Plot & Narration
A customary horror thriller
Overall, Darling 2 only manages to be a customary horror thriller despite the largely competent cast in Munishkanth and Kaali Venkat to evoke laughter.
Cast: Kalai Arasan, Rameez Raja, Kaali Venkat, Ayisha, Madras Johnny, Munishkanth, Arjunan & others
Cinematography: Vijay Kartik Kannan
Sound Effects: Arun Seenu
Written & Directed by: Sathish Chandrasekaran
Distribution: Studio Green
Run Time: 01:57:00
Release Date: 01-04-2016
Darling 2 is a not exactly a sequel but it just carries the franchise name to induce curiosity but the big Q is whether it has fulfilled the interest of audiences. The casting is ticked well with Kalaiarasan, Ramdoss (Munishkanth), Kaali Venkat, Madras Johnny and Arjunan have had some impact with their previous releases and Darling 2 has completely laid their trust on the cast leaving out the script which is customary.
When directors who take horror scripts in hand have been crafting things in a different manner, Darling 2 has missed out an opportunity in doing so. Director Sathish Chandrashekaran has solely believed on the technical aspects and let the narration as easily predictable. Five friends gather for a trip and start the journey to Valparai. Upon reaching there, they meet Munishkanth who works as a forest ranger. As planned, they have some good time until dawn before Johnny becomes the first victim to the unusual sounds and haunting shadows. Then, everyone of them falls prey and the flashback is gradually unveiled later.
Rameez, a debutant one among the five friends, has done the role of Krishna and has a brother Ram who has done a small portion of nice romance with Maya (Ayesha). Krishna’s family totally opposes their love and Ram attempts suicide and kills himself in the fear of losing Ayesha, who goes missing from that time. A parallel story runs with the plot and what connect it has with five people and the reason behind Ram’s death forms the suspense. A typical forest bungalow and the mysteries hidden there are slowly revealed with some fear factor, laced with comedy and a soft romantic flashback.
On the technical part, the music and BGM by Radhan was in right notch for a thriller, Cinematography by Vijay Karthik Kannan angled it well to complement the plot and editing needed more content to set it right. Overall, Darling 2 only manages to be a customary horror thriller despite the largely competent cast in Munishkanth and Kaali Venkat to evoke laughter.