Featured cast: Yash, Srinidhi Shetty, Sanjay Dutt, Raveena Tandon, Prakash Raj
Director: Prashanth Neel
What’s good: Yash. Yash’s style. Yash’s action. And the thread that connects them all!
What’s wrong : The creators don’t “tell” the (half-baked) story, they scream into your eardrums!
Toilet break: The decibel/scene tracking rate is so high you’ll be forced to take one
Watch or not? : Watched Chapter 1 and loved it? Also try it, you may not like it so much, but you will live it
Available on: Theatrical release
Duration: 168 minutes
Author Anand Vasiraju’s son Vijayendra (Prakash Raj) continues to tell the infamous story of Rocky (Yash) to a news channel editor from where it all ended in the first chapter. In his story we see how Rocky has now moved from ‘bhai’ to ‘bhagwan’ for the people around him. Now that he’s killed Garuda, it’s Adheera (Sanjay Dutt) and his army who return to find and kill Rocky.
Adheera isn’t the only hurdle Rocky has to overcome, but he’s now on Indian Prime Minister Ramika Sen’s (Raveena Tandon) radar. While Rocky somehow dodges Adheera, it’s the government that stops him from becoming the “CEO of India” (in his own words). In this triple threat match, will there be only one winner? Well, put cotton in your ears and sit down to find out!
KGF: Chapter 2 Movie Review: Script Analysis
Prashanth Neel’s ‘ambition’ outweighs his ‘story writing’ and that is the biggest problem with his screenplay. Everything looks extremely cool visually, but the whole argument behind making things cool is weak. It comes with similar issues to Chapter 1, like why does everyone talk so loudly with everyone else? I wanted to keep track of how long a scene could be quiet, but it was so loud I couldn’t concentrate.
Just to clarify, I don’t mind the loudness in movies, I loved movies like Master, Rowdy Rathore, Dabangg and others. But, this one not only leaves your mind numb, but it also does the same with your ears.
Side Bar: A scene censors the word “democracy” by turning it into “demography,” and I couldn’t help but wonder about the irony of the democratic society we live in.
Bhuvan Gowda’s camerawork elevates the already monumental action sequences to a level almost unheard of in the Indian film industry. Yash’s car chase sequence with “play and pause” transitions remains the film’s best highlight due to its jaw-dropping cinematography and well-timed background music by Ravi Basrur.
But the same class-A cinematography defeats the feel of the movie as it rushes from place to place in Yash & Sanjay’s fight scenes because like the story of the movie, nothing is clear enough to understand anything.
KGF: Chapter 2 Movie Review: Star Performance
Chapter 1 was enough to see why there couldn’t be anyone but Yash to pull off Rocky’s machismo with such precision and swag. Chapter 2 simply reinforces the similar thought by moving it from ‘bhai to bhagwan’. The creators make sure to keep Rocky bhai on the pedestal, touting his high-octane presence in every alternate scene. The way he delivers his self-written dialogues, you can’t help but listen to (even if you don’t care).
Srinidhi Shetty gets too little to contribute to the narrative, plus she gets a song (Mehbooba) that clutters the second half without any solid explanation. Sanjay Dutt was expected to rehearse Agneepath’s Kancha Cheena but due to the myopic treatment of the story, he has no chance (apart from his intro sequence) of recording a plot.
Raveena Tandon’s PM remains one-dimensional throughout the film without creating a major impact. Prakash Raj is reduced to being a simple narrator, adding nothing except his voice.
KGF: Chapter 2 Movie Review: Directing, Music
Prashanth Neel, like every other director working with the “fan-revered” star, is giving in to fan service by losing focus on what should have been a raw, earthy treatment of the story. The movie celebrates Yash not once or twice, but in every scene he’s in it, it’s just that Prashanth doesn’t find equally interesting reasons to do so for most of these instances.
Ravi Basrur’s background score serves in a wide spectrum ranging from too loud to too trippy. Like anything else, even this film’s BGM is on steroids, completing a few sequences, overwhelming others. Not a single song will remain in my playlist after the movie, but the problem is that they aren’t even situational.
KGF: Chapter 2 Movie Review: The Last Word
All told, it goes from a “larger than life” to “bigger than God” treatment, and gives Yash fans another reason to celebrate his heroism. But beneath all the screaming and loud BGMs, one important thing is suppressed and rarely given a chance to flourish – intriguing storytelling.
Two and a half stars!
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KGF: Chapter 2 released on April 14, 2022.
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