In this season of sequels, here comes another film, which doesn't have any connection with the former. We are talking about Kazhugu 2 which is treated as a new film with new characters, except for retaining the same leads. Directed by Sathya Siva, this film features Krishna and Bindhu Madhavi in the lead roles, with music by Yuvan Shankar Raja.
Getting into the plotline of Kazhugu 2, the film traces the life of two petty thieves, Johnny (Krishna), and his friend (Kaali Venkat) who are mistaken to be hunters and are assigned to protect and take care of a forest land, that is bought for tender by a politician. A precious treasure that contains ancient jewels is found by a corrupt politician, played by Hareesh Peradi, in the forest land. Johnny who happens to see this makes a plan with his friend to settle down in life. What was the plan and what was his fate, forms the rest of the plot.
Kazhugu 2 doesn't serve a purpose in many aspects and it has got a lethargic treatment. There are a lot of scenes which have no significance at all and one doesn't know the necessity of that scene to have a place in the screenplay. The title card sequence where the Asian Wild Dogs (Sen Naai) attack a group of women have no connection with the film's core premise or any scenes that come in the latter half. It doesn't add up to anything. The tacky VFX was an even more worrying aspect that totally gives a plastic impact. If the makers intended to show the vulnerability of the Sen Naai, then they could have probably introduced in the scene where they encounter Bindhu Madhavi and Krishna.
Having built it up with so much of hype through the dialogues, the Sen Naai has been wasted with just one scene. More drama could have been incorporated with the use of the dogs and that, in turn, could have added more tension for the audience. The lead characters fall in love out of nowhere with just one dialogue suffixing their affection for each other. The emotions aren't felt anywhere and you don't feel empathetic towards them.
The film's trajectory is very shaky and unclear. It wavers around various directions and the film's start point has no connection with its end. The beginning, the middle, and the end don't have a coherent flow and you witness an array of clichéd scenes. The situations are exaggerated at many places, for example, the interval sequence, which is hyped up unnecessarily. The climax is hurried and things get wrapped up within minutes and the makers don't leave any time-space for the audience to react. The artificial performances and bad execution also add up to it.
The reasoning behind one character's action or thought process is not clear and it happens just for the sake of it. Kazhugu 2 is majorly unimpressive with its boring treatment, confused writing, and not-so-impressive performances. Not even at a single point in the film, you connect with the characters and that acts as the negative factor for the film. The forcefully designed sad climax leaves no impact. The robbery scene in the second half has a commercial packaging that looks interesting, followed by the pawnbroker scene which has some noteworthy dialogues.
On the positive side are the film's visuals and music. Yuvan Shankar Raja's re-recording flows along with the film, carrying some good scores that aid the emotions. The songs, despite being not popular, are pleasant and has the U1 touch. Raja Bhattacharjee's camera work is a major asset to the film, thanks to his visual treatment. The night shots and the rain sequences are well-executed. The picturisation in the live locations spread the breeziness to the audience.