Driection: Milap Milan Zaveri
Cast: John Abraham, Manoj Bajpai, Ayesha Sharma
Satyameva Jayate is yet another addition to the mindless movies that have been made in the name of ‘fighting the system’. Milap Milan Jhaveri’s film deals with corruption in the police force. Veer (John Abraham), an artist, moonlights as a serial killer. His kills corrupt cops by burning them, and even sketches their pictures after the killing. When the police force is not able to crack the case, they summon Inspector Shivansh (Manoj Bajpai) to get to the killer.
Thus starts a chase. While Shivansh is trying to figure out his modus operandi, Veer continues the killing right under his nose. There is of course, a back story why Veer is on a killing spree. Veer is actually a do-gooder who is out to eliminate corruption from the police force, in his own unique way. DCP Shivansh Rathore is the honest cop who manages to crack the plan that the killer has in mind, but after his cracking it, even the scriptwriter seems to forget about it. This is the issue with this film. It surely started with much gusto but after a point it ends up being silly and unwittingly hilarious.
The film’s subject is outdated, cliched and totally predictable. Add to that the terrible direction and even more terrible writing, and what you get is an indigestible fare. One can’t decide what is more juvenile, the direction or the writing (both by Jhaveri). Jhaveri goes all out with his signature dialogues and makes the whole experience unwittingly hilarious, thus making the audience crack up at the most serious of scenes. It is impossible to take this film seriously.
John Abraham is sincere as ever, but even with his bulging muscles and forever frowning expression, he is unable to get one involved with what he’s doing on screen. Not when he’s killing, not when he’s romancing Shikha (Ayesha Sharma). He is convincing only when he’s throwing punches in action sequences and he gets to do plenty of that in this one. Jhaveri’s heroine Shikha is all that is good in this world. She cures animals, she paints graffiti, she cleans beaches and yes, she even teaches children at an NGO. Its like Jhaveri wanted to tick all boxes to prove how wonderful the girl can be, Ayesha Sharma makes a decent debut with this one and might turn out to be an asset in a better film. Bajpayee as the upright cop, shows glimpses of his acting prowess, but all that gets lost in the silliness of this film. This film manages to make even Bajpayee seem like a caricature of himself. Amrita Khanvilkar who plays Shivansh’s wife has very little to do.
There is a mandatory item number and this one’s by Nora Fatehi dancing to the recreated version of the 90s song Dilbar Dilbar. Apart from that Atif Aslam’s ‘Paniyon sa’ is hummable. The rest of the album has some decent music too. (Music direction is by Sajid Wajid, Tanishk Bagchi, Rochak Kohli and Arko Pravo Mukherjee).
Do not waste your ticket money on this one.