Bollywood rarely produces mythological movies. But movies like HANUMAN and BAL GANESH do encourage film-makers to present stories from mythology in an animation format. BAL GANESH 2, directed by Pankaj Sharma, encompasses three different stories, all pertaining to Lord Ganesha, in one film and the outcome is gratifying. For the viewer, BAL GANESH 2 is not merely an interesting cinematic experience, but enlightening too. Also, when compared to the first part [BAL GANESH], BAL GANESH 2 is a step ahead, in terms of content and animation. BAL GANESH 2 updates you with what you witnessed in its first part: The birth of Lord Ganesha and the confrontation with Lord Shiva; Lord Kubera’s invitation to Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati and Lord Ganesha and Lord Ganesha’s voracious appetite; Lord Ganesha taking the round of His universe, His parents… Then three different stories unravel: The first story pertains to a cat and how Lord Ganesha plays a prank on it. Much later, Goddess Parvati gives an invaluable advice to Lord Ganesha… The second story pertains to Sage Vyasa. Lord Ganesha not only writes the entire book, but also translates it while writing it… The third story pertains to Lord Ganesha fighting it out with a powerful demon, Gajmukhasur… BAL GANESH 2 grows more and more interesting with every story. The best is reserved for the finale, when Lord Ganesha battles the demon and emerges victorious. As mentioned at the outset, the film is stronger in content and the animation quality is also superior this time. The voiceovers are perfect.
On the whole, BAL GANESH 2 should appeal to kids from 6 to 80.