Sandakozhi 2 Movie Review: The Violence In This Vishal Krishna Film is Fun

Sandakozhi 2 Movie Review: The Violence In This Vishal Krishna Film is Fun

Sandakozhi 2 Movie Review: For a change, women call the shots in this Vishal Krishna film
Sandakozhi 2 Movie Review: The Violence  In This Vishal Krishna Film is Fun
A still from 'Sandakozhi 2'
Movie NameSandakozhi 2
DirectorN Linguswamy
ActorVishal Krishna, Keerthi Suresh,Rajkiran, Varlaxmi Sarathkumar

In the rugged rough and coarse terrain  of Madurai,  it seems women are safer than men. In the new Vishal  Krishna-starrer the two main  women characters lord  over  the proceedings with no  care  in the world. They scream at  the men and treat them whimsically according to their moods. It’ s the men who are forever thrown into fits of rage,  not necessarily of  their own making.

In Sandakozhi 2 Vishal Krishna, rapidly growing into one of the more dependable star-actors of Tamil cinema, plays Balu, an NRI who must join his father’s outcaste’s business of being a law unto himself.  The only difference between  Kamal Haasan’s Thevar Magan and this enjoyable mass entertainer is the message of peace that emerges from the deftly staged action sequences.

Balu’s father (played with dignity and restrain by Raj Kiran) is a Gandhian. Peace is what he wants  in his county, even as arch-rivals shower blows and  brandish machetes which  have seen  better ‘daze’. The machete, has always been a major player  in Tamil action films. Here  it makes its presence  felt in the climax where Vishal must  battle the female antagonist hell-bent on revenge.

It is an enjoyable reversal  of  gender roles. The man wants peace. The woman wants war. ‘Fear’  enough.
Predominantly  Sandakozhi 2 is a treatise on  non-violence carpeted with vibrantly conceived action sequences. In one  of them, Vishal in a crowded meal (which serves as  the main location  throughout the  plot) tackles his opponents physically  without letting his father and the other vigilant members of his gang  know he is breaking  the family rule: no  violence.

Vishal takes centre stage in the revenge drama  without hogging the limelight. Unlike his prominent  peers  from the South Indian cinema he doesn’t  dominate  every frame. On many occasions, Raj Kiran playing the  peace-loving patriarch is put centre stage while Vishal, uniquely quiet in his assertions of heroism is akin to Ajay Devgan. Both Vishal and Devgan  believe action speaks louder than words.

The wafer-thin plot of  Sandakozhi 2 is never allowed to dissipate into a state of nothingness. Director Linguswamy has a strong grip over the grammar of gore. He splatters the screen with stunts but doesn’t allow the action to take over the plot. There are many plot points where the blood-boiling vendetta threatens to spill over into an all-out blood bath.

The narrative holds back, reins in the rage. Just  like its reticent leading man. Evenly paced  and  defined by a sense of bridled  flamboyance and a feral fluency, this film finds Keerthi Suresh who was so wonderful as the legendary actress Savithri in Mahaniti, hamming away  to the hilt. She dances  well, though. The  other prominent female character  is  the arch-villain Pechi(Varalaxmi Sarath Kumar). Both the ladies concentrate on their makeup and  hamming while the hero and his gang round up what is possibly the only Gandhian interpretation  of  The Godfather.

Now we know why boys have all the fun.