KGF Chapter 2 Review: The Legend Of The Gold Mafia

KGF (Kolar Gold Fields): Chapter 2 is the sequel to Prashanth Neels 2018 blockbuster epic action drama KGF: Chapter 1. The film features Sandalwood’s superstar Naveen Kumar Gowda alias Yash with Sanjay Dutt, Raveena Tandon and Srinidhi Shetty in the supporting roles. KGF: Chapter 2 Released in Cinemas Across India on April 14, 2022.

With Sandalwood’s Superstar Yash as Rocky!

In the blood-soaked Kolar Gold Fields, the mafia boss Rocky’s name creates fear in the hearts of his rivals. While his allies look up to him, the Indian government sees him as a threat to law and order. Rocky must fight threats from all sides to maintain his reign in the Kolar Gold Fields.

KGF – Chapter 2 Official trailer:

The good:

Rocky and Adheera

If you’re not aware of who Rocky is, let me tell you that he’s not a regular movie character. He is a brand from the KGF franchise. And who better to play Rocky than Sandalwood’s rocking star Yash? Yash’s style, charisma, personality, actions and dialogue; all form the perfect action hero in the form of Rocky.

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Naveen Kumar Gowda aka Yash as Rocky in KGF: Chapter 2

Standing 6 feet 2 inches tall with a decent muscular physique, this superstar has overwhelmed many action heroes from Bollywood and even the southern film industry. Sanjay Dutt, the legendary Bollywood action hero who played the villain Adheera in KG F: Chapter 2, was also impressed with Yash’s performance and personality. In a press conference interview, when Dutt was asked what he liked best about the film, he said it is Yash and his charismatic personality!

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Sanjay Dutt as Adheera in KGF Chapter 2

Sanjay Dutt, now 62, was battling cancer when this film was shot, and as the main villain Adheera, he had to provide an intensifying performance that involved several fight scenes with Yash. He was also required to wear a 25kg leather suit with armor in the role of Adheera. It was none other than Yash who supported him throughout the film and made sure he was comfortable wearing such a heavy costume while making intense action scenes throughout the film’s production. Yash was very concerned about Dutt’s deteriorating health. He even asked Dutt to record his scenes in green room sets so that the filmmakers would later be able to set the background visuals for his scenes and make them look real. Dutt, however, denied Yash and told him that he had seen KGF: Chapter 1, and he simply can not disappoint him and the rest of the crew as his appearance in green room sets can ruin the essence of the sequel to a big movie. He was ready to shoot the intensifying action and battle scenes in the harsh fiery rock desert and burning gold mine set alongside Yash. Dutt did this to match KGF: Chapter 2 on a par with KGF: Chapter 1, which was a huge success. With the efforts of all the crew members, especially Yash and Sanjay Dutt, KGF: Chapter 2 also became a blockbuster.

Rocky’s action scene in KGF: Chapter 2

Raveena Tandon, who is the female lead in KGF: Chapter 2, is a veteran Bollywood actress. I’ve seen her movie since high school. She used to be the star of the 1990s Bollywood cinema and the heartbreaker of any young man of the time. Her performance needs no introduction. Srinidhi Shetty as Rocky’s wife Reena gave an exciting performance. Reena suffers from Stockholm Syndrome, where she loves Rocky and supports his criminal activities.

Rocky vs. Adheera: Desert shootout scene

Amazing Visuals

I have never come across a cinematic masterpiece like KGF: Chapter 2. The fascinating images, backgrounds and scenery reinforced the essence of this epic action drama from the period. Bhuvan Gowda’s cinematography had a retro feel that matched the late 1970s urban landscapes of India. The film was shot extensively in cities like Hyderabad, Bangalore and Mangalore and the landscapes of these cities are beautiful. Filming also began at Cyanaide Hills in the real Kolar Gold Fields.

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Raveena Tandon as Indian Prime Minister Ramika Sen in KGF: Chapter 2

KGF: Chapter 2 has been shot with the utmost precision with the camera capturing even the smallest details like a bullet hitting its target in slow motion. It also involved some brilliant drone camera work. A great image from the film is when Rocky’s machine gun loaded trucks drove in a snake-like pattern through the mountains before being stranded by Adheera’s gang.

An explosive manuscript

The script for KGF: Chapter 2 was even more explosive than the first chapter. Powerful shots, deafening explosions, intense gang wars and hand-to-hand fighting; Chapter 2 has it all! Rocky’s epic dialogue in one of the scenes reads: “Violence … Violence … Violence! I do not like it. But Violence likes me!” This movie is definitely about violence! The script also involves some amazing dialogues from Rocky. Such a dialogue in Hindi is “Meri Dosti Layak Koi Yaar Nahi, Mera Dushmani Jhel Sake Aisi Talwaar Nahi!”; which means “There is no man who can endure my friendship; and there is no sword that can withstand my enmity!”

Although the film ran through a huge duration of 2 hours and 50 minutes, the editing done by Ujwal Kulkarni is commendable. This epic action drama from the period will infuse suspense with every passing moment as tensions erupt in huge gang wars and one-on-one fights! The sequences were edited to match the flow of the film, which in turn kept the suspense intact throughout its course. You will be amazed to learn about the editing potential of Kulkarni, who happens to be only 19 years old and has made history with his film editing skills at such a young age!

