Satyameva Jayate – Movie – Review

Satyameva Jayate - Poster - John Abraham

Same old cliched Bollywood action thriller…just worse!

Satyameva Jayate – Synopsis

Veer (John Abraham) takes on the mission of killing corrupt cops in the Mumbai police force. Haunted by ghastly incidents from his past, he turns into a vigilante and Veer has his own mysterious plan of action. Meanwhile, honest and intelligent inspector Shivansh (Manoj Bajpayee) is given the arduous task of tracking down the cop killer.

Year: 2018
Native and/or alternative titles: सत्यमेव जयते
Countries: India
Languages: Hindi
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Director: Milap Milan Zaveri
Writer: Milap Milan Zaveri
Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, John Abraham, Aisha Sharma, Amruta, Khanvilkar

Satyameva Jayate – Review

Actually, I had no intentions of watching ‘Satyameva Jayate’. I was neither impressed by the trailer nor by the story. However, due to my cousins’ demands, I had no choice but to go for this.

Everyone loves a good vigilante story. A man fighting against corruption and hopefully winning that fight. Even if a film with a storyline of a fight against corruption and injustice does not live up to its expectations, seeing justice prevail would leave you with a sense of satisfaction. However, Satyameva Jayate fails to deliver even on this basic aspect (I didn’t know it was possible).

In order to achieve that sense of satisfaction, the audience must feel the justice in the character’s actions. Here Veer’s actions are not justified. While serving justice to the corrupt cops, Veer breaks many laws (ignoring murders). He is as bad as those corrupt cops if not worse. He is a loose cannon. It is hard to find a reason behind his actions, especially after his motivation is revealed. All this drama unfolds over 140 minutes. That is a lot for what is being offered! I had the urge to leave in-between the first half of the movie.


All the twists and turns in this movie are snort-worthy at best! I literally facepalmed myself at Veer’s ‘Thane’ deception (Thane is a district in the Indian state of Maharashtra). How Shivansh deducted ‘Satyameva Jayate’ theory, how Veer hides his identity and all other ‘twists’ of the story are idiotic.

Action scenes are…again…not really worth mentioning! Typical Bollywood action-crime-thriller. At one such sequence after the intermission, I was chuckling uncontrollably. Not because it was comedy gold but because I kept thinking ‘Wanna defy physics? Go overboard? It is totally okay! It appeals the mass. So, there is no need to make any action scene seem remotely realistic!’ But, could these guys at least make some efforts to not make it too cartoonish!

It has all the cliched elements of a Bollywood movie, including a ‘funny’ sidekick. Here I do not see any reason to include a comic character in-between. (Note: I LOVE comic relief scenes in serious movies!) Every comic scene here feels so wrong. A cliched chubby police officer making crappy jokes does not help anyone. Instead of lightening up the mood (read annoyance), all the jokes and bad dialogues makes everything so much worse.


Considering what they have shown in this film – over-the-top action sequences, strength and a peculiar character; you would think that John is a perfect choice to play this. But, he is not. This character is not complex at all yet he fails to be in his character. It seems like he is posing continuously for the film’s poster photoshoot. Manoj Bajpayee is an excellent actor, I wonder why did he decide to act on this film after looking at the story?! Usually, his choices of roles are great he delivers excellent performances. Putting that aside, his presence makes this film a bit more bearable. Also, Aisha Sharma – she is totally static in her tiny and easily disposable role.

Music is the only aspect of this film that is good unlike all other aspects of this film. I am not against remix/remakes of old songs but I generally tend to dislike them. However, the remake of ‘Dilbar Dilbar’ is a pretty good one. Plus, Nora Fatehi is gorgeous!

Nora Fatehi - Dilbar - Satyameva Jayate

Another point which reflects upon the awfulness of this film is the reaction of the crowd while watching the film. If you have visited an Indian cinema hall, you might have noticed various reactions from the crowd and if you haven’t then just go on YouTube, you will find many comedy sketches and parody videos (while some stereotypes are true and some are exaggerated but you will get the gist of an average Indian cinema hall).

Back to my point, usually you hear a lot of claps, screams and whistling whenever a lead actor removes his shirt, an actress enters, an action sequence where the good guy starts winning etc. You hear some inappropriate comments in romantic moments or some old famous dialogues thrown around at random moments.

BUT! There was none of this during the 140 minutes of this film except one clap after the intermission. Not even when John Abraham does all those typical Bollywood stuff or when all the bad guys were getting roasted (literally). In this era of social media people often record and post a clip of movie they are watching. I did not see any of this except the item song. (Psss what is the point? Enjoy the visuals on the screen instead of watching it through the phone screen. Why record the music video when you can watch/download music video from YouTube?!)


So in conclusion, ‘Satyameva Jayate’ is a bad movie. I am usually not very harsh on any film or a show but this one is one of the worst films I have seen in recent times. Watch Dilbar music video on YouTube and you have seen everything that is good in this movie! I am not kidding, everything from song to action is covered in this one song!

So usually I break my review up into segments like pros, cons and so on but for this review, I couldn’t do that because there was just a list of cons. There was no story to tell, to pros just cons. Quite frankly… this movie is embarrassing and I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone!

Satyameva Jayate - Review
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Summary

It is a totally forgettable film. Not even worth watching once. Avoid at all cost.

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