Satyamev Jayate

  • 01 Sep - 07 Sep, 2018
  • Omair Alavi
  • Reviews

The combo of John Abraham and Manoj Bajpayee is back in Satyamev Jayate after five years. The last time they appeared in Shootout At Wadala.

Veer (John Abraham) has seen his father go down fighting against police corruption and wants to take down every corrupt cop in Mumbai; Shiv (Manoj Bajpayee) is the only cop who is honest and brave enough to stand in between the murders and the murderer. Will the vigilante win or will the honest cop come out as victorious? Milap Milan Zaveri’s Satyamev Jayate is a suspense drama that is too fast-paced for an average Bollywood audience and that’s what makes it a good watch.

Both the actors were on the wrong side of the law in their last collaboration but here, Manoj Bajpayee gets to play a cop who wants to stay one step closer to his enemy; the enemy uses this to his advantage and makes him believe that he is one step ahead. In this cat and mouse chase, the winner is the audience as they get to hear some of the most explosive dialogues written this year; the action sequences are also well executed, especially the ones where John thrashes corrupt cops and the audience applaud as if that’s happening in real life. Although Manoj Bajpayee looks great in the role of good cop, John Abraham comes out as the winner by virtue of his muscles that make up for his lack of emotions and expressions.

The film has a weak female lead. Aisha Sharma plays John’s love interest and despite looking sexy, she direly needs to work on her vocal chords.

There were other actors as well but they didn’t have much to do except getting killed, looking menacing or being oppressed. They could have used any veteran actor like Mithun Chakraborty or even Shatrughan Sinha as the disgraced police cop in the flashback but went for an unknown Chetan Pandit who looked like a fish out of the water. The audience had no sympathy with his character and that proved to be the film’s weakest link. Also, the film mocks Alka Yagnik’s Dilbar Dilbar which upset some of Sushmita Sen fans and could have been avoided in the first place just like Tajdar-e-Haram that was completely censored here in Pakistan. Last but not the least, the film is an amalgamation of Shahenshah, Ghulam, Aakhri Raasta, Deewar, Gunga Jumna etc. and would have done well had the content been original than borrowed. •