Satyameva Jayate movie review: Watch John Abraham’s film only if you want to travel back in time to the ’90s

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Here's what we think about the film so far...

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.

What’s hot

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.

What’s not

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. 

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.

Rating:2 out of 5

The masala action entertainer earned Rs 9.18 crore and currently stands with the grand total of Rs 37.62 crore. Due to the partial holiday of Parsi New Year yesterday, the film has shown good growth at the ticket windows. Satyameva Jayate is expected to cross the Rs 60 crore mark in its extended opening weekend of 5-days. The film is also the highest opener for a ‘A’ rated action film. This surely calls for a celebration. But, the actor who is currently shooting in Gulmarg for his next has decided against celebrating owing to the unforeseen floods in Kerala.

John says, ” I am overwhelmed by all the adulation from the paisa paying public as well as the industry at large. Everyone is asking me when are we celebrating but, for me it’s business as usual as I’m shooting in Gulmarg for my next film. In any case I am devastated by the unprecedented situation in Kerala. I have family there and although they are safe so many others are still suffering.” 

Satyameva Jayate is an edgy thriller which is produced under the banner of Emmay Entertainment. The film also features Aisha Sharma and Amruta Khanvilkar in key roles. It marks the directorial debut of writer Milap Milan Zaveri.

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