Khuda Haafiz 2 review: Vidyut Jammwal delivers a power-packed performance in an overly dramatic movie
Film: Khuda Haafiz 2: Agni Pariksha
Director: Faruk Kabir
Star cast: Vidyut Jammwal, Shivaleeka Oberoi, Sheeba Chaddha, Dibyendu Bhattacharya and Rajesh Tailang
Bollywood Bubble ratings: 2.5/5 stars
Khuda Haafiz 2 Movie Review:
They are plenty of movies based on fathers seeking revenge for their kids’ death or mishap. Films like Taken and more showcase how a father switches on the killer mode just to save their children. The premise of Khuda Haafiz 2: Agni Pariksha starrer Vidyut Jammwal is also one of them but is a slow burner film. The film talks about a common man who is on a mission of vengeance. In the first part of Khuda Haafiz, Sameer Chaudhary was seen on a mission to save his wife from the flesh traders while the second part is about his adopted daughter who also gets kidnapped.
After destroying the business of flesh traders in Noman while saving his wife Nargis, Sameer leads a normal life with Nargis. As they try to bring together the broken pieces together, a ray of hope comes into her life when she and her husband adopt a girl child Nandini. However, their happiness is short-lived and her happiness comes down shattering when Nandini is kidnapped by a landlady’s henchmen while returning from school. Sameer ventures out to save Nandini, seeking vengeance against the landlady.
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Vidyut Jammwal plays the role of Sameer Chaudhary, a layman who leads a normal life with his wife Nargis. Vidyut plays the father in this second instalment and he looks quite impressive as a devastated father. The helplessness and the grief in his eyes will make you feel for him. The best part about his character is that despite knowing martial arts and various combat sports, he stays true to his character and fights like a normal which makes I would like to see him more in the movies.
Shivaleeka Oberoi plays the role of Nargis which is not a powerful or a meaty role but she makes her presence felt. She also does a fair job playing her part which doesn’t allow us to showcase more of her.
Sheeba Chaddha plays the role of a powerful politician Thakur. She plays her part with utmost perfection. Be it comedy or playing the antagonist, Sheeba will ace her part. With her menacing gaze or even her walk, Sheeba looks quite dreadful.
Supporting roles like Dibyendu Bhattacharya, and Rajesh Tailang shine in their limited screen space.
For some reason, I enjoyed the first part more than the second part. It is the pace of Khuda Hafiz 2 that seemed quite tiresome. The first half of the film was quite slow while the second half was a drag. It could have easily been a little cohesive which could have easily grabbed my attention. I liked how he moulded the character of Sameer, from a mellow and innocent man to a fierce father, I was rooting for him. Though some might even think that his actions are not justified (no spoilers), one really needs to see him through the lens of a father.
Talking about the action, it is quite brutal and even gruesome in some parts. I winced and flinched when there was a man who was biting and ripping their flesh which irked me to the core. It looks like that kind of fight happen in the jail. In one of the jail scenes, people are killing others with sharp blades and knives as if they are poking the meat to check if it is cooked. It was like no big deal.
Overall, Khuda Haafiz 2 tries to showcase an intense drama but ends up showing an overly dramatic movie with a slow pace. Will go with 2.5 stars, for Vidyut Jammwal and Sheeba Chaddha.
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