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HIT 2: Hits the right chord

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K. Ramya Sree

Adivi Sesh and Meenakshi Chaudhary star in HIT: The Second Case, opened in theatres on Friday. The film, a mystery thriller, is a sequel to HIT: The First Case, directed by Sailesh Kolanu. Sailesh has helmed its sequel too, presented by Nani and produced by Prashanti Tipirneni.

Plot:
A serial killer is on the prowl in the city of Vizag. Krishna Dev, aka KD (played by Adivi Sesh), a police officer, is assigned to investigate a high-profile murder case in the city. However, during the investigation, he finds out some brutal facts about the murder and learns that a serial killer is on the prowl in Vizag, targeting women from a certain community. While KD initially believes catching the killer will be a five-minute task, the going gets tough as the psycho challenges KD. He even kidnaps Aarya (played by Meenakshi), KD’s love interest. Now, how does KD nab the killer, who is the killer, and why is he doing it all? That is the rest of the story.

Analysis:
The movie begins with KD solving a case. He catches a criminal in no time, subtly showing the intellect of KD. After solving the case, KD says criminals are “bird-brained.” However, things turn ugly later on as killer gets offended with what KD said. On the other hand, Aarya is the love interest of KD, who also provides his emotional support. The cute love story between Aarya and KD is note-worthy. The director managed to focus on the little things in a relationship that make people go “awww.”

It is safe to say that HIT 2 is a more refined and well-pictured version when compared to HIT 1. This film has a racy screenplay, and Sailesh has managed to capture the audience’s pulse through his narration. The second half is the hero of the film, which is completely filled with many twists and turns.

Adivi Sesh plays a tough cop working with HIT (Homicide Intervention Team). He looked smarter than ever. He carried the attitude of his character throughout, making us feel like the KD was tailor-made for Adivi Sesh.

Meanwhile, it was nice to see Tanikella Bharani as an emotional father. There is a lot of bloodshed, anger, romance, and thrill in the film, enough to keep the audience gripped throughout. On a lighter note, we took something interesting away from this film, and it is to have wine and pappu (dal rice).

Performances and technicalities:
Adivi stunned as KD, a swaggering cop. He is not just tough; there is also a softer side to KD, and Adivi managed to deliver all those emotions adequately. Meenakshi was given a good amount of screen space, and she has done justice to whatever she had on her plate; however, her role seems very clichéd, and it is not something that one will remember by the end of the film, thanks and sorry to an intensely gripping second half.

Rao Ramesh did fine as a boss, and the same goes for Komalee Prasad, a fellow cop. Others, including Srinath Maganti, Posani Krishna Murali, and others, gave what was needed to enhance the script. However, there is one person who delivered a stunning performance, and that is Suhas. Watch the film to know why he deserves special praise. We don’t want to give you any spoilers.

Speaking of technicalities, Saliesh’s writing and direction were “to-the-point,” and he gave the audience a “no-nonsense” crime thriller film. His characters were polished. He went right with the casting. The cinematography by S. Manikandan is good. There are a few scenes that will make you nervous.The music by MM Sree Lekha and Suresh Bobbili gets applause for boosting the thrill element in the film. The editing by Garry Bh was sharp and crisp.

Conclusion: This is a gripping crime thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. However, the first half of the film is a bit slow, which might make you feel bored, but the second half covers it up with a racy screenplay. The second half is the heart of the film. It has the standard “cop-killer” plot, but the way it is presented keeps you interested and wanting to see more of the investigation.The film’s crisp runtime, gripping screenplay, and Adivi Sesh’s performance make it worth watching. HIT 3’s ending details were “whistle-worthy,” making us eager for the third series in the HIT franchise.

Verdict: HIT: There are a few misses here and there, however, The Second Case strikes the right chord.

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