A Passable Horror Fare
‘U/A’ Certified, 2 hrs 07 mins
What is the film Raju Gari Gadhi 2 about?
A ghost haunts a resort owned by three friends. They hire a Mentalist Rudra (Nagarjuna) to solve the issue. What did Rudra (Nagarjuna) find and how is the problem solved, is what the film is all about?
How is Nagarjuna’s performance?
First of all, Nagarjuna needs to be appreciated again for picking up a subject that suits his age and yet delivers the required heroism expected from a top star like him. The character scores on both counts which is a win-win situation for everyone. Secondly, there is nothing over the top, and Nagarjuna just takes the narrative forward with his simple style and charisma. No great acting moments, but there is nothing dull either.
Direction By Omkar?
That Ohmkar is not merely a fad and has good directorial skills has been proved without doubt by his first two films. Raju Gari Gadhi 2 further establishes that fact. Once again, the director returns to his horror comedy terrain and delivers on the laughs with a predictable but engaging story.
There is a slight jaded feeling initially where it feels like Ohmkar is using the edited out scenes from Raju Gari Gadhi with different actors and set up. However, once we get into the crux of the plot with the seriousness taking over, the narrative changes dramatically and the director engages. The half an hour before the interval from the introduction of Rudra (Nagarjuna) is superb.
The fillers once again begin the second half, but a nice intrigue is built on the central mystery. The real flashback appears routine and predictable and takes away the ‘fresh’ sheen. However, the performances and earnest execution make up for it. In a way Raju Gari Gadhi 2 is closer to Genius, the directorial debut of Ohmkar than Raju Gari Gadhi that was out and out fun. Overall, despite the predictability and clichés, RGG2 is a decent one time watch as its well-executed.
Samantha and others?
Samantha has a short screen time. She appears in the second half but makes her presence felt all the way. Even in the few scenes she has, she delivers a terrific performance. The climax rests entirely on her and such is her presence that others get relegated to the background. Apart from Nagarjuna and her, there are three primary characters essayed by Ashwin, Vennela Kishore, and Praveen. They are all adequate and do their jobs well. Seerat Kapoor is used for glamour, and she delivers oodles of it. Naresh is alright. Rao Ramesh in a brief part is his usual self. Shakalaka Shankar gets one scene to shine which he makes full use of. Abhinaya impresses in critical sequence.
Music and other departments?
Musically there is nothing in the film as there are no songs in the typically predictable sense. It is all about background score, and SS Thaman delivers another one of his career best works. The cinematography is neat, and so is the editing. Dialogues are in sync with the narrative.
Pre-interval And Interval
Pre-Climax and Climax
Horror Genre Clichés
In the end, the movie was more simplistic. Making it a thriller based narrative by cutting down on repetitive comedy blocks would be an alternative take.
Did I enjoy it?
Will you recommend it?
Raju Gari Gadhi 2 Review by Siddartha Toleti
While Raju Gari Gadhi 2 first half mostly runs on entertainment, second half deals with heavy emotional content through out. Nag and Samantha’s performances are the main highlight of the film. Stay tuned for our frank review shortly.
– Samantha’s delivers a touching performance in a couple scenes. She once again shows her acting ability in emotional scenes.
– Rudra (Nag) finds the mystery behind Amrutha (Samantha).
– Raju Gari Gadhi 2 deals with the most sensitive and burning issue of the current society MMS video leakage.
– Rudra is trying to investigate Amrutha’s (Samantha) flash back. Movie now shifts to emotional from comedy and slows down.
– Rudra (Nag) is trying to help Vennela Kishore and gang who are scared of ghost in their resort.
First Half Report:
Raju Gari Gadhi 2 has a decent first half. Vennela Kishore and Praveen’s comedy is good if not hiiarious all the time. Though not many, VFX shots are decent. Overall it’s a decent first half that leads to an interesting second half. The main story is yet to begin. Let’s see.
– Thaman hit it out if the park again. BGM is excellent when Rudra (Nag) helps police with an investigation.
– Now all three friends get convinced that they have some ghost elements in their resort. They seek mentalist Rudra’s (Nagarjuna) help.
– Few minutes into the story, there is lot of glamour show by Seerat Kapoor. But Seerat has been presented very modern without any vulgarity.
– Vennela Kishore and friends trying for Suhanisa (Seerat Kapoor) at their resort. Vennela Kishore figures out that she may be a ghost.
– Shakalaka Shankar makes his entry in Katamarayudu style.
– Raju Gari Gadhi 2 show started with a glimpse of Samantha as ghost. Three thick friends ( Vennela Kishore, Ashwin Babu and Praveen) introduced while the titles roll.
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Preview: Raju Gari Gadhi 2
Raju Gari Gadhi 2 is hitting screens amid low expectations despite first one from director Ohmkar was a commercial hit. Raju Gari Gadhi 2 comes with the advantage of having star actors like Nagarjuna and Samantha Ruth Prabhu compared to the first. But since Akkineni’s just had a major family occasion the movie had gone through the low promotional phase.
The biggest advantage for Raju Gari Gadhi 2 is its genre, horror comedy. If the movie opens with a good word of mouth it will pull crowds to theaters quickly. Having big names like Nag, Samantha will play a big role in this aspect.
Music director Thaman is on a roll with recent hit Mahanubhavudu, especially where his background music played a key role in the success. For a film like Raju Gari Gadhi 2 BGM is critical and if Thaman delivers again it will be a big boost for him.
Director Ohmkar made a name from small screen got a big opportunity of a lifetime to direct big star like Nagarjuna. If Raju Gari Gadhi 2 delivers, Ohmkar wants to continue the series of Raju Gari Gadhi with different stars. Venkatesh reportedly agreed to work with Ohmkar in the third series. A big success at this point will set a clear path for the director who has pinned huge expectations on this film.
The wait won’t be long as our mirchi9 team will be back with a frank Raju Gari Gadhi 2 review. Stay tuned.
Raju Gari Gadhi 2 US Premier Gross is $80,916 K [Refresh for latest update]