Faruk Kabir delivers a gripping action drama that is not devoid of socio-political realities, an improvement on the first installment in the franchise.
Most of Khuda Haafiz 2 - Agni Pariksha takes place in Lucknow, making it a visual piece of pulp fiction that appeals to the hinterland railway stations.
In the first part, Sameer Chaudhary (Vidyut Jammwal) brings his wife Nargis (Shivaleeka Oberoi) home after she has mysteriously been abducted by drug lords.
Nargis struggles with the mental trauma of being a hostage, as well as her struggle to navigate their relationship in the sequel.
The orphan Nivedita comes into their lives through an unfortunate circumstance. In action sequences, Vidyut is electric.
An abattoir and a prison house action set pieces stand out for their rawness and visceral appeal due to their brutality and blood.
In the fight sequence, the usual elements of downpour and verdant farmlands stand out, as does the aesthetic flair.
Vidyut has finally heard or discovered that he cannot act when it comes to emotion. It has resulted in him acting too much in every frame, confusing cinema with pantomime at times.
Similar to pulpy novels, the film does exactly what it criticizes. In spite of its criticism of electronic news' voyeuristic gaze, it finds it difficult to abstain from it.
That's some Agnipariksha! It appears that the next part will address it on the last page of the chapter.