Three youngsters are arrested for murdering a policeman. While a vengeful corrupt policeman is trying all ways to sentence them to imprisonment, a gritty lawyer wants to save these juvenile offenders and takes on their case.
After his record-breaking attempt a decade ago, Kishan SS is back with a sequel to the same film. Care of Footpath 2 aims to show the life of the underbelly in the slums, the youngsters who are lured by quick ways to make cash and the near-invisible line between innocence and guilt. There's been a lot of hype around this film considering its entry into the Oscars through the lateral route, thus creating big expectations too.
Does the film succeed? Yes and no. It only manages to skim through the surface, while falling prey to commercial elements trying to make the film entertaining for the masses. The makers could have well done away with the songs and kept the film a lot tighter. While Kishan has delivered a slick film, with good production values, the focus goes haywire at times.
The film begins on a very promising note, with a realistic portrayal of the begging mafia that leads to the three protagonists who are up for a trial. There are many interesting moments, like Geetha (Avika Gor) trying to talk in broken English acting innocent and asking rich men in cars to pay for her auto fare claiming that she forgot her wallet. Another scene that deserves applause is the public prosecutor standing up and drinking water and walking out accepting defeat silently. But, between these moments of brilliance lie some shortcomings.
The biggest could be the casting of Esha Deol. Instead of lending the 'star value', her jarring lip sync and rather rigid expressions make her character's impact far lesser. Maybe a Kannada character artiste could have added more value to that role. Similarly, Deepp Pathak's lip sync too remains an issue. Though, Avika Gor, Dingri Naresh and Kishan make up for it, while Jaya Karthik is convincing as the corrupt cop.
While there is a subtle message conveyed in the end, the incoherent lead up to the climax reduces the impact. Though, one thing is guaranteed, with Kishan, just 19 as of now, Sandalwood can expect more and better films in the future. Watch this once, if you must...