|Produced by||Elred Kumar|
|Written by||Bakkiam Sankar (dialogues)|
Raja Ram (dialogues)
|Story by||Sarath |
Anand Ravi (base story)
|Music by||Leon James|
|Cinematography||Philip R Sunder|
R. S. Infotainment
|Box office||1.3 billion|
Ko 2 (English: King 2) is a 2016 Indian Tamil political thriller film co-written and directed by Sarath, who earlier worked as associate director/ screenplay writer for Unnaipol Oruvan, Billa 2. The film is being produced by Elred Kumar and features Bobby Simha and Nikki Galrani in the leading roles, while Prakash Raj reprises his role from the first film. A stand-alone sequel to the successful 2011 film Ko, the film was planned to release in April 2016. Film is based on a Telugu film Prathinidhi.
The film was dubbed into Hindi as Political Khiladi by Wide Angle Media Pvt. Ltd. in 2016.
Kumaran (Bobby Simha) kidnaps Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Yogeeswaran (Prakash Raj) at a private old age home event in Chennai. The news goes viral, and everyone from the local to the central cabinet starts taking the issue personally. Home Minister Thillainayagam (Ilavarasu) appoints Tirunelveli Police Commissioner Santhanapandian (John Vijay) to rescue Yogeeswaran. Santhanapandian questions Bala (Bala Saravanan), a minister's son who was discovered unconscious at the scene of the kidnapping. Bala tells that he and Kumaran had become friends when Kumaran had saved him from a group of thugs, but are shocked to see that they both love the same girl Priyadharshini (Nikki Galrani). Bala also reveals that Kumaran willingly allowed him to pursue his relationship with Priyadharshini in exchange for making arrangements for Yogeeswaran to attend the old age home event.
As Santhanapandian and his deputy ACP Arivazhagan (Bharath Reddy) strive to get clues about Kumaran, Kumaran tells Yogeeswaran his motive for kidnapping him. Kumaran was an orphan, but due to the efforts of an honest politician Kumaraswamy (Nassar), who had sponsored him, he got a good education and became a journalist with the News7 TV channel. When he went to Kumaraswamy's house to thank him for his contribution to his life, he found out that Kumaraswamy had gone missing. On further investigation, he learned that Kumaraswamy had been buried alive by Thillainayagam and his sons. Thillainayagam had contested against Kumaraswamy in the last election and had defeated him by rigging the vote, which forced Kumaraswamy to file a case against him and demand a recount. When Kumaraswamy refused to withdraw the case against him, Thillainayagam and his sons buried him alive.
Kumaran filed a case against Thillainayagam and asked Kumaraswamy's intellectually disabled son Kumaran (Karunakaran), who was unaware his father had been killed, to give the statement to the police inspector. However, the police inspector was Thillainayagam's aide and informed him about Kumaran. Thillainayagam's sons took Kumaran on a bus and pushed him out. Kumaran then was run over by a lorry, killing him. In order to avenge the death of Kumaraswamy and his sons, Kumaran hatched a plan with Priyadharshini and Bala to kidnap Yogeeswaran to expose Thillainayagam through false media reports based on false replies by Bala while being interrogated by the police. In the process, Thillainayagam's sons are taken into questioning. After being tortured, they eventually give in and expose Thillainayagam as Kumaraswamy's murderer, even giving them the location in Thillainayagam's lawn where Kumaraswamy was buried. Thillainayagam is arrested, and Kumaran releases Yogeeswaran. Kumaran also escapes from his hideout and poses as a journalist, while Yogeeswaran says he can identify the kidnapper. Santhanapandian also gives up on pursuing the kidnapper.
- Bobby Simha as Kumaran
- Prakash Raj as Chief Minister Yogeeswaran
- Nikki Galrani as Priyadharshini
- Bala Saravanan as Bala
- John Vijay as Police Commissioner Santhanapandian
- Ilavarasu as Home Minister Thillainayagam
- Karunakaran as Kumaran
- Nassar as Kumaraswamy
- Bharath Reddy as ACP Arivazhagan
- Shan as Kishore
- Crane Manohar
- Ravi Venkatram
Following the success of Ko (2011) directed by K. V. Anand, the producers had floated the idea of a potential sequel with pre-production work beginning on a follow-up film featuring co-producer James in the lead role. The film, however, failed to take off and in April 2015, Elred Kumar announced that he would be producing Ko 2 and that the new venture would be made by an entirely different team. New actors and technicians were added to the team to replace those involved in the original, with Sarath announced as the director. Bobby Simha and Nikki Galrani were revealed to be the lead actors, while it was announced that Prakash Raj would play the role of a Chief Minister. Leon James, who made his debut with Kanchana 2, was signed on to compose the film's score and soundtrack.
In June 2015, the team released a motion poster and announced that the film was 50% complete.
The film's score and soundtrack was composed by Leon James, in his first solo venture after previously working on two songs on Kanchana 2 film alongside three other composers. The song "Unnai Matrinal" was released as a single track song as a tribute to ex-president A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, it was released on 14 August 2015. The album was released on 1 October 2015, but a promo for each song was released a week before. "Kohila" promo was released 22 September 2015, "Kannama" promo was released on 23 September 2015 and the song "Vidaadha" was released on 24 September 2015. Behindwoods rated the album 3 out of 5 and called it "The album stays true to the film’s theme and also vouches for novel experimentation and musical feast!". The audio rights are secured by Sony Music.
|Soundtrack album by|
24 September (Single) 2015 (India)
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Leon James chronology|
|1.||"Kannama"||Inno Genga, Chinmayi||4:52|
|2.||"Kohila"||Leon James, Neeti Mohan||3:48|
|3.||"Vidaadha"||Vishal Dadlani, Leon James||4:35|
|5.||"Kannama Reprise"||Salim Merchant||4:25|
|6.||"Unnai Matrinal"||Harish Sivaramakrishnan||4:34|
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