Sandakozhi-2 review:A watchable rural action entertainer
Sandakozhi 2 is no patch on its first part but the film is watchable for the majestic father-son bond, grand production values and the bubbly Keerthy Suresh
Critic's Rating: 2.5/5
Thursday 18 October 2018
Vishal, Keerthy, Varalaxmi, Raj Kiran
Sandakozhi is a landmark film in the mainstream commercial cinema genre of Tamil cinema. The film proved that a mass action entertainer doesn’t need a big star and all that matters is a strong script with commercial ingredients and racy presentation. Thirteen years later, director Lingusamy and Vishal who became a star with the first part are back with the sequel—Sandakozhi-2.
Durai (Rajkiran) is a respectable head in the Theni district and the surrounding villages. In a Thiruvizha, things go beyond control between two villages that Pechi (Varalakshmi) loses her husband and takes an oath to finish off all the men in the opposite clan. Durai suggests her to drop vengeance and attend the festival for the prosperity of the nearby villages but Pechi refuses any kind of peace talks. Meanwhile, Durai’s son Balu (Vishal) returns to the village and situations push him to peacefully conduct the festival in place of his dad. Can Balu pull it off?
Director Lingusamy has almost retained the magic of the original in the first half of Sandakozhi-2 with enjoyable moments featuring the bubbly Keerthy Suresh who is a scream and she lifts the film with her Madurai slang and superb energy level. Sandakozhi-2 is a cakewalk for both Vishal and Rajkiran, they look exactly the same and started from where the first part ended. Vishal’s tall and well-built physique helps him to pull off mass stunt sequences and he also looks convincing in some of the over the top moments. Varalakshmi as Pechi and the main antagonist is good.
The first half also has a solid mass action scene for Vishal in the crowded festival setup and his rapport with his majestic dad Rajkiran has been utilized well. The intermission fight is one of the major highlights of the film and it ends on a high note that Vishal takes charge of his dad’s mission.
Unfortunately, the second half is too dramatic and the screenplay moves at various directions before a weak climax. In the original, the climax fight was one of the major talking points but in the sequel, things are not up to the mark. Technically, Sandakozhi-2 is high on production values that almost all the scenes are pleasant to the eyes with hundreds of junior actors, majestic statues captured authentically by cinematographer Shakthi. Yuvan Shankar Raja’s background score is another positive aspect of the film, the rich orchestration in the stunt sequence elevates the mass flavor.
Overall, Sandakozhi 2 is no patch on its first part but the film is watchable for the majestic father-son bond, grand production values and the bubbly Keerthy Suresh. If you can oversee the dramatic second half and the contrived climax, chances are bright that you enjoy the film.
Sandakozhi-2 review Verdict: Watchable rural action entertainer
Reactions from Social Media:
Sreedhar Pillai @sri50
#Sandakozhi2 is a neatly packaged rural mass entertainer from @dirlingusamy with right mix. @VishalKOfficial is the pivot around which action revolves, @KeerthyOfficial looks fab #Rajkiran is perfect & @varusarath steals the show, climax belongs 2 her set against @thisisysr bgm.
Jeya Suriya @MSPMovieManiac
Done watching #Sandakozhi2
The film has its own moments created by @VishalKOfficial @KeerthyOfficial @dirlingusamy
@varusarath and the whole team!
Kudos to the Stunt Choreography team. It was fire!
@thisisysr’s RR would make you feel nostalgic of the first part!
Positive trend continues for Tamil cinema in Pooja weekend releases , youngsters and matured audiences can watch #VadaChennai, they will be impressed. Family audiences can watch #Sandakozhi2, they will not be disappointed much.
#Sandakozhi2 those 5 mass scenes r enough and this is Blockbuster.. Lingusamy is back. perfect sequel
Prashanth Rangaswamy @itisprashanth
Dear @varusarath - Never stop choosing roles like these. Not easy to hold a whole movie and be a menacing villain. You have did that with ease, expect lots of appreciation from lot of people!! #Sandakozhi2 .
khushbusundar..and it's NAKHAT KHAN for the BJP.. @khushsundar
#Sandakozhi2 stands out brilliantly and must thank @thisisysr for his superb background score.. he adds on to the charm..will surely watch it again.. @VishalKOfficial so happy for you ma..love you so much
Kaushik LM @LMKMovieManiac
#Sandakozhi2 - At the interval block, the film looked really promising. I liked the 1st half overall. Had the 2nd half also lived up to that level, the film would've been a cracker just like the first part.Overall, you can watch it for some harmless timepass with your family
Aadhav Kannadhasan @aadhavkk
#Sandakozhi2 a pakka commercial entertainer for the pooja holidays,all the best bro @VishalKOfficial for the big opening @thisisysr another hero in the movie @KeerthyOfficial & @varusarath terror performance @dirlingusamy Goodluck sir