Directed by P Vasu, “Chandramukhi 2” features Raghava Lawrence and Kangana Ranaut in lead roles. This film serves as a sequel to the blockbuster hit “Chandramukhi,” which was released in 2004. After a gap of 17 years, “Chandramukhi 2” has finally hit theaters, and expectations are soaring. Before you decide to book your tickets, here’s our review:
Plot: Ranganayaki (Radhika Sarath Kumar) severs ties with her daughter for marrying a man from a different religion. Tragedy strikes when Ranganayaki’s daughter and son-in-law die in a plane crash, leaving their children orphaned. Pandian (Raghava Lawrence) becomes the guardian of Ranganayaki’s grandchildren, who are set to inherit a substantial estate. Swamiji (Rao Ramesh) advises Ranganayaki to perform a special ritual at her ancestral temple, insisting that her entire family must attend. As Radhika’s family and children gather at Chandramukhi Palace, Pandian warns them not to head south, setting the stage for a suspenseful story.
Performance: Kangana Ranaut steals the show with her excellent performance in the film. Raghava Lawrence shines as King Chandramukhi, showcasing his hard work on the big screen. The rest of the cast and crew do justice to their respective roles.
Analysis: Fourteen years ago, “Chandramukhi” and the thriller genre were relatively new to the audience, largely due to Rajinikanth’s portrayal of such roles. Since then, audiences have been exposed to more thrilling experiences, and “Chandramukhi 2” lacks the freshness needed to captivate. The film’s music by MM Keeravani is a strong point, elevating its overall quality. However, it falls short in delivering thrilling elements. While the sets of Chandramukhi are impressive, the editing leaves much to be desired. Director P Vasu’s attempt to capitalize on the success of “Chandramukhi” by adding drama doesn’t quite pay off. The film lacks a well-designed script and fails to showcase Kangana’s talents effectively. The comedy in “Chandramukhi 2” feels childish and is plagued by lazy writing. Considering these factors, “Chandramukhi 2” might have been better suited for a direct OTT release instead of a theatrical one.
Verdict: “Chandramukhi 2” has its moments but falls short of expectations, feeling like an AI-generated version of the original. It’s worth watching for Kangana and Lawrence’s performances, but it might be more enjoyable if you wait for its digital release.
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