Direction : Raghava Lawrence
Production : Raghavendra Production
Starring : Raghava Lawrence, Taapsee Pannu, Kovai Sarala, Nithya Menon, Sriman
Music : Leon James, C. Sathya, S. Thaman, Ashwamithra
Cinematography : Rajavel Olhiveeran
Horror-comedy was indeed a rare combination, but turned to be the best bet with Raghava Lawrence consistently proving this mix of genre. He scored brownie points with both the parts – Muni and Muni-2 Kanchana winning good reviews and spinning the best profits in box office. This had indeed turned more spotlights on this third instalment.
Raghava Lawrence is still the same and he is in no way of trying to give up his fear for ghosts. This time, he is so much advanced that he keeps himself equipped with lots of securities from broom sticks, slippers and bed spreads of deities to save himself. A wanted cameraman by profession, he is in love with the beautiful girl Taapsee, who takes him into a program based on paranormal investigation. In reality, there are no ghosts, but they hatch up a drama to make the people believe of it merely to increase the TRPs. They reach a bungalow that almost looks like a haunted one and begin the shoot. Sooner, they realise that the place is possessed with too many ghosts and they haunt both Taapsee and Raghava Lawrence.
Sequels are always packaged with more anticipation, especially, when a film makes a tremendous mark in the box office garnering the stupendous results. The makers are instantly pushed to the verge of delivering something more special to the audiences, sometimes with more dosage. On this aspect, it looks like Raghava Lawrence seems to have presented Kanchana 2 with an over dosage. Say for instance, if Kanchana had just three or four characters to evoke the laughter, he has included nearly a dozen to tickle our funny bones. The bunch of actors like Sriman, Kovai Sarala, Manobala, Mayilsamy et al and the complete first half is loaded with lots and lots of laughter. Sooner, as the film travels to second half, Raghava Lawrence seems to have followed the same pattern of having more dose of horror. Although it creates a sort of excitement in the theatres, somewhere it starts boring off the audiences. Technically, the background score by Thaman gives the best eerie feeling in many places. The cinematography on its part evokes the kind of eeriness with its placement of angles. The songs ‘Sillatta Pillatta’, ‘Vaaya Veera’ and ‘Sandi Muni’ are rocking numbers, which is sure to keep the front benchers in absolute excitement.
Raghava Lawrence has exerted the best he could do to keep the ‘Muni’ franchise at the best levels. He has outperformed his very own previous act in Kanchana. He plays multiple roles and the episode that happens before the flashback is extraordinary. Taapsee has tried something different from his previous movies. Kovai Sarala as usual tickles out our funny bones, specifically her drama during second half, it brings down the entire roof in theatres. Sriram doesn’t appear as Raghava Lawrence’s brother, but his portions are so well laughable. Nithya Menen is the showstopper as she touches an incredulous line of role that one would have not imagined. Taapsee gets a meaty stroke to stretch her muscles and throw up a surprise with possessed character.
1. First half loaded with laughter and horror.
2. Performance of Raghava Lawrence, Taapsee, Kovai Sarala and Nithya Menen. 3.
3. Brilliant Technical aspects.
What doesn’t work?
1. Lengthy second half
2. Less impact of flashback sequences
3. More commercial elements in the climax
On the whole, ‘Kanchana 2’ easily would win the appraisals of audiences for its entertainment package, but if Raghava Lawrence had taken more scrutinising efforts on crafting second half with crisp and engrossing aspects, it would have been an incredible one.
Verdict: Overdose of horror
Rating : 4.5/10
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