Sandakozhi was a landmark film in actor Vishal and director Lingusamy’s career. The film is still considered as a benchmark for commercial films.
Over a decade later, the makers have come up with a sequel to one of the best commercial films. Sandakozhi 2’s premise is somewhat similar to its prequel. It deals about how Balu (Vishal) and Durai Ayya (Raj Kiran) vow to save the life of a young man Anbu from Pechi (Varalaxmi Sarathkumar).
Sandakozhi and its sequel have a striking similarity. The villains in these two films are hell-bent on taking revenge and killing an innocent man. If it was Balu in Sandakozhi, it is Anbu in Sandakozhi 2.
Sandakozhi is like those films which don’t require any over exaggerated sequences. Everybody can be their real self so that the connection is established with the people. It’s the same with Sandakozhi 2 Vishal, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Keerthy Suresh and Raj Kiran have delivered subtle performances staying true to their character.
Vishal is confident as Balu and his character goes out of the way to save people. His casual approach is a huge plus point.
But, the hero of the film is Varalaxmi Sarathkumar’s explosive performance. She is menacing as Pechi and shouldered the film. Though the character has shades of Sriya Reddy from Thimuru, Varalaxmi has given her own twist to her character.
Keerthy Suresh’s character is little different from the roles that she had done so far. For her role, she has learnt the Madurai accent and has done a near perfect job with it.
The first half of Sandakozhi 2 has several masala moments which remind us of Sandakozhi. Staying true to the commercial format, the film has all the elements to make us feel engrossed with the script.
The thiruvizha setup and the sequences surrounding it makes us feel nostalgic about our villages.
Another major advantage is the romantic track featuring Vishal and Keerthy Suresh. She plays a chirpy actress, much similar to how Meera Jasmine was in the prequel.
Munishkanth brings the much-needed lightness in the second half. His slapstick comedy has worked in the film’s favour.
Sandakozhi 2’s major disadvantage is that the second half of the film isn’t as entertaining as the first half. There is less punch in the film which makes us feel bored towards the end of the film.
A major letdown in Sandkozhi 2 is the climax fight sequence. Even after a decade, people still remember the epic climax scene in Sandakozhi. The action sequence in the sequel has less impact which leaves us bored.
Also, Lingusamy didn’t delve deep about what actually happened to Meera Jasmine’s character. It’d have been interesting to see the backstory.
Sandakozhi 2 could have been another proper commercial flick if only director Lingusamy had concentrated on packing more punch to the script.