Ever since the trailer of the film dropped, it was evident that Satyameva Jayate will be a massy entertainer that will take on corruption in an unforgiving manner. Starring John Abraham and Manoj Bajpayee in key roles, the film promised some high-octane action sequences and good old revenge drama with a patriotic twist, what with it being an Independence Day release and all. Directed by Milap Zaveri, the film seemed to have all the trappings that would make it hot property at the ticket windows. But is it really so? We have watched the film and here's what we thought about it...
What's it about
Vir (John Abraham) is an angry young man, who seems like a rebel with a lost cause as he goes about town, killing corrupt police officers alphabetically. It is not until much later, post interval, in fact, that we get to know as to why he is doing so. But that doesn't make it any more bearable. Even as Vir continues to burn those corrupt at stake, DCP Shivansh Rathore (Manoj Bajpayee) is asked to cut his vacation short and resume duty. This begins the cat and mouse chase. But does it really? Well, watch the film to find out.
Nora Fatehi. Period. Since drawing comparisons to Sushmita Sen's hot number is now pointless, we should take a moment to appreciate just how well has Nora danced to the song. And in a 141-minute movie, her dance is the only saving grace and that's saying something, isn't it? John and Manoj try their best to give the audience something to talk about with their performances.
Where does one even begin? Right from the first scene you want to return to 2018 because the film will convince you it is the '90s. Quivering bodies, blood, gore, clothes ripping off bodies on their own, a tyre breaking in half due to sheer muscle power - the makers have gone all out as far as cliches are concerned. Now, don't get me wrong. There isn't a single dull moment in the film. You will be in splits throughout. It is only when you come out of the film and remind yourself that it was a revenge drama that you just watched, will you feel cheated. There are no shades of grey in the film - you are either all good with a halo on top or menacingly bad with no scope of redemption. Like Shikha (Aisha Sharma), who plays Vir's love interest is a picture of perfection. She is a vet who cleans beaches, paints walls, and even teaches students in an NGO! In stark contrast are the police officers, who belittle immigrants, procure fake witnesses and demand bribes unabashedly. Pure good vs evil porn. ALSO READ: BL Predicts: Akshay Kumar and John Abraham might get their biggest solo opener with Gold and Satyameva Jayate
What to do
If watching the baddies being beaten to a pulp and burnt at stake by a too-good-to-be-true hero is your thing then Satyameva Jayate will interest you. Otherwise it will be like traveling back in time only to land up in a theatre playing an over-the-top, cliched affair.
2 out of 5
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