Khuda Haafiz: Chapter II – Agni Pariksha is a revenge fantasy on steroids. Director Faruk Kabir appears to be impressed by such movies as Taken and No one, the place seemingly extraordinary males get confronted with extraordinary conditions and miraculously rise above them, turning from underdogs to alphas within the blink of an eye fixed. The distinction between these Hollywood movies and the current one is that of coherence. Nevertheless over-the-top they could be, they go for a coherent plot and suspense constructing. Khuda Haafiz doesn’t do any of that and therefore comes throughout as boring fare. It’s additionally fairly gradual for an motion flick.
The movie is a direct sequel to Khuda Haafiz (2020), additionally directed by Faruk Kabir. The unique was much more participating than the sequel, because it had Vidyut Jammwal showcasing his martial arts expertise fairly early and was full of entertaining characters like Annu Kapoor’s Usman Hamid Ali Murad, the pleasant taxi driver, Shiv Pandit’s Faiz Abu Malik, a rogue policeman, and Aahana Kumra’s Tamena Hamid, a gutsy cop who acquired a killer kickass second within the movie.
Nothing substantial occurs within the first half, which is devoted to giving a backstory of kinds to the characters. We see that Sameer (Vidyut Jammwal) and Nargis’ (Shivaleeka Oberoi) marriage is in tatters as she is affected by the aftermath of being the sufferer of a number of rapes when she was kidnapped within the Center East. To take her thoughts off her struggling, Sameer brings residence Nandini (Riddhi Sharma), the orphaned daughter of a good friend. Nargis quickly bonds with Nandini, and the going goes clean for some time. Nevertheless, Nandini and an older lady get kidnapped at gunpoint by some senior college students of their faculty. Each are gangraped and Nandini loses her life due to the trauma. An enraged Samir badly beats up the cop investigating the case and shortly finds himself in jail. The remainder of the movie is devoted to how he turns into a killing machine contained in the jail and manages to take his revenge on those that have wronged him. On the finish, he’s proven to have turn out to be a bahubali of kinds—somebody who runs a parallel authorities. Be ready for an additional sequel to reach.
We all know that Sameer had the power to turn out to be a one-man military. That has been proven amply within the movie. Our drawback is that his eruption comes fairly late. Possibly non-linear modifying may have served the movie higher. Additionally, there’s no novelty to the fights. As compared, the battle choreography within the first movie was a lot better. It was extra visceral and uncooked. Vidyut Jammwal is one in every of our best martial artists and up to now has wowed us along with his methods. Right here, he has been made to do an ’80s-style motion, which makes us really feel he’s been underutilised. His sincerity can’t be denied, however lack of fine writing stymies his efforts. Shivaleeka Oberoi has to look martyred all through and manages to look convincing doing that. She ought to put money into extra rounded characters sooner or later. Essentially the most attention-grabbing character within the movie is Sheela Thakur, performed by Sheeba Chaddha. She performs the traditional villain with a nuanced edge to her portrayal, however even her efficiency isn’t sufficient to raise the movie, which falls prey to the variety of cliches it espouses.
Vidyut Jammwal doesn’t must show his credentials as an motion star. What he wants are higher scripts and administrators. He ought to say Khuda hafiz to such half-baked merchandise and transfer on…
Trailer : Khuda Haafiz: Chapter 2 Agni Pariksha
Dhaval Roy, July 8, 2022, 3:53 PM IST
Story: Again to Lucknow from Noman, the place she was kidnapped and gangraped, Nargis and her husband Sameer unsuccessfully attempt to choose up the items. They discover momentary happiness as they undertake Nandini, an orphaned youngster. When Nandini turns into a sufferer of a heinous crime, Sameer seeks revenge and hunts the culprits down.
Assessment: The sequel to 2020 motion thriller, Khuda Haafiz, begins with Sameer (Vidyut Jammwal) and Nargis (Shivaleeka Oberoi) struggling to heal from the trauma of the latter’s abduction and gangrape in a fictional nation referred to as Noman. Nargis remains to be emotionally scarred and embittered however after a remedy session, she agrees to undertake Sameer’s good friend’s five-year-old orphaned niece, Nandini. Nevertheless, their happiness is short-lived as Nandini is taken and turns into a sufferer of a heinous crime.
What follows is the usual trope of a Bollywood revenge drama — energy play by the wealthy spoilt boy’s grandmother (a ubiquitous evil Thakur playbed by Sheeba Chaddha), eliminating the prime witness, a corrupt cop and the bloodthirsty hero going after the perpetrators, vigilante type.
Despite the fact that the premise is something however novel and the therapy suffers from sensationalism in quite a few situations, the film is top-notch cinematically. As a director, Faruk Kabir handles the reins of the movie effectively, as Jitan Harmeet Singh gives him in a position help as a cinematographer. Unsurprisingly, although, the motion is excellent — particularly when Sameer takes on a jail bully, Jaiswal, who’s given a contract to kill him. It’s simply probably the most memorable scenes. The chase within the climax is simply as thrilling.
Vidyut delivers a effective efficiency as a hero, showcasing uncooked motion expertise , with loads of hand-to-hand fight. Shivaleeka’s Nargis is convincing as she bitterly tells her husband off when he says to the therapist (Rukhsar) that issues are effective or admits that she shouldn’t be prepared for the accountability of taking care of a toddler. Nevertheless, one can’t digest how shortly she comes round and issues are again to regular. The subplot of Thakurji exploiting her daughter-in-law additionally appears a little bit of a stretch. Those that can’t digest an excessive amount of blood and gore might discover some scenes graphic and disturbing.
General, Khuda Haafiz 2 is price a look ahead to the heavy-duty motion and the story that’s excessive on emotion. The plot stays formulaic however the drama will maintain you going.