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Review of ‘Mirzapur S2’: Divyendu Sharma shines in a Dreaded Mirzapur.

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The highly-anticipated season 2 of web series ‘Mirzapur’ will be streamed on Amazon Prime Video on October 23, 2020. To keep the momentum going, the makers have for now released the brand new trailer of ‘Mirzapur 2’. The dark, gritty narrative of ‘Mirzapur Season 2’ features Pankaj Tripathi, Ali Fazal, Divyenndu, Shweta Tripathi Sharma, Rasika Dugal, Harshita Shekhar Gaur, Amit Sial, Anjum Sharma, Sheeba Chaddha, Manu Rishi Chadha and Rajesh Tailang.

Pankaj Tripathi that had dominated the first season of Mirzapur that had stormed the OTT medium back in 2018. The man is in very good form all over again in the second season as well, the first couple of episodes of which were made exclusively available to this writer. Whether it is sarcastically asking his wayward son [Divyendu Sharma] whether he has any business plan in mind to him admonishing a senior politician in his own bungalow to go quiet or dealing with the cops, he is up there.

It’s just that this time around, the series seems to be built on isolated moments rather than a seamlessly exciting narrative, something that was the hallmark of the first season. The screen lights up each time when Divyendu is there. He is a villain, of course, but then there is such childlike enthusiasm in him, coupled with inherent humor that he brings in most crass of the situations, that you can’t help but actually wait for him to keep coming back. Watch out for the way in which he gears up to re-establish his business empire and you would know.

In the first season, it was the battle that was fought between the heirs of all things illegal, Divyendu Sharma, and the ‘bhai bhai jodi’ of commoners Ali Fazal and Vikrant Massey. With a neat six minute long recap of the first season that kick-starts the second season, you are reintroduced to the battle that ensued, something that resulted in the death of Vikrant Massey and Ali’s wife Shriya Pilgaonkar. The story moves ahead with Ali Fazal, his sister [Harshita Gaur] and Shriya’s sister [Shweta Tripathi] on the run.

Thankfully, there is a new angle introduced by makers [Puneet Krishna and Gurmmeet Singh] which promise a lot of excitement ahead in eight episodes that would follow. In the first season, there was just a glimpse of a rival gang in motion at Jaunpur. This time around the set up is promising a full throttle battle ahead as the next generation has arrived on the scene, the ones who want to play it with brains instead of bullets, and hence draw up a deep rooted plan. Entry of Vijay Verma on the scene, albeit briefly, further makes it all promising.

One truly hopes though that soon enough there is good character development for Ali Fazal as well because he was truly the ‘jaan’ of the show. In the first season, his character was pretty much inspired from Sanjay Dutt in Mahesh Bhatt’s Naam, what with even the dialogue of ‘crime is a one way street’ being mouthed. Here, he unfortunately goes through a severely clichéd scene featuring his parents (Sheeba Chaddha really hamming it out with Rajesh Tailang just being a little behind). For the sake of the audiences, hope that was just an aberration.

After all, there isn’t much of fun to see the family patriarch [Kulbhushan Kharbanda] continuing to solicit his daughter-in-law [Rasika Dugal] at very given moment. While that has lived its life in the first season, what would be interesting to watch is the plan ahead with the honest cop [Amit Sial] confessing (after witnessing a bloody shootout) that he is now worried only about his family.

So what if that means picking up a bribe up to 10 lakhs from ‘Kaaleen bhaiyaa’ despite not being offered to eat from the same plate as the Tripathi family. It’s the money that counts after all, and this time around the battle lines are drawn between Mirzapur and Jaunpur territories.

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Good support system makes it easier: Kareena on how she manages work, personal life

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Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan thinks one has to section the day well enough to be able to balance work and personal life.

“When at work have 200 per cent focus and when at home, be there physically and mentally,” she says.

IANSlife speaks to the expecting mother, who recently collaborated with Netsurf’s health and wellness brand Naturamore, along with her husband and actor Saif Ali Khan. Read on:

How do you strike balance between work and personal care, especially when you are expecting?

Kareena: I think one has to section the day well enough to be able to balance both ends. When at work have 200% focus and when at home, be there physically and mentally. A good support system at home and work can make it easier. The more control you have over your hours, the less stressed you are likely to be.

How does your fitness regime look like?

Kareena: It can be anything. On days it could be rigorous cardio, it could be calming yoga, intense Pilates. The idea is to do something every day even if it’s only for 30 mins. Regular physical activity has so much positive impact on one’s life including relieving stress, improving memory, increasing productivity and boosts overall mood.

How do you ensure your family is fit from inside during these times?

Kareena: Yes definitely. We make sure we have our intake of calcium, proteins and nutrients in the right portion.

What changes has the pandemic brought to your daily diet?

Kareena: My daily diet definitely includes fruits, homemade food and more importantly healthy food. However, indulging in something you crave and love is equally important to keep it going.

How would you stress the importance of being fit rather than thin, especially for women?

Kareena: A woman undergoes a lot of changes in her body, right from be a teenage girl to a married to becoming a mother. I think it’s very important to be fit and healthy. To eat the right food, the right amount of exercise be it Yoga, running or exercising.

How do you resonate with its ideology?

Kareena: I resonate very well to the brand`s ideology. Both Saif and I believe it’s very important to stay fit both externally and from within given the time all of us are going through, one`s immunity and strength plays a very important role in the overall fitness regime of an individual.

What health advice do you have for your fans, especially women and those who have conceived amid this pandemic?

Kareena: Exercise, eat right, meditate, sleep well and hydrate and you have got this.

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