Challenge 2 follows in the series of sequels that has absolutely nothing to do with the original except the leading actor (think of all of Emraan Hashmi's sequels in Bollywood). What adds to the woes of this one is that the screenplay and dialogue are by NK Salil - which means any chance of a shred of originality in proceedings is dashed.
Dev plays Abhiraj Ray, a police inspector in Mumbai, and son of the respected Debraj Ray (Tapas Pal). An attempt is made to assassinate Debraj, but he survives the attack and ends up in a coma. When he awakens 12 years later, circumstances for Abhi and his family to act if nothing has changed. In the meantime, Abhi falls in love with his senior officer's daughter (Pooja Bose).
Firstly the positives: the performances. Dev takes on a more serious action role for a change, and delivers big time. Dev is growing as an actor with each film, and it's heartening to see he is also taking on alternative projects (he has just signed on to star in Kamaleshwar Mukherjee's next Chander Pahar). Dev has all the ingredients required from a commercial hero, and has the potential to be the number 1 hero when people start seeing through Jeet's unwatchable films.
Tapas Pal adds a lot of gravity to his role as the respected Debraj Ray. Deepankar De returns in a negative role after a while.
Now the negatives.
Rajatabha Dutta is wasted in a comic side role, it's a pity that such a talented actor gets such roles nowadays.
Heroine Pooja Bose spends most of the film looking like a hooker, and doesn't have much of a role at all, which is just as well, as her acting skills are less than impressive.
The music is average, which is a disappointment considering Jeet Ganguly's track record so far. Still, Police Chorer Preme Poreche is catchy.
It is extremely hard to make any comment on the screenplay and direction. As previously mentioned, the film is a scene for scene copy of the Telugu movie Dookudu, with Mahesh Babu in the lead, to the extent that even some of the dialogues are literal translations. There is absolutely no creativity in this film. Kharaj Mukherjee (who incidentally has a role in this film) once sang 'Hai Bangali Hai, Tu Aar Bangali Nai'...........how apt this is to commercial Bengali films nowadays.
It's a huge pity that an influential banner such as Shree Venkatesh Films makes such shameless copies. Much more is expected from them, but why pay a story writer when you can just buy a DVD instead?