Don't accept this challenge....
I had a lot of expectations from Challenge 2, because Challenge, though a flawed film, was indeed a landmark in Bengali films. It was the most stylishly made film and also the biggest in terms of budget upto that time, and it clicked with the audience, made Dev an overnight superstar and Raj Chakraborty a revered director. If one has to cite the names of films that changed Tollywood, Challenge has to feature in it.
Now coming to Challenge 2, the promos did promise new and exciting things, but, sadly, the film does not meet any of those promises. At one point, I even started laughing at how unintentionally funny the sequences were getting. Challenge 2 is primarily a revenge story, but neither is the villain, played by Ashis Vidyarthi, well established nor does the circumstances fully engage you at any point. One after another, some serious flaws crop up, things happen arbitrarily without explanation and through all this, the revenge seems extraordinarily simplistic. To top it all, the ending is so bizarre, you start wondering whether the film has truly ended or will something happen after the end credits get over!!
Challenge 2 has a run of the mill storyline with Tapas Paul playing Debraj Roy, a prolific politician, who was betrayed by friends, guided by a very powerful mafia Guru Nayek (Ashis Vidyarthi).He stays in coma for 12 years and then miraculously recovers one day, much to the delight of the family and his son Abhiraj (Dev). Dev has become an IPS officer and he is after Guru Nayek and other culprits. This is the main story with a side love angle with Puja (Puja Bose) thrown in.
Cinematography is surely a plus point, it is stylish and slick. Editing seems to be rough and in a number of scenes, the director seemed clueless. The fight scenes stand out though, specially the gun fighting scenes early on in the movie. For some reason, the film seems to deteriorate in every department specially in the 2nd half. Jeet Ganguly is at his best with songs like "Elo je ma", " Chor Pulish" and the title track.
Dev does a decent job- although his voice texture does not go with the character of a policeman. However, with style and charisma, he does make up big time, and is particularly impressive in some scenes. The love angle with Puja however fails completely as there is little flair in their chemistry. It is the supporting cast like Kharaj, Rajatava and Subhashis, who evoke quite a few laughs and keep the interest in the film to some extent.
Overall, Challenge 2 is frankly speaking a complete wastage of money, because not only does it offer something new, it fails to entertain you, specially in 2nd half, and then the abysmal ending does not help matters in any way. SVF must see to it that they give more respect to the original before they make a sequel to it. This same film with a different title could have made me feel slightly better off. But, this to me is a blatant insult to its predecessor, which itself was not a great film. So, I would recommend you avoid this challenge.