Amitabh Bachchan's 'Zanjeer', started the trend of the cop's based films in our Hindi cinema. The movie portrayed the working style and the personal trauma of a police officer, which was missing in the films made prior to 'Zanjeer'. Post 'Zanjeer', one saw many films based on the life of a police officer and we did see some larger than life type of characters like Lakhan in 'Ram Lakhan', Chulbul Pandey in 'Dabangg' or Bajirao Singham in 'Singham'. On the other hand, there were some good and intense films based on this genre with films like 'Ardh Satya', 'A Perfect Murder', 'Khakhe', 'Sarfarosh','Gangajal', 'Sehar' and few more, including Nana Patekar's 'Ab Tak Chappan'. 'Ab Tak Chappan' was relatively a small film, but attained the classic status as time went by, due to its fantastic direction, tight screenplay, fiery dialogues and brilliant performance by Nana Patekar. Almost a decade later, the makers of 'Ab Tak Chappan' returns back with a sequel 'Ab Tak Chappan 2' with one of the most impressive cop Sadhu Agashe (Nana Patekar).So let's find out whether 'Ab Tak Chappan 2' will give us another fantastic thriller drama just like its predecessor or the absence of director Shimit Amin will act as one of the biggest negative point for the movie.Story:
'Ab Tak Chappan 2' is the story of an encounter specialist inspector, Sadhu Aghashe (Nana Patekar), who is summoned back to the encounter squad on the insistence of his senior officer (Mohan Agashe) and home minister (Vikram Ghokle). Sadhu teams up with inspector Thorat (Ashutosh Rana) and starts eliminating the underworld criminals. In that process, he undergoes a personal trauma and what follows on is what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story begins in the similar pattern like 'Ab Tak Chappan', but later on goes on a different mode with very less amount of screenplay attached to it. Till the time repetitive situations are shown (Nana Patekars interaction with his team, encounters, talking to the underworld don, his interaction with the associate officer,etc) the movie seemed enjoyable and entertaining. Sadly, with the arrival of the second half of the film, the movie slides down with the abrupt screenplay, half backed characters and predictable storyline. Nana Patekar's fans will love his opening monologue followed by his first day in office, interaction with Ashutosh Rana, phone talks with Raj Zutshi, Nana scaring Ashutosh Rana followed by Nana Patekar trying to capture few criminals. Sadly, these moments starts fading out as the movie progresses towards the second half and there is nothing new or exciting left for the viewers and even Nana Patekar's fan. The brilliant writing of Sandeep Srivastava (for 'Ab Tak Chappan') was highly missed in this movie. Also, a few scenes were ruined due to the muted dialogues and the slo-mo shots. The movie is highly ruined due to the terrible cinematography. The camera angle's are highly influenced by the style of bad cinematography from Ram Gopal Varma's recent movies. Also, it is shot in a very low quality mode, due to which the movie looks tacky and distracting. The screen length is less than two hours, giving it hardly any time to establish the characters in the film.Music & Direction:
Background music fails to gel with the flow of the film.
Director Aejaz Gulab fails to even come close to the brilliance of Shimit Amin (director of 'Ab Tak Chappan') and ends up delivering a bland product. The movie has the basic flavour of 'Ab Tak Chappan', but lacks over the soul factor. The realism, fine moments, fiery dialogues, the raw styling and many more from 'Ab Tak Chappan' was highly missing in this sequel.Performances:
Nana Patekar is the only saving grace in this boring and bland film. The moment he returns back to the force, you tend to enjoy his body mannerisms, silent expressions and cold anger on his face. It's sad that a film of such talented actors goes wrong, due to which we as viewers end up missing them in films. Ashutosh Rana starts on a brilliant note and ends up being the biggest victim of half baked role in this film. Gul Panag, Raj Zutshi, Vikram Gokhle are fine in their parts, but nothing impressive. Govind Namdev and Dilip Prabhavalkar are highly wasted in this movie.Final Verdict: So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum? Well, if you are a die hard Nana Patekar fan, then you will like the movie only for his presence in the film. There are few enjoyable scenes in the initial part of the film, but later on ends up being a boring, repetitive and bland film. The makers try to fire the bullet in order to encash over the past glory of 'Ab Tak Chappan', but in terms of quality of the film, they end up hitting outside the target board.