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Sandakozhi 2 (transl. Battle Rooster 2) is a 2018 Indian Tamil-language action film[2] written and directed by N. Linguswamy. A sequel to Sandakozhi, the film features Vishal and Rajkiran reprising their roles from the first film, alongside Keerthy Suresh and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar in the lead roles. It also happens to be Vishal's 25th film.[3] The film began production during September 2017 and was released on 18 October 2018.

Sandakozhi 2
Sandakozhi 2 poster.jpg
Theatrical realese poster
Directed byN Lingusamy
Produced byVishal
Dhaval Jayantilal Gada
Akshay Jayantilal Gada
Written byBrinda Sarathy
S. Ramakrishnan
(Dialogues)
StarringVishal
Keerthy Suresh
Varalaxmi Sarathkumar
Rajkiran
Music byYuvan Shankar Raja
CinematographyK. A. Sakthivel
Edited byPraveen K. L.
Production
company
Distributed byLyca Productions
Screen Scene
Release date
  • 18 October 2018 (2018-10-18)[1]
Running time
160 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Contents

PlotEdit

The film begins 13 years later after the events which occurred in the prequel Sandakozhi.

Villagers of the eight village circle plan to conduct their annual grand temple festival after eight years. Durai Ayya (Rajkiran) ensures that the festival goes on smoothly, as there could be trouble from Pechankarasi alias Pechi (Varalaxmi Sarathkumar) and her brothers. Pechi's family is a distant relative of Durai and the chieftain family of one the eight villages. A small flashback eight years ago in the previous Grand festival, is shown where Pechi’s husband (Kabali Vishwanth) and his friends mistake a unfortunate accident as an insult by another village person of lower caste and later kills him. Instead, that villagers kill Pechi's husband on the same day before Pechi. She wants to hunt down the entire clan of the murderer as revenge. Everyone is killed except for Anbu (Hari Krishnan), who is saved by Durai. Pechi waits for an opportunity to kill Anbu. The flashback ends there.

Balu (Vishal) returns from abroad after seven years to his hometown and understands the situation in his village. Pechi sets the stage to kill Anbu during the temple festival, and he is saved by Balu. Meanwhile, there is Sembaruthi (Keerthy Suresh), whose activities remind Balu of his ex-lover Hema (Meera Jasmine), who died unfortunately before marriage. Despite regretting it, Balu falls for Sembaruthi, for which she reciprocates. Durai agrees to this match, but conveys it to Sembaruthi directly.

One day, Pechi’s men try to attack Anbu, but Durai accidentally gets stabbed in his neck. Balu rushes and saves Durai, who receives treatment in his home. Durai requests Balu to not inform the incident to villagers, as this would result in fights and would eventually spoil the temple festival. Balu promises his father that he would save Anbu as well as ensure that the festival would go on smoothly.

Finally, Pechi and Balu meet in an open ground, where Pechi beats up Balu. Balu does not want to hurt Pechi and asks her to leave Anbu, for which she does not agree. When Pechi was about to kill Anbu with a sickle, her chain gets stuck in a trishul, and she accidentally loses control. Her sickle moves towards her son, but Balu holds the sickle and saves him. Pechi then realizes her mistake and decides to spare Anbu.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Following the release of Anjaan in August 2014, Linguswamy took a brief sabbatical before simultaneously completing two scripts, Yenni Ezhu Naal for actor Karthi and a sequel to his successful Sandakozhi (2005) for Vishal.[4] In December 2014, it was announced that the sequel would be jointly produced by Vishal's Vishal Film Factory and Linguswamy's Thirrupathi Brothers and that production would start in 2015.[5][6] Thirrupathi Brothers later opted out of production duties after the failure of several of their films meant that they experienced financial constraints.[7] The casting process began in mid-2015, with Rajkiran retained to reprise his role from the original film alongside Vishal, while Soori was signed for a new role and D. Imman was selected as the music composer. Meera Jasmine, who played the leading female role in the 2005 film, was reported to be portraying a cameo role, while the team looked for another actress to play a leading role.[8][9] Shamili and Akshara Haasan were approached and held discussions for the role in mid-2015, but neither actress was eventually signed on.[9][10] Sathyaraj was also considered for the role of the lead antagonist, but production delays meant that the actor was not finalised.[11] Despite announcements that the film would begin shoot in August 2015, it failed to take off and Vishal stated in an interview to The Hindu that the film would not happen unless the script was better than the first.[12]

