2 hr 2 min | Horror - Thriller | 03-11-2023
Cast - Sathyam Rajesh, Baladitya, Kamakshi Bhaskarla Sahithi Dasari, Getup Sreenu, Chitram Sreenu and others
Director - Anil Viswanath
Producer - Gauri Krishna
Banner - Shree Krishna Creations
Music - Gyaani
“Maa Oori Polimera,” which was confined to an OTT release two years ago, did garner attention. Given this partial success, the makers have now come up with a sequel, aiming to cater to a larger audience by releasing it in theaters. The film is generating more buzz than its previous installment, and the trailer has piqued curiosity. Will this sequel live up to the hype and draw audiences? Let’s find out.
What is it about?
Set in the superstitious village of Jasthipalli, police constable Jangaiah (Baladitya) goes missing. His elder brother Komuraiah (Satyam Rajesh) was involved in black magic and is suspected to be dead. The arrival of the new SI, Ravindra Naik (Rakendu Mouli), brings the focus on Jangaiah’s disappearance. As he tries to unravel the mystery surrounding Komuraiah and Jangaiah, shocking details are uncovered. Komuraiah’s actions are directly linked to the closed Lord Vishnu temple and the treasure beneath it. How is black magic involved, and what’s the mystery? “Maa Oori Polimera 2” has some answers to these questions and saves some for part 3.
Director Anil sticks to the original cast of the film. Satyam Rajesh, Baladitya, and Getup Sreenu have done justice to their roles. Satyam Rajesh shines in his author-backed role. Kamakshi Bhaskarla’s role is downplayed and holds a surprise towards the end. Acting-wise, there is nothing to find fault with. Getup Sreenu’s wife, Ramula, and her flashback are a bit disconnected and unconvincing. The villain scenes are routine and weak. A corporate villain gang going after the temple treasure is nostalgic and has been done to death before.
Director Anil Viswanath knows his limitations and strengths when making a sequel. A handful of twists contribute to the quality of the writing. However, from a technical perspective, it falls short. The cinematography and VFX portions could be improved. The film’s narrative, especially during the last part, is not as gripping as it is in the previous sections. The repeated screenplay is a drawback, but the background music hits the right notes.
Twists & Story Treatment
Incomplete Temple Treasure Mystery
Unwanted Flashbacks & Repeated Screenplay
Dragged Climax Portion
Thriller is a solid genre with a dedicated audience base. Films like “Virupaksha,” “Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada,” “Karthikeya,” and, to some extent, “Karthikeya 2” (treasure-hunt) have successfully explored the genre. Director Anil Viswanath attempts this genre and aims to achieve a similar feat, but he is only partially successful in this attempt. While he has decent writing with twists, he falls short of delivering a truly gripping thriller.
Anil Viswanath chose an intriguing plot and built a compelling story around it. He successfully incorporated thrilling elements and twists. The treatment of the film sets its tone and mood, with the background score effectively supporting the intense visuals. The scene where Komuraiah is surrounded by a group of snakes is spine-chilling, and the black magic scenes are captivating. However, the director includes some unnecessary flashback episodes, particularly the one involving Ramula, which is portrayed in an unconvincing manner and disconnects the viewers. The repeated screenplay feels overdone and may put off the audience.
There is a lag in narration towards the end of the film. The climax portion is dragged and delayed, and the director doesn’t fully resolve the mystery surrounding the temple treasury. The villain portions are left unaddressed. Despite these shortcomings, the writing prioritizes logic, and all the dots are connected.
In conclusion, “Maa Oori Polimera 2” is a decent thriller with potential to grow, but it falls short of creating a truly gripping experience. Those familiar with “Maa Oori Polimera” may find some satisfaction, but the film leaves the audience craving for a more captivating thriller.
Bottom Line: Not Gripping