After a long wait, this much awaited sequel releases. Should you watch it or stay away? Read on the full movie review right here…
Ab Tak Chappan has become a cult classic. The 2004 cop action drama film is etched deep in the minds of people across the world, mainly because of Nana Patekar’s superb portrayal of Sadhu Agashe—a character based on the real life of Mumbai sub-inspector Daya Nayak. So when in 2012, I saw the first trailer of the sequel, Ab Tak Chappan 2, as a fan I was very excited to see the film. However, the film kept getting delayed and it finally got a release date, three years later. Still, being a Nana Patekar fan, I wanted to watch this film throughout till the end and here’s what I felt about the film…
What it’s about
The film picks up from where the first installment ends. But Sadhu isn’t in the police department anymore. He now lives in a secluded village in Goa with his son. Mumbai is under terrorist threat and the CM asks Sadhu to be back in office. After a lot of coaxing, he finally agrees when his son asks him to join back. He is back in form in no time and starts working in his usual way by killing gangsters after getting information from informers. However, pretty soon, his son is killed by the mafia, just like his wife was. Post that begins Sadhu’s saga of revenge and how he tries to clean up the system by staying inside the police department.
Nana Patekar is at his usual best. His cheeky dialogues make you laugh. Considering his age, he does really well with the action part of the film. There are no songs in the film, which is a relief for this genre.
Sadly, the rest of the elements in the film are not upto the mark. In the acting department, class actors like Govind Namdev, Raj Zutsi, Vikram Gokhale and Ashutosh Rana are underutilised. Gul Panag doesn’t really have much of a role in the film. The direction by Aejaz Gulab is nothing like Shimit Amin’s Ab Tak Chappan. The director, who is the captain of the ship, has let this film sink. The cinematography by Siddharth More is below average. The camerawork seems like the recent Ram Gopal Varma films where he tries to use such camera angles which people might have never thought of before. The sound quality is poor as most of the scenes are dubbed, and the dubbing is so evident that most of the places they have used long shots to cover up for the loss of good audio syncing.
Before the movie began, the trailer of Dev Patel’s upcoming film Chappie was shown. Trust me, that two and a half minutes trailer was way better than this full film. If you are a Nana Patekar fan, go watch Shimit Amin’s Ab Tak Chappan than the sequel!
Reviewed by Prateek Sur
**** Very good