Satyamev Jayate 2 is twice everything its predecessor was. This Milap Zaveri directed vigilante drama has John Abraham in not even 2 but 3 roles and is not even half as effective. With a nice line Tan Man Dhan se Badhkar Jan Gan Man as it motto, Satyamev Jayate 2 just becomes unbearable with every second you get into the movie
Satya and Jay are two identical twins, Satya is the state Home Minister during the day and a vigilante during the night serving justice in his own way. Jay on the other hand is a policeman who is also abiding by law is fighting corruption, and is on mission to get this killer as well who happens to be his brother.
Moving to flashback, their father Dadasaheb Balram Azad (John again, this time with a moustache) also was a crusader against corruption and lost his life fighting against the system. Azad’s wife also gets injured and gets into coma.
The sons then vow to take the fight to the corrupts in their own ways. Brothers do cross paths, but with the support of Satya’s wife (Divya Khosla Kumar) and CM Mathur (Harsh Chhaya) they keep going ahead.
Rest of the film is all about over the top action, cringe dialogues and a scattered screenplay. With a dose of people facing issues due to corruption, communal harmony, Satyamev Jayate has tried to tick everything that it can, but nothing comes together.
What Works –
To be honest – Nothing.
The only positive about the film can be the intentions behind the scenes. Film tries to give a message which is of harmony and honesty, but the way it is loaded with cheesy dialogues or scenes it never gets to the audience.
What Doesn’t Work –
Satyamev Jayate was released in 2018 alongside Akshay’s Gold and was a semi hit, as it had all the ingredients of a masala film, though treatment was sloppy. Satyamev Jayate was a watchable if you consider the audience it was catering to. But Satyamev Jayate 2, in efforts to go bigger than part one, nosedives.
Screenplay is scattered and the film seems to be a collection of scenes instead of a woven story. Dialogues as mentioned multiple times are so bad that they irritate every time mouthed. Action makes no sense and is weird to say the least.
Milap’s direction is very bad and the film never hold you, and just bores and irritates. Not to mention the item number by Nora, which is also not worth remembering nor are any other songs.
Just as with all other departments, acting is another one that disappoints. With not so bad starcast, Milap manages to get a disappointing performances from everyone. John with his toned body looks good while performing action (and even believable while pulling-off those scenes), but the dialogues don’t suit him.
Actors like Harsh Chhaya and Zakir Hussain are totally wasted and Divya Khosla seems to be in another zone altogether with her wide eyes and blank face. She disappoints big time.
FFC Verdict –
Satyamev Jayate 2 is not actually a film but scenes stitched together with forwarded WhatsApp lines as dialogues and John’s chiselled frame. The film though tries to be noble, tries to address the pain people face due to corruption and communal hatred, the treatment makes it a painful watch.
And with an actor like John, who has produced some very beautiful sensible films, it’s a shame he chooses to be a part of film like this.
To summarise, as John himself in film says – Bol Bachchan Karne se koi Amitabh Bachchan Nahi Ban Jaata, the film never becomes watchable. Must Avoid.