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K.G.F: Chapter 2: Rocking Star Yash’s Crime Drama Ventures on the Larger-Than-Life Persona of a Gangster

Yash as Rocky is the same as in K.G.F Chapter one; despite the film's talented stardom, his performance steals the show

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Khushant Runghe
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INDIA: Rocky now rules the sanguinary Kolar goldfield following the events of K.G.F: Chapter 1. His name is enough to instill terror in the animosity he faces, whether he is a regular street mobster or the ruler of K.G.F. With such power in his hands, he poses a threat to Indian law and order, prompting the government to strike the final blow. This isn’t enough to reinforce his enemies’ hatred for him; after Garuda’s death, Adheera is now on the verge of conquering the K.G.F.

The director’s vision:

Much like K.G.F chapter one, Prashanth Neel helms this gangster drama of larger-than-life characters. Leaving aside the philosophy of each character in the film, the ways he created the universe of K.G.F in such a dismal tone is a visual site that has garnered a large following. This causes the audience to continue hooting and cheering whenever a character, particularly Rocky Bhai, appears.

Ensemble Cast:

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Yash as Rocky, Sanjay Dutt as Adheera, Raveena Tandon as Ramika Sen, Srinidhi Shetty as Reena, Prakash Raj as Vijayendra Ingalagi, Archana Jois as Shanthamma, Rocky’s mother and Ramchandra Raju as Garuda.

Brilliant performances with extremely dark cinematography

Yash as Rocky is the same as in K.G.F Chapter one; despite the film’s talented stardom, his performance steals the show. Yash’s performance has been deemed a fan favorite due to the swag he has brought to his character. Rocky’s dialogue delivery is one of the most important aspects of the film, and Yash has done an excellent job with it.

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Sanjay Dutt as Adheera works as the film’s threatening villain. Though his character has a somewhat Viking appearance, it may take some time to settle on screen, especially since the entire tale of K.G.F is told in a story format, which allows us to believe in every character’s appearance. He may not be the definition of a perfect villain, but he’s a good pick for someone who wants to battle head-to-head with Rocky.

Raveena Tandon as Ramika Sen is an excellent antagonist in the film, yet her character lacks nuance. Her character, unlike Adheera, establishes her dominance with only a fraction of her presence. Raveena Tandon’s acting is phenomenal on screen. Her dialogue delivery and the way her character handles situations are both phenomenal.

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Thanks to Bhuvan Gowda’s cinematography, the entire film has a dark tone that takes viewers on a variety of rides. He’s superb at handling light in incredibly dim settings like night scenes and the goldfield scene. Although some moments may take some time to comprehend due to his darker cinematography, they are readily avoidable.

The overuse of BGM and showering of quick scenes one after another drags the viewing experience

The excessively loud BGM throughout each scene is unappealing, making it difficult to follow the dialogue or making the characters’ words completely inaudible at times. The BGM is used to indicate that something significant is about to happen next, which succeeds at times but frustrates the viewing experience.

The tale is told in a very fast format, in which every scene finishes in a short period, and just as we get a grip of what has just happened, the next scene is thrown at us, resulting in a poor grasp of the story. This entire scenario repeats throughout the film, thus degrading the visual experience.

Though Yash has given his all in his portrayal of Rocky, how his character is made funny at times appears to be forced humor on his persona by dialogue writers. His character works best with a serious tone, comparable to the first chapter. When his character’s grisly and severe phase is made comical for no reason, it loses its edge.

The philosophy that character holds

Rocky’s character can be described as a villain at times and an anti-hero at others, depending on how he is written. He is shown as a thug on a murdering spree, killing anybody who gets in his way.

He performs horrible acts such as smuggling gold and, in certain cases, cold-bloodedly firing his M2 browning machine gun, commonly known as ‘Badi Maa,’ at police stations. All of his crimes are carried out in such a way that they give the impression that something remarkable is taking place in the film.

Every crime is justified in the context of his labor savior character, and most importantly, he is acting following his mother’s wishes. This whole character handling can be unnerving at times.


Prashanth Neel’s gangster drama K.G.F comes to a close with an epic climactic battle that is a mix of outstanding performances and highly dark cinematography. Aside from the film’s philosophy, it has established an extraordinary cast of characters that is a must-watch for the masses.

Transcontinental Times rating: 4/5

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