Raju Gari Gadhi 2 Story:
Three friends — Ashwin (Ashwin), Kishore (Vennela Kishore) and Praveen (Praveen) get into business by purchasing a resort. Pretty soon, they find that they've got more than what they've bargained for. Apparently, the resort is haunted by a ghost (Samantha). Unwilling to sell the resort, they seek the help of a mentalist, Rudra (Nagarjuna), to exorcise the ghost.
Raju Gari Gadhi 2 Review:
Raju Gari Gadhi was a small film that emerged successful despite the fact that had no big names to boast of. Therefore, there was no image baggage that needed to be catered to. But for the sequel, director Omkar roped in big stars like Nagarjuna and Samantha, added some glam quotient in the form of Seerat Kapoor, apart from including popular comedians like Vennela Kishore. Naturally, the film has taken on an entirely different dimension in terms of expectations.
At the outset, the presence of the ghost is revealed. The first half then goes towards establishing the characters of Ashwin, Praveen and Kishore and their various trysts with the ghost. While Praveen and Kishore are convinced about the ghost, Ashwin is sceptical and only after he gets a taste of the supernatural too, do the trio decide to do something to save their business.
Enter Rudra, one of the five top mentalists in the world. Rudra can reveal your innermost thoughts simply by looking into your eyes; by tuning in to the vibrations of a particular place, he can actually visualise the events associated with that place; and, he's able to communicate with spirits and ghosts as well. As Rudra sets out to unravel the mystery of the ghost, you are gripped. In a noteworthy scene just before the interval, marking the very first encounter between them, Rudra challenges the ghost saying, 'Are you scared of me? Are you powerful enough to take me on?' only to find himself possessed and nearly choked to death, dangling 50 feet in the air. Impressive!
The first half of the film is devoted to establishing the backdrop of the plot. There are definitely some edge-of-the seat moments, but since they involve comedian Kishore and his two buddies, the audience knows for sure that the outcome wouldn't be too spooky. On the whole, the first half keeps you hooked. And that's precisely why the second half leaves you a tad disappointed.
Post interval, the story moves from a thriller mode to take on an investigative turn as Rudra sets about unravelling the mystery of the ghost. And this takes place in a linear fashion, bereft of any thrills or noteworthy twists and turns; almost bordering on emotional drama. The climax scene in which an entire college room is transposed to an entirely different place reminds you of the scene in the Hollywood film Room No 1402.
Nagarjuna as Rudra has a role that is in complete contrast to his image. He gives a convincing performance as a mentalist and looks pleasing on the eye. There are no fights or songs interspersed for his sake and the director needs to be applauded for this.
Samantha is also very good as Amrutha alias the ghost. Ashwin is quite comfortable in his role. While the comedy scenes of Praveen and Vennela Kishore aren't exactly the laugh-out-loud kind, they aren't boring either. Seerat Kapoor's role starts off on a very promising note but fizzles out eventually. The director could have paid a lot more attention to her characterisation as there was ample scope.
Taman's background music is an asset to the film. he has this signature tune running through the entire course of the film, keep you hooked, even when the plot meanders a bit. Apart from the presence of Nagarjuna and Samantha, there doesn't seem to have been much money spent on lavish costumes, locales or anything. Since, there are no songs, they might not have needed them in the first place, but nevertheless, the sets are simple as are the visual effects.
With experience, Omkar will definitely get better as a director. This is only his third film and the first one in which he has handled big actors. And he does a decent job of it. The linear narrative and lack of spooks in what's touted to be horror-comdey not withstanding, Raju Gari Gadhi 2 makes for a passable weekend watch.