Dhillukku Dhuddu happens to be Santhanam's biggest hit at the box office and in this trend of sequels, we have Dhillukku Dhuddu 2 that is directed by Rambhala who helmed the first part. From the teaser and trailer, the audience expected an out and out comedy entertainer from this film. Has DD2 lived up to its expectations? Read on the review.
Santhanam is a carefree youngster who falls in love with the heroine, but she has a spiritual ancient connect which wouldn’t allow her to get married to him. People who had earlier fallen in love with her have had a terrifying life-threatening accident. Did Santhanam also face any of that accident or what was his fate?
Right from the beginning, the film falls on the cliched horror comedy template and even Santhanam and Motta Rajendran make fun of the screenplay pattern. But despite that, you still get to see what you expected with no changes, twists or engagement. That would pretty much sum up the overall impact of the film and how it fared.
The first half of the film doesn't have any major takeaway, except for the pre-interval sequence that sends some great laughs. The last 25 minutes in the Bungalow has the Dhillukku Dhuddu stamp that has funny moments, in an otherwise uninteresting horror comedy. The door sequence comedy between Motta Rajendran and the heroine's father, Bipin, will leave the audience in splits. Having said that, with this entertaining climax sequence, the overall feeling for the audience might be enhanced on a positive note.
Santhanam is known for his timing one-liners and counters which doesn't look fresh in DD 2. He attempts the tried and tested formula and it could have been written in a much refreshing manner. When you have Santhanam and Rambhala joining together, you know what to expect, for the fact that the Kollywood audience knows the travel since their Lollu Sabha days. On an unfortunate note, the humour in the writing doesn't completely talk for their combination. In a sequence, Santhanam says, "Indha pei lam enna basketball players ahh irukkungalo, ella pei um thooki thooki poduthu?". As per the dialogue, people fly, furniture fly, room properties fly, everything is thrown from one corner to another. The songs don't look appealing and the placement hinders the screenplay. The jokes are unfunny with the usual defaming of women, alcohol-related and toilet comedies, etc.
Motta Rajendran's comedies do work at selective places and he helps with the laughs here and there. Bipin’s makeup work needs a special mention, which adds to the eeriness. He fits the bill and sits comfortably in his character. Shritha Sivadas is unimpressive as the female lead.
Dipak Kumar Padhy's visuals come as one of the pros of the film that classifies a neat difference between various locales and setups. Shabir's songs are passable and his background score looks average, as it doesn't invoke the scare factor in the audience during the horror scenes. Director Rambhala's thoughts and intentions of making a templated horror comedy to entertain the audience are seen, but are we really entertained could be a question mark.
Verdict: If template slapstick horror comedy is your genre, then DD2 might work for you!
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