Ab Tak Chhappan 2 : Only Good thing about it is that it ends fast
Ram Gopal Verma is a revolutionary film maker in Bollywood who not only experimented with Cinema but with business model of cinema, workflow of cinema as well as actors, writers, directors, etc all. He gave break to industries many talents who are in the leading lot now.
“Ab Tak Chappan” was one such movie which brought together a talented bunch of people together and created a brand name off the film title. RGV decided to make a sequel of it in 2012 but due to various reasons the hands behind it changed and it got delayed a lot too. But still it got to see a release.
Ab Tak Chappan 2 is written by Nilesh Girkar and Directed by Ejaz Gulab. The story is just repeat of the first one. An encounter cop on various encounter mission getting closer to eliminate the gangsters and in that process sacrificing family members. Ends with killing of the main culprit. All this is sprinkled with dialogues and monologues about society, crime and politics. Maybe just because audience likes Nana Patekar to speak all those. Screenplay is flat and fully predictable even for a school kid. Only saving grace in the writing is Dialogues. It is engaging.
Director Ejaz Gulab can not do anything to save the flawed and hollow screenplay. The RGVish style angles and so called rogue making adds to the dizziness, imbalance and abruptness of the narrative. The Cinematography by Sidhharth More is inconsistent and add to it haphazardly edited presentation. Unnecessary use of multiple cameras and horrible angles multiplies the woes.
There are cringe-worthy visual jumps and lack of smooth transition from one scene to another. A horde of editors are credited for this criminal injustice (or justice) to the already badly shot material. First version was edited by Vinay Chauhan and Abhijit Kokate which was re-cut to make shorter version by Raj Nalla and Pratap Kumar Sanga. One can understand the ensemble of music directors working on a movie but these many editors prove the proverb “Too many cooks, spoil the broth” correct.
Performance wise, the film has a dream cast which is totally wasted. Nana Patekar tries to hold the fort but looks helpless in trying to do so. Ashutosh Rana and Govind Namdeo do 80s style ham acting and veterans like Vikram Gokhale, Dilip Prabavalkar and Mohan Agashe are wasted. Gul Panag’s character is poorly written and feels unnecessary. She provides glamour quotient but looks like she has no idea of what she is doing in the film.
Production quality is below average. Background music is inconsistent, hurried and inappropriate.
To sum it up, it is a bad product which got delayed release but ends up ruining the goodwill of the first film.
The 1 star is just for the actors.
Recommendation : Stay far far away from this one.