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Sadak 2 review: An opportunity missed!

Director Mahesh Bhatt's film misses the mark and goes off the road.

Source: SIFY

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 2/5

Monday 31 August 2020

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Movie Title

Sadak 2 review: An opportunity missed!

Director

Mahesh Bhatt

Star Cast

Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sanjay Dutt

A wealthy heiress is on a mission. Aarya Desai (Alia Bhatt) has made it her life’s purpose to expose fake godmen (dhongi babas) and to encourage people to move away from superstition.

For this she holds talks, puts up posts on social media and so on. On other occasions, she actually goes to a fake godman Gyan Prakash’s talks and spray-paints ‘badla’ (revenge). She believes he is responsible for her mother’s death. Naturally, this alerts the bad guys who now want her dead.

She has this one particular troll Vishal (Aditya Roy Kapoor) who opposes whatever she says. They happen to meet face-to-face. They have a discussion, sparks fly, and now they’re in love. She’s however oblivious to the fact that he’s a disciple of Gyan and has been sent with a purpose.

Aarya, who is to inherit her deceased mother’s wealth on her birthday, suspects her aunt who is also disciple of Gyan Prakash. Her aunt (Priyanka Bose) married her father a week after her mother’s death and Aarya is now on the run from her own family home.

She manages to convince the suicidal Ravi (Sanjay Dutt) to drive her to her destination, accompanied by the supportive boyfriend.

Her aim is to expose Gyan Prakash and free her father from the clutches of her aunt. There’s a twist in the second half that challenges everything she believes in.

Ravi, who is mourning the loss of his wife (we keep going back to a striking black-and-white picture of Pooja Bhatt), somehow gets involved in this whole conundrum. The film often references the 1991 Sadak, one of the most iconic films of its time.

Sadak 2 had potential, however it doesn’t hold up against the original. There are some sensitive, beautiful moments here. Ravi and Aarya form a beautiful father-daughter relationship, one of the highlights of the film. The performances are first-rate across the board. Sanjay Dutt gives his all to the tough guy-with-a-soft heart role. Alia Bhatt is dependably excellent. Jisshu Sengupta is a treat to watch. Makarand Deshpande plays the role of the self-proclaimed godman with ample theatrics and Priyanka Bose is fabulous as the suspicious aunt.

But all this good stuff (even the topic of fake godmen is relevant) gets snowed under an avalanche of old-school clichés.

Believe it or not, an owl saves the day in a fight sequence. And you have Gulshan Grover with an amputated hand announcing his name as Dilip Hathkatta. Reminds you of films from decades ago when it was common for villains to have this dramatic flair.

The topic of superstition and fake godmen is soon forgotten for some typical Bollywood maar-dhaad. Lord Shiva’s trishul is used as a weapon. One of the central characters moves through the entire finale with a face so bloody, it’s almost crimson.

Director Mahesh Bhatt is known for so many iconic films from Arth, Saaransh, Sadak, Aashiqui to Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin, and so many more. Bhatt has directed a film after decades, and this one sadly misses the mark. Hopefully, his next one will be as iconic as some of his earlier films.

Sadak 2 had the potential of being an interesting, even relevant film. Sadly, it’s an opportunity missed. 

 

Sonia Chopra is a critic, columnist and screenwriter with over 15 years of experience. She tweets on @soniachopra2

 

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