‘Avatara Purusha 2’ movie review: Suni’s black magic drama, starring Sharan, fails to bewitch us

Sharan appearing in ‘Avatara Purusha 2’
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Directed by Suni, the mystic-themed film Avatara Purusha, featuring Sharan and Ashika Ranganath, debuted in 2022. Opening with a compelling 15 minutes and a finale laden with surprises, the movie concluded, laying the groundwork for an anticipated sequel. Regrettably, the initial movie suffered from a tendency to stretch a slender storyline over two parts, resulting in sporadic entertainment and numerous lackluster sequences.

Opening with a brief recount of Avatara Purusha, the plot unfolds with Rama Jois (Saikumar), an expert in Ayurveda, and his wife Susheela (Bhavya) experiencing the loss of their son Karna at a temple festival overseen by his aunt Yashoda (Sudharani). This event leads to a falling out between Rama Jois and Yashoda. After years, in Yashoda’s quest to mend family ties, her daughter Siri (Ashika Ranganath) enlists Anil (Sharan), a striving actor, to impersonate Karna. Anil succeeds in persuading Susheela to believe he is her missing son. The story concludes with the revelation of Anil’s own past.

Avatara Purusha 2 (Kannada)

Director: Suni

Cast: Sharan, Ashika Ranganath, Saikumar, Sudharani, Ashutosh Rana

Runtime: 124 minutes

Storyline: A young actor taking on the identity of a lost son has to battle malevolent sorcerers to protect a family’s well-being.

Avatara Purusha 2 begins with Anil reflecting on his troubling upbringing within a sinister black magic commune led by Dharka (Ashutosh Rana). Anil breaks free from the grip of dark magic and turns over a new leaf with the guidance of a spiritual guru. However, when he discovers Dharka’s schemes against Rama Jois and his family, who possess a precious gem necessary for accessing Trishanku Loka – a mystical realm neither part of heaven nor earth – the responsibility to safeguard the family lands on his shoulders.

While Sharan’s natural charisma contributes to the film’s appeal, it does so only partially, as his comedic prowess rescues some trite scenes. But as Avatara Purusha 2 advances into the realm of the supernatural, it fails to fully draw viewers into the chilling domain of the occult. The narrative seems clumsily pieced together, devoid of fluidity, and the climactic clash between Anil and Dharka fails to impress.

The film also disappoints on the entertainment front. Lacking riveting drama, the film’s final rendition seems second-rate, marred by crude visual effects and unremarkable settings.

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Although Avatara Purusha 2 is crafted with Suni’s usual innovative concepts, it doesn’t achieve a consistent level of audience engagement. However, in line with the delayed appreciation that Suni’s movies often receive, he might still harbor hopes for its eventual success if it doesn’t initially draw crowds to the movie theaters.

Avatara Purusha 2 is currently playing in cinemas.

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