Heropanti 2 Rating 3.0/5 & Rating
HEROPANTI 2 is the story of the struggle between a hacker and a magician. MJ (Tiger Schroff) is a loving and innocent boy who lives with his mother (Amrita Singh) in Yorkshire. He works as a bouncer in a bar. One day, Inaaya (Tara Sutaria), a self-made millionaire from the gambling industry, sees him and claims he is her ex-boyfriend. She further claims that his real name is Babloo Ranawat. However, MJ makes it clear that he doesn’t know her at all. However, it turns out that MJ is actually Babloo. He is a notorious hacker and was recruited by CBI officer Assad Khan (Zakir Hussain) two years ago. Khan had offered him a handsome reward if he helped them stop Laila’s plans (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), a magician who is actually a very big cybercriminal. Laila designed an app that steals users’ data and then steals all the money from their bank accounts as well. Babloo infiltrates Laila’s inner circle by courting Inaaya and then gets into the good books of Laila. Babloo is lured by the money Laila is offering, but soon realizes that the latter is trying to destroy lives. Therefore, he manages to stop Laila. Nowadays word gets around that Babloo is hiding in Yorkshire. Laila sends his men to get him. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
The story of Sajid Nadiadwala (lead role of Jagdish Sharma) is average. However, Rajat Arora’s script (additional script by Sajid Nadiadwala) is a major culprit. The back-and-forth narration isn’t well constructed and the film is riddled with boring and pointless sequences. However, a few action scenes stand out and manage to make the movie worth watching. Rajat Arora’s dialogues add to the humor.
Ahmed Khan’s direction is fine. He’s handled big films well in the past, but he doesn’t seem to be in full form here. There is no doubt that he executed some sequences very well, like when the audience learns that MJ is none other than Rocky. Also entertaining is the battle that unfolds in Rocky’s apartment and later in the five-star hotel and parking lot. The break point is worth whistling. A few scenes in the second half are massive too. On the other hand, logic takes a back seat. A few developments don’t make sense as the film also suffers from continuity issues. The mother-son track is not convincing. The finale is supposed to be nerve-wracking, but cannot convince.
As expected, Tiger Shroff rocks the show. His action and dance moves are awesome and he makes sure that the audience gets their money’s worth. He has also developed as an actor and shines in some comic and emotional scenes. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is overkill as expected, but it works as it is his character’s requirement. His few one-liners are loved by the masses. Tara Sutaria looks pretty hot, but is miscast and fidgets a lot. Amrita Singh and Zakir Hussain are doing well. 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, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui
AR Rahman’s music is not great. The songs, on the other hand, are a visual spectacle. ‘Dafa Kar’ is well shot and presented and the same goes for ‘Miss Haaran’. ‘Jalwanuma’ is added unnecessarily. ‘Whistle Baja 2.0’ works because it is a recreated version of the HEROPANTI song and also because it stars Kriti Sanon. A Sufi song in the second half is soulful but inspires déjà vu ‘Kun Faya Kun’. AR 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 adequate. Ram Chella – The storyline of Laxman Chella, Parvez Shaikh and Kecha Khamphakdee is one of the strengths of the film. The fight scenes are not distracting 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 Tara Sutaria’s. The NY VFXWaala, Do It Creative and Redefine VFX are passable.
Overall, HEROPANTI 2 boasts lush production values and fantastic stunts by Tiger Shroff, but suffers from a poor storyline.
At the box office, it will only appeal to fans of Tiger Shroff and action movies.