Direction : Sathish Chandrasekaran
Production : Rite Media Works & Studio Green
Starring :Kalaiyarasan, Rameez Raja, Dr Maya, Kaali Venkat, Hari, Arjunan, Ramdoss
Music : Radhan
Cinematography : Vijay Kartik Kannan
Editing : Madan
Last year release ‘Darling’ produced by K.E. Gnanavel Raja and Allu Aravind turned to be a decent grosser in box office in spite of having some big contenders. Feeling the essence of striking gold, Studio Green Films had acquired the theatrical rights of ‘Jinn’ renaming it as ‘Darling 2’, directed by Satish Chandrasekhar. The film stars Kalaiarasan, Ram and Maya in lead roles with Kaali Venkat, Munishkanth, Johnny Hari et al playing important roles.
It’s been almost a year, their friend committed suicide after a love failure. The bunch of friends – Kalaiarasan, Rameez Raja, Kaali Venkat, Arjun and Johnny Hari plan a trip to Valparai. As soon as they enter bungalow resort, paranormal things haunt there. But remember one thing! Aaysha (Maya) the one who was supposed to marry their deceased friend doesn’t know about her beau’s demise.
As mentioned earlier, the brand ‘Darling’ has become a much celebrated franchise, which would instantly draw crowds to the theatres. Director Satish Chandrasekhar having said that it is based on a real life incident has managed to pick up a story that has unique traits. As we glimpse upon the first few minutes of this film (depicted in black and white format), it gradually pulls us into the film. We see the suicide of a young man and the very next second, a beautiful girl haunted terribly. The conclusions where the mysteries connected to the main plot have been very well executed by Satish. Nevertheless, what happens during this intermediate sequences could have been better with an engaging screenplay. In fact, with so many horror films frequently arriving in theatres, certain creepy moments doesn’t really evoke the shuddery impacts. The technical aspects of cinematography and background music have offered its best efforts to enhance the eeriness, but the tenuous screenplay hampers the proceeding. There are few sequences, which doesn’t have a significance except the repeated dialogues, especially the ones involving Arjun look little amateurish.
The star-cast is really bliss to this film. They make sure that their performance eclipses some of the onionskin sequences. Kalaiarasan especially strives to give his best and Rameez Raja’s performance in climax is passable. Madras Johnny aka Hari appearing in different look and avatar is commendable. Arjun fails to evoke laughter. Kaali Venkat could have been utilized yet more efficiently. Munish Kanth is okay. Maya as a pretty innocent girl gets to perform proficiently on what is offered to her.
2. Background score, Cinematography and Editing
3. Basic plot
What doesn’t work?
1. The spine-chilling moments could have been better
Overall, Darling 2 has an interesting plot and could somehow impress the horror film buffs, but if made with more engrossing screenplay and unexpected chills-n-thrills, it would have been much better.
Verdict : Mediocre horror tale with few unpredictable chills.
Rating : 3.5/10