Reviews on Satyameva Jayate 2: A Loud Joke


Directed by Milap Zaveri, John Abraham-starrer is a collection of randomly compiled scenes that are neither interesting nor entertaining.

Filmmaker Milap Zaveri has stated on several occasions that he believes in making “massy” films intended only for entertainment. But her latest release, Satyameva Jayate 2, is nothing more than a random compilation of absurd and heartbreaking scenes under the guise of entertainment. If his last release, Marjaavaan (2019), was silly, this one is sillier.

The story, which bears similarities to the franchise’s first film, takes place in a town in present-day Uttar Pradesh. State Home Secretary Satya Azad (John Abraham) wants to introduce an anti-corruption bill to the Legislature, but lacks the backing to pass it.

Satya is married to Vidya (Divya Khosla Kumar) who is also in politics and is as patriotic as her husband. The politician’s late father, Dadasahab Azad (also John Abraham), who was a farmer and activist, dreamed of a corruption-free India and sacrificed his life to fight for the cause.

Meanwhile, a vigilante (John Abraham again) has executed criminals and corrupt individuals, but no one is able to track him down. Therefore, Satya asks his twin brother, Deputy Commissioner of Police (ACP) Jay Azad (again John Abraham), to catch the renegade.

Even the silliest masala movies have a certain structure. Otherwise, they at least fall back on the age-old formula of the hero versus the villain where the latter is killed by the former. But Satyamava Jayate 2 has none of that.

The first half is bearable, despite the absurdity and volume, since the film, which has no story to tell, offers viewers a sort of mystery regarding the total number of Johns in the film. But this is resolved early enough in the proceedings and audiences have to endure a series of sequences that have no flow or entertainment value, like a silly flashback of the late Dadasahab Azad. Jay Azad is also seen beating a policeman inside his cabin because he made fun of someone’s plight, which was clearly ‘inspired’ by a scene from Indian Sunny Deol -starrer (2001).

And just when you are wondering where the movie is going, the subject of gang rape pops up. The film speaks endlessly of respecting women and their safety, but ends up espousing regressive views. Rape of a woman equals loss of her honor [izzat lootna] while a man who seems weak wears bracelets.

Apart from that, one is constantly bombarded with cringe-worthy rhyme lines, some of which, surprisingly, are even worse than those included in the trailer. Take this, for example – Agar ladki ki izzat nahin ki toh woh haal karunga ki peechhe se mootega kyunki aage ka tootega [If you don’t respect women, I will ensure you will urinate from the backside].

Although John plays multiple characters, there is virtually no variation in his performance and body language. He sort of fits the image of a cop and a vigilante, but the same can’t be said of his avatar as Home Secretary. And his farmer’s turn falls completely flat, especially when he screams even louder than in his last theatrical release Mumbai Saga (2021).

With John hogging the limelight throughout the film, the other actors don’t have much of a chance to shine. Returning after 17, Divya Khosla Kumar still looks young but struggles as an actress. Harsh Chhaya and Annup Sonii, who play a politician and a cop respectively, are average at best.

By the time Satyameva Jayate 2 comes to an end, the writers seem to have forgotten the main topic of cracking down on corruption, as have the audience.

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