Ever since we published the episode breakdown of Mirzapur Season 2, readers and fans have been asking for an honest review. So here it goes:
Mirzapur Season 2: Best Performances
As expected, Pankaj Tripathi (Kaleen Bhaiya aka Akhandanand) and Divyendu Sharma (Munna Bhaiya/Phoolchand) have lived up to the audience expectations with their stellar performance.
The transition from a naïve and impulsive goon to a man who carefully plans and plots Mirzapur’s takeover, Ali Fazal (Guddu Pandit) is to watch out for. One may even feel that he has adopted all the calm and sly qualities of his deceased brother.
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The journey of Golu’s character (Shweta Tripathi) from a studious topper to an avenge-seeking gun-totter is incredible.
There are some fresh characters in Mirzapur Season 2 and a couple of them deserve a special mention. Robin (Priyanshu Painyuli) plays a financial fixer who falls in love with Guddu’s sister, Dimpy (Harshita Gaur).
Bharat Tyagi and Shatrughan Tyagi (Vijay Verma) plays Dadda Tyagi’s twins and delivers a convincing performance. Even in scenes where both brothers are dressed identically, the audience can make out the difference between the elder and younger twin. Fab performance!
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Mirzapur Season 2: The sub-plots on Women Empowerment are a force-fit
Golu sleeps on the same bed as Guddu, treats him like a confidante but flinches each time she sees him with Shabnam (Shernavaz Jijina). When she sees them kissing, she goes to Shatrughan Tyagi, asks him to whip her with a belt and then has sex with him.
Beena Tripathi (Rasika Duggal) is a talent wasted in the jamboree. She holds her performance with pride but can’t do much with the badly written role.
Madhuri Yadav (Isha Talwar) who plays Surya Pratap Yadav’s (Paritosh Sand) daughter had a lot of shades that were written for her. Unfortunately, her poor performance helps in deteriorating the plot further.
There were two women who were placed like pawns in the plot and tried their best to pull of their characters with decent performances. However, the roles for both, Radhiya (Prashansa Sharma) and Zarina (Anangsha Biswas) were a force-fit just in order to send a social message on how tormented women can overthrow power and seek revenge.
There are three mothers in the web series and it shows all three in poor light. The director has wasted talents such as Meghna Malik (Rati Shankar’s widow), Sheeba Chaddha (Guddu’s mother) and Alka Amin (Dadda Tyagi’s wife). These roles and the characters playing them needed more justice than what they have been meted out by the directors.
Mirzapur Season 2: What’s in store for fans?
The pace of Mirzapur season one is missing in season 2. Fans who are expecting to see a high-strung, violent, emotional drama just like Mirzapur Season 1 are in for a huge disappointment.
A loosely held plot, and a predictable screenplay takes out the fizz out of the high-pitch drama that was expected in season 2. Almost all the key characters seemed to have mellowed and unnecessary characters like Bauji (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) and JP Yadav (Pramod Pathak) are shown at their horniest best. Its 2020 and no one wants to watch over-aged men devouring younger women – what were the directors even thinking?
The first two episodes are understandably slow, considering that the characters are still learning to cope with the wedding massacre. But till the end of 10 episodes the same pace continues. One is just waiting for it to end.
Audience will miss Bablu Pandit (Vikrant Massey) and Compounder’s (Abhishek Banerjee)powerful performances in season 2.
The worst part is that the climax is predicable, and it leaves one praying that there is no season 3 that follows.
Mirzapur Season 2: Questions
- There’s a murder in the Chief Minister office – how is it that no one notices?
- Why does Maqbool (Shaji Chaudhary) kidnap and lock Babar (Asif Khan) when he could have killed him?
- Raja (Nitin Mahesh Joshi) the cook is hired back with no suspicion. Don’t the dons know better than to hire a person whose manhood they have snatched?
- Why did Tripathis learn about Maqbool’s betrayal so late? As dons, didn’t they have spies to inform them?
- Where did Maqbool go after killing Bauji?
- Why is there so much unnecessary killing in the web series?
- Bauji was a don, why were there such few people in his funeral?
- Why did Kaleen send his guards away in the last episode?
- Why is Sweety/Golu’s father (Shahnawaz Pradhan) missing in action? He appears for few fleeting scenes and then disappears.
- Why does Ram Sharan Maurya (Amit Sial) take multiple U-turns?
Mirzapur Season 2: Bloopers
- The attempt to murder on Lala – how is it that all his guards took a tea-break at the same time?
- When Guddu Pandit draws a gun at Maurya why don’t the police officers behind them flinch?
- Ramakant Pandit (Rajesh Tailang) has never held a gun in his hand but is able to hit a bull’s eye and kill Maurya from a distance of atleast 25 feet.
- Raja who is half Ramakant’s age, cannot aim correctly while trying to kill Munna from a distance of 5-6 feet.
- How did Beena hack Bauji in broad daylight, in his heavily guarded home with no one watching her but Radhiya and Maqbool
- The only place where the pace is shown in the web series is when Sharad escapes with an injured (read half-dead) Kaleen bhaiya. It’s almost magical that he got him down from a mountain single handedly and into his car within 30 seconds.
Mirzapur Season 2: Overall Verdict: Watch at your own risk.
There were so many new characters like Dadda Tyagi (Lilliput Faruqui) and Mamaji (Tyagi’s brother-in-law) who did nothing for the main plot.
The scene where the Tyagi brothers turn on each other and everyone dies is a poor joke.
One-hour long episodes that move at a snail’s pace with no addition to the main plot were unnecessary.
Almost every fan who has watched Mirzapur Season 2 will agree that the Season one was better. It leaves one asking whether it’s because there are multiple directors in the web series or whether the producers got overconfident and didn’t bother to see the product before it went out to the market.
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Very well articulated and written in a balanced manner. Having said that, I would say you are being rather generous giving a rating of 3/5. The writing was exceptionally poor and far too many mediocre performances. It was for those few scenes with Pankaj Tripathi that I kept coming back to the show and dragged myself through season 2. But what a disappointment.
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