With 'Ab Tak Chhappan 2' Nana Patekar has returned on silver screen with a kind of character he has mastered in. Depicting Sadhu Agashe, a rigid cop, he presents flavors people love to watch i.e. straight talks with humor engraved.
These days interest quotient of viewers demand more than just actors and this is exactly where film fails drastically. On one side it has brilliant stars like Nana Patekar, Ashutosh Rana and Gul Panag; on the other side it is an old fashioned crime and underworld drama presented with no hooked refreshment.
For movies like this a strong villain could be an asset but the fact was kept on the last priority; writer must have thought Nana Patekar would be just enough. Rajendranath Zutshi plays the character of handicapped don roasting himself on the fire of revenge. With no flaws in acting he was rightly misplaced by the director in a script which could have been easily completed by giving him a complete miss.
With a total of three encounter sequences, the film also presents the dirty side of politics where ministers use others to remain in power. Again it was a very predictable and old fashioned dish with no added flavor. Vikram Gokhale plays the character of mastermind minister running the dirty politics and facing the consequences of using a non-corrupt cop to execute his evil ideas.
Started on an emotional note film concludes with a heart wrenching dialogues by a father and cop Sadhu, in between drama oscillates between cruel world and innocent family of a true police officer.
Packaged under 105 minutes, it was a documentary style film with mind boggling performances but no real substance. The only performance which was running way behind others was by Gul Panag. Playing the character of a crime journalist she was completely out of sync and that could be a reason director halted her character with a gun shot and admission to hospital.
Govind Namdev and Mohan Agashe are the other seen characters in the films who justified the little screen space provided.
Final Verdict: With no solid script and age no bar, Nana Patekar is a treat to watch. Film fails in terms of substance and could be watched only for good acting by cast.