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Satyameva Jayate Movie Review: It Hammers In Its Anti-Corruption Message!

Subhash K . Jha



Satyameva Jayate Movie Review

Satyameva Jayate

Starring John AbrahamManoj Bajpai, Manish Choudhary, Aisha Sharma

Directed by Milap Milan Jhaveri

Rating: ** (2 stars)

It is easy enough to ridicule Satyameva Jayate. God knows, it renders itself vulnerable to severe slamming. It wears its jingoistic patriotism on the sleeve and every other visible part of its canvas, growing more and more shrill with every frame and dialogue.

Yup, these kinds of tactless films get easily trolled, or stoned as we earlier used to refer to the savage lynching of crude cinema.

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But hang on. Satyameva Jayate (SJ) is not designed for those who dug their grey cells into Newton and came out feeling like alumni on a space odyssey. This is a film for the masses, the commoners who every day have to face discrimination and corruption on the streets where a lot of people don’t just work but also live sleep and defecate.

 Road rage for them is not about a dent in their gleaming cars. It’s about survival.

For all its sins of loutish characterization and aural extravagance, SJ throws a very opportune question at us: why do we tolerate corruption in our system on such a hideously aggravated scale? Is corruption part of our DNA? The corruption in the police force, which this film, takes on headlong, is specially worrisome. If a society doesn’t have law enforcers who do their jobs honestly, the law-breaks are bound to be on a rampage.

Early on in this lengthy anti-corruption diatribe swathed in a flag-fluttering fury, a street hawker’s wife comes under a rich man’s wheel. He moans, wails and pleads  for justice while the cop on duty cackles and taunts, “You are trash and trash needs to be treated like this.”

Too crass for your tastes? Well, let me tell you I’ve seen a cop react exactly this way to a destitute man’s lamentation on the street. Truth can often be much cruder than fiction. SJ takes that path without apology, as a disgruntled raging vigilante Veer (John Abraham, clenched and implosive) takes on himself the responsibility of eliminating all corrupt cops from the Maharashtra police.

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I am not sure if Bihar,  UP, and other states are on Veer’s mopping map in planned sequels. But for now he goes about the business of finishing off decadent cops with the zeal and guile of a clumsy assassin who has taken a crash-course in mass killing.

The ritualistic slayings are gruesome and in many ways,  Apt. That’s the disturbing part of a film whose steep volume of violence ought to offend. But doesn’t. The killings pile on and so does the outrageous level of grisly blood-flow.  But you really can’t blame the film for its excessive brutality when it is all around us. But yes, the bad acting by many of the actors, some reputed names, could have been avoided.

My favourite high-drama moment in the film is when a young Muslim boy is being tortured by a sadistic cop to confess to a crime he hasn’t committed. The sequence is designed as a pseudo-religious symphony rendered shrill with religious zeal. Later there is a sequence in a Moharrum procession where John, fashionably bloodied,  finishes off a lecherous cop.

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The sequences of cop-killing are designed in bright voluptuous crimson colours. You can’t miss the film’s zeal or the persuasive powers of the two principal performances. John Abraham and Manoj Bajpai as the two adversaries play off against each other effectively. They know this is the time to drop all subtleties and they get to that task with full-on enthusiasm.

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“I Don’t Look Like Hrithik At All,”Anand Kumar Can’t Wait For Bio-Pic To Be Out”

Subhash K . Jha



 Mathematical maestro Anand Kumar from Bihar would not be  present for  the  post release of Super 30 the  film based  on his  life and teachings.

Says Anand, “The poster was released on  Teacher’s day.And I had to be with my students  in Patna on that day.So I couldn’t attend  the poster release. However I’ll be promoting the film with Hrithik Roshan when  it is ready for release. I may also ask some of  my students to join in the promotion. I am  what I am because of  my students.”

