Maa Oori Polimera 2 review: Neither eerie nor spooky, this mystery thriller is axed by confused writing

Director Anil Vishwanath fails to add the required ingredients to make a mystery thriller. The clumsy screenplay adds to our woes.

ByPrakash Pecheti

Published:Nov 03, 2023

A poster of the film Maa Oori Polimera 2
Lacks thrills and chills!

Maa Oori Polimera 2 (Telugu)

  • Cast: Satyam Rajesh, Kamakshi Bhaskarla, Baladitya, Rakendu Mouli, Bodupalli Srinu, and Sahithi Dasari
  • Director: Anil Vishwanath
  • Producer: Gowr Kriesna
  • Music: Gyaani
  • Runtime: 2 hours 7 minutes

Dr Anil Vishwanath’s Maa Oori Polimera 2 starts from the end titles of the prequel — Maa Oori Polimera (2021).

Komaraiah (Satyam Rajesh), who fooled his villagers about his death, elopes with Kavitha to the forests of Kerala. His younger brother Jangayya (Baladitya), too, goes missing.

Amidst the mysterious deaths at the temple, villagers are gripped by fear.

The new sub-inspector in charge, Ravindra Naik (Rakendu Mouli), launched an investigation into the missing case of Jangayya.

When Komri’s friend Balija (Getup Srinu) visits Sabarimala, he learns shocking revelations about the former.

Why did Komri elope with Kavitha? Why is Kommariah accountable for mysterious deaths? — form the crux of the story.

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Anil Vishwanath directorial Maa Oori Polimera 2

Anil Vishwanath’s directorial ‘Maa Oori Polimera 2’. (X)

Dr Anil Vishwanath’s half-hearted attempt at Maa Oori Polimera resulted in overrated applause from OTT audiences.

A dark thriller with a black magic theme, the franchise tries to give a rough idea of why the treasure is stored in the temples. What happens when it is unearthed? What damage does it cause to the person who exhumes it? Along with it, new elements keep popping up related to its history.

Of course, the beginning of Maa Oori Polimera 2 stands as the intriguing factor to the events that occur later. However, things don’t move as fast as we assumed.

The clumsy screenplay, with too many awes and oohs from characters, tests your patience.

Another terrible aspect is too many flashbacks — three months before and 10 days after Bonalu — the story keeps panning out every few minutes to the past or the future.

Yes, the real strain on your brain is not the film; it brings back the unpleasant memory of your EAMCET days if you have one.

The climax and the pre-climax blocks are cut so mercilessly that they leave you wondering what the director wants to convey.

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Satyam Rajesh in Maa Oori Polimera 2

Satyam Rajesh in ‘Maa Oori Polimera 2’. (X)

Baladitya looks good as a police constable. His role looks to be an extended cameo. He speaks the perfect Telangana dialect and is better than Satyam Rajesh and Getup Srinu, who fake the language.

Ravi Varma, Satyam Rajesh, and Getup Srinu are wasted because of their poor characterisations.

For Satyam Rajesh, playing an antagonist is something that he rarely does.

Rakendu Mouli does good acting in bits. He looks more like an immature home guard than an able inspector.

Kamakshi Bhaskarla plays the role of Lakshmi very well, who wants to progress in life by imparting education to her son.

Music composer Gyaani does his bit to elevate whatever he feels is crucial for the film. The only thing he had to do was to elevate the same old ordinary moments.

The locations and visuals are rich in taste, unlike the previous part.

The writing should have been tight.

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 Final take

The story of Maa Oori Polimera 2 lacks freshness.

With a few unexcited and below-par twists, director Anil Vishwanath fails to add the required ingredients to make a mystery thriller, eventually making this sequel less spooky and eerie.

(Views expressed here are personal.)