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KGF Chapter 2 review: The mayhem never seems to end.

There’s no point trying to intellectualize this review. Let’s just see what works and what doesn’t as ‘entertainment’.



KGF Chapter 2

KGF Chapter 2 (Hindi)

Director and writer: Prashanth Neel

Cast: Yash, Sanjay Dutt, Raveena Tandon, Srinidhi Shetty, Prakash Raj, and ensemble.

Released in theatres.

How many build-ups are required to establish that a hypermasculine hero is the ultimate king of the world where a film is set? I lost count of how many build-ups director-writer Prashanth Neel used every time his hero Rocky (Yash) single-handedly bashes his enemies throughout 2 chapters of the KGF franchise. I knew what I was signing up for when I watched the two films (watched KGF Chapter 1 a couple of days ago on Prime Video). There’s no point trying to intellectualize this review. Let’s just see what works and what doesn’t as ‘entertainment’.

Prashanth Neel and his technical crew create an immersive world. The aerial shots in the film are breathtaking. The use of grey in the production design helps its hero stand out in his suits and silk shirts. Yash’s entry scene and some of the action sequences are stylish and well-choreographed.

Sanjay Dutt is solid as Adheera. The director and actor manage to keep his Dutt-ness away from the character. His tattoos, hairstyle, and Vikings’ way of life help, of course. Raveena Tandon as Prime Minister Ramika Sen brings a real-world angle into this otherwise fantasy-like film. The actress does her best.

Also read: KGF Chapter 2: Sanjay Dutt opens up about the physicality of ‘Adheera’

What doesn’t work is too much action and gunfire that leaves you exhausted by the interval. For the director Neel, more is more. No character, even Rocky’s enemies and investigation officers, leaves a chance to provide build-up for Rocky’s next big move. There are too many thinly written villains. Only Sanjay Dutt’s Adheera stands out among them. The narrative that chronicles Rocky’s rise and ‘rise’ from the 1950s to the 1980s keeps going back and forth, spoon-feeding the audience why and what they should feel towards Rocky.

There’s bombarding of all kinds. Bullets, more bullets, explosives, throat-slitting, kicking, and punching. Rocky’s use of a hammer in action sequences is stylishly used. Among the gunfire sequences, the only thing that stood out for me was when Rocky, after gunning down a police station with a Kalashnikov, a gun so big that it requires its tripod, lights a cigarette off the gun’s hot and red barrel.

There’s enough style but the execution of substance goes haywire. The romantic track between Rocky and Reena (Srinidhi Shetty) is cringeworthy. He brings her to his mansion as his entertainment. After trying hard to be rude to him, she somehow develops a Stockholm syndrome and congratulates him on winning her love. Well.

A voice-over at the end of the film reasons that this story set in a world of crime and greed is a story of, “Ek Maa ki zidd”. But that mother to me seemed to have a ‘part missing’ who raised a borderline lunatic son who knew what he wanted ever since he was a little boy. I wondered what did I take away from watching this mayhem? A headache reminded me of what it was.