'Satyamev Jayate' Review: John Abraham and Manoj Bajpayee lock horns in an all-hell-breaks-loose action thriller

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By Murtaza Ali Khan

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Satyamev Jayate is an action thriller film written and directed by Milap Milan Zaveri. The film is produced under the banner of T-Series Films and Emmay Entertainment. Satyamev Jayate stars John Abraham and Manoj Bajpayee in the pivotal roles. The film costars Amruta Khanvilkar and Aisha Sharma. Satyamev Jayate is a mantra from the ancient Indian scripture Mundaka Upanishad that translates to “Truth alone triumphs”. It is inscribed at the base of the national emblem which is an adaptation of the Lion Capital of Ashoka erected Sarnath around 250 BC. The same is inscribed on all currency notes and national documents. Hence even before we have watched the film, the title ‘Satyamev Jaayte’ tells us in advance that the film endeavors to evoke a sense of nationalistic pride.

Now, corruption is a big issue in India today and Bollywood understands this really well. Hence it keeps churning out movies revolving around the issue. Satyamev Jayate is the latest in the series of films that revolve around a hero who takes it upon himself to wipe out corruption. His sole targets are the corrupt policemen and his method is simple: he locates them and beats them to a pulp before burning them alive. He even has the audacity to send the ashes (with the dead officer's nameplate) back to the police department. John Abraham plays the part with rabid insanity. There is a sense of cruelty with which he operates. He wants to inflict pain and it shows. Often in films when we see a hero on a killing spree we find him cool. But that's not the case with Satyamev Jayate. The violence and the killings don’t appear cool but look rather chilling.

A Still from Satyamev Jayate
Satyamev Jayate is too bloody and gory for a typical Bollywood flick. Perhaps that's why the film is rated 'A' by the CBFC. Manoj Bajpayee brings in an air of calmness to thr movie. Without him Satyamev Jayate could have easily gone haywire. He provides the perfect foil for Abraham’s all-hell-breaks-loose human killing machine. It’s a classic case of an unstoppable force colliding with an immovable object. The chemistry between the two performers is easily the movie’s USP. But despite an interesting premise and a lot of ammunition at hand the film fails to rise above the compulsions of a typical Bollywood masala flick which can’t help but play to the gallery. The only way to enjoy the film is to suspend logical thinking and disbelief. If you are willing to do that you will have a nice time watching it.

Rating: 6/10

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