‘SATYAMEVA JAYATE 2’ REVIEW | 25 November, 2021

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T-Series Films and Emmay Entertainment’s Satyameva Jayate 2 (UA),the second film in the Satyameva Jayate series, is the story of twin brothers, Satya and Jay (both played by John Abraham). While Satya is an upright minister, Jay is a principled police officer. Both of them are fighting corruption in their own ways. Their father, Dadasaheb (John Abraham) was a farmer who was also very conscious about people’s rights. In fact, he laid down his life at a very young age while fighting for a better India.

Milap Milan Zaveri has penned a script which only believes in extremes. Every character and every incident is somehow over the top. And many of the characters often mouth dialogues which are so heavy-duty that the audience is left wondering whether they even know to talk normally. The story is stuffed with incidents that are age-old so that there is not even a hint of novelty or freshness. What’s more, it appears that in a bid to not leave out anything, the writer has tried to force all kinds of incidents in the film so that it looks wholesome. But what happens instead is that the story and the screenplay look hotch-potch and scattered. The writing looks terribly dated and reminds of films made in the 1970s and 1980s, because of which the drama will not resonate with youngsters in general and the multiplex audiences in particular. Further, three main characters in the film (Satya, Jay and Dadasaheb) being played by the same actor (John Abraham) would not go down well with today’s audience. Another minus point of the drama is that there is no solid antagonist in the film — character-wise as well as actor-wise. Many of the antagonists are for specific episodes only, and even they are weak. The climax appears so far-fetched that it borders on the ridiculous. Agreed, the film is designed for the masses but even the masses nowadays look for more substantive and believable stuff. The drama also looks lopsided because it lacks in comedy, has very little romance, and no heart-touching emotions. Milap Milan Zaveri’s dialogues are irritatingly theatrical.

Casting John Abraham in a triple role is not the most intelligent thing to have been done by the writer-director. For the viewers, it becomes a case of overkill and an overdose of the hero. Besides, watching John Abraham in almost every frame makes the drama monotonous for the audience. Performance-wise, John Abraham does an ordinary job. Oftentimes, he shouts his lungs out while delivering dialogues, making the viewers wonder why he is screaming so much! Dadasaheb talking about India’s independence is an instance in point. He shouts and screams so loudly but for what? Both, Satya and Jay sporting the same look (with a stubble) is another minus point. Divya Khosla Kumar is alright as Vidya. Harsh Chhaya makes for a weak main villain. His acting, though, is proper. Gautami Kapoor does a fair job as Suhasini. Anup Soni gets very little scope and is okay as DCP Upadhyay. Sahil Vaid, as Gyaneshwar Chaurasia, is wasted. Zakir Hussain (as Prasad), Dayashankar Pandey (as Tripathi), Rituraj Singh (as Maganlal Joshi), Saleem Shah (as Yashwant Paswan) and Khushboo Kamal (as the Muslim lady in the masjid and again in the kabristan, speaking with Jay) lend fair support. Shaad Randhawa has his moments as Sardara. Rajendra Gupta makes his mark in the role of Daya Kaka. Bhagyashree Limaye puts in good effort as the doctor. Nora Fatehi impresses in a sexy dance number. Others are alright.

Milap Milan Zaveri’s direction is so-so. He has not been able to make a film which can involve the viewers. Music (Arko, Rochak Kohli, Tanishk Bagchi, Payal Dev and Jass Manak) is quite nice. But the absence of hit and super-hit tunes is felt. Lyrics (by Manoj Muntashir, Tanishk Bagchi and Jass Manak) are appealing. Choreography (Adil Shaikh) is below the mark because none of the actors (except Nora Fatehi, of course) is a very good dancer. Sanjoy Chowdhury’s background music is routine. Dudley’s cinematography is effective. Mohd. Amin Khatib’s action and stunts are thrilling for the masses and front-benchers but will not excite the family and class audiences. Priya Suhas’ production designing and Vijay Dhondiram Ghodke’s art direction are of a fair standard. Maahir Zaveri’s editing is alright.

On the whole, Satyameva Jayate 2 has some chances in the single-screen cinemas mainly and in circuits like Bihar and U.P. Business in the big cities and from multiplexes will be dull.

Released on 25-11-’21 at Inox (in 10 shows; from 26-11-’21 in daily 4 shows) and other cinemas of Bombay thru AA Films. Publicity: good. Opening: not upto the mark. …….Also released all over. Opening was below the mark everywhere.