When asked  about the  catchline Anand kumar said, “We  thought about the line about  the raja ka beta long before the  film started  shooting. The writers  thought this line serves the  film’s purpose. My entire endeavour in life is  to educate poor students and equip them with the knowledge that would empower them against  poverty.”

Anand says he is  delighted with the way  the film Super 30 has shaped up.  “The film would definitely encourage  promising students  to  aspire to go into teaching. I don’tknow why  the teaching profession  has  lost  its aura and power. Perhaps  the teachers themselves are to blame for this loss of credibility. I am hoping this film will revive the respectability of  teachers as gurus who are the architects  of  our future.”

Anand is very happy with Hrithik’s performance. “I don’t look like anything like Hrithik Roshan.He  looks  like  a Greek God. But to see him play me is a very big thing for someone like me who comes from a background  where film stars belong to a dream world.”

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Peppermint Movie Review: It Is A Self-Justice Abomination

Subhash K . Jha




Starring Jennifer Garner

Directed  by Pierre Morel

Rating: **(2 stars)

 The  kindest thing I can say about this  no-holds-barred vigilante  drama is that  it makes no bones  about its elementary target. This actioner  with much sound and no substance   puts the  talented Jannifer Garner  into a no-brainer  bloodbath after her husband and little daughter  are gunned down on the night  of  the daughter’s birthday.

When the law turns  the  other way Riley(Garner)  must take it (the law, though not the narrative) in her own  hands.

The  film open in the middle of the plot, with Riley savaging  a distinctly despicable sort in a car. The  wailing  soundtrack aids the  saga  of  violence much in the same way that an aphrodisiac helps  the  sexually disengaged  sex worker.From there it pushes  into a flashback on Riley North  ko gussa  kyon aata hai(what makes Riley mad).

The  happy-family bit is rubbed  in with the gleeful  accentuation of a  Bollywood  happy-family film. Only the song is missing.But then Peppermint(the title comes from the flavour of the icecream the daughter enjoys before the gruesome tragedy) doesn’t allow us to feel any  of  the protagonist’s  unspeakable pain .

Director Pierre Morel  is  so taken up with the  task of his heroines vigilantism in all its blazing-guns glory,  he barely gives the plot room to breathe.

 It’s all bang-bang with  not a  moment of tender introspection.  Strangely  as the story progresses  Riley loses  focus of her mission(to avenge her family’s death). Garner’s Riley  goes berserk with the gun. In one sequence she roughs up an alcoholic father  of a little girl after threatening a storeowner  warning him  not to sell the sodden father  any hard beverage.This kind of collateral  Justice serves  no purpose in  the plot.

In scene after scene Garner  ploughs through  showy,thunderously  staged shootouts and then sits  down to sew herself together.Alas,   there is no sowing-and-mending for the script  of this  tacky flashy tawdry revenge drama which could do with a lot more selfcontrol.Rage  is  a good remedy for   wrong-doings but only when used with prescriptive restrain.The narrative of retribution  goes  berserk in this film.

  On the  plus side Peppermint  does have some  exciting shootouts and the sheer  idea of a  woman training herself to beat the hell out of her venomous adversaries is  an incentive to  see the  film. If you  like that  kind of a thing.

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Manmarziyan Bows To Protests

Subhash K . Jha



Producer Aanand Rai and director Anurag Kashyap have been forced to cut out scenes showing Abhishek Bachchan smoking in Manmarziyan and Abhishek is not happy about this 
while the actor who is overjoyed with the response to his performance is unable to speak on record a source close to Abhishek says , “Abhishek was very happy to play a Sikh for the first time since his grandmother mrs Teji Bachchan was Sikh.But his joy has been diluted by these unexpected protests .He would never do anything to hurt the Sikh community.”
Former chairperson of the censor board Pahlaj Nihalani is alarmed to hear about the alleged cuts. “If after the censor board had cleared the film with no cuts and the makers have decided to give in to outside pressures and cut scenes then it is a very wrong precedent.Once the censor board clears a film no power on earth can stop any scenes “

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