In January 2016, Vishal revealed that production would start in February and that the film would have the city of Madurai as its backdrop.[13] However during late February 2016, Vishal revealed that the film had been cancelled and blamed Linguswamy's[14] lack of commitment towards the project. The move had come after Linguswamy had agreed terms to work on a bilingual film starring Allu Arjun for Studio Green, without sorting out dates with Vishal.[15][16][17] In a turn of events in June 2016, Vishal stated that the film had been revived and that cinematographer Madhi and composer Yuvan Shankar Raja had also joined the project, replacing Imman. In due course, Linguswamy delayed his project with Allu Arjun and resumed scripting for Sandakozhi 2.[18] The team held discussions with more actresses about the lead role, first approaching Manjima Mohan, before Keerthy Suresh was finalised in December 2016.[19][20] The shoot was meant to start in January 2017 but was delayed further when Vishal chose to prioritise his commitments to filming for Mysskin's Thupparivaalan (2017).[21] Hareesh Peradi and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar were recruited in mid-2017 to portray negative roles, with the latter appearing as the wife of one of three antagonists in the script.[22][23]

The film was launched with a ceremony in Chennai on 10 August 2017, with the art directors led by Rajeevan, constructing a set resembling a festival at Binny Mills, Chennai. Due to Madhi was busy with other commitments, cinematographer K.A. Shakthivel was roped in. The set at Binny Mills was made to resemble one of Madurai’s key localities with 500 shops and a temple being erected and initial scenes for a song were shot with junior artistes.[24][25] Despite indications that the lead actors would join by late August, the film's first filming schedule only began on 20 September 2017 at Binny Mills.[26][27][28][29]

ReleaseEdit

The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV (India).[30]

SoundtrackEdit

Sandakozhi 2 / Pandem Kodi 2
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedSep 24, 2018
Recorded2018
GenreSoundtrack
Length20:16 / 20:19
LanguageTamil / Telugu
LabelSony Music India
ProducerYuvan Shankar Raja
Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology
Pyaar Prema Kaadhal
(2018)
Sandakozhi 2 / Pandem Kodi 2
(2018)
Genius
(2018)

The soundtrack was composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja and released by Sony Music India.

Track list
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Kambathu Ponnu"YegathasiYuvan Shankar Raja3:35
2."Meesa Vecha Vetaikaaran"Arun BharathiMahalingam4:44
3."Alalaa"Madhan KarkyKailash Kher3:48
4."Sooriyarum Sooriyanum"Brinda SarathyYuvan Shankar Raja2:38
5."Sengarattan Paaraiyula"ArivumathiRamani Ammal, Senthil Das3:25
6."Folk Instrumental" (Instrumental)  2:06
Total length:20:16
Telugu track list
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Sivangi Pilla"ChandraboseJithin Raj3:36
2."Sichubuddi Pillagada"Ramajogayya SastrySenthil Das, Srivardhini3:25
3."Paalaksha"Bhuvana ChandraSathyan3:48
4."Sooriyudu Chandurudu"Bhuvana ChandraYuvan Shankar Raja2:38
5."[31]Meesamunna Vetagadu"VennelakantiMukesh4:46
6."Folk Instrumental" (Instrumental)  2:06
Total length:20:19

ReceptionEdit

A reviewer at Sify.com described the second half of the film as too dramatic, with a disappointing climax, but praised the film for having a strong father-son story, and for Suresh's "bubbly" performance.[32] The Telugu Version Pandem Kodi 2 collected a distributor share of more than 5 crores in the first weekend[33] Film Companion South wrote"All Lingusamy does is transform the broad beats of a classic drama like Thevar Magan into a masala entertainer ".[34]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Date of ceremony Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
16 December 2018 Behindwoods Gold Medal Best Actor in Negative role - Female Varalaxmi Sarathkumar Won [35]
05 January 2019 Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards Best Villain - Female Varalaxmi Sarathkumar Won [36]

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "Vishal's 25th film is officially announced". Behindwoods.
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  5. ^ "Sandakozhi 2 - getting ready for another fight ..." www.behindwoods.com.
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  7. ^ Harikumar, Subramanian. "Producer Lingusamy: I'm ready to sell anything to get Sivakarthikeyan's Rajini Murugan out on time!".
  8. ^ "Shamlee to be roped in opposite Vishal?". 24 July 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Soori to play lead comedian in Sandakozhi 2". 18 June 2015.
  10. ^ "Akshara Haasan approached for 'Sandakozhi 2'". 23 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Sathyaraj in Sandakozhi sequel?". 26 July 2015.
  12. ^ Naig, Udhav (30 August 2015). "Not getting into politics: Vishal" – via www.thehindu.com.
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  22. ^ "Hareesh Peradi in Sandakozhi 2".
  23. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/tamil/movies/news/varalaxmis-role-in-sandakozhi-2-will-have-negative-shades/articleshow/58896629.cms
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  30. ^ "SUN TV GETS THIS MUCH-AWAITED SEQUEL". Behindwoods. 19 August 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
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  34. ^ "Sandakozhi 2 Review: A Just-About Bearable Sequel". Film Companion South.
  35. ^ "LIST OF WINNERS FOR BGM ICONIC EDITION".
  36. ^ "ஆனந்த விகடன் சினிமா விருதுகள் 2018 - திறமைக்கு மரியாதை".

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