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Hombale Films, Excel Entertainment and AA Films’ K.G.F. Chapter 2 (dubbed from the Kannada film of the same name; UA) is the sequel to K.G.F.. Rocky (Yash) has taken control of the Kolar Gold Fields after freeing the slave-labourers from their tyrant masters and eliminating Garuda. But his quest to become the most powerful man continues and he works relentlessly towards attaining that status because he had given his word for that to his mother before she had died. Adheera (Sanjay Dutt) wants to kill Rocky and is baying for his blood. The new Prime Minister of India, Ramika Sen (Raveena Tandon), also vows to eliminate Rocky for all his illegal activities and crimes. What happens finally?
Prashanth Neel has written a story that moves like a rocket. His screenplay has so many twists and turns that if a viewer were to get distracted for even a second, there are chances that he’ll miss something. No doubt, the drama does get confusing at times — and there are two reasons for that: there are too many characters, and they are played by faces who are mostly unrecognisable, and secondly, the background music is so loud that sometimes, one can’t hear the dialogues well enough — but in spite of the intermittent confusions, the fast-paced screenplay keeps the audiences so engrossed that the confusion doesn’t come in the way of their enjoyment. Although there are at least fifteen scenes which need special mention, the ones which stand out are the following: the introduction scene of Rocky; the action sequence immediately after interval between Rocky and Adheera; the scene in which the young deceased worker’s mother blesses Rocky for having fulfilled her wish to see her dead son’s face just once; the sequence in which Rocky goes to retrieve a gold bar from the CBI office and how he uses the Badi Maa machine gun to wreak havoc there; the scene in which the audience gets to know why he is ruthless when it comes to amassing wealth; the scene in which Reena (Srinidhi Shetty) expresses her love to Rocky; the scene in which she conveys to him about her pregnancy; the build-up to the scene of the unscheduled meeting between Rocky and the Prime Minsister, and the actual meeting; the scene in which Adheera and his men capture the KGF, and the confrontation scene between Rocky and Adheera thereafter; and all the flashback scenes of Rocky’s mother. Although it is an out-and-out tension-ridden action drama, the few romantic scenes there are, are heartwarming. Light moments like Rocky’s incorrect English dialogues, etc. bring a smile to the face. Dialogues, written by Chandramouli M., Dr. Suri and Prashanth Neel, and translated in Hindi by Manish Bhawan, are mesmerising. Many of the dialogues evoke claps in the cinema hall. While on the point of applause, it must be mentioned here that a number of scenes and dialogues evoke thunderous applause in the cinemas but one may miss hearing that because the background music throughout is very very loud.
Yash is like a ‘monster’ in the role of Rocky. He breathes fire into the character and is also endearing in the romantic scenes. His attitude, his style, his gait, his dialogue delivery, his performance and his stunts are all to die for. In one word, he is phenomenal. His costumes are fantastic. Srinidhi Shetty does very well in a role that gives her limited scope as Reena. Sanjay Dutt is superb as Adheera and spits fire. His get-up is splendid. Raveena Tandon is absolutely outstanding as Prime Minister Ramika Sen. Her dialogue delivery is fantastic. Prakash Raj is supremely endearing and natural to the core. Archana Jois stands out as Rocky’s mother. She leaves an indelible mark in every flashback scene that she appears. Malavika Avinash makes her presence felt as the TV channel interviewer. Rao Ramesh as CBI officer Raghavan is first-rate. T.S. Nagabharana, as the TV channel owner, has his moments. Govinde Gowda stands out as the TV channel peon. Ramesh Indira (as Suryavardhan), Achyut Kumar (as Guru Pandian), Balakrishna (as Inayat Khalil), Dinesh Mangaluru (as Shetty), Harish Rai (as Khasim, Rocky’s confidant), B.S. Avinash (as Andrews), Vasishta N. Simha (as Kamal), B. Suresha (as slave Vittal), Vinay Bidappa (as Virat, brother of Garuda), Ayyappa P. Sharma (as Vanaram, commander of KGF), T.N. Srinivas Murthy (as slave Narayan), Mohan Juneja (as Nagaraju, informer of Anand), Roopa Rayappa (as slave Shanthi), Eswari Rao, Appaji Ambarisha Darbha, and the others provide excellent support.
Prashanth Neel’s direction is remarkable. He does an extraordinary job of the narration and makes the film a wholesome entertainer for all age groups. His direction if of international standards. Ravi Basrur’s music is very good. The ‘Sultan’ song, which is repeated many times, is lovely. The romantic song is quite nice. Song picturisations (by Harsha and Mohan) are splendid. Ravi Basrur’s background music is loud but it has tremendous impact as it has been intelligently and painstakingly composed. Bhuvan Gowda’s cinematography is of a very high standard. Anbariv’s action and stunt scenes are world-class. Shivakumar’s production designing is excellent. Sets are grand. Ujjwal Kulkarni’s editing is super-sharp. Dubbing is wonderful.
On the whole, K.G.F. Chapter 2 is a blockbuster of epic proportions. It will write box-office history. Most of the records of Hindi films for the first day, first weekend and first week will be smashed by this dubbed film. This film (only the Hindi dubbed version) has the potential to touch the Rs. 350-crore or even the Rs. 400-crore mark, maybe even surpass that! Yes, the Hindi dubbed version may surpass the business of Hindi cinema’s highest grossing film, Dangal.
Released on 14-4-’22 at Inox (daily 16 shows) and other cinemas of Bombay thru AA Films. Publicity: grand. Opening: historic (shows started as early as at 4 a.m. today, and the response was simply mind-blowing). …….Also released all over. Opening was historic everywhere. The original Kannada version as also the dubbed Tamil, dubbed Telugu and dubbed Malayalam versions have released simultaneously.