The most striking aspect of KGF Part One (2018) was its setting. On every occasion, the camera was retracted so that we could have a bird’s eye view of the vast gold mines of Kolar, buried deep in the earth, and there, millions of faceless men and women relentlessly shooing away. The slaves were, in fact, buried under the iron boots of their cruel masters, gambling without stopping for their back-breaking work.
Its scale reminds you of those old MGM movies that were set in biblical times. The people roaming around in the KGF had to scream and shout to be seen and heard. So, the background music you reached for was for ear-plugs. And so, larger-than-life characters led by Rocky (Yash), who announce his arrival as both the Messiah and the Avenger, rolled into one.
KGF Part 2 is more of the same, only bigger. But alas, despite corrupting Bollywood stars like Sanjay Dutt and Raveena Tandon in the film and branching out of the country, the Middle East ditched its shovel with lighter shades of brown and beige, reserved for darker shades. The Kolar gold fields, which form the burnt-earth background for the actions of our hero Rocky and his loyal citizens.
His unruly mane is still the same, but this time Rocky appears in a series of edgy suits, pitted against thousands of additional people dressed in mud-brown modesty. What’s familiar is the swagger, and the dialogue delivery, which he scatters among an array of characters—a really bad guy who’s decked out in tattoos and a complicated child—called Kabira (Sanjay Dutt). , an Indian prime minister who looks and sounds like Indira Gandhi (Raveena Tandon), a group of rivals scattered across the length and breadth of India, a CBI officer who is hot on his track, and a horde of cops who help him out. Watch with fear and dread.
The problem with working on their looks in films is that they forget to do the plotting. The film swings randomly between the past, showing us Rocky’s devotion to his mother (Archana Jois) and the present, in which he swings between a savior and the man who whips and never stops working. Roars at workers for not doing it. Is the good man forced to do bad things because of circumstances, or the bad man with a golden heart? Not for us to make a point on that minor distinction because as far as KGF 2 goes, Rocky is no ‘gangster’, just a ‘master who enters and wins’.
To that end, we get set-piece after set-piece in which Yash wields heavy hammers and crushes armies of goons, some looking like they just stepped out of the sets of ‘Mad Max Fury’, from some old western countries. Srinidhi Shetty is the heroine-there-only-to-be-boy-the-hero. Dutt, in his ‘Agneepath’ avatar, should have made a worthy enemy, barring danger, but is made to do nothing but open his mouth and roar. Raveena Tandon makes a little more impact in her cheesy saris, and that trademark streak of white hair: She is also responsible for an act that has erased Rocky’s wild and heroic acts from our history books. The women are besides the point, though: Like the last one, this film is also about men and masculinity and muscles, all oiled up and shiny and torn; When one or two anti-female remarks come out of the protagonist’s mouth, the audience dutifully mocks her, as she turns to real business to up the blood-soaked violence quotient at every turn.
As Prakash Raj’s satirist smiles, ‘Don’t dramatize it so much, after all it’s fiction, isn’t it? Except for these moments and some parts of the action, KGF 2 is largely sluggish. Too much sound, too much fury, little effect.
KGF 2 movie cast: Yash, Sanjay Dutt, Prakash Raj, Srinidhi Shetty, Raveena Tandon, Anant Nag, Archana Joyce
KGF 2 movie director: pacific neel
KGF 2 Movie Rating: one and a half stars