In 2014, when the feminist movement hadn’t yet turned a corner, Rani Mukerji had showed that a female cop could look menacing on screen. That perhaps was the USP of Mardaani, which received appreciation for its rawness and intense portrayal. Given the popularity of Rani Mukerji’s character and the success of the film, a sequel was inevitable—especially in the present scenario.
The film is set in Kota, Rajasthan where Shivani Shivaji Rao (Rani Mukerji) is now posted. Since her sensational handling of the Karan Rastogi case (in Mardaani), Shivani has climbed up the ladder significantly to become one of the finest cops in the country and is now Superintendent of Police (SP). Terror grips Kota when a psychopath (Vishal Jethwa) starts raping and murdering random women, sending shockwaves across the city. It’s up to Shivani to hunt him down before things get out of hand.
As the sequel of a reasonably successful film, comparisons are inevitable. Pradeep Sarkar, who directed the first part, isn’t helming the sequel and it’s Mardaani’s writer Gopi Puthran (also one of Pradeep’s associate directors in Mardaani) who makes his directorial debut here. His writing is on point, and although it isn’t as razor-sharp as it was in the first installment, things do work well for a major part.