Satyameva Jayate

Masala action is one genre where we seek entertainment and doesn’t really go after the logic of everything. But even that genre has got a considerable push over the time and directors like Shankar and Murugadoss has pushed the envelope to make it look compelling. Milap Milan Zaveri’s Satyameva Jayate is a movie that perhaps the above-mentioned directors would easily skip because of the outdated nature of the basic story. Constructed as vigilante justice thriller, this one has nothing new to its credit and the only appreciable thing John Abraham’s well-chiseled body.

Vir is this young man who is on a killing spree. He is this unknown killer to the Mumbai police who has killed two of its officers. With the dead officers having criminal records they are a bit confused about the intent of the criminal and they decide to bring in their best officer DCP Shivansh to investigate. The cat and mouse game between Vir and Shivansh is the core of Satyameva Jayate.

Milap Milan Zaveri has this ability to write rhyming dialogues to show heroism on screen. And here he uses that very frequently and to be honest you will sort of laugh at the insensitiveness with which such dialogues are rendered. If I had a gun in my hand and I was present in the situation I would have killed the guy and would have cracked the Good Bad and Ugly dialogue “When you have to shoot, shoot. Don’t Talk” to the hero Vir. SPOILER ALERT: DCP Shivansh cracks the case by discovering that the killer is killing people on the basis of the letters in the word Satyameva Jayate. Like each killing is associated with each spelling in Satyameva Jayate. And you know when he manages to crack that? When it reached just SAT. Yeah! That’s it. I was hoping for a sensible explanation for that in that interval sequence where a big revelation happens, but I guess Mr. Zaveri thinks that SAT was cool and smart.

Well, the writing and making of this movie are horribly clichéd. Director’s like Shankar and Murugadoss gave solid reasons to their customized justice heroics and that made the audience cheer for the heroes. Here Zaveri is only interested in showing us the moves of the hero and all of that were highly outdated. And the blatant usage of the ongoing trend like Swatch Bharat, Patriotism, Women’s safety etc. will make you realize how less original content Milap Milan Zaveri has. The climax of the movie is in a way easily predictable if you have the experience of watching at least ten movies like this. And these characters are on the emotional extreme. At the beginning of the movie, the character played by Manish Chaudhary is explaining the motive of the killer as if he was talking to KG students. And I still can’t understand why Shivansh never ever took an effort to understand the one thing Vir proves at the end. The cinematography is just style driven. Music is a horrible package from T Series.

I hope John Abraham was paid handsomely here so that we can see some quality stuff from JA Entertainment. I don’t see any other reason for him signing such an outdated film like Satyameva Jayate other than money. His expression is mostly that of a guy doing powerlifting with red eyes and veins in the neck just about to burst. Manoj Bajpayee has this habit of wasting his talent in tacky films and this one belongs to that category. The script here is so lame that people were giggling at the end seeing Mr. Bajpayee sob. Aisha Sharma’s character is written very lazily and she delivers a performance that’s even lazier.

Satyameva Jayate has a lot of blood and fire on screen. Even after all that the movie doesn’t even have one moment of genuine thrill or excitement. The movie considers itself way too intelligent and if you are someone who has watched at least a couple of thriller films, you might have a better way of approaching the case in the movie when compared to Shivansh, the ablest officer in Mumbai police.

Rating: 1.5/5

Final Thoughts

Constructed as vigilante justice thriller, this one has nothing new to its credit and the only appreciable thing John Abraham’s well-chiseled body.


Green: Recommended Content

Orange: The In-Between Ones

Red: Not Recommended


Categorized as Hindi, Review

By Aswin Bharadwaj

Founder and editor of Lensmen Reviews.

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