Sequels are usually a pain in the neck in India. Most of them fail to live up to the hype generated by the first part. Baahubali, Don, Ek Tha Tiger, and others are notable exceptions.
Khuda Haafiz was released on Disney Plus Hotstar when the Covid-19 pandemic was at its peak. The film received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike.
Seeing the response, the makers announced there will be another part of Khuda Haafiz that will release in cinemas once the pandemic wanes.
After almost two years, now we have Khuda Haafiz Chapter 2 starring the same lead pair and released in cinema halls.
Khuda Haafiz Chapter 2 Review Summary
The film relies heavily on Vidyut Jammwal’s shoulders. It is full of action, emotions, and an above-average story. However, that’s not it. Keep reading my review to learn more about the movie’s pros and cons.
Khuda Haafiz Chapter 2 Synopsis
After a horrendous past, Nargis (Shivaleeka Oberoi) finds it hard to begin a new journey with Sameer (Vidyut Jammwal). She suffers from depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Observing her state of mind, Sameer decides to adopt a daughter, and gradually, their life comes back on track.
However, things go south when the couple’s daughter is kidnapped in broad daylight. The administration is not interested in the case, and the police turn a blind eye. Can Sameer bring their daughter back?
Starring Vidyut Jammwal (Sameer) and Shivaleeka Oberoi (Nargis) in lead roles. Khuda Haafiz Chapter 2 is directed by Faruk Kabir.
What Works for Khuda Haafiz Chapter 2?
Starting slow, focusing solely on building a robust backdrop, and releasing in cinemas; when combined, these factors form an unpopular presentation. Mostly, action films tend to go on a rampage without building a solid base.
However, with the recently released OM, starring Aditya Roy Kapoor, and now Jammwal’s Khuda Haafiz Chapter 2, we have a new rhythm coming into the realm.
Khuda Haafiz Chapter 2 doesn’t hit the accelerator initially. Instead, the movie allows the story to set in. It is willing to test the audience’s patience, even in the present times of little forbearance.
But the risk of treading on a tricky path comes with its set of rewards. Once the plot settles down, Khuda Haafiz explodes like a firecracker draped in powerful emotions.
When there’s Jammwal, the thrill is bound to be an eminent part of the outing. But in Khuda Haafiz Chapter 2, hair-raising moments gain traction thanks to the well-designed plot and screenplay.
Again, this goes straight to the prowess of Vidyut Jammwal. His personality as an action hero is the most significant positive for Khuda Haafiz Chapter 2. Imagine you are awaiting the story to explode, which turns out to be a dud due to poor execution.
With Khuda Haafiz, even if the story had fallen, Jammwal’s chiseled body would have taken care of everything. Though I didn’t like the finishing of some high-octane scenes, most of them had the right intensity to shiver my adrenaline.
Vidyut’s loud punches, vocal screams, one-on-one fist combats, and fierce battles with immoral goons work wonders for the second part of Khuda Haafiz.
Like the first part, Khuda Haafiz Chapter 2 has an affable music lineup. The melodies work well for the film and allow it to win over the audience.
Khuda Haafiz is led by Vidyut Jammwal in the most Heroic manner. He not only takes the wand in his hands but also bears the brunt of his’ actions’. Jammwal is not someone known for honing emotionally fulfilling scenes, which kept broiling inside my head before the start of the film.
A reason behind my dislike for his emotional avatar is Vidyut’s performance in some of his previous outings, starting with Yaara. Even in Khuda Haafiz 2, he tries to shrewdly manipulate the audience when in the midst of a sensitive moment.
You’d notice Jammwal fiddling his head while delivering soft scenes in Khuda Haafiz Chapter 2. Seeing him trying harder to hone his weakness as much as possible is good.
On the contrary, he is the master of action, hands down. Throw an intense setting, and Jammwal is ready with sharp eyes and raging brows.
Furthermore, his expressions are overpowered by puffy muscles and toned abs, which has been the trademark of Vidyut’s acting career.
Shivaleeka Oberoi is a fantastic actress. However, Khuda Haafiz Chapter 2 uses her as nothing more but a mere element of pity. Even when the plot was ready to give her the baton, the makers, surprisingly, showed Oberoi as a helpless character.
What is the point of having someone in the story just for the sake of crying? When you have got a great performer, why underutilize her? It was one of the major disappointments for me from Khuda Haafiz Chapter 2.
Several other actors in the film work astutely and deliver a swashbuckling performance, but their screen time is too low to judge them overtly. Mostly, the story surrounds Vidyut Jammwal, portrayed as Ram from the epic Ramayana.
The likes of Dibyendu Bhattacharya and Rajesh Tailang look effortless while playing their respective characters, a quality Jammwal lacks. Moreover, Sheeba Chaddha, the main villain of Khuda Haafiz Chapter 2, also doesn’t get enough screen time to show her worth.
What Doesn’t Work for Khuda Haafiz Chapter 2?
Despite all the thrill and action, Khuda Haafiz Chapter 2 must be called out for its outdated concept. Haven’t we walked into a theater and seen films based on the same premises? Of course, we have.
Most of the stories in the 80s and 90s used to have a male protagonist beating all the villains while the female lead would only get to cry incessantly.
I particularly disliked the representation of Shivaleeka’s character in Khuda Haafiz Chapter 2.
Cues From the Ramayana
The charge is always in the hands of Vidyut Jammwal, left, right, and center. Why? Because he is being shown as the 21st century Ram, who first managed to get her wife back from a foreign country and is now going all-in for her daughter.
Shivaleeka Oberoi is shown as Sita, who can only ask for help from her husband. If the makers wanted, they could have easily strengthened her character. But the prime concern of the creators was to glorify Jammwal because he is the one who would attract the audiences.
Okay, so this happens toward the end of the film and is one of the biggest mistakes in Khuda Haafiz Chapter 2. There are four culprits of a crime, and one of them is never killed by the protagonist.
However, we are shown that he did get rid of him at one stage. But there’s no record of the same in the visuals of the film.
This is not how leaps work if that was the motive. You must show what happened with the fourth guy when the plot is entirely based on his deeds.
There are ample action scenes and emotional outcries to keep you hooked. Be patient in the early stages of Khuda Haafiz Chapter 2, and you will be rewarded handsomely. It is a must-watch for action lovers.
Will there be Khuda Haafiz Chapter 3?
Going by the ending of the second part, I can sense the makers are planning to make Khuda Haafiz Chapter 3. Maybe, they have just kept all the strings open and are waiting to assess the performance of the second chapter.
Can I watch Khuda Haafiz 2 with family?
No, Khuda Haafiz 2 is not a family movie, considering the Indian audience. It has several scenes where characters use cuss words, which you wouldn’t want to witness with your parents.
You should also not show Khuda Haafiz 2 to children under 5 years because of the sheer violence in the film.
There are no explicit intimate scenes in Khuda Haafiz 2, in case you were wondering.
For all these reasons, Khuda Haafiz 2 has been given an ADULT rating.