Just to put things into perspective let’s entertain this dreadful thought for a moment. What do you get when Ram Gopal Varma’s magnum opus ‘Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aaag’ is rectified, re-crafted and re-bottled sans major bloopers? It will still be awful, no doubt. But at least it won’t kill at least those who are made to watch some trashy movies in the name of doing reviewing business. It will still make your head spin thanks to those under-the-crotch-weirdly-placed-hyper-ambitious-camera-angles. Jump cuts and irrevocably horrible background score would still give you endless creeps. Ab Tak Chappan 2 is just that. It may not be as audaciously ambitious as RGV’s cinematic wonder, but it is equally brave and bold, you know what we mean right? Brave because debutante director Aejaz Gulab dares to enter the venture without a concrete story or a script and he is bold enough to waste the talents such Ashutosh Rana, Raj Zutshi, Vikram Gokhale and Dilip Prabhavalkar.
Stung by the murky past that costed him his wife, Sadhu Agashey (Nana Patekar) is reluctant to join Force. He is living a rather inconsequential existence with his son in Goa, for he fears that his professional demands as a cop may put his son in danger. The young lad gives his dad the much-needed confidence to rejoin the squad. Nana is summoned to head Force to flush the unwanted elements out of the system. As expected, he keeps the gun firmly planted in the holster and let his fiery dialogues do the talking. Sample this: Jo bolna hai mere muh pe bol. Dusron ke kaano ka cammode mat kar! Sadhu Agashey unleashes his fury as an unbending cop. He starts totting guns to ‘clean’ the city, unaware of the fact that someone within the system is trying to get rid of this newly placed police-chief. He is on a killing spree as the term encounter is reinvented. Sadhu refuses to see the obvious and loses his son at the hands of his nemesis. The saga then turns bloodier, murkier and bloody-personal. But does it turn equally entertaining and gripping like the original movie? Nope!
The only reason why you keep your restless posterior glued to the seat is Nana’s intensity, integrity and the ease with which he sinks into the character that should only be portrayed by him–and him alone. You feel sorry for the actor for he gives his best to the movie that is as mediocre as it could get. The shaky hand held camera moments and the abrupt editing (done in the name of experimenting with unexplored) is jarring to the eye. Not only does it break the flow of the narrative, it makes the whole endevour look like an amateur attempt made by a frisky student from a film-making school who is eager to impress Ram Gopal Varma, perhaps with the hope of getting that rare chance to assist him.
Coming back to the….I am afraid to say… the story– Does Sadhu seek revenge to settle the score? Yes, he does! More importantly, does director Aejaz Gulab redeem himself by giving at least some thrills and gripping moments? A loud No!
Rating: 2 stars