its scale reminded you of those old mgm movies set in biblical times. humans walking in kgf had to yell and shout to be seen and heard. hence the background music that made you look for earplugs. and hence larger than life characters, led from the front by rocky (yash), who heralds his arrival as messiah and avenger all in one.
kgf part 2 is more of the same, just bigger. but alas, no better, even though the film corners bollywood stars like sanjay dutt and raveena tandon, and branches out of the country, to dip its shovel in the middle east, with its lighter patina of brown and beige, the darker shades reserved for the gold fields of kolar, which form the scorched-earth backdrop for the exploits of our rocky hero and his faithful inhabitants.
His unruly mane remains the same, but this time Rocky appears in a series of elegant outfits, standing out among the thousands of extras dressed in humble mud-brown clothes. What’s also familiar is the swagger and delivery of the dialogue, which he can spread across a variety of characters: a very bad guy with tattoos and a complicated hairstyle named Adheera (Sanjay Dutt), an Indian prime minister who looks and sounds like Indira. gandhi (raveena tandon), a group of rivals spread across the length and breadth of india, a cbi officer who follows in his footsteps, and packs of policemen who look at him with awe and fear.
The problem with movies that are busy working on their looks is that they forget about the plot. The film randomly oscillates between the past, which shows us Rocky’s devotion to his mother (Arcana Jois), and the present, in which he oscillates between being a savior and the guy who cracks the whip and roars at the workers to stop. never stop working. A good boy forced to do bad things by force of circumstances, or a bad boy with a heart of gold? We shouldn’t make too fine a point on that weak distinction because as far as kgf 2 is concerned, rocky is not a “gangster”, just the “go-in-and-conquer master”.
To that end, we have scenario after scenario as Yash wields heavy hammers and pulverizes armies of thugs, some that look like they’ve stepped out of ‘mad max fury’ sets, others from old westerns. srinidhi shetty is the heroine-there-just-to-cheer-up-the-hero. dutt, in her ‘agneepath’ avatar minus the threat, should have been a worthy foe, but he does nothing but open his mouth and roar. With her tasteful saris, and that trademark white streak in her hair, Raveena Tandon leaves a little more impact: She, too, is responsible for an act that has ensured the erasure of Rocky’s savage and valiant deeds from our books. of history. however, the ladies are beside the point: like the previous one, this film is also about men, machismo and muscles, all oiled up, shiny and ripped; the audience dutifully laughs when a misogynistic comment or two slips out of the hero’s mouth, as he turns to the real business at hand: increasing the quotient of blood-soaked violence with every step.
as the prakash raj narrator says, with a smile, “don’t dramatize it so much, it’s fiction after all, right”? With the exception of these moments, and a few bits of the action, kgf 2 is pretty boring. too much sound, too much fury, too little impact.
kgf 2 movie cast: yash, sanjay dutt, prakash raj, srinidhi shetty, raveena tandon, anant nag, archana jois kgf 2 movie director: prashanth neel kgf 2 movie rating: one and a half stars