Title: Karthikeya 2
CBFC Rating : UA
Run-Time: 2 Hrs 25 Min
Release Date: 13-08-2022
Banner: People Media Factory, Abhishek Agarwal Arts
Cast: Nikhil Siddharth, Anupama Parameswaran, Srinivas Reddy, Viva Harsha and Anupam Kher
Editor: Karthik Ghattamaneni
Music: Kala Bhairava
Cinematography: Karthik Ghattamaneni
Producer: TG Vishwa Prasad, Abhishek Agarwal
Written & Directed By Chandoo Mondeti
Karthikeya (Nikhil) is a doctor by profession who is curious about learning new things. He goes to Dwaraka for a religious trip along with his mother. A series of sudden events make him meet Anupama Parameswaran and along with her he sets out to solve a mystery about Lord Krishna. What is the secret behind Lord Krishna ? How did Karthikeya finds out ? forms the main crux of the film.
Nikhil as Karthikeya suited perfectly for his role and he has given a subtle settled performance. The maturity in his acting is clearly evident in this film. He emotes very well in key scenes.
Anupama Parameswaran gets a good role and she did very well in her part. Srinivasa Reddy gets a lengthier role and he gave a good performance. Viva Harsha entertains. Anupam Kher in a guest role appears in a key scene and he leaves a stunning impact.
Chandoo Mondeti’s Direction
Kala Bhairava’s Music
Karthik Ghattamaneni’s Cinematography
Rich Production Values
Takes Time To Gain Momentum
Villain’s Weak Characterisation
This second part of Karthikeya has no connection with the first part except for the lead character who believes in science and logic to solve divine mysteries. The film begins on an interesting note about Lord Krishna. However much detailing during these portions would have given a clearer picture. The story sets in an interesting premise and gain momentum once the hero understands his destiny and he is the chosen one.
The second half is in adventure mode and engages the audience at every level. The way Director Chandoo Mondeti connects the mythology to the key elements is impressive. The gripping screenplay leaves the audience glued to the film till the end without any deviations. Aditya Menon’s Villainy could have been better.
KalaBhairava’s background score is intense and elevates the suspense mood to another level. Cinematography by Karthik Ghattamaneni deserves a mention. He captured the essence of Dwaraka beautifully and shot picturesque locations covered in desert and snow beautifully. Editing is sharp. Dialogues are well written especially those written for Anupam Kher will stay with us. Production Values by Abhishek Agarwal and TG Vishwa Prasad are grand. The producers deserve all the accolades for making the film on a lavish scale.
Bottom Line: Engaging & Thrilling Mystical Adventure