The trailer for KGF2: All Fire & Blood, No Passion

The one thing that becomes immediately obvious in the trailer for the breathless awaited to follow to KGF2 is that it is much more polished than the first part which was quite rough in texture and execution. There’s a certain polite propensity for the rancor hat-trick aura that shrouds this restless franchise in its second run.

The atmosphere remains irremediably gloomy. There’s not a smile to be seen in the trailer for KGF2 .Everyone is surly and sullen. The Growl is the chosen form of expression. Crowd scenes are scaled up to rival Rajamouli. But there is a certain exaggeration in the epic ambitions. The colors chosen for the feverish frames are rusty brown and blackish gray.

“Rocking Star” (as his fans like to call him) Yash makes an entrance in a flamboyant drawl.

“I do not do like violence,” he says impassively under that thick beard. “Violence loves me. I can not avoid (sic.).

The sequel to 2018’s monster hit can’t avoid the violence either. It’s dark and sinister. Gritty and macabre. But somehow, the overall effect is of an overly anxious team trying to build extra steam into a product that in its initial release became much more successful than expected. And let’s face it. KGF Part 1 was a terrible movie. Blood splattered, dark, grumpy and gory, he made revenge look like a torture chamber for the public.

Also, the supporting cast of the first KGF was very poor. KGF2 has eye-soothing faces, like Raveena Tandon playing a Machiavellian politician.

“Ghus ke marenge,” Raveena warns through gritted teeth, reminding us more of the country attacking Pakistan than of a politician ordering an anti-social to come… Or was it an ominous portrayal of fear during the pandemic that this epic-size of the product was likely to adapt to the home viewing format?

Wait. Am I reading too much into what is clearly a clash between ‘Rocking’ hero Yash and ‘shocking’ villain Sanjay Dutt?

The trailer is cut into chunks that reveal nothing except the fact that the action scenes are shot in ominous colors that make the blood flow darker than usual. There’s an element of sepia mixed with blood in the art direction that’s quite fascinating. But other than that, there’s nothing here that keeps us counting the days until the April 14 release.