Movie: Karthikeya 2
Banner: Abhishek Agarwal Arts & People Media Factory,
Form: Nikhil Siddartha, Anupama Parameswaran, Anupam Kher, Aditya Menon, KS Sridhar, Srinivas Reddy, Satya, Praveen, Harsha Chemudu and others
Music: Kaala Bhaiyarava
CAP: Karthik Ghattamanenic
Production designer: Saahi Suresh
Producers: TG Vishwa Prasad, Abhishek Agarwal
Written and directed by: Chandoo Mondetic
Publication date: Aug 13, 2022
Director Chandoo Mondeti made his name with “Karthikya”, a thriller. It took him eight years to make a sequel. The trailer for the film was a huge success. Nikhil hopes to achieve pan-Indian success with this thriller.
Let’s find out its pros and cons.
Karthikeya (Nikhil Siddharth), a doctor, is suspended from the hospital when he beats up a mayor for performing yagam in the ICU. His mother takes him to Dwaraka in Gujarat for mokku.
In Dwaraka, before taking his last breath, an archaeologist tells Karthikeya that he is the savior and the chosen one to complete a mission.
The granddaughter of the archaeologist Mugdha (Anupama Parameswaran) rescues him and they dig deeper into the mysterious incidents that have taken place. They discover a secret society that protects Lord Krishna’s anklet.
Performances by artists:
As an actor, Nikhil has given what it takes for the role. The role requires him to do simple actions, and he does it neatly.
Anupama Parameswaran is more of a companion for Nikhil like Srinivasa Reddy and Harsha Chemudu. She does get her in one or two scenes.
The role of Aditya Menon is unclear. Anupam Kher appears as a blind professor and leaves an impression in the last moments.
Music, production design and cinematography should be top notch in this kind of thriller. Director Chandoo Mondeti fails to get the right output from the music department. Not a single scene was elevated with the background music of Kala Bhairava leaving the audience without experiencing goosebumps.
Karthik Ghattamaneni’s camera work is sufficient for the theme. The editing could have been sharper. Writing dialogues serves the purpose. The visual effects are sufficient. The producers have invested a lot of money in the grand appearance of the film.
The last 30 minutes
Inconsistency in the first half
Too many cinematic freedoms
When Chandoo Mondeti’s “Karthikeya” was released in 2014, it amazed many for its theme and compelling narration. It was a compelling thriller with all the commercial elements. The first part is rich in content and narration.
The second film in the franchise doesn’t talk about the first part, and has a different setting and a whole new mission for the main character. As in the first part, the main character is the same Karthik, who believes in science instead of religion and god.
However, “Karthikya 2” focuses on Karthik’s transformation from a non-believer to a believer. This one has been widely edited to appeal to the pan-Indian audience, especially the Hindi audience, and it incorporates a high dose of Hindu mythology and religion. Lately, Hindi audiences are embracing movies that glorify our culture, Hinduism, and our great history.
“Karthikya 2” is a calculated effort. However, director Chandoo Mondeti has a story that draws on historical and mythological references, leaving plenty of room for drama and suspense. The film goes the same way as Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones series with the elements of “The Da Vinci Code”.
The film takes a long time to get to the point. The first half is off. From the second half, the story gets gripping. As the story moves to different locations, the grandiose imagery and visual effects captivate the audience. The story behind Lord Shri Krishna’s anklet and the mystery surrounding a telescope and a metal statue of a peacock draws us in.
But the overall graphics of the film lack consistency. It has many ups and downs. Gopichand starrer “Sahasam” has a similar narrative structure. So a bit of déjà vu appears.
Despite these flaws, the last moments make up for everything and the grander is another plus.
All in all, the film has compelling moments in the second half and great production values. Despite the inconsistency in narrative and logical issues, the film makes a decent watch.
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