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Satyameva Jayate: A Passable Non-Pulp Film
Pulp films are a subgenre of movies influenced by various noir genres, as well as (as implied by its name) pulp fiction genres. Particularly the hard-boiled genres which help give rise to film noir. Movies with themes of anti-corruption and misuse of power are relevant to our times as they were in the 1970s and the 1980s when Angry Young Men lead the roost. They are common men who fought against the corrupt and fight outside the system and serve their own justice. Though they cannot be termed as pulp films in the exact way, their aspirations are high with a corruption-free society, they have several of the tropes of pulp films.
Now more than ever before there is a need for such fantasies for a section of people who want heroic vigilantes as a substitution for for the everyday rut of life. There enters Satyameva Jayate. It is an action thriller that works on the simple premise of an angry man, fighting corruption with raging passion and violence. But this time, the actor here is a mass actor. But a former supermodel and a male sex symbol who still is the fantasy of millions of girls... John Abraham.
While the setup is good and has the potential for being a potboiler, the execution is far from ideal. This masala entertainer has a huge hangover of the staple cinema that used to draw crowds during the 1970s and 1980s. But the thundering background score (Sanskrit chants used to heighten the drama in several scenes), unrelenting drama and over-the-top action, make this movie feel a little too jaded.
The film starts off with Veer played by John Abraham burning a cop alive (see the reference). It sets the tone for the rest of the film, which over a course of 2 hours and 20 minutes, does not deviate from the set path. Veer miraculously shows up every time a cop is committing a crime in various suburbs of the city. There is a twist in the story at mid-point, but even after the arrival of this unforeseen development, the screenplay stays focussed on the crusade against corrupt cops and setting them to flames.
The narrative never changes gears from the cliched good versus evil scenario, while also doling out lessons on patriotism. Ah! It's deja vu. The heavy-duty dialogues are written to play to the gallery, but more often than not they’re over employed and end up losing their intended impact. Too much of anything is poisonous... an age-old wisdom. The rivalry between Manoj Bajpayee and John Abraham’s characters had a lot of scope, but the writing fails to explore it in a credible manner. Thus the much-expected rivalry of John Abraham and Manoj Bajpayee got diluted.
The performances are as good as expected. But the characters are sketched as routine as possible by the director Milan. The direction is not slick and there are a lot of loose ends. The screenplay is not fast-paced either which could have helped films like this and the emotional thread is rather bland.
The music is loud and is incoherent throughout. The songs are good though with Dilbar starring the belly of Nora Fatehi (of course, she has to be there for her belly to be admired by the salivating fans) is electric. The cinematography is expectedly atmospheric and is what helps the movie rise above the normal pulp films. Of course, the A-list actors too help though. Editing is pretty ordinary and the production values are grand. The visuals are stunning.
On a whole, Satyameva Jayate is another routine regular masala action entertainer that graced the screens during the 1970s and the 1980s. With good performances by the leads and the electric appearance of Nora Fatehi, This movie is bearable. Otherwise, it cannot even hold a candle to the other release of this day. A one time watch.
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Oh yes, the clash. Satyameva Jayate couldn't have chosen a better release time. 15 August. The Indian Independence Day. But it faces the highly anticipated Gold starring Akshay Kumar and co. The claim to intrigue for Satyameva Jayate is John Abraham vs Manoj Bajpayee. The product of commercial cinema vs the stalwart of parallel cinema. The movie is neither a biopic as is the norm of the season nor is it a truly patriotic film. But it promises thrills with two of the finest stars pitted against each other. The early reviews say that Satyameva Jayate is an action-packed masala commercial entertainer this weekend.
It seems Satyameva Jayate is a rock-solid action entertainer with small doses of patriotism. The vigilantism stories are seen by us many times, but this movie has good dialogues and breathtaking action sequences. Tight screenplay and awesome dialogues make Satyameva Jayate a good movie and Nora Fatehi's item number is also mentioned specifically by some.
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What is Satyameva Jayate about?
John Abraham seems to on a roll these days. He impressed the audience and critics alike this year with Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran earlier this year, the handsome hunk is back to the big screens with the vigilante action thriller Satyameva Jayate. Satyameva Jayate is the inscribed script at the base of Indian National Emblem.
The movie also stars Manoj Bajpayee, Amruta Khanvilkar, and Aisha Sharma (sister of heroine Neha Sharma). The movie is about Virendra Kumar Singh played by John Abraham. He takes the baton to exterminate corrupt individuals responsible for communal disharmony in the society. Even though he does good to the society, Manoj Bajpayee who is a police officer has to look out for the criminal who has been on a killing spree.
The movie is about the clash of personalities. A vigilante who stops at nothing to serve justice by killing the bad and a police officer who brings heaven to earth to nab the perceived criminal. The film, directed by Milap Milan Zaveri, will also have Manoj Bajpayee in the lead role. The film will be produced by T-Series’ Bhushan Kumar and Nikhil Advani. This action thriller with patriotic elements hits the screens on 15 August 2018 (that is tomorrow).
What to expect from Satyameva Jayate?
Terrific action thriller
Satyameva Jayate is advertised as a vigilante thriller with patriotic elements. The movie revolves around a certain Virendra Kumar Singh who resorts to violence to serve justice. H4e is a vigilante and he kills the corrupt. But it is a crime all the same. So, DCP Shivansh pursues him. It is their clash that forms the base of this film. It is also the clash of personalities. Of John Abraham's sex appeal and Manoj Bajpayee's parallel appeal.
John Abraham vs Manoj Bajpayee
A thrilling combination. John Abraham the supermodel turned actor has made himself a name with action and romantic roles. He is the heartthrod of the nation at one time with his killer looks. he also proved himself to be adept at acting with various films. And what more can we say about Manoj Bajpayee? One of the thunderous actors to grace Indian Cinema, he played numerous roles and showed various shades of acting. A highly respected and National Award winner is known for his method acting. He goes into the skin of the character he is playing.
Music, cinematography, and production
Music of this film is scored by Sajid-Wajid, Tanishk Bagchi, Rochak Kohli and Arko Pravo Mukherjee while lyrics are penned by Shabbir Ahmed, Kumaar, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Danish Sabri, and Ikka. The background score is composed by Sanjoy Chowdhury.
The first song of the film, Dilbar from the 1999 film Sirf Tum originally sung by Alka Yagnik and composed by Nadeem-Shravan has been recreated for this film by Tanishk Bagchi in the voices of Neha Kakkar, Dhvani Bhanushali, and Ikka. Add to it, Nora Fatehi plays a cameo in Dilbar. The background score in the trailer is enough to say it is going to be intriguing.
The cinematography which is handled by Nigam Bomzan is atmospheric and the visuals in the trailer are quite electric. The movie is produced by T Series Films which is known for producing top class films. All in all Satyameva Jayate is a movie to keep an eye on this weekend.
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