PLOT: Shivani Shivaji Roy locks horns with the devil incarnate, a young and remorseless serial killer who is raping and murdering young women.

Cast: Rani Mukerji, Vishal Jethwa, Vikram Singh Chauhan, Shruti Bapna, Rajesh Sharma, Deepika Amin, Tejaswi Singh Ahlawat, Sumit Nijhawan, Sunny Hinduja, Pratyaksh Rajbhatt, Anurag Sharma, Prasanna Ketkar and Richa Meena.
Director: Gopi Puthran

MOVIE REVIEW: Mardaani 2 is the second installment in the franchise where Rani Mukerji reprising her role as Shivani Shivaji Roy. The sequel is set in Kota, Rajasthan, and it revolves around Shivani, superintendent of police trying to nab a 21-year-old rapist Sunny played by Vishal Jethwa. Sunny is a misogynist whose hatred of women, especially those who assert themselves, leads him to abduction, rape, and murder. The movie is written and directed by Gopi Puthran, who worked as a writer on the prequel, has made a compelling action thriller.

The opening scene of Mardaani 2 makes it clear that the film is going to run in a fashion similar to that of its prequel. The first half starts with an engaging investigation of a heinous crime by the psychopath Sunny and has no dull moments. Rani Mukerji and Vishal Jethwa will not leave the viewers to take their eyes off the screen. The second half is equally engaging, with no songs to interrupt. The gripping screenplay and the runtime of 105 minutes are also the plus points for the film. The film will keep you hooked from the first scene until the last.

Television actor Vishal Jethwa delivers the impressive performance as a debutant, he is stirring as the psychopath Sunny. He is a popular face on Indian television and well known for portraying the role of Akbar on Bharat Ka Veer Putra – Maharana Pratap which aired on Sony TV. He has done the complete justice to the role of a psychopath who knows no fear and his cruelty knows no limits. He particularly hates girls who have minds and voices of their own and live on their own terms. The man goes on raping and murdering women in the city. He likes to show off his barbaric deeds and therefore, leaves his victims in a pitiful state on the spot of crime.

Rani Mukerji yet again delivers a terrific performance, she has done a phenomenal job at playing her part. She is tough but she also has a sensitive side. Rani has beautifully portrayed the layers of her character. All the supporting casts have given a decent performance. Rajesh Sharma is good in his limited role as the reporter and his scene with Rani is one of the highpoints of the film. Her monologue during the TV interview is applause-worthy.

Overall Hit ya Flop Rating: 3.3 out of 5 Stars
Direction 3.5/5
Acting 3.5/5
Dialogues 3/5
Story 3/5
Screenplay 3.5/5

An impactful and relevant film. Rani Mukerji is impressive and Debutant Vishal Jethwa steals the show.

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