Mon. Aug 15th, 2022
Satyameva Jayate-2 Movie Review

Lead Actor: John Abraham
Lead Actress: Divya Khosla Kumar
Supporting Cast: Harsh Chhaya, Anup Soni, Gautami Kapoor, Sahil Vaid
Director: Milap Zaveri
Release Date: Nov 25, 2021
Language: Hindi
Production companies: Emmay Entertainment and T-Series Films

Viewers Ratings on:

1- IMDb RATING 6.6/10 ⭐

2- Indianexpress 0.5/5 ⭐

JA starrer is a string of tired stereotypes, JA strides through with his regular standard mix of fixed-frown-and-swinging-fists. Only a few times does he do the bare-bodied muscled superhero who can take on all comers with a teeny dimpled nudge-wink.

The soundtrack is noisy and ear-splitting. The dialogues clearly seem the handiwork of a third-rate rhymester. The characters do not speak, they howl at their lowest level. There are bundles of unbridled silliness galore.

Despite being soaked in blood and tears, the cases of injustice in John Abraham-starrer ‘Satyamev Jayate-2’ have been so mechanically handled that they are not able to evoke any empathy for the characters

The second installment of the Satyamev Jayate is a kind of mess that filmmakers often try to justify as a Mass-Entertainer-Film. Over the past few years, Bollywood has eulogised vigilantism and mob justice. This week, it is John Abraham’s turn to impart strident lessons in why to take law in your own hand that tests your ability to endure a ham-fisted performance.

While doing Satyamev Jayate 2 movie review, In the worst way possible. Because this flick featuring John Abraham in and as Vigilante No.1 could have given solid competition to the terrible films of the 80s, which stitched together sequences of action-comedy-songs without overly bothering about such things as plot and characterization.

The makers plug dangerous ideas as twins, Satya and Jay, one is a lawmaker and the other is just opposite, combine to justify extra-judicial killings and lynching of the guilty in the name of removing corruption from society — a cause for which their father, farmer leader Dadasahab Azad, laid down his life.

The first thing which is very important to know, and I’m not letting out any secrets here, is that John Abraham plays not one, not two, but three parts. You cannot get more 80s than triple roles featuring identical looking men. Twin brothers Satya and Jay, and their brave father who goes by the name of Dadasaheb Balram Azad.

Said baddies have also been dug out of a galaxy of old 80s villains. One is a guy who maims and disfigures little kids and ask them to beg. Another is a self empowered, complicit cop. A third is a greedy politician. The only horror missing in this array is crooked godman, but then again, for a film set in today’s UP, that might be asking for it.

Just in case we start missing female presence, there’s a mother in a coma, and a wife who gets to act flirty. We know, the moment we set eyes on the mother-in-coma figure, that she knows a secret, and the moment she opens her eyes, which she does, she looks all hale and hearty, she will tell all, Bed sores, muscle wastage, what’s that?

It is a shoddy deviation from the basic formula where the one who goes by the law chases down the other who becomes the crusader. Here, national symbols and the names of freedom fighters are used to justify vigilantism. With multiple references to the 56-inch chest and the idea of true azaadi, the makers seem very interested in creating a myth around the prevalent Although it is being soaked in blood and tears, the cases of injustice have been so mechanically handled that they fail to evoke any empathy for their characters. even references to the secular fabric of society and women’s safety seems gratuitous.

We could understand that Zaveri wants to recreate Manmohan Desai’s cinema for the millennials but what we get is a shoddy and disturbing patchwork, written perhaps after watching a series of dubbed masala fare that plays ad nauseum on Hindi film channels.

Forget about the detailing of the story and it’s character, even the intrinsic logic of the film doesn’t hold. How could a mother, bedridden for 25 years, walk into the thick of the action? Why would the villain ever allow her to recover? Nationalist narrative but don’t quite succeed. In the name of symbolism, climax has the two brothers, in saffron and green kurtas, jousting in front of their mother who is tied to a ploughshare. Typical 80s films . Eventually, the villagers take the shape of the country’s map to lynch the real villain which itself is against the law of land.

When John Abraham is not busy reducing the opponent to a pulp, Zaveri try to pack a punch through dialogues filled with rhyming words that are more jarring than fun. As a dialogue writer, Zaveri has miserably failed to imbue different tonalities to his characters. Everybody seems to have Mastered from the same, outdated school of dialogue baazi.

Since the last few years, John has developed a body of work where his abs do the talking and his silences evoke meaning. Here, in a role which is explosive on paper, his limitations stand exposed. In a process to make him sound better, the makers have surrounded him with actors who thrive on overacting, that doesn’t help.

Such is the magnitude of growling and howling that after one point you would wonder whether Zaveri wants the audience to watch the film sitting in the seat or get crouched under it. Or, does he want the audience to behave like the insensitive inspector.

Satyamev Jayate 2 Movie is currently(27th November 2021) running in theatres.

By sapasa

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