Khuda Haafiz: Chapter 2
picks up where its predecessor left off. After rescuing his wife Nargis (Shivaleeka Oberoi) from a gang of flesh merchants in Noman, Sameer (Vidyut Jammwal) is now struggling to get his married life back on track.
Nargis, on the other hand, is struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and is seeking therapy. At one point, Sameer even asks his wife’s therapist,
“Doctor saab, aapko lagta hain agar Nargis aur main ek bachche ke liye try kare toh, phir se sab kuch theek ho jaayega? »
If only things were that simple!
However, the lives of Sameer and Nargis take an unexpected light with the arrival of an orphan, Nandini. Initially reluctant due to her traumatic past, Nargis slowly warms to the child and decides to adopt her. However, their happiness is short-lived. In a turn of events, Nandini is kidnapped along with another girl from her school.
When Sameer and Nargis’ worst nightmare comes true, it’s up to the former to draw blood and break bones in order to punish the culprits.
Writer-director Faruk Kabir re-teams with Vidyut Jammwal and Shivaleeka Oberoi for his 2020 film sequel
Khuda Hafiz. Unfortunately this time, it stumbles over its cliched writing and poor directing. It sets up a typical rape revenge movie in the most unimaginable way and leaves you very disappointed.
The slow-paced narrative, especially in the first half, tests your patience. Faruk Kabir relies more on gimmicks than good writing to draw in the emotions, which knocks the film down several notches. Whereas
at least had some good action sequences to keep you invested, its sequel ends as a mediocre affair with next to nothing memorable. Plus, the less said about how the filmmaker chooses to tackle topics like PTSD, the better!
Vidyut Jammwal barely has enough leeway to flex his muscles which might break the hearts of his fans. Apart from a few action sequences where the man presents himself in his best light, the writing does not leave him enough chance to draw on his strength.
When it comes to heavy emotional sequences, the actor fails to tug on your heartstrings. Sometimes the mediocre script fails him.
It looks like Faruk Kabir put in minimal effort to write the character of Shivaleeka Oberoi. In turn, the actress also puts on an average show. Sheeba Chaddha as the “godmother” figure Thakur tries to send shivers down your spine. Unfortunately, this fear does not seep deeply. Rajesh Tailang tries out the role of a top journalist with a conscience. If only Faruk Kabir’s pen had done him justice! This character starts off on a promising note, only to fade halfway through.
Unlike last time, cinematographer Jitan Harmeet Singh barely gets an interesting canvas to pull up stretched frames. The track involving Egypt also has nothing substantial to offer in terms of visuals. Sandeep Francis’ editing could have been more tense.
The music album of
Khuda Haafiz: Chapter 2
consists of four tracks – ‘Chaiyaan Mein Saiyaan Ki’, ‘Rubaru’, ‘Junoon Hai’ and ‘Aaja Ve’. Although they flow seamlessly into the narrative, they have no recall value. An absolutely’to like‘Mithoon & Co album.
In one of the scenes of
Khuda Haafiz: Chapter 2, the Nargis therapist cites the example of a Japanese art called Kintsugi to explain how broken relationships can be repaired in the same way. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for this film which is lame and in every way.