Raju Gari Gadhi 2
Director – Ohmkar
Starring: Akkineni Nagarjuna, Samantha Akkineni
Rating – 1.5 / 5
The problem with Raju Gari Gadhi’s sequel is what most horror comedies have faced before: how to balance horror with comedy? In this film of Nagarjuna and Samantha, the creators lean in favor of the comedy. Are there enough laughter but the chills and the emotions? Not that much!
Raju Gari Gadhi 2 is Amrutha (played by Samantha Akkineni), a law graduate who frequents the complex in which Ashwin Babu, Vennela Kishore and Praveen have invested. The story unfolds through many laughs and much less. The basic premise of the film is flimsy and fails to keep everything together.
The film has all the tropes with which comedies of terror come; we are shown a remembrance of what went wrong in Amrutha’s life and why he is now thirsting for revenge. Director Ohmkar adheres to the tried and tested, without trying in any way to redefine the formula.
Even there, parts of the film are half-crossed. The movie will make you laugh, in parts, but that’s thanks to Vennela Kishore and Praveen’s comedic cast. Where the film lacks desperately is its element of terror and basic narrative. Questions like who Amrutha is, why he died and why he is looking for revenge are answered in the film. But if you dare to blink, you miss them. Even scenes that look good on the screen or are important are disjointed.
Nagarjuna, who plays the mentalist, is supposed to be the man who connects Amrutha’s past with the present, but he mostly comes as a historian at a conference. Worse yet is the fact that this man has nothing adventurous to share. There is nothing that encourages the audience to stay.
The concept of horror comedy is the current favorite genre in the South Indian film industry. Success depends on how well the director and story writer succeed in presenting the same formula as before. In that sense, Ohmkar has failed.