Dhilluku Dhuddu 2 Review & Rating
Dhilluku Dhuddu 2 Review: Santhanam Trolls The Ghosts And Makes This A Laugh Fest
Santhanam as a comedian is a dual-edged knife. He can get beaten up or get trolled and he is a troll king wh can deliver a punch dialogue when and where the situation demands. This is the reason why he is an apt choice to lead a comedy full-on comedy entertainers. That is where we can find the suppressed heroism in this comedy star. Dhilluku Dhuddu exploited the same and the result was so good that it warranted a sequel.
Dhilluku Dhuddu brings Santhanam and Rambhala together again in a new setup but a similar theme. A comedy hero trolls the ghosts which are out to frighten him and his adventures and misadventures in love. Motta Rajendran who was against Santhanam's protagonist in the first installment is now his aide and let's see if this combination delivers another laugh riot with thrills like the first film if not better with Dhilluku Dhuddu 2 review.
Vellai Viji is an auto driver. Who is better than an auto driver as a hero to show the commonness of the protagonist. But Viji is not a simple man nor is he a decent person. He is a personification of a scoundrel. He along with his uncle played by Rajendran are the biggest problem in their neighborhood. Mornings are all right. But it is in the night time when the ghosts are expected to rule the roost that these guys come to party literally by drinking like dogs.
A certain Karthik, who lives in Viji's neighborhood gets fed up with our common men protagonists and hatches a plan with some others. The plan involves making Viji fall in love (isn't it the plan all along to make a character fall in love in order to teach them a lesson?) with a girl he knows to have a spooky connection. A doctor colleague of her once tried to express his love for her with some torturous results. No, not that she tortures him. The thing is entirely different.
The girl Maya's father is garuda Raja Bhattathiri. Mr. Bhattathiri is not your ordinary father of the heroine. He is a known tantrik who can command spirits and ghosts to make his daughter's suitors run away. Viji has to face off with Bhattathiri and comes to know about him first hand. He takes the help of another witch named Chakrama Devi played by the charming Urvasi in a seriously funny role. How Viji with the help of Chakrama Devi fends of the threats of Maya's father and finally takes her hand in marriage form the rest of the story.
Writing and direction
The film is filled with one cliche after another when it comes to horror. You can even predict what sound will come accompanying what scene. Such was the set template of a horror comedy followed by the director. But what differentiates other such genre flicks and Dhilluku Dhuddu 2 is the presence of Santhanam. The dialogues and especially the oneliners written for him are terrific and make you forget the other deficiencies of the film.
The first half sets the story up with a few worthful comedy scenes and a bland romance track. But the chemistry of Santhanam and Rajendran works like a charm and the counters they exchange are a treat for even the non-fans. Rajendran is the Watson to Santhanam's Sherlock. The interval block where Viji comes across Maya's father is superbly done. Their face-off lifts a seemingly ordinary first half to bearably good levels. The songs in this half are yawn-worthy though. But thankfully there are only a couple of songs.
It is in the second half the genuine fun starts. Urvasi's entry till the end of the film, the trio entertains you like there is no tomorrow. scene after scene and setpiece after setpiece you will just have to sit back and enjoy the show run by Santhanam, Urvasi, and Rajendran. The director cleverly avoided songs here. The spooky scenes offer few genuine frights and the pre-climax and the climax are well written.
An in-form Santhanam
Santhanam is in great form in Dhilluku Dhuddu 2. He trolled every character that encounters him left, right and center. He didn't even leave the beleaguered ghosts. He let the hero in him take a back seat unlike in the first film and unleashed the comedian. Impeccable timing coupled with good comedy writing helped him take the film to the next level. Urvasi is a treat and has several scene-stealing moments.
Rajendran is excellent and has provided a great supporting act. Bipin as the heroine's father and the tantrik is excellent. It is the heroine Shritha Sivadas whose character has no role in the film except instigating the one-upmanship of Viji and Bhattathiri. But she did well in the limited role. Rest of the actors including the ghosts did well in making the scenes tick for the most part.
Okayish crew work
The music by Shamir has nothing to write about when it comes to songs. The background score is decent with regular horror beats and fun sounds for the comedy scenes. The cinematography is pretty average. After all, the movie is not a technical tour de force. The production design is in a similar vein (read: okayish). The editing needs special mention as Madhavan Madhu never allowed the narration to go out of hands. There are no boring scenes.
If you want some good laughs and get entertained with a few more jump scares, Dhilluku Dhuddu 2 is the movie for you. The first half is bearable. The interval block came out good and the second half is a laughter fest. With Santhanam in super form, his chemistry with Rajendran working out well and Urvasi's role as an added bonus, Dhilluku Dhuddu is a sure shot winner at the box office. After all, the makers never advertised it's a film made with awards in mind. You can give a chance on an idle weekend day.
- Santhanam oneliners
- Santhanam-Rajendran-Urvasi trio
- Second half is a laugh-fest
- No proper story
- First half is pretty average
Pycker Rating: 2.75 out of 5
Reviewed by: GitacharYa
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Dhilliku Dhuddu 2 is the sequel to the widely successful horror-comedy starring ace comedy actor Santhanam. Released amidst considerable buzz with Santhanam again in the lead role, the film is garnering generally positive reviews from the early watchers with a few comments here and there that the film is an average fare. But what all agree on is Santhanam is a force to be reckoned with when given a full-length role. And expectedly, the comedy setpieces and Santhanam propelled Dhilluku Dhuddu 2 as a great option this weekend.
Most of the early audience say that Santhanam is back to form and the film is super fun in the first half. The second half is equally hilarious with a few genuine frights. Dhilluku Dhuddu 2 proves how much we missed Santhanam in Tamil Cinema. He should seriously consider playing the lead comedian in at least big commercial films. Few others say that this film is better than the first movie.
Santhanam has a winner in his hands with Dhilluku Dhuddu 2. The second half is a laugh riot. The movie will surely attract youngsters and should be promoted accordingly. It needs visibility given that the content is good. The film has several laugh out loud moments and good jokes every two minutes. All in all, Dhilluku DHuddu 2 talk is leaning on the positive side for the most part.
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