The second installment, HIT 2 from director Shailesh Kolanu’s HITverse featuring Adivi Sesh in the lead role is out for public viewing today. Let’s see how it fares.
Story: Set in Vizag backdrop, the film starts with the introduction of a cop named KD (Adivi Sesh) who is known for solving crime cases in a smart way. Meanwhile, to crack the whereabouts of a brutal murder of a girl who works at a Bar, KD will be assigned the same. In his investigation, KD finds out that the murder is done by a serial psycho killer. What kind of challenges will KD face in search of the killer? What is the killer moto behind mass crimes? How will KD catch the psycho? To know that, you have to watch the film in the theater near you.
Performances: Adivi Sesh perfectly fitted in the role of a cool cop. His performance during the intense scenes adds authentic texture to the investigation scenes.
Meenakshi Chaudhary is captivating on-screen and her chemistry with Adivi Sesh is showcased in a decent manner in love scenes. Her acting during the crucial second-half proceedings is good.
Actor Maganti Srinath gets a meaty role and the actor gave a decent performance. Other artists such as Suhas, Rao Ramesh, Posani Krishna Murali, Kamalee Prasad among others gave their best. Senior actors like Tanikella Bharani among others are okay in their key cameo roles.
Technicalities: The background score composed by John Stewart Eduri is striking. Especially, the crime investigation scenes are explored nicely with an engaging score in the second half. The cinematography work by S Manikandan is top-notch as he tried th present the entire film on a rich note.
On the other hand, two songs composed by MM Srilekha and Suresh Bobbili are passable on screen. Editing by Garry BH is fine as he kept the duration within limits by avoiding unwanted scenes.
Production values for this Nani’s Wall Poster Cinema banner film are good. The set work is also pretty good.
Analysis: Director Shailesh Kolanu’s idea of making a franchise for the 2020 film, HIT is good and he came up with content that has a scope to explore even better than the first installment. While Shailesh’s execution is largely engaging, he would have worked more on writing a solid screenplay.
The first half proceedings take their own sweet time to establish. If care was taken by him at the scripting stage itself, the result would have been unanimous. To summarize, HIT 2 is a crime thriller that has a straight-to-the-point narrative. Even though the film has a few loopholes, in an overview, it will end up as an easy one-time watch.
Verdict: Watchable crime thriller!