MIRZAPUR SEASON 2 REVIEW
Starring: Pankaj Tripathi, Ali Fazal, Divyenndu Sharma, Shweta Tripathi Sharma, Vijay Verma, Isha Talwar, Rajesh Tailang, Amit Sial and Rasika Dugal
Directed by: Gurmeet Singh and Mihir Desai
Written by: Puneet Krishna and Vineet Krishna
What is it about:
The season two of Mirzapur picks up from where the season one ended. Guddu’s (Ali fazal) brother and Golu’s (Shweta Tripathi) sister were killed by Munna (Divyenndu Sharma) at the end of season one. Season two starts with dust being settled and all the characters in their respective recoveries and planning their own way forward. This season, like the first one is filled upto the brim with revenge, anger, ambition, greed and lust. Munna wants to kill Guddu and wants to sit on the throne of Mirzapur while his father Kaleen Bhaiyya (Pankaj Tripathi) doesn’t believe he is ready for it yet and it takes up all of his wit and patience to keep his son away from harm. Kaleen’s wife Beena (Rasika Dugal) is planning her own revenge on the Tripathi men as she looks to secure her future. At the same time Guddu and Golu have their aim and goal clear, to take revenge on Munna and Kaleen. While they’re planning for the war, they’re also taking time to heal themselves emotionally, mentally as well as physically. Season two also introduces some new faces to us this season with Sharad Shukla (Anjum Sharma), who has his eye on ruling Mirzapur; there’s also Robin, a fixer who is played by Priyanshu Painyuli; Vijay Varma plays ‘Chhote’ Tyagi and Lilliput plays his father, Dadda Tyagi, a car-jacker and liquor smuggler and we are also introduced to the Chief Minister’s daughter Madhuri played by Isha Talwar. Everyone has their own plan for what they want to do, but Mirzapur is a key to everyone’s plan. What happens and who comes out on top and are Golu and Guddu able to avenge their sister and brother or not, forms the rest of the season.
What we liked:
There’s plenty going on in this season and there’s a lot of drama happening and that’s essentially what reels you into the story besides the question of Guddu and Golu able to take their revenge. There are a few women in the mix as well who are really strong written characters, especially Golu. Besides this, it’s really the acting performances that make the show really great. While the show boasts of some wonderful actors, Pankaj Tripathi, as expected, is in a league of his own. He’s always a joy to watch, no matter what character he plays. Divyenndu fits into the role of Munna with ease. Fazal and Shweta both plotting and planning their revenge bring out the pain and anger brilliantly. The season has 10 episodes and that’s honestly a big positive.
What we didn’t like:
As mentioned, glad the show was only 10 episodes but would have been better if it could have been two episodes shorter. The show has the same shades that it had in the first season and there’s nothing new to show this season. Two seasons in and we’re yet to understand what is the significance of ‘Mirzapur’; in the sense it could very well have been Prayagraj and it wouldn’t have made any difference to the story. It’s the power that’s important. Some dialogues really make you cringe. The treatment of the show didn’t work in season one and the makers learned nothing and it’s bad this time as well. One sincere message for all the writers out there is that more abuses don’t make the dialogues better. Another thing with the show is that, while it has drama, not all scenes are pertinent to the main story, neither do they add to the character arc. If you watch this season with extreme expectations, you’re bound to be extremely disappointed.