After a long 23 months since the first season of Mirzapur, season two finally released on October 23, 2020. Set in Uttar Pradesh, season 2, like the first is a revenge saga replete with guns, violence, lust and ambitions. Its trailer received a record viewership, signalling its success.
Mirzapur 2 is two dimensional. The normalisation of violence, greed, wealth and lust can be viewed from two different angles: Either, the series tries to portray violence, toxic masculinity and crime, which is already a part of the power politics. Or if the former is not the case, unfortunately, the same results in normalisation of abundant violence, sexual innuendo and power struggles characterised with greed.
Mirzapur 2 resumes from the point where the previous season had ended. The characters and the screenplay of each episode goes on with the similar clandestine essence to present the next episode. However, season 2 features adds more characters whose roles are open-ended, which points to a third season.
The addition of several new characters also ended making the series confusing as it now extends beyond Uttar Pardesh to neighbouring Bihar.
Kaleen Bhaiyya (Pankaj Tripathi) was star of season One. And he continues to drive the series. Like his business of colourful carpets, Akhandanand Tripathi carriers the familiar colourful charm effortlessly building on the menacing air around him and the wry sense of humour. He raises hell without even slightly raising of his voice. His son Munna Bhaiya (Divyenndu Sharma) still tries to impress his father to prove his worth. He grows as a person in season 2, but whenever he is on screen, we cannot help but wonder if he will trip on his smug belief of being immortal and have an inglorious fall.
The character that sets this season apart from the first one is Madhuri Yadav played by Isha Talwar. All the women characters in Season Two seemed to be more revengeful and stronger than season One.
Directors Gurmeet Singh and Mihir Desai are successful in keeping the central belief of Mirzapur intact- Revenge runs darker than blood. However, despite plots and powerful actors, the series in its final episodes only portrays of what it has been doing since season 1 – violence, sex and power.
Mirzapur 2 is red, and there is constant bloodshed brought by the war. However, the plot is also tactical. Rati Shankar Shukla’s son Sharad (Anjum Sharma) is the prime character applying bloodless tactics. Despite being shown as someone who lusts for the throne of Mirzapur, the very last scene in the whole season, was not just suspenseful but also gave signs of another season, to decide the actual contender of Mirzapur’s throne.
Many characters like Robin, Panditji’s son-in-law and Beena, wife of Kaleen Bhaiya play their characters with an enigmatic flair, with many secrets yet to be unfolded.
The success of season one was mainly due to the dialogues and its perfect delivery by the characters. In the first season, it was executed with extreme ease but season two, has relatively lesser punch-lines. This does not mean season 2 is less interesting than the first.
Fans expected a closure in season 2, but it ending is not quite expected. And to add to this curiosity, Pankaj Tripathi Tweeted ‘Kaun shikaar,kaun shikari,yeh to waqt hi batayega’(Only time will tell, who is the hunter and who have been hunt)
However, for fans who expected this to be astutely political, Mirzapur Two seems to inherit many characteristics from the Godfather movies, Ram Gopal Varma’s kind of Mumbai noir and Anurag Kashyap’s Wasseypur films as icing on the cake to this hinterland noir.
In each of the crime families, there are at least three versions of Sonny Corleone, Vito and Michael. The presentation of Isha Talwar as Madhuri Yadav resembles Katreena Kaif of Prakash Jha’s Rajneeti.
Writers Vineet Krishna and Puneet Krishna packed this season with lots of drama and came out guns blazing. The visualisation is dark throughout, as present in most of the web series of this genre. The production design and scale has been raised high. The series is successful in creating an immersive world populated with actors deeply entrenched in their parts.
Wait for season 3 has begun. Will it be the final one that anoints the King or as the climax of season hints, the Queen of Mirzapur.
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