Direction : JPR
Production : Kalpataru Pictures
Starring : R. Sarathkumar, Ajay, Napoleon, Suhashini, Muishkanth
Music : Jakes Bejoy
Cinematography : Vijay Deepak
Editing : Gopi Krishna
Having titled the film as Chennaiyil Oru Naal 2, is it a continuation of the first part?
There is no connecting link between the Chennaiyil Oru Naal and this one. The first part featured a plot of saving a life against all odds, where numerous characters come across each other in an unexpected way over a period of one day. But this one is completely different and has nothing to do with it. it’s a mystery thriller involving a challenging situation for a cop to unravel a mystery within a span of one day.
The film is based on the novel penned by King of Crime novels – Rajesh Kumar. What’s the basic premise of this story?
Although, the film’s title has Chennaiyil Oru Naal 2, the entire story happens in Coimbatore. Sarathkumar is a cop of top position transferred from Chennai to Coimbatore, where he leads his life with adopted kids. One particular morning, posters with the text ‘Angeline Death – Today or Tomorrow?’ are seen all over the city of Coimbatore. This pulls the attention of police department, where they hand over the investigation to Sarath Kumar. Meanwhile, he and his family members get some anonymous threatening through phone calls and letters. Now it’s up to Sarath Kumar to unravel the mystery within a short span of time.
How well as Sarathkumar befittingly perfects the cop of Rajesh Kumar of novel?
The entire story happens over a time of one night and the screenplay has been presented accordingly by debut filmmaker JPR. Although, the film is limited with its running length less than 2 hours, the screenplay lacks the gripping moments. Nevertheless, the post-intermission sequences do have its best moments by the way how protagonist unravels the mystery. But it doesn’t carry an usual pattern of Sarathkumar movies as he doesn’t use his brawny physique, instead gets more brainy in this investigation thriller. Although, the makers have tried projecting the sentimental aspects, it doesn’t work out as demanded for the film’s situation.
About other actors and their roles in this film…
The film has three prominent actors alongside Sarath Kumar. Napoleon as higher official of police department, Suhasini Manirathnam as the warden of mentally challenged institution and Munishkanth as the assistant of Sarathkumar have done proper justice to their roles.
How about the technical prospects of this film?
Jakes Bejoy who had composed music for the films like Thaakka Thaakka and Dhuruvangal 16 has composed music. The movie features no songs and the background score helps the film to a greater degree. Since the entire film is set against the night backdrops, the cinematography by Deepak Vijay is highly appreciable. The editing could have been better to make the screenplay much more engaging.
All fine! Will ‘Chennaiyil Oru Naal 2’ turn to be a perfect treat for the festive occasion of Diwali?
This film will definitely impress the ardent fans of crime-thrillers, but it’s not definitely for the kids and women, who expect regular commercial elements and so-called TV series buffs. They have nothing to get gratified here. But then, the director has done a neat job of doing what this kind of script actually demands.
Rating : 4/10
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