In the pre-intermission section of the Telugu movie HIT: The Second Case or HIT 2, we see Krishna Dev aka KD (Adivi Sesh), a barely laidback cop, being challenged like by no means earlier than. With restricted powers at his disposal, he has to assume one step forward to alter the course of occasions. Pushed to the edge and wanting to remain on the proper aspect of the ethical compass, he does one thing that elicits whistles in the cinema corridor. The ‘HIT Universe’ or ‘HIT-verse’, which author and director Sailesh Kolanu is creating, has smart-thinking cop protagonists who don’t depend on brawn energy. Telugu cinema may do with extra of those narratives.
The second movie in the HIT (Homicide Intervention Team) franchise is a research in distinction with the first one. The setting strikes to Visakhapatnam from Hyderabad and in place of the brooding cop Vikram Rudraraju (Vishwak Sen) grappling with publish traumatic stress whereas attempting to resolve a powerful case, is the cool KD who has a good alec method of talking and is a chai addict. Visiting a crime scene can wait for a couple of minutes, first chai!
Manikandan’s digicam captures the ethereal expanse of Vizag in large frames and the unhurried tempo of the metropolis in the opening parts.
HIT 2 (HIT: The Second Case)
Cast: Adivi Sesh, Meenakshi Chaudhary, Komalee Prasad
Direction: Sailesh Kolanu
Music: M M Sree Lekha, Suresh Bobbili and John Stewart Eduri
HIT 2 has a tightly woven, two-hour narrative that presents a chapter in the lifetime of police officer KD. The completely different points of his life unravel easily. KD’s romance with Aarya (Meenakshi Chaudhary) offers with live-in relationships matter-of-factly and the couple’s change of phrases with Aarya’s mom (performed by Geetha Bhascker) has some enjoyable moments. At work, KD makes use of his sarcasm to counter his superior (Rao Ramesh), and the equation he shares together with his small crew has room for each belief and friction.
Abhilash (Maganti Srinath), who we noticed in HIT 1, makes his presence felt right here as effectively. HIT 2 works effectively as a standalone movie however for those that have seen the first one, Sailesh locations a few Easter eggs to hyperlink the HIT Universe and recognizing them amplifies the leisure quotient.
A tonal shift occurs when Vizag is jolted by a grotesque homicide that brings to the fore questions of ladies’s security. The story has a number of tropes related to the style — a psychopath killer on the unfastened, his motive that stems from a twisted understanding of ladies, and the plight of hapless victims and their households. KD, his trusted canine Max, and his crew which incorporates forensic officer Varsha (Komalee Prasad) uncover that the crime is murkier than they’d imagined. It is considerable that the movie doesn’t get voyeuristic because it depicts the grotesque incidents.
The story makes an emphatic assertion about police encounters turning into a device of public appeasement. The temper will get grim by the minute and KD trades his laidback nature with an urgency to make the metropolis safer. The brick-walled spacious villa inhabited by KD, which as soon as served as a romantic setting, turns eerie. John Stewart Eduri’s background rating fills these frames with a sense of dread.
Newer characters are launched throughout the investigation and it’s simple to attach the threads and guess the killer and his motives. This facet of the story may have been smarter. The movie doesn’t lose steam, however the hallmark of a crackling thriller could be to maintain the audiences on the fringe of their seat and spring a shock by connecting clues that are hiding in plain sight for that wow second.
HIT 1, whose protagonist used his Sherlock-ian data and statement to crack instances, was extra cerebral in its investigation. The closing reveal occurred by way of a new subplot that the viewers would have had no way of guessing. HIT 2 does a higher job of weaving in the sub plot of the killer’s motives however nonetheless, may have been sharper.
However, the way the climax portion faucets KD’s sharp tongue, even when it isn’t politically right, retains us invested. The closing parts additionally faucet into the emotional aspect of Adivi Sesh as an actor and he’s spectacular. His characterisation provides him the scope to be suave, typically nasty and at instances romantic and he digs in with delight, proudly owning each his character and the movie. Meenakshi Chaudhary has a good display presence and her character is fortunately not a prop. In the temporary half assigned to her, Komalee Prasad makes an impression.
HIT 2 ends on a excessive notice, providing a glimpse of the star actor who will take centre stage in HIT 3 as a ruthless cop. The HIT Universe holds immense promise and it is going to be fascinating to see what Sailesh Kolanu has in retailer. Earlier this yr, Tamil cinema raised the bar with LCU (or Lokesh Kanagaraj Cinematic Universe) by way of the Kamal Haasan starrer Vikram in which Lokesh linked his earlier movie Kaithi and set the stage for a bigger universe. Similarly, HIT-verse could be an fascinating addition to Telugu cinema and calls for good, sharp writing.
HIT 2 is presently operating in theatres