Goli Soda 2
Goli Soda 2: It Lacks the Fizz and Freshness of Its Prequel
Movie Review by Ramya Serma (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Vijay Milton’s 2014 film Goli Soda left a great impact on the audience and fared extremely well at the box-office. The fast-paced storyline, the fresh faces along with its realistic treatment hit the bull’s eye. To set things straight, Goli Soda 2 lacks that punch and falls short of expectations. The director tries hard to set a similar theme in North Madras milieu (the current favorite of Tamil filmmakers) but fails to recreate the magic.
The story unfolds through the eyes of Natesan (Samuthirakani), an ex-police officer turned pharmacist, is taken into custody by the police officer Raghavan (Gautham Menon) over some missing people. We are also introduced to three principal characters in the film – Oli (Esakki Bharath), Maaran (Bharath Seeni) and Siva (Vinod), who are not related to each other. They aspire for a better life and all of them are friends with Natesan, who happens to be their guide as well. Oli is an emerging basketball player, who loves a girl from an upper caste and comes into a direct confrontation with a caste leader; Shiva, a motivated auto driver, who intends to buy a call-taxi to upgrade his life loses all his savings to a politician, who cons him and Maaran, who is a henchman for a noted politician and dreams to give up his doomed life to marry his love interest, played by young actress Subhiksha. All the three have an axe to grind against the powerful politicians and caste leaders and team up to seek revenge. They are guided and mentored in their pursuit by Natesan and this leads to the final conflict in the film.
So, has the revenge been sought? Does the trio get into any bigger trouble instead? What happens during the interrogation? All these questions get answered through the course of the film.
Just like the prequel, Vijay Milton does give us an interesting storyline and characters, who have great back stories. The stories even manage to blend into each other despite the principal characters not being related to each other. The first half is quite a riveting watch and the audience is glued to the seat trying to figure out what exactly happened to the lead cast. The two romantic sub-plots are fresh and quite appealing. But the film suffers the curse of second-half. The pace becomes frantic and the editing goes all hay-wire. The vigilante route that the film takes and whole idea of seeking revenge from the villains gets a bit on your nerve. There are a bunch of clichés that we have come to associate with commercial Tamil cinema. The loud background score hardly helps in retaining attention of the audience.
Coming to performances, Samuthirakani gets into the skin of the character and the role seems to be tailor-made for him. His solo-drinking scene is one of the highlights of the film. All the young actors deliver earnest performances. Essaki Bharath and Bharath Seeni are quite good in their respective characters. Subhiksha, who plays Maaran’s love interest in the film deserves a special mention for her screen presence and innocent portrayal of a girl in love. While Gautham Menon gets a rousing response from the audience with a grand entry scene, he hardly gets many scenes in the film yet does not fail to charm in his cameo performance. Veteran actress Rohini gets to play a strong character and gets to reveal a vital twist in the story. There is also actress Rekha, who plays Samuthirakani’s love interest but she hardly gets much of screen space and is wasted in this non-significant role. Chemban Vinod, as the menacing politician Thuraimugham Thillai, manages to instill hatred and does a fine job as the main villain in the film. Unlike loud villains of Tamil cinema, he adds a subtle nuance to his negative character and is quite impressive.
Achu Rajamani, the young music director does a fine job of rendering music for every mood. The song ‘Pondatee nee’ has been on the top of music charts for a while now. The rock-infused Kelambu and the melodious Kanamma are other nice tracks by the music composer. However, the background score flounders in the second half and becomes one of the most repulsive factors in the film.
Goli Soda 2 has its moments of glory, some good acting and great music but it falls flat in the larger scheme of things.