RGG2 Review : Sentimental Ghost

Film: Raju Gari Gadhi 2

Rating: 2.75/5

Director: Ohmkar

Cast:  Nagarjuna Akkineni, Samantha Akkineni, Seerat Kapoor

Producer: Prasad V Potluri

Release Date: October 13, 2017 

Raju Gari Gadhi 2 is a remake of 2016 Malayalam comedy Horror film, “Pretham”. Director Ohmkar, who had received success with “Raju Gari Gadhi”, is again trying to win the audience with another horror comedy film. This film is Samantha's first release after her wedding with Naga Chaitanya and this is also the first time that Nagarjuna is attempting a horror film in his career. Let’s find out how this movie had shaped up.

Plot:

Three friends (Vennela Kishore, Ashwin Babu and Praveen) purchase a resort. They come across Suhanisa (Seerat Kapoor) in the resort and try to woo her. However, their happy beginning is hindered by paranormal activities in the resort and they eventually approach a mentalist named Rudra (Nagarjuna) to sort this issue out.

Rudra investigates the case and finds out that the ghost is of women named Amrutha (Samantha Akkineni) who is looking for answers about her death. Who is this Amrutha? What is her flashback and What is reason behind her death? forms the rest of the story.

What’s Good:

First Half

Climax

BGM

What’s Bad:

Emotional Second Half

Predictability

Irrelevant title name

Review:

After the super hit of Raju Gari Gadhi, people started believing in Ohmkar’s direction capabilities. With the success of that movie, he was able to convince big stars such as Nagarjuna and Samantha Akkineni to act in Raju Gari Gadhi 2. However, the expectations on this movie were not high as they weren’t lot of promotional activities done by the star cast of this film or the director.

First Half starts with funny comedy scenes between the three friends Vennela Kishore, Ashwin Babu and Praveen in their resort. Later, Seerat Kapoor joins the show and ignites the screen with her glamour show. Shortly a Ghost is introduced in the resort which makes Vennela Kishore and his friends scared to death. Nagarjuna's intro happens as a mentalist who helps the police as a human lie detector with his cold reading techniques by analyzing the criminal’s body language. Soon first half ends with the confrontation of Rudhra with the Ghost.

Second Half starts with Rudhra studying the life story of the ghost. Flashback starts with Samantha’s childhood scenes with lot of emotional and sentimental scenes. Rudhra then decodes that MMS video clip as the main reason behind the death of Amrutha and ends the mystery behind the resort’s ghost.

The story revolves around three simple questions: Who recorded Amrutha's nude video? Why did they do that? And what did they gain out of this? These questions get answered even before the movie reaches the climax. And once the answers to these three questions are obvious, the movie goes into complete predictable fashion. Naresh as church father, Shakalaka Shankar as yesu, Nandhu as Samantha’s friend, Tejaswi Madivada as Ashwins’s girlfriend bala are just present for the namesake.

Samantha had excelled in the role of Ghost, she outshined Nagarjuna in many scenes. The way she could showcase the pain of young law student would make everyone connect to her. Nagarjuna had also tried his best in the role of mentalist Rudhra and he effectively showcased his brilliance in couple of scenes. Thaman had given good BGM for this movie. Even though the movie is titled as "Raju Gari Gadhi 2", the story has nothing to do with that title. This movie is neither sequel to "Raju Gari Gadhi" nor related in any way to that title “Raju Gari Gadhi 2”. In Summary, Raju Gari Gadhi 2 is blend of both happiness and sadness.

Result: Sentimental Ghost