The hunger for power can make men and women do crazy things. The men and women here in Mirzapur season 2 seem borderline lunatics. Most of them are deceiving or have been at the receiving end of deceit. They have a gun with them all the time whether they’re outside or inside the home. Guddu Pandit (a splendid Ali Fazal) and Golu Gupta (Shweta Tripathi) are seeking revenge against the Tripathis – Kaleen Bhaiya (Pankaj Tripathi at his subtle best) and Munna Tripathi (Divyenndu Sharmaa).
There are many like them thirsty for the luring but thorny chair of power of Mirzapur. Vijay Verma (in a double role), Lilliput, Anjum Sharma, Pramod Pathak play these supporting characters of gun/ drug dealers and politicians. Nobody minds shooting anyone, anywhere and anytime – sometimes, out of sheer lunacy. In many ways, Mirzapur is Gangs of Wasseypur meets Omkara/ Maqbool. The liberal use of cuss words and wit blended with doubt, insecurity and revenge – the feelings that make humans take irrational actions.
The series depends heavily on its dialogue and performances from the actors. Writers Puneet and Vineet Krishna give their characters enough colorful words but it sounds like every character is speaking the same way. Having said that, the actors do their best to give their individual characters a touch of their own. Ali Fazal as the beefed up and broken raging bull is fantastic. Second season’s narrative revolves mostly around Munna Tripathi’s ambitions of becoming the King of Mirzapur. Divyenndu plays this hot headed idiot well.
The women in the series get more substance to play with than the first season. Isha Talwar, Rasika Dugal, Shweta Tripathi add a lot to their characters and the narrative. Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Rajesh Tailang, Amit Sial, Sheeba Chaddha, Anil George are good in their extended cameos this season.
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There’s a lot of suspense and twists in the story to keep you engaged but the revelation loses its thrill due to delayed and poor execution. As it is, there are many crime dramas and thrillers streaming across OTTs for you to hone your guessing game skills. The characters mouth cuss words generously and blood splashes quite often. Mirzapur season 2 has its moments of brilliance but the ten episode series starts well, drops in between before picking up again in the last two episodes. Is the series engaging? Yes, absolutely. Is it a must watch? Not sure. The third season is most certainly on the cards.