Sanjay Dutt and Jisshu Sengupta sparkle in a film that squanders the brand value of Sadak. It hardly explores a good premise much to our dismay.
In 1991, Sadak impressed audiences with its intensity, raw and gritty treatment. Years down the line, people still remember the movie for its emotions, and of course late Sadashiv Amrapurkar’s histrionics as Maharani. When Sadak 2 was announced everyone was excited as Mahesh Bhatt would be directing daughter Alia for the first time. It also has Sanjay Dutt who delivered one of his career’s finest. Here is our review of the film.
A young lady Aarya (Pooja Bhatt) is out to expose a Godman, Guruji (Makrand Deshpande) whom she feels is behind the demise of her mother. Sanjay Dutt aka Ravi has lost the will to live after the demise of his wife, Pooja. Fate brings them together and they embark on a journey. As they head for a trip to Kailash, dark secrets unravel and they have to survive against the vile and powerful.
There are a couple of actors who stand out brightly in the film, Sanjay Dutt and Jisshu Sengupta. While the former rules every scene with his towering persona, Jisshu Sengupta aces the role of diabolical entrepreneur who is unimaginably dark. Alia Bhatt is good, but these two men steal the show. The second highlight of the film is Sandeep Chowta’s background score. It is simply exceptional. The film has good music. Jay Patel captures the mood of the film well with his soft lighting and vistas. There are a couple of scenes that stand out due to the emotions.
The opening scene of the film is terrific. Sadly, the film starts faltering just after that. The highlight of Sadak was the character of Maharani. Here, Guruji, played by Makrand Deshpande looks like a comical hybrid between an Egyptian and Rastafarian priest. Coming to the plot, Aarya (Pooja Bhatt) goes to pick up her boyfriend, Vishal who is seen walking out of the police grounds with a pet owl in a cage. Pray tell us what inspired this touch of Harry Potter! The social crimes committed by Godmen in and around the world are downright sinister. With a good premise, it is sad to see how the writers turned it into a lethargic potboiler of a villainous father and a knight in shining armour.