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There's a man lying injured in the shards of broken glass pieces. John Abraham with a bundle of 500 rupee notes in his hand tells him, "Note badle lekin neeyat nahin." For starters, that's just a sneak-peek into what John Abraham-Manoj Bajpayee's Satyameva Jayate has in store for you. Milap Zaveri's latest outing makes you time-travel back to the era where mass entertainers sold like hot cakes! While the theme of corruption and misuse of power is quite relevant in today's times, the filmmaker prefers to give it an out-and-out commercial treatment.
Speaking about the plot, Veer (John Abraham) sets out on a killing spree to eliminate corrupt cops in the Mumbai Police force. Our hero systematically targets the bad guys and burns them alive. Well, it's his sad past which is to be blamed for his thirst for revenge.
Enter Inspector Shivansh (Manoj Bajpayee) who is looking out to trap a 'bigger fish' and takes up the task of nabbing down this cop-killer. Meanwhile, when Veer is not doing his vigilante act, he's busy rescuing puppies from the dustbin and taking them to Shikha (Aisha Sharma) who happens to be a vet and his love-interest. Well, a softie-heart, tough guy, you know! The rest of the plot revolves around how Veer and Shivansh try to outwit each other in this cat-and-mouse game.
Right from the first frame, Milap Zaveri is clear that's he is here to give you some unbashed entertainment which predominately was a major part of the 70s, 80s and 90s. The one where the wronged hero went on a revenge spree and mouthed whistle-inducing lines. In Satyameva Jayate, when Milap's writing falters, it's the 'seetimaar' dialogues which come to his rescue.
The twist just before the interval catches you off guard and is a good one. But the climax leaves you tad underwhelmed. Also the film could have been trimmed by few minutes.
John Abraham does what he is best at- flexing muscles, tearing open a car wheel with his bare hands and what not! The action is filled with blood and gore. Our action hero also gets to mouth some heavy-duty dialogues which will surely bring in claps and whistles at the single screens.
Manoj Bajpayee adds gravitas to his role and makes an intriguing opponent for John's character in the film. Debutante Aisha Sharma has a good screen presence, but ends up with a poorly-sketched role. Even Amruta Khanvilkar doesn't get much scope to perform.
Nora Fatehi raises the hotness quotient in 'Dilbar', but the rest of the songs lack a recall value and leave you highly disappointed.
Satyameva Jayate is like some old wine in a new bottle where only 'dialoguebaazi' gives you the desired kick. Tossing the 'how's and why's' out of the window, this flick is to be enjoyed as pure guilty pleasure. I am going with 2.5 stars.