Cast: Vidut Jamwar, Shiwarika Oberoi, Shiba Chada, Dibiondu Bhattacharya and Rajesh Thalang.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Like the old saying, never mess with a man’s family. In Bollywood parlance, make sure that person is not Vidyut Jammwal.
The 2020 sequel to “Khuda Haafiz” picks up where the first part ended. Sameer Choudhary (Vidyut Jammwal) and Nargis Choudhary (Shivaleeka Oberoi) are trying to put Noman’s accident behind them when their young wife is kidnapped by a human trafficking gang in a fictional Middle Eastern country. But things won’t be easy for the Nargis, who suffer from PTSD, depression and a mistrust of their soul, while Samir is doing his best to save a broken marriage.
By fate, the orphan Nandini is introduced into their lives, and Samir opens up to the little girl, but Nargis is a little annoyed by her presence. But over time, she opened up to her, and Nandini brought the couple’s lives back to life.
Just when everything was going well, tragedy struck. Nandini and another girl from her school are kidnapped by four boys, one of whom happens to be the son of local politician Thakur, played by the powerful Sheeba Chaddha.
As Sameer and Nargis race against time to find their missing daughter, the outlook gets tougher.
A heartbroken and angry Samir beats up the local police, who refuse to write a first information report (FIR), which leads to jail time, which is the turning point of the film. He befriends rival gangs and turns into a powerful gang.
Once out, nothing can stop Samir from avenging his daughter. He killed everyone who stood in the way of his search for the real culprit.
Jammwal’s Sameer is driven and focused in the first part, but in the second part, he is so angry, rough and cruel that he rips one of the accused with his bare hands. dramatic? Yes. But the horror is palpable, and so is the anger.
In addition to being intense and brutal, the film also tells a story of emotion, love and redemption for parents, husbands and wives.
Oberoi shines through emotional times as a traumatized wife and mother. She has a tough role to play, but she takes it with aplomb.
Both Chaddha and Dibyendu Bhattacharya are seasoned actors and they do well.
‘Khuda Hafiz: Chapter II – Agni Pariksha’ is directed by Faruk Kabir and his performance in this film is commendable. While the film tends to place more emphasis on violence, its narrative is in the right place. The film’s music is situational and doesn’t seem out of place.
A brutally violent film may have a niche audience, but good storytelling usually appeals to a wider audience.
The film ends with the promise of a third attempt. Will it happen? If the plot is still tight, why not?
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