Se Aap Parichit Hain Wo Vyapari The, Aur Hum Bahubali Hain', remember Akhandanand Tripathi aka Kaleen Bhaiya and his battle for Mirzapur, well, the king is back with the second season of Mirzapur. But this time, Guddu Bhaiya is also back with a vengeance, the one who is carrying the guilt of brother and wife murder. After waiting for two years, Amazon has finally released the second season of the most awaited series of the year where we can see the amalgamation of egos, revenge, betrayal, and battle for Mirzapur. Just like earlier series, this time also Balia, Jaunpur and Lucknow are the main centers of attraction but with new faces. At this time, Vijay Varma, Priyanshu Painyuli and Isha Talwar have also buckled themselves for the desi game of thrones.

Mirzapur 2 begins with the wounds of the Gorakhpur wedding massacre that haunts each character who lost their loved one. The first shot takes us to an exciting scene that later turns into a dream where Munna (Divyenndu) is being executed by Guddu (Ali Fazal). After returning to reality, Kaleen Bhaiya (Pankaj Tripathi) made him realize to face off reality and asked him to focus on the present. On the other side, Guddu, Golu (Shweta Tripathi), who survived that violent night has come out as a different person now and all set for the blood-shell revenge from the Thripathis. Sharad Shukla (Anjum Sharma) who bows down to the destiny laid out by his father in Jaunpur also wants to conquer Mirzapur not with anger but with mind games.

In the initial scene of the first episode, Guddu wakes up with a dream of trying to kill Muna, just like Munna wakes up from his dream trying to kill Guddu. Dimpy and Golu the survivors steal medicines from a closed shop in the night and with courage, they reach an abandoned place where Guddu is kept along with a kidnapped doctor. But unfortunately, the four escaped after a jaw defeating fight with a policeman and informer. After a hide and seek, Guddu seeks help from Lala (Anil George) whose son-in-law got killed by Maunna in the wedding massacre. Although initially Lala isn't ready to help him but with a fear to get shot in the gangster's blood flight. Guddu promised Lala to sell out his dark chocolate (opium)and in return, Lala needed to shelter him in his residence.

Meanwhile, Akhandanand aka Kaleen Bhaiya reprimands Munna and Sharad for their impulsive actions and advises them to work in brotherhood. To impress, Kaleen Bhaiya introduces him and Munna to one of Bihar's most renowned and powerful business families, 'Tyagis'. After establishing a name in the opium, gun, and other illegal business, Kaleen Bhaiya shifts his mind towards politics and takes a big step which makes Tripathi's alliances with the politicians. In the wake of being established in the political world, Kaleen insists Munna accompany CM's widow daughter's in the political rallies.

Parallelly, Golu gets Bablu's diary that becomes key in learning secrets about the Tripathi family. She also influences Tyagi's son Shahtrugan (Vijay Verma) who doesn't get as important as his twin brother gets and takes advantage of it. On the other side, Beena (Rasika Dugal) continues to be gripped by the traumatic incident she endured but soon finds a compelling reason to survive in the men's world.

The one who wants to clean the dirt of Mirzapur, RS Maurya (Amit Sial) takes his steps back and tries to live a normal life even though it costs his honesty. But deep down, his minds have other plans that might become a huddle for the Shuklas, Tripathis. Well, each and every character is hiding revenge inside that soaks their values and their perception and turns them into a never before seen character. Each character changes its shades like a chameleon in the 10 episode series.

Karan Anshuman and Gurmmeet Singh directed the Mirzapur seasons, where the first season has an orgy of blood dripping from the eyes instead of running in the veins. This time too, things are the same but tables are turned and the whole series revolves around vengeance. There are several scenes in the series, where the blood bath was hideous and unkind and without a mercy factor. Both the creators leveled up the series with the series characters eccentrically killing others. Whether it is a drone shot or fighting scene, both the directors have made each shot enthralling yet dramatic.

Vineet Krishna and Puneet Krishna's write up was full of a roller coaster ride that was high on the up and down incidents. For initially two episodes, the story takes time to build up the character, their behavioral manner to fit into the revenge drama tale. In the third and fourth episodes, it is all about the rise of the Guddu empire. But Puneet writing takes a huge jumpscare with its sixth episode where we witnessed the clash of clans. Overall, Puneet focused more on the build-up stories rather than gearing them at a fast pace.

Talking about the performances, then Kaleen bhaiya (Pankaj Tripathi) and his clown prince Munna (Divyenndu), Ramakant (Rajesh Tailang) and his son-who-lived Guddu (Ali Fazal), Sharad Shukla (Anjum Sharma) who bows down to the destiny laid out by his father, and Golu Gupta (Shweta Tripathi) and her father Parshuram (Shahnawaz Pradhan) lived up at the level of their acting skills. But the man of the series will always be Pankaj Tripathi who makes us laugh with his be-fitting dialogue delivery. Divyenndu has also adopted each shade of Guddu as this time, his characters change with time. Filled with anger and revenge, Ali Fazal takes the form of Lagada Guddu, and his body language grabs attention. But Shweta Tripathi's characters became the strongest contender of all. Her character and acting flies high in season 2 compared to season 1 and she wins hearts with her acting chops.

More about the new star cast then Vijay Verma is just like a double surprise package in the series. Despite his top-notch acting, his character strength lacks in the storyline and turned him into a fragile player. Although, Isha Talwar's performance needs huge applause who shares the screen strongly against Kaleen Bhaiya's character. And last but not the least, Kulbhushan Kharbanda as Bauji is also back with his NatGeo programs in the series and his expression says more than his words.

In Mirzapur, Revenge is on everyone's mind but they are dealing with a huge criss-cross situation as to who wants to kill them. Manan Ashwin Mehta and Anshul R Gupta who held the editing department stretches the stories at some points which ultimately resulted in the 10 episode series with 45 minutes duration period. Known for its quirky dialogues, the second season is also filled with many hysterical dialogues.

"I won't let a woman kill me!" is one of the dialogues that reflects the men's mentality in the series. This time, more focus has been shifted towards women empowerment as each female character didn't let her morals, respect down in any circumstances, and turned into a strong, inspirational lass. All the ladies stand out as the wounded women whose determination is reflected even in their stance. Heads off the writer and makers to not to show the females as just a piece of doll statue in the series.

All in all, waiting a long time for season 2 was tough and after watching season 2 you will once again wait for its third season. This time the Mirzapur story became the combat of the injured lions. Guddu Pandit, Golu who have peeled off their previous identity and are all set for their revenge. Once again, the series dialogue will put a smile on your face, and just like previously, this time too dark sarcastically humor became the series' strong factor. 'Vyapar hamare hisab se chalta hai, hum vyapar ke hisab se nahi', well this time too Kaleen Bhaiya has calculated the turns and twists and will be back with the third season of Mirzapur. So don't get into the analytical mode on why season 2 is ended with a hint of its third season. All in all, Mirzapur 2 is a grasping series and is 10 episodes long series, so if you want to know, who will sit on the throne of Mirzapur, will Guddu be able to take revenge from Munna then watch this blood-shelved crime-thriller series.
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