Packed with heavy-duty action and ample drama

Story: Back to Lucknow from Noman, where she was abducted and gangraped, Nargis and her husband Sameer unsuccessfully try to pick up the pieces. They find momentary happiness as they adopt Nandini, an orphaned child. When Nandini becomes a victim of a heinous crime, Sameer seeks revenge and hunts the culprits down.

Review: The sequel to 2020 action thriller, Khuda Haafiz, begins with Sameer (Vidyut Jammwal) and Nargis (Shivaleeka Oberoi) struggling to heal from the trauma of the latter’s abduction and gangrape in a fictional country called Noman. Nargis is still emotionally scarred and embittered but after a therapy session, she agrees to adopt Sameer’s friend’s five-year-old orphaned niece, Nandini. However, their happiness is short-lived as Nandini is taken and becomes a victim of a heinous crime.

What follows is the standard trope of a Bollywood revenge drama — power play by the rich spoilt boy’s grandmother (a ubiquitous evil Thakur playbed by Sheeba Chaddha), getting rid of the prime witness, a corrupt cop and the bloodthirsty hero going after the perpetrators, vigilante style.

Even though the premise is anything but novel and the treatment suffers from sensationalism in a number of instances, the movie is top-notch cinematically. As a director, Faruk Kabir handles the reins of the film well, as Jitan Harmeet Singh provides him able support as a cinematographer. Unsurprisingly, though, the action is outstanding — especially when Sameer takes on a jail bully, Jaiswal, who’s given a contract to kill him. It’s easily one of the most memorable scenes. The chase in the climax is just as thrilling.

Vidyut delivers a fine performance as a hero, showcasing raw action skills , with plenty of hand-to-hand combat. Shivaleeka’s Nargis is convincing as she bitterly tells her husband off when he says to the therapist (Rukhsar) that things are fine or admits that she is not ready for the responsibility of looking after a child. However, one cannot digest how quickly she comes around and things are back to normal. The subplot of Thakurji exploiting her daughter-in-law also seems a bit of a stretch. Those who cannot digest too much blood and gore may find some scenes graphic and disturbing.

Overall, Khuda Haafiz 2 is worth a watch for the heavy-duty action and the story that’s high on emotion. The plot remains formulaic but the drama will keep you going.

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