Every Friday, some new movies get released. And this time, coincidentally, two thrillers hit the screens. Yes, and both the thrillers are amazing to watch as well as worth to spend money on.
At first, let’s talk about Mardaani2, where lead actor Rani Mukerji has created quite a buzz around taking on crime against women. In the flick, Rani is leading the charge as top cop Shivani Shivaji Roy. Since the day the trailer released, there has been much debate about who plays her arch-rival in the film. And now it is revealed that who plays the villain and the name is TV actor Vishal Jethwa.
The writer-director Gopi Puthran sets the tone of his film in the very first scene, with a brutally chilling saga of a psycho killer on the loose. The remorseless young killer Sunny (Vishal Jethwa) challenges Shivani to stop him if she can as the body count continues to mount in Rajasthan’s education hub, Kota.
Must say in the sequel too, Rani Mukerji stole the show with her measured and restrained act. She captured the nuances required to play a gritty top cop, dealing with heinous crimes, rape victims, and a violent murderer and doesn’t go over-the-top with theatrics. And, at the same time, she does a fine balancing act between being powerful and vulnerable.
Whether it’s the conviction in the performances or the gripping narrative of the film, both ensure that there’s never a dull moment in Mardaani 2. Yes, you might feel it is a brutal story that is sometimes hard to stomach, but undoubtedly it needs to be told. And also must say that none better than Rani in a khaki can lead the show.
And, when it comes to ‘The Body,’ a mystery thriller, written and directed by Jeethu Joseph, it is a good mystery plot. The official remake of the 2012 Spanish film with the same title has not disappointed the audience and also kept all on edge for the entire duration.
The movie revolves around Maya Varma's (Sobhita Dhulipala) story as her body goes missing from the morgue under mysterious circumstances. And, SP Jairaj Rawal (Rishi Kapoor) handles the case of her to get to the bottom of the truth. Soon we can see how he questions her husband Ajay Puri (Emraan Hashmi), which later becomes evident that he is more than just a bereaved widower. As a stable-sporting cop character, Rishi Kapoor is trying to get to the bottom of this twisted love story.
Rishi Kapoor and his acting in this role are quite convincing. Emraan Hashmi exudes charm in parts and evokes pity (as and when needed) as a romantic partner with questionable morals. Sobhita Dhulipala, as a rich-yet-lonely millionaire with a twisted psyche exhibiting cold-hearted behavior, is all very convincing in the sense that she ends up being too good to be bad. Debutante Vedhika has a good screen presence as the naive and gullible partner in crime and feels like a perfect fit, especially in the second half.
Just like all other Emraan Hashmi films, the music of this one also does not disappoint, and the catchy numbers are soothing to the ears.
Once in an interview with Indian Express, Emraan stated that the film is very unpredictable. He added,
"The Body is extremely unpredictable. There are so many twists and turns that you would not know how it is going to end. So, that is something new with this film."
While talking about his experience of working with Rishi Kapoor, he said,
"I have always looked up to Rishi Kapoor as an extremely natural actor. He performs with such ease, which I got to see in person. I am more of a studied actor while he is more spontaneous on the set. He learns his lines on the set and gives his all (to the film)."
In a nutshell, Mardaani2 is an amazing script and a story that must be told, and 'The Body' is high on content and glamour. So, you can watch any thriller for a well-spent weekend.