Brotherhood, revenge and a flashback, Samajh gaye na? So, where had I seen this before? Everywhere. How many times? Infinite. But yet, Satyamev Jayate springs a few surprises and manages to hold you till the end.
Alongside you can also play a game of decoding the names of areas in Mumbai that start with S, A, T and Y till the interval before the narrative becomes a one-on-one direct clash between the law-breaker (John Abraham) and the honest cop (Manoj Bajpayee). Thank God for that, but see the irony- the film's editor gets up at this very point and makes an exit! The second half should have been crisper.
John Abraham And Manoj Bajpayee In Satyamev Jayate
Playing the devil's advocate, I would say that Satyamev Jayate has been unfairly granted an A certificate. Our kids have been given licenses to see more violent and gory films than this one. No kiss, no lovemaking, no cuss word and nothing gory, it's just that 'if you have been a corrupt cop, he will burn you alive'. We are certainly not endorsing his revenge style, but you certainly know who that 'he' is.
But first, how is Bajpayee? Well, he moves strongly with a slightly weak role and suddenly starts hamming in the climax. Zaveri perhaps realises the guffaw and instead of making him do it again, moves the camera away from his face in the upward direction! Bet he had plans of lingering it on Bajpayee's otherwise usual finesse.
John Abraham And Aisha Sharma In Satyamev Jayate
And that 'he', Abraham? Well, he is fine and Zaveri makes good use of him, playing on his strengths. You can vividly see that the actor has enjoyed doing this film to the hilt. He has given it all to firmly say, 'Bas, ab bahut ho gaya'. It's just the last scene that he botches it when he has to shout a few lines, the punch sorely missing. And boy, he looks lean! Hadn't he pumped himself a bot too much in the recent past? FYI, the shirt was not required to go off to prove that but guess Zaveri (who returns with a middle name 'Milan', was Sanjay B Jumaani at work?) wanted to play to the gallery till the last frame.
As for Abraham's Neha Dhupia look-alike romantic interest, I would say 'Aisha Sharma who?' Needs to drive out and enroll in the nearest acting class, pronto.
Amruta Khanvilkar, playing Bajpayee's wife, is completely wasted. Is this what one of the most glowing faces in Bollywood deserves?
A Still From Satyamev Jayate
Zaveri also makes good use of his pen and a few seetis in the theatres are a given. As for Nooera Fatehi led Dilbar Dilbar, you can shake your booty to it simply because Alka Yagnik's melodious voice has been retained.
I am going with THREE, an extra half for Abraham and Zaveri put together, the former having made a statement that he is here to stay and the latter having redeemed himself from the sex masti (Grand Masti, Mastizaade) he was indulging in.