Reviewed by Madhukar KR (email@example.com)
Mudinja Ivana Pudi (Translation: Catch him if you can) tamil/ Kotigobba 2 kannada is a 2016 Indian Kannada/Tamil action film directed by K. S. Ravikumar. The film is produced byRockline Venkatesh in Tamil and M. Babu in Kannada as Kottigobba 2, is not a sequel to Kotigobba (2001). The film features Kichcha Sudeep and Nithya Menen in the lead roles. The Kannada and Tamil version of the film was released on 12 August 2016 coinciding the Varamahalakshmi Festival day.
Sudeep will be seen in two characters – Satya and Shiva. While one is an innocent guy (Satya), the other is a cunning thief (Shiva). The cops does not believe the existence of two people and suspects the hero and villain to be one. Are the cops right in their belief? Are Shiva and Satya the same person? Answers to these questions form the rest of the story. At the end Sudeep proves that he is Kotigobba.
Veteran director KS Ravikumar has cashed in on the popular negative image of Kiccha Sudeep in South Indian film industry due to Sudeep’s success in Eega/Naani movie. The character played by Sudeep has dual shades for which he does ample justice with some soulful acting. The title abhinaya chakravarti seems apt yet again looking at his power packed performance. Nithya Menon & Naseer play major roles with some well delivered performances giving ample support to Sudeep.
The film is a pure commercial entertainer which has all the ingredients like comedy by Sadhu Kojima and Chikkanna where some of the comic s ends seem over the top. The dubsmash scene is fun to watch though. Though this film is not sequel of kotigobba it offers tribute to Dr Vishnuvardhan in a couple of sequences.
The film lags big time in some of the flashback scenes starring Prakash Raj. The overall length of the film could have been slickly edited by atleast 30 mins. Other than the song huna huna none of the other songs really make an impression. The background music could have been so much better as it seems to jarring and loudish at times.
The story of a single hero acting like two persons with both positive and negative traits is not a new theme which has been repeated umpteen times on Indian cinema by Ajith, Simbu in Manmathan and Ajay Devgn in Deewangi. So the novelty factor of the film has gone for a toss here.
Overall the movie is just above average and is watchable if you can sit for 2 Hrs 40 mins of your time in the theatre.