Heropanti 2 Review 3.0/5 & Review Rating
HEROPANTI 2 is the story of the fight between a hacker and a magician. MJ (Tiger Shroff) is a loving and innocent boy who stays in Yorkshire with his mother (Amrita Singh). He works as the bouncer at a bar. One day, Inaaya (Tara Sutaria), a self-made millionaire from the gaming industry, sees him and alleges that he is her ex-boyfriend. She further claims that his real name is Babloo Ranawat. MJ however makes it clear that he doesn’t know her at all. However, it comes to light that MJ is actually Babloo. He is an infamous hacker and 2 years ago, he was recruited by CBI officer Assad Khan (Zakir Hussain). Khan had offered him a handsome reward if he helps them in thwarting the plans of Laila (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), a magician who in reality is a very big cyber criminal. Laila has designed an app which steals the data of the users and then also usurps all the money from their bank accounts. Babloo infiltrates Laila’s inner circle by wooing Inaaya and then getting into the good books of Laila. Babloo gets lured by the money offered by Laila but soon realizes that what the latter is trying to achieve is destroying lives. Hence, he manages to stop Laila in his tracks. In the present day, word spreads that Babloo is hiding in Yorkshire. Laila sends his men to nab him. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
Sajid Nadiadwala’s story (lead writing by Jagdish Sharma) is average. Rajat Arora’s screenplay (additional screenplay by Sajid Nadiadwala) however is a big culprit. The back and forth narrative is not put together well and the film is riddled with unexciting and senseless sequences. A few action scenes however stand out and manage to make the film watchable. Rajat Arora’s dialogues add to the humour.
Ahmed Khan’s direction is okay. In the past, he has handled big scale films well but here, he doesn’t seem to be in full form. There’s no doubt that he has executed a few sequences very well, like when audiences learn that MJ is none other than Rocky. The fight that ensues in Rocky’s place and later in the five-star hotel and the parking lot is also entertaining. The intermission point is whistle worthy. A few scenes in the second half also are massy. On the flipside, logic takes a backseat. A few developments don’t make sense, with the film suffering from continuity issues too. The mother-son track is unconvincing. The finale is intended to be nail-biting but fails to entice.
Tiger Shroff, as expected, rocks the show. His action and also dance moves are killer and he ensures that the audiences get their money’s worth. He has also evolved as an actor and shines in a few comic and emotional scenes. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is over the top, as expected, but it works as it’s the requirement of his character. His few one-liners will be loved by the masses. Tara Sutaria looks quite hot but is miscast and hams a lot. Amrita Singh and Zakir Hussain are okay. Uday Mahesh (Uday), last seen as Chellam Sir in THE FAMILY MAN is nothing special. The actors playing Dogra, Ranjeet Shenoy, Mark, Zahid, Ustad and Wong are poor.
Heropanti 2 | High Voltage Ka Jhatka | Tiger Shroff, Tara Sutaria, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
A R Rahman’s music is not great. The songs however are a visual spectacle. ‘Dafa Kar’ is well shot and presented and the same goes for ‘Miss Hairan’. ‘Jalwanuma’ is needlessly added. ‘Whistle Baja 2.0’ works as it’s a recreated version of the HEROPANTI song and also because it stars Kriti Sanon. A Sufi song in the second half is soulful but gives a déjà vu of ‘Kun Faya Kun’. A R Rahman’s background score is better. The use of the ‘Dafa Kar’ theme in action scenes makes for a nice watch.
Kabir Lal’s cinematography is appropriate. Ram Chella – Laxman Chella, Parvez Shaikh and Kecha Khamphakdee’s action is one of the strengths of the film. The fight scenes are not disturbing at all and can be watched and enjoyed by viewers of all ages. Manini Mishra’s production design is rich. Aki Narula, Meagan Concessio, Shadab Malik and Ashish Sharma’s costumes are glamorous, especially the ones worn by Tara Sutaria. NY VFXWaala, Do It Creative and Redefine’s VFX is passable.
On the whole, HEROPANTI 2 boasts of lavish production values and fantastic stunts by Tiger Shroff, however it suffers from a poor storyline.
At the box office it will appeal only to the fans of Tiger Shroff and action films.