Director: SD Vijay Milton
Cast: Samuthirakani, Gautham Menon, Chemban Vinod Jose, Vinoth, Esakki Bharath and Bharath Seeni
Vijay Milton’s Golisoda is one of this decade’s entertaining masala films. It marked the rise of the young adult genre in the commercial space which has been popularised by some of the biggest stars of Tamil cinema for years. If Golisoda one was fighting to create an identity, its thematic sequel Golisoda 2 is about fighting to protect one’s identity.
When the lives of three ordinary youngsters – Maaran, Oli and Siva – is turned upside down by forces they can’t face; they must fight to reclaim their lives and identity. And boy they fight so well! I wished Milton had cast the same boys from the first part as it’d have been refreshing the track their lives few years from the first part. Nevertheless, the lead actors fittingly play their parts and shine wherever possible. Their raw performances is refreshing to watch as regular actors in these roles would’ve have pulled down the film by their images.
Just like the first part, Milton spends most of the first half building the world of his lead actors, taking his time introduce each character and the process is worth the time. In this interim, he also builds the momentum of the film for a terrific interval block. There are a couple of romantic tracks which don’t bore us to death and make us empathize for the characters even more than expected. The first half is also packed with a couple of good scenes, particularly one that unfolds in a bank where an auto driver is denied loan. It’s a hard-hitting scene, making us understand how the system only favours the rich.
Post interval, everything fees rushed, even the action sequences. One of the reasons the first part was unanimously loved because the action was realistic and believable. In Golisoda 2, there’s no denying the action stands out and is even terrific on some occasions, but it’s slightly over-the-top and that’s underwhelming. Nevertheless, it’s the action that elevates this story of fight for one’s identity.