Release date : August 21, 2015
123telugu.com Rating : 3.25/5
Director : Surender Reddy
Producer : Nandamuri Kalyan Ram
Music Director : SS. Thaman
Starring : Ravi Teja, Rakul Preet Singh, Ravi Kishan, Brahmanandam
Kick 2 is one of the most awaited films in the recent times. Directed by the talented Surender Reddy, this film has Rakul Preet as the female lead and has hit the screens today. Let’s now see how it is.
Robin Hood(Ravi Teja) is a doctor who comes to India to solve his land disputes. There, he meets Chaitra(Rakul Preet) and falls in love with her. One fine day, Chaitra is suddenly kidnapped by some goons and Robin Hood is left helpless.
As time passes by, Robin Hood finds out that Chaitra is kept hostage in her native village called Vikaspur. He decides to take things in his hand and heads to her village to save her.
Twist in the tale arises when he crosses path with Suleman Singh Thakhur( Ravi Kishan) who is troubling the villagers with his vicious activities. Rest of the story is as to how Robin Hood saves the villagers from the evil clutches of Suleman Thakur and also wins his love.
Undoubtedly, Ravi Teja is the biggest asset of the film. Right from the word go, it is his strong screen presence that holds the film together. The mass Maharaja is quite hilarious during the first half and gives a balanced and emotional performance in the second.
Rakul Preet gets a meaty role and suits perfectly in both the village and modern avatars. Her chemistry with Ravi Teja is crackling and lights up the screen. First half of the film is quite entertaining and has all the elements which are expected of a typical Ravi Teja film. Brahmanandam’s track with Ravi Teja and their comedy episodes evoke superb laughs.
Yet another major plus point of the film is Thaman’s thumping background score which elevates the film to another level. Second half of the film gets high on emotions. The film takes a new dimension post interval and the last twenty minutes have superb mass elements. Ravi Kishan is fearsome as the main villain and does a pretty decent job.
Even though the film is high on emotions, the second half lacks basic entertainment. Audience who come in with certain expectations associated with comedy in the Kick franchise might get slightly disappointed. The first fifteen minutes post interval is boring and stretch the film unnecessarily.
Yet another major drawback of the film is the predictable nature of the script. There are no twists and turns where you tend to get surprised with the proceedings. Ravi Teja looks way too slim in certain scenes.
Kick 2 moves on a single thread and does not give much scope for comedy in the second half. Length of the film is a tad too long as many scenes could have been easily edited.
Surender Reddy’s films have always been high on technical values and Kick 2 does not fall short of its expectations. Camera work is stunning as the rustic villages have been showcased in a superb manner. All the locations chosen look natural and bring a specific flavor to the film. Editing is below average as many scenes could have been removed to make the film crisp.
Dialogues are pretty good and suit Ravi Teja’s body language well. Thaman’s music is superb as all the songs have been shot exceptionally well. Screenplay is a bit predictable but catches pace during the end. Kick 2 looks quite grand and credit should go to producer Kalyan Ram for not compromising on the production values of the film.
Coming to the director Surender Reddy, he had a huge responsibility of repeating the Kick magic which he manages to an extent. This time around, he gives due importance to emotions and deals the film on a serious note.
On the whole, Kick 2 is yet another mass Ravi Teja film which has entertainment and emotions in equal doses. But lack of basic entertainment in the second half let’s down the film to an extent. However, a hilarious first half, beautiful songs and Ravi Teja’s strong screen presence in the film over shadow these flaws and decently entertain you with its emotional content.
123telugu.com Rating : 3.25/5
Reviewed by 123telugu Team