You may have seen many action scripts to date, but I’m sure none of them would compare to this one! There’s a scene where Rocky’s trucks were stranded by Adheera and his gang. The trucks were all lined up over the mountain. Adheera and his gang were preparing to shoot at the trucks down from the mountain. Rocky stood in front of them with his hands, pretending to hold a machine gun. He signaled his own gang members inside the trucks by pretending to shoot at Adheera’s gang. It was then a hell of a lot of men getting out of the trucks and intensely firing their machine guns at Adheera and his gang. This is an epic scene from the movie that you probably will not want to miss!

Rocky vs. Adheera: Gun Action In The Desert

Breathtaking music

Although the original songs from KGF: Chapter 2 were sung in Kannada, the Hindi versions of all the songs have been recomposed by Ravi Basrur and Kinnal Raj. Just listen to the rocking tracks like “Toofan” and “Sulthan” in Hindi as they will definitely make you feel the power of rock star Rocky!

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Portraits the reality of Indian sons

KGF: Chapter 2 is no exaggeration. It depicts the real dedication that we Indian sons have to our mothers. Rocky lived to fulfill the promise he had made to his mother. When he was born into poverty, he promised his mother that he would die as the richest man in this world. At present, Jeff Bezos is the richest man in this world. But according to this fictional story, in the late 1970s it was Rocky who was the richest man! After all, he owned an entire gold mine, and his mafia empire spread throughout India after defeating his rivals. He was probably even richer than the Arabs.

Achyuth Kumar as Guru Pandian in KGF: Chapter 2

Rocky’s dedication to his mother can be seen from the film, where he decided to move his mother’s grave to a safe place where she could rest in peace, and Adheera’s sudden attack will not disturb her peaceful rest. He even punished his drunken father, who had wronged his mother and had left her.

Rocky’s promise to his mother reminds me of my own promise I made to my mother in childhood, where I promised never to drink or smoke when I grow up. Until now, I have not touched a cigarette or a beer or a bottle of wine. I’ve never been to bars or pubs. People have a hard time imagining a man over 40 who has never drunk alcohol or smoked in his entire life. We Indian sons are certainly very dedicated to the promises we make to our parents, especially our mothers, and KGF: Chapter 2 depicts this reality!

Means the power of the goddess Kaali

“Maa Kaali” or goddess Kaali symbolizes power in Hinduism. Since I am a Bengali Hindu, I worship goddesses like Durga and Kaali. The goddess Kaali indicates the transience of all things, which is why she wears a wreath. Yet she is also the ultimate transforming force that can take us from death to immortality.

Rocky sets out on his quest for power to become a living legend with the blessings of the goddess Kaali. He even beheaded Garuda in chapter 1 in front of the goddess. The goddess Kaali and scenes of her dedicated worship in the film depict not only Hinduism but also the power of Hinduism.

If you’re wondering, how can a person named “Rocky” be a Hindu? Then I would like to tell you that his real name in the movie was Raja Krishnappa Bairya. Rocky was just his nickname.

The bad:

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Srinidhi Shetty and Yash in KGF: Chapter 2

KGF: Chapter 2 is probably the first and will be the only film in my review history that has nothing “bad” associated with it. It’s a complete masterpiece! Just watch it and you will be told why. If you’re an action or thriller lover, this is just the movie you can crave!

You might think I’m exaggerating things because I’m Indian and this is an Indian movie. But no! I am from North India and this is a South Indian movie. We are piles apart! KGF: Chapter 2 deserves to be at the top of the charts of all movies because of its amazing story and Prashanth Neels distinguished instruction.


Rocky escapes into the stormy sea

Prashanth Neel’s film style has been praised by everyone including Yash himself. In an interview, he revealed Neel’s technical nature and dedication to his work, which sets him apart from all his competing instructors. Yash further said that as a director, Neel has the ability to be on par with Hollywood directors, as his films have an essence of Hollywood films in them. KGF’s sets, locations and backgrounds: Chapter 2 was magical, and formulating such intricate gold field sets with thousands of workers required huge investments from the manufacturers. No doubt the film’s gross budget amounts to INR 100 crores!

Indian Air Force planes bomb Rocky’s ship

If you think Rocky in the KGF series was a criminal, then you’re right, because he certainly was! But he was also “Robin Hood” for the workers and residents of Kolar Gold Fields. He was their savior as well as protector. He rescued them from the terrible mafia leader Garuda and protected them from Adheera’s anger. He supported them at the time of need financially as well as emotionally. He was the “hero” that any poor Indian citizen would deserve.

With this, I can conclude that Bollywood’s downfall has begun. You read that right! The cosmic emergence of the South Indian film industry with hard-hitting blockbuster films like RRR and KGF has greatly influenced the TRP of Bollywood films. KGF: Chapter 2 has not only won the hearts of Indian audiences but also the global audiences of North America and Australia. Bollywood needs to change its film style so that it can to some extent match the masterpieces created by the southern film industry. If it does not happen fast enough, then the day is not far where Indian films will only include South Indian films. Bollywood will then be a thing of the past.

KGF: Chapter 2

I hope, after reading my long review, that you do not want me to remind you to watch KGF: Chapter 2. I would rather say, do not miss this movie, because if you do, you will probably miss the biggest blockbuster in the history of Indian film!

  • Actor – 9.8 / 10
  • Cinematography / visual effects – 10/10
  • Plot / script – 9.5 / 10
  • Setting / Theme – 9.8 / 10
  • Attraction – 9.9 / 10
  • Reciprocity – 9.5 / 10

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