The sequel to the 2014 horror comedy Aranmanai is highly predictable
There is a scene in the movie where you see a bunch of people doing black magic and tantrik rituals that just makes you roll your eyes at the obvious cliches. And Aranmanai 2 is just filled with many such eye rolling moments. The movie stars actor Siddharth, Trisha Krishnan and a barely present Hansika Motwani. This horror comedy is directed by Sundar C, who gave us fantastic movies like Anbe Sivam and Arunachalam. Sad to say that Aranmanai 2 will not join that list.
What's it about
The movie's plot is done to death. It is a story of a series of paranormal events happening in a mansion in Koviloor. The village elders decide to rebuild the temple and as a result put away a goddess statue who is the village guardian. As a result, a malevolent and vengeful spirit enters the sprawling mansion and attacks the Koviloor headman. The man goes comatose which brings his second son Murli played by Siddharth to return from a trip with his fiancee Anita played by Trisha. A series of events unfold and the family driver dies and Murli runs into legal trouble. Here is where comes Ravi played by Sundar.C who is also Anita's older brother. He tries to find who killed the man and gets some shocking revelations. It turns out that the spirit is actually Maya, played by Hansika and is out for the blood of those who wronged her. Here comes a cheesy flashback and Murli realises that the spirit has entered Anita's body. Now he must race against time to save his beloved and his entire family before Maya starts her murderous rampage.
The movie doesn't have a lot of things working in its favour. The screenplay is crisp and brisk. A plethora of characters try to keep things interesting in which they partly succeed. VFX wise, the movie is not a complete let down considering the budget and level. In terms of scare factor, there is only one moment that stands out. Ravi holds a thermostat camera and pans it around the room when suddenly he finds the spirit right behind Murli's shoulder. But what really holds the film together is the comedy. Actors Suri, Manobala and veteran actress Kovai Sarala deserve a pat on the back for being thoroughly entertaining in an otherwise lackluster film. Thanks to the comic trio, the first half is a laughter riot. But sadly, the movie becomes more serious in the latter half and all the potential is lost.
There are a lot of things that pull the film down. First and foremost is the story which is so cliched that it is almost criminal. The typical tantrik/god vs evil spirit has been done like a billion times now and makes you yawn. But then again with a director like Sundar.C, who has given a lot more bad movies than good, this is not altogether surprising. It becomes a little annoying when a horror comedy lacks the scare quotient and gives half baked jump scares instead. What is surprising is that other than the comedians, the only actor who has any impact is Sundar.C himself. Big names like Siddharth, Trsiha and Hansika leave you baffled with a very ordinary display of acting and deliver dialogues monotonously and give cheesy, over-the-top expressions. The last 20 minutes leading up to the climax are so predictable that anybody could guess what will happen next. Music-wise also there is nothing which really stands out. Hip-hop Tamizha, who gave such a cool soundtrack to Kathakali, disappointed us with Aranmanai 2, except for the title track perhaps.
What to do
In the end, Aranmanai 2 claims to be an entertainer, and it delivers on that promise, though in a halfhearted manner. Watch the movie if you liked the first part and if you are a fan of movies like Kanchana.
2 out of 5
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