Mirzapur Season 2 Review: Is It Worth Watching?

Mirzapur 2 was released on 23rd October with a lot of blaring anticipation among the fans almost two years after the release of it’s highly successful first season. Directed by Karan Anshuman and Gurmeet Singh, this season casts many of the familiar faces including Pankaj Tripathi, Divyendu Sharma, Ali Fazal and Shweta Tripathi, accompanied by an impressive new line-up of actors including Isha Talwar, Priyanshu Painyuli and Anangsha Biswas. 

Both the teaser and the trailer of the show generated a great deal of incitement among the audience. The plot picks up the story right from where it was left in season one where Munna bhaiya killed Guddu bhaiya’s wife and brother. Guddu is ragging with vengeance and so is his sister-in-law, Golu. The story follows their journey to revenge and their fight for the throne of Mirzapur.

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Mirzapur 2 Cast

Mirzapur 2 Cast
  • Ali Fazal 
  • Pankaj Tripathi
  • Divyendu Sharma 
  • Rasika Dugal 
  • Vijay Varma
  • Kulbhushan Kharbanda 
  • Rajesh Tailang 
  • Shweta Tripathi
  • Shahnawaz Pradhan 
  • Amit Sial 
  • Shaji Chaudhary 
  • Sheeba Chaddha
  • Harshita Gaur
  • Anjum Sharma 

Mirzapur 2 Release Date: 23rd October

Mirzapur 2 Release Date: 23rd October

Mirzapur 2 Review:

The response from the audience has been mixed, with some praising the series while others are unhappy. The critics don’t seem to be very thrilled either. The trendy “hit web series” formula of blood and gore mixed with expletives doesn’t always work, especially when you have set high expectations. The main downsides of the season include long stretched out episodes, too many extra elements which does not add much to the story and the lack of character development, among others.

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However, when it comes to performance, the actors have definitely delivered their best. There are some new catchy dialogues too. The Tripathis carry the whole story line in this season making it somewhat watchable. Pankaj Tripathi, starring as Kaleen bhaiya, plays the role brilliantly with a serious and no-nonsense attitude in his demeanor, filled with toxic masculinity and superiority complex. Munna bhaiya shines in this season because of the proficient actor Divyendu, as his character is one of the only few that goes through some development through the episodes. He keeps the plot interesting by adding some humour through his unpredictable, bizarre and narcissist behaviour although he keeps repeating the same expletives. 

The character of Guddu bhaiya did not go through much transformation as he was fixated on seeking revenge from the Tripathis by killing Munna and snatching the throne of Mirzapur. Ali Fazal performs well but his character seemed to be far too boring in this season. Golu, played by Shweta Tripathi, was shown as a strong character who went from being a nerdy girl-next-door to a lady Don, who nobody wants to mess with. But her character is quite confusing as she is rude to people for no reason and neither her intentions nor emotions are revealed at all to the audience, which makes us unable to match the dots. 

Many new romances also develop in this season among which the one between Munna and Madhuri Yadav, the daughter of the CM, is adored the most by the audience. However, most of the other couples seem to lack natural chemistry and it feels like they are forced into the story just to extend the plot. Even the chemistry between Shabnam and Guddu bhaiya feels rather odd.

This season puts a special focus on the female characters, be it Golu, Madhavi Yadav or Beena Tripathi. All of them take the lead of their own lives, even though it is debatable whether these developments fit into the women empowerment agenda. The women are suppressed by the heavy weight of a patriarchal society which does nothing but suppress their voices and cages them. These women are tired of being the victim so they decide to take the law in their own hands. Not all actions of the female characters can be justified legally but looking at their deplorable situation, one can surely empathize with them. 

However, the predictability of the plot made the season lame as compared to the first season, which kept one hooked to the screen, and one could never guess the next event. Simply adding a lot of violence and expletives does not necessarily guarantees a great thriller experience. The primary reason why this series still achieved commercial success is because of the popularity of the previous season and people are emotionally attached to the characters.

Even the first clash of Munna and Guddu took place only after several episodes, which had a lot of random characters and scenes that felt too slow paced. The plot lacks realism whether it is in social context or political text. When you see the political situation of this town it is far too infeasible to believe that the whole politics of the state of Uttar Pradesh surrounds Mirzapur. 

Some over the top scenes like murder in CM’s office and him giving Kaleen bhaiya a position in ministry in return for his support which gets him an upper hand in the political system just doesn’t go with the theme. Aren’t there any opposition to rule? Even the death of the Chief Minister by some random truck driver is another over the top, dramatic element. This appears to be more of a drama series than a thriller series in it. It seems like an Ekta Kapoor serial where unrealistic situations are put in place just to add some twists and turns into a rather boring story as the whole plot ends into a predictable climax scene.

Is Mirzapur 2 Worth Watching?

Is Mirzapur 2 Worth Watching?

The cast and performances are great but the story is not interesting enough. It has much less thrill and suspense than the last season. But, if you are a fan of Mirzapur season one then you may want to watch it just to see the progression of the story and you may still find it watchable because of the emotional connection that you have with the characters. Apart from that, it can be said that the season is not a great watch for a critic but it is fine for fans. However, you do have to lower your expectations for this season.

Critics Rating: 3/5

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Written by Debasmita Bhattacharya

Debasmita is a content writer and copywriter with a passion for science. She began her writing journey in May 2019 while pursuing her bachelor's. She went on to complete her master's and worked as a Research Intern at ICMR-National Institute Of Nutrition where she worked on malnutrition and autoimmunity-related diseases. She has a knack for health, wellness, and beauty and believes there is immense unexplored potential in Indian nutrition and traditional medicine. She writes extensively researched articles about ayurveda, organic beauty, and more citing relevant resources in medicine for YHI.

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