Direction: Milap Milan Zaveri
Starring: John Abraham, Manoj Bajpayee, Aisha Sharma, Amruta Khanvikar
Vir (John Abraham) is a vigilante, with a heartbreaking back story, which burns alive the corrupt policemen. Shivansh (Manoj Bajpayee) is a fearless, brave and honest policeman who faces and tries to stop Vir from his killing spree. Vir follows a pattern in order to choose to kill the corrupt police officers & Shivansh tracks down that pattern.
Shivansh makes the mission of his life to find Vir & arrest him and for that he sets out various plans. On the other hand, Vir always manages to stay a step further in this race of a cat & mouse. They both come with a back-story & both have reasons to do what they’re doing. Will Shivansh be able to catch Vir or will Vir achieve for what he’s blood-hunting, that’s what the major plot of the story is about.
Script written by Milap Milan Zaveri has every kind of masala in it. It’s made for a certain section of audience and they’ll enjoy this to the core. Milap also makes sure to keep something for everyone. There are decent twists and turns which might he appreciated by the rest than the target audience of the film. Where the film lacks is second half as many things go haywire in it.
There’s a father-son angle in the film which doesn’t work at all, Milap should’ve skipped that totally moulding something else. More than Milap the director, I loved Milap the dialogue writer. ‘Satyameva Jayate’ has one of the most “seeti-provoking” dialogues in the recent times. Moment of truth – there is a lot of cringe throughout but it promises entertainment and it’s the only thing that matters to me in a film. Also, one major thing I observed was the plot is blatantly similar to Akshay Kumar’s ‘Gabbar is Back’.
John Abraham is a monstrous performer! Post underplaying his physique in ‘Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran’, John leaves no stone unturned in displaying his gigantic body throughout the film. From the first frame he’s just out there lifting people, throwing them around, burning them & what not. He gets to do what he craves for and it’s a delight to see him in his elements.
Manoj Bajpayee does what he do the best – act! At some minor places he tries to be someone he isn’t but in the end that’s what acting is all about. Not any major complaint, an entertaining performance in the end. Aisha Sharma is there for very less time but is just about okay for whatever time she’s there. It’ll not be fair to judge her in a small role, let her do something meatier to analyze her skills. Ganesh Yadav as Damle & Rajesh Khera as Bhonsle leave the maximum impact as baddies.
Milap Milan Zaveri with ‘Satyameva Jayate’ shamelessly gets on the ground just with the thought of entertaining people. Never for a scene will you feel Milap thinks that this is is something ‘a certain section’ will not appreciate and does what he thinks the best. Many hits, few misses but a honest product overall.
Tanish Bhagchi’s Dilbar comes in as a visual treat, Nora Fatehi just soars the temperature with her super-hot presence. Sajid-Wajid’s recreation of Tajdar-E-Haram sounds surprisingly well on screen. From ‘Sarfarosh’ to ‘A Wednesday’, Sanjoy Chowdhury has gifted us some thrilling background scores and Satyameva Jayate’ is right down his alley.