Starring: Yash, Srinidhi Shetty, Sanjay Dutt, Raveena Tandon, Prakash Rai and others
Directed by: Prashanth Neel
Produced by: Vijay Kumar Kiragandur
Ratings: 3 Stars (Out of 5)
‘KGF 1’ which was released in 2018 was a nice tribute to the angry young man of the 70s and 80s. With films in that genre was rarely made in the recent years, ‘KGF 1’ became a blockbuster and there were lot of hype and expectations for the sequel of the film.
Now the sequel has finally been released and will ‘KGF 2’ do the same impact as of the first part? Not really. ‘KGF 2’ is a massy film with lots of bloodbath, violence and action.
The story starts off with Rocky (Yash) facing new challenges after taking over the KGF Empire. Though he has killed Garuda, he now has to face challenge from Guru Pandian, Rajendra Desai and Andrews who had expected to rule KGF and its immense wealth. With Rocky being an obstacle, they cannot do anything. Meanwhile, Adheera (Sanjay Dutt) the brother of the founder of KGF comes to claim ownership. Rocky also has to face the wrath of Ramika Sen, the Prime Minister of India. What happens this war and who wins in this struggle forms the crux of the film.
‘KGF 2’ is indeed a pride of Kannada cinema made with a huge budget, grandeur, making and is one step ahead. But as said earlier, the film is nothing but an action thriller with lots of drama, bloodshed and violence in it. The first half of the film is tight with lot of things happening in the film. The audience doesn’t get time to breathe.
The second half is not only slow, but also confusing with lots of characters and flashbacks. The scenes where Rocky goes to police station to retrieve the gold piece and his meeting with Ramika Sen are a treat to watch. But the confrontation between Rocky and Adheera should have been more gripping.
It’s Yash throughout the film and the actor’s style and swag is what the film is about. He delivers a fine performance. The audience indeed had a lot of expectations from Sanjay Dutt. Though the actor has done his job neatly, he doesn’t have a meaty role in this film. Prashanth should have concentrated more on his character and not his costumes. Raveena Tandon enters late in the film, but has done a good job. Srinidhi Shetty has nothing much to do. There are plenty of characters all over and all have done their bit. Ravi Basrur’s music is too loud this time. Bhuvan Gowda gives an international look to the film. VFX work looks tacky at times.