By Roktim Rajpal: Adivi Sesh, widely regarded as one of Telugu cinema’s most underrated actors, emerged as a pan-India star with Major. The film hit the screens earlier this year and received rave reviews, with many praising his performance. His latest film HIT 2, which opened in theatres on Friday, December 2, is yet another important release for him as it marks his entry into what many colloquially describe as the ‘HIT Verse’. The film, however, doesn’t quite live up to the expectations created by its intriguing trailer.
HIT 2 revolves around Krishna Dev (Adivi Sesh), a brilliant police officer, who takes up the task of hunting down a serial killer. He uses his presence of mind to narrow down on a suspect. He appears to be heading in the right direction when things take a shocking turn. This sets the stage for a confrontation between him and his menacing foe.
HIT 2 has a hard-hitting storyline that touches upon a couple of sensitive issues, such as police encounters and the role of the media in ensuring that the truth prevails. The promising plot, sadly, does not reach its potential mainly because of the middling screenplay.
HIT 2 opens with a simple yet intense sequence that sets the stage for what is to follow. We are then introduced to Krishna Dev as he solves a case in a matter of minutes. The sequence tries to build an aura around Adivi Sesh’s character. It, however, does not make the desired impact as the humour seems forced. Adivi Sesh’s scenes with Meenakshi Chaudhary, who plays his lover, too prove to be a downer. The writer (Sailesh Kolanu) tries to highlight KD’s softer side but they end up breaking the film’s flow.
HIT 2, however, gets back on track when Sesh’s character discovers a ‘dead body’. The sequence is gory but it has been handled with a fair degree of maturity. There is no attempt to glorify or sensensationalise violence. The twist right before the intermission is quite heart-wrenching and keeps one hooked.
The second half, sadly, is where HIT 2 falters. The makers try too hard to build a sense of suspense, which dilutes the film’s impact. The killer’s identity too becomes obvious earlier than expected.
HIT 2 again regains its mojo towards the end. The scene set in a ‘clinic’ hits the right notes and gives Adivi Sesh ample scope to be vulnerable and heroic in equal measure. It is, however, the last scene that proves to be the film’s biggest highlight. It introduces us to the hero of HIT 3 and gives fans a ‘Natural’ surprise for fans.
Coming to the performances, Adivi Sesh is the heart and soul of HIT 2. He underplays things quite beautifully. He is particularly good in the action scenes. He manages to make them feel as realistic as possible.
Meenakshi Chaudhary is burdened with a cliched and generic character. The same, sadly, applies to Rao Ramesh, Komalee Prasad, and Posani Murali Krishna. The music (MM Srilekha) is not up to the mark as none of the songs make an impact.
To conclude, HIT 2 is a middling thriller that caters only to Advi Sesh but doesn’t do justice to its inherently engaging story.
2.5 stars out of 5 for HIT 2.
Dec 2, 2022