Karthikeya 2 Review Rating : 2.75/5
Nikhil Siddhartha took some time post Kirrak Party and Arjun Suravaram films to bring his next out. Karthikeya 2 has been in production for more than 3 years and finally, it released on 13th August for Independence Day long weekend. As Karthikeya is a sleeper hit, the sequel has many expectations from it. Did the film deliver on the promise that first film gave to audiences? Let’s discuss…
Karthikeya (Nikhil Siddhartha) becomes a sought after young doctor and explorer who busts myths. He is drawn into a mystery hunt triggered by an archeologist who is killed by a Secret Society Head, Shantanu (Adithya Menon). The mystery involves Karthikeya finding clues left by Uddhavudu from Dwaraka or Dwapara Yugam upon the instructions of Lord Krishna before Dwaraka sinks into the sea. He needs to find a Kadiyam of Krishna. Abira clan and secret Society keep making it difficult for Karthikeya to achieve his mission. How he overcomes those difficulties? Why is Kadiyam of Krishna important? Watch the movie to know…
Some Plots need writers or narrators to have enough writing strength to convince audiences in suspending their disbelief and go along with the flow. Chandoo Mondeti once again comes up with high concept and less convincing narrative. Trying to package everything in a fast paced screenplay. At times, it feels like he rushes to point B from Point A, when Point A needs more time to sink in. Not saying that screenplay needs to be slow and not fast paced but placement of scenes that can be 5-10 mins long converting themselves into sequences and having every scene go for 3-5 mins or 2 mins like a timer has been applied kills the intensity. If a plot detail needs establishment it cannot be rushed and completed in 2 mins where a common “romantic” or “joke” moment which could have been ended in 30 seconds also dragged on for same length. This doesn’t balance the narrative and that is the major problem behind Chandoo Mondeti’s screenplay for Karthikeya 2.
Every plot idea has huge amount of strength to develop into a novel plot in themselves but Chandoo Mondeti scrambles through them and conveniently uses Hero Karthikeya to fight than really use his mind strength to solve difficult clues. At two places, the screenplay gives hero chance to be brilliant or at least clever enough to solve clues while at many places it feels too convenient. Hero’s motive to start an investigation and his curiosity to go to any length doesn’t really have a strong reason or establishment. Hence, while many sequences are interesting we don’t connect with the hero to really come up with solution. It is more like director wanted us to relate the film with Krishna than his story’s lead. Had these problems been taken care off, this movie had all the things working for it to be a must watch.
Nikhil Siddhartha delivered a very decent performance going back to Karthikeya look. He looked fresh and relatable. As a young doctor and part-time adventure seeker or mystery buster, he showed good amount of refrain to not over act. Anupama Parmeshwaran did a decent job. Srinivas Reddy rather than just being a humorous side-kick he delivered a neat performance as loving relative of the main lead. Special mention should be given to Anupam Kher for delivering the best monologue in the screenplay effectively. All others did well. Loud BGM by Kaala Bhairava acts as double edged sword for this movie. It is good but lacks impactiveness. Visuals by Karthik Ghattamaneni are good but his Editing could have been much much better. On the whole, movie is a decent one time watch.
- Nikhil Performance
- Anupama Parameswaran
- Screen Presence
- Anupam Kher Monologue
- Unique Plot
- Big Ideas lack Clarity
- Sloggy Narrative
- Too many jump cuts
- Low on Impact and Effectiveness
Bottom-line: Decent Treasure Hunt
Star Cast: Nikhil Siddharth, Anupama Parameswaran, Anupam Kher, Srinivasa Reddy, Harsha Chemudu, and Adithya Menon
Cinematography & Edited by Karthik Ghattamneni
Music Composed by Kaala Bhairava
Written & Directed by Chandoo Mondeti
Produced by TG Vishwa Prasad and Abhishek Agarwal
Karthikeya 2 is an Indian Telugu-language supernatural thriller film written and directed by Chandoo Mondeti. Produced by Abhishek Agarwal Arts and People Media Factory, the film serves as a sequel to the 2014 film Karthikeya. It stars Nikhil Siddharth, Anupama Parameswaran and Anupam Kher.
The film was announced in 2017 with principal photography commencing in February 2021. Filming took place in India and Europe. Karthikeya 2 is scheduled to be released on 13 August 2022.
Karthikeya 2 (Telugu) Theatrical Trailer Nikhil, Anupama Parameshwaran, Anupam Kher
Karthikeya 2 Review Rating : 2.75/5