Mirzapur 2 Review: The enormously hit Indian web series is back with another season. This will also be streaming on Prime Video like the previous season. Mirzapur 2 is directed by the duo, Gurmeet Singh and Mihir Desai.

While the spine of Mirzapur, in terms of economy, is the rug sewing and brassware industries. Also, the unlawful exchange of guns made in the village. However, a business that will certainly prosper in this tiny city of  Mirzapur is of psycho-therapists. The regional public and the prominent characters of the web series have kept so much in their minds. Some significant characters have died in the last episode of this Indian web series, leaving the audience and the residents of Mirzapur reeling. One or two meetings with a thoughtful shrink might as well be helpful. These scarred characters might land on some conclusions there. All characters have issues that they go through due to their fathers. Let’s discuss different aspects of the show in this Mirzapur 2 review.

 

Mirzapur 2 Review: Premise

Mirzapur 2 review

Though economically speaking, the bedrock of Mirzapur is the carpet weaving and brassware industries, not to mention the illegal trade in country-made weapons, the only other occupation that will certainly flourish in this small city of Uttar Pradesh will be that of therapists. Some notable cast members were killed in the blood-soaked finale of the last season, leaving the viewers and the people of Mirzapur reeling.

The level of production has gone up; it no longer sounds and looks like a nineties telefilm.   We also see a reproduction of a popular scene from The Godfather, the one where someone arrives to give Don Vito Corleone the sale of cocaine, and the elderly Mob refuses, while his younger offspring interrupts them. The women of Mirzapur rise up and make it exciting for the public with a female politician, a king-making mother, and a gun-totting knowledgeable woman wanting vengeance. Their emergence reveals that, even though it lives and evolves in fantasy, a show should not overlook the role that women play in forming a criminally motivated, power-crazed world.

Mirzapur  2, broadens its world right from the get-go. Kaleen Bhaiya’s arch-rival – Rati Shankar Shukla (Shubhrajyoti Bharat) is mortal, however, his son, Sharad (Anjum Sharma), promises to take vengeance, aiming to seize the Mirzapur’s throne. The same goes for Guddu and Golu. Munna is more anxious about his position than we have ever seen him. He decides to walk past his father’s shade. The political conflict gets brutal, as Kaleen commences trading straight with the chief minister. Munna does not stay behind,  he assists the diplomat’s daughter (Isha Talwar) who also happens to be a widower in the election. The Indian web series is geographically eclectic. New characters arrive as the show expands to new locations, the Tyagi mob who, dealing in stolen cars, evolves into Tripathi’s business partner.

 

Cast and performances.

Mirzapur 2 review

Mirzapur, written by Puneet and Vineet Krishna and co-written by Karan Anshuman, provides a glimpse of toxic masculinity in the Hindi heartland and its vice-like hold on women from birth to death. While Beena, the wife of Akhandanand Tripathi (Pankaj Tripathi), the protagonist, craves sexual fulfillment and is harshly punished for this. Golu Gupta is a serious person pursuing change, but to live, she ends up following the road of crime. Mothers adjust to ground realities (Sheeba Chaddha), sisters adjust to violence (Dimpy) and new female characters (Isha Talwar as Madhuri) are finding political influence and command.

Mirzapur 2 stars the incredible Pankaj Tripathi as Kaleen Bhaiya. He steals the show as he does. His ability to play the most dramatic scenes with subtlety and a bit of mystery. He makes his performance so interesting. Divyenndu Sharmaa plays his son. He delivers a strong performance, yet again. Ali Fazal makes you forget about his other roles that he’s played over the years. He enters the word quite easily. Shweta Tripathi, Harshita Gaur, Rasika Dugal, Rajesh Tailang, Sheeba Chadha, Anjum Sharma, Vijay Varma, Amit Sial, Isha Talwar and Priyanshu Painyuli, also star in the Indian Web Series. You can catch all these actors together only on Prime Video.

 

Criticism

Mirzapur season 2 repeats the errors that they committed in the first season of the show. To make myself clear, there definitely are modifications, that’s undeniable. Production of the show is excellent. The first season might have felt like a low budget film that was made two-three decades from now. However, due to its success, a great deal of money is invested this time around. This factor helps elevate the show. Yet all the other things will make you feel a tad bit nostalgic.

You can also witness an iconic sequence from the greatest gangster film, The Godfather which the makers of Mirzapur recreate. It’s the scene where somebody arrives to recommend the business of dopes to Don Vito Corleone. The good bad guy declines the offer. In the Indian web series, this is scene consists of Dadda Tyagi (Lilliput) and Bharat Tyagi. It felt like we have seen something like this more than we want to see. Each character talks in witty one-liners, the dialogues are delivered left right and center. Every dialogue is intelligent advice as well. Honestly, after a point, it gets too much.

In 2020, people have turned to art for their rescue and are looking for something that they haven’t seen. Unfortunately, the web series makes you think that the beats of the show are a bit old. The narrative is a little formulaic. As you get to the last episodes, every fresh advancement in Mirzapur becomes predictable. The exact stimulus delighted scenes and irrational uproar. Prime Video has labeled Mirzapur as its front running Indian web series. It’s enormously prominent, but it’s impossible to retain the exact amounts to support this declaration. One of the major questions that arise is that, why is caste provided with a natural nod, with only a pair of sequences.

 

Final words on Mirzapur Season 2

Mirzapur 2 review

This Indian web series has picked up a lot of buzzes online. Almost everyone active on social media is aware of the show. With incessant memes, recommendations and of course Instagram stories, it’s undoubtedly extremely popular. Needless to say, the first season was a great watch due to numerous factors. These include the cast, dialogues, authenticity of the world that the director duo built. The extraordinary nature of the first season of Mirzapur Season forces you to start the second season. However, the second season does not live up to the expectations. The dialogues feel forced sometimes and we already are familiar with the story. It lacks authenticity, somehow.

 

The production value has improved and the show looks better. In these times, when the audiences need something spectacular to escape, Mirzapur Season Two fails to do that. Through our Mirzapur 2 review, we recommend that you can watch it over a longer period.

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Anubhav Kumar Das

Anubhav Kumar Das

Anubhav is the owner of Forever Pieces. He is a published author and poet. He is a part-time freelance writer and maybe found strumming the guitar for gigs on festive weekends. Besides all these, he is also an exhibited artist and photographer.

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