Surender Reddy’s Kick 2 (2015) Movie Review
Star-cast: Ravi Teja, Rakul Preet, Shyam, Sunil, Ravi Kishen, Kabir, Brahmanandam, Rajpal Yadav and Asish Vidyarthi
Music Composer: Thaman S
Director: Surender Reddy
Censor Certificate: UA
Runtime: 161 Minutes
Post finding his Kick by helping kids and becoming Police officer, Devil shifts to USA searching for his new kick with his family. Robinhood (Raviteja) son of Devil, is a guy who wanders around searching for comfort. His father Devil (Raviteja) always eggs him on his pursuance. But things turn around, when Doctor Robin wants to build a super specialty hospital in his ancestral property in Hyderabad, which is grabbed by a local goon DD (Ashish Vidhyarthi). That’s when Robin stays with Pandit Raviteja (Brahmanandam) and starts working on the plan to acquire his land documents. Seeing his capabilities people from Vilaspur try to make him understand their issue with Solomon Singh (Ravi Kishen). After few incidences, Robin starts loving Chaitra (Rakul Preet Singh) an aspiring film writer. Why did people of Vilaspur try to follow Robin and why did they want him in Jaisalmer? Who is Chaitra (Rakul Preet) and what her connection with Robin is. So how does this comfort natured come out of this mess? Forms the rest of the storyline.
To begin with, Ravi Teja fits finely as Devil & Robin though he tries to be more serious, there are glimpses of his likable humor at times. Rakul Preet Singh looks pretty, but she has nothing much to do in the film’s second half. Tanikella Bharini, Rajpal Yadav and Sanjay Mishra give a genuine look to the story as patresfamilias of Vilaspur. Brahmanandam is in top form and makes things humorous with his antics in parts. Posani Krishna Murali, Ashish Vidhyarthi, Kovai Sarala and Nikitin Dheer played their roles according to the script demands. Badies Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kishan and Kabir Duhan Singh have done their parts well. Sunil’s voice over was not perfectly utilized by the director.
The story credited by Vakkantham Vamsi is heavily inspired (other than the Comfort part) from recent commercial entertainers. Well, the story looks nothing new and the situations have been seen before several times, in some of those old commercial-comedy-dramas (like Khaleja, Jayam Manade Raa, Vikramarkudu, Simhadri..etc). Even scenarist fails to develop this okay plot into a mediocre script. The film affirms the fact that the stars driven Telugu films of today have hardly any screenplay. It’s just retrograding same old conventional stories, the stars with larger than life image and clinched situations over and over again. All the lead actors cannot shore up bedraggled screenplay and maintain a balance in the face of over the top direction. Director Surrender Reddy and scenarist Vamsi has gone for the highly ceremonious ways to narrate the story. From the hero-is-always-bright type wisecracks and the thrills with well-built hunks which he wins hands down, to the excessive melodrama, there are many scenes modeled on the formulaic films of this genre.
The film has several anachronic loop holes like, how a villager Rakul Preet who was born and brought up in a desert place know about ongoing latest traditions and maintain posh histrionics throughout the first half? When Thakur’s associates were okay with Robin’s stay, why didn’t Thakur was informed about his latest on goings in the village? When Vilaspur was totally secured by Thakur, how come the villagers were able to bring the required equipment’s for Robin’s stay? Over smart person Robin never doubts about the villagers and their special attention towards him..etc.
The music of the film grows on you. Thaman’s “Jenda Pai Kapiraju”, “Kick Title Track” and ‘Mummy Daddy’ are the three best tracks in the film. ‘Nuve Nuvve’ looks visually good on the big screen. However, the placement of the songs could have been better. The editing could have been crisper. The cinematography by Manoj Paramahamsa is top notch and the production design is outstanding. Nandamuri Kalyanram leaves no stone unturned in making KICK sequel technically sound. Make-up, styling and costumes are all different and good. Abburi Ravi’s dialogues will get mixed reactions – you will either love it or absolutely hate it.
Kick 2 leaps out a bit from the success and smartness of the Kick 1, in the sense that it fails to live up to the ingenuity or freshness of its original. There are countless no. of considerably worse commercial films one could point to, but that doesn’t change the fact that, while Kick was a breath of fresh air, rightly exalted for its interesting new perspective and competent execution, the sequel is an sterile, snail paced third-rate offer at best. Even with no expectations and if your idea of entertainment is some senseless comic acts, even then you will be completely disappointed with this sequel.
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