Hero Nikhil and Anupama Parmeswaran’s Karthikeya 2 under the direction of Chandoo Mondeti has hit the silver screens today. Let’s see how it fares.
Story: Prominently, the film showcases the greatness of Lord Krishna. The film opens with a few mysterious events from Lord Krishna’s times and later shifts to the introduction of a doctor Karthikeya (Nikhil). How is Karthikeya connected with Sri Krishna? What is the backstory of Karthikeya? His adventurous journey to find the missing ankle of Lord Sri Krishna? To know the answer to the questions, you have to watch the film in the nearest cinemas.
Performances: Nikhil is okay with his usual acting. While his acting is okay in key portions, his screen presence brings the much-needed push to the proceedings in the second half.
Heroine Anupama Parmeshwaran is cute and did her part decently. But her role is left unnoticed during the climax portions.
Bollywood actor Anupam Kher is fine in his cameo role as a scientist. Aditya Menon is decent in his role as a doctor with wrong intentions. Srinivas Reddy and Viva Harsha are good in their comic roles. Other artists like Tulasi among others are okay with their performance.
Technicalities: The music and background score composed by Kaala Bhairava are an added advantage for the film. While the songs are situational, the fresh vibe in the background score elevates the mood of the film superbly.
The cinematography work by Karthik Ghattamaneni is good as he showcased the entire film on a rich note. Apart from cinematography, Karthik even did editor job and impresses.
The VFX and graphics work is done nicely. Production values and production design work are good.
Analysis: Director Chandoo Mondeti’s idea of exploring some hidden facts about Lord Sri Krishna is good and tried to execute the film on a decent note. His writing and research for the film are visible on screen.
The film unfolds multiple sub-plots in the first half but some of them are left with no proper detailing in the second half. For instance, the establishment of Aadheeras who are Krishna’s disciplines is not done in a proper manner.
To summerize, Karthikeya 2 is largely engaging adventure drama that has a unique premise and good performances from the artists. Though a few episodes are left unnoticed in the second half which comes as a minus, overall the film is ends as a decent watch.
Verdict: Passable adventure thriller!