Dev is back in the sequel to Challenge called Challenge 2. The only difference here is that the challenge is here bigger .The film is a complete action film and is a remake of a Telugu film ‘Dookudu’ starring Mahesh Babu and Samantha. Here there are several sub plots which make up the film while Dev gets to romance his heroine and bash up baddies at the same time.
Dev (Aviraj ) is the son of a much revered leader, a politician(Debraj Roy) whom everyone looks up to. However when he meets with an accident one day, he goes into a coma and the accident also claims his younger brother. Years pass and his son becomes a I.P.S. officer ,a super cop who is after Guru Nayak,a dreaded don who is involved in extortion, arms dealing and drugs and to get back at him, he catches hold of the don’s younger brother. Meanwhile he manages to come across Pooja and falls in love with her who also turns out to be the daughter of his boss. Abhi meanwhile creates a dummy set up in their mansion which is now used for shootings. He creates sets for a false reality and tricks the current owner of the mansion, a failed actor called Swarnakamal to act in his film as he wants to keep his father’s news (who has recovered in the meantime) a secret for the time being. The rest of the film is all about how Aviraj deals with Guru Nayak.
The film is also a challenge for Dev because it is all about him being established as an action hero. At least that is justified because there is a lot of action and he does deliver. He shoots, stabs, punches,flies and kicks at will and he does some new stunts where everything is justified, but there are certain things in the story which aren’t justified. Like for example Debraj Roy coming out of a coma and suddenly recovering absolutely normally, Aviraj becoming a I.P.S officer in too short a time and a few other things which doesn’t just seem realistic, but then since when has Bengali commercial cinema been realistic?
The film belongs to Dev and he delivers . Pooja who was seen in Macho Mastana is surely a pretty face and adds some freshness. Kharaj Mukherjee as Swarnakamal is delightful as is Rajatava Dutta as Aviraj’s boss. The songs don’t have any recall value. Challenge 2 became a big hit and a cult film, but maybe Challenge 2 doesn’t live up to that reputation because of what happens to several other films-the hype dies with the first film and maybe there is not that great a deal to look forward to in the sequel unless there are drastic changes. There is even a song which goes like ‘Challenge Nibi Na Saala’ like the title track from the original film, but it creates no impact.