Cast: Alia Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt, Aditya Roy Kapur, Jisshu Sengupta, Gulshan Grover, Makrand Deshpande
Director: Mahesh Bhatt
This is what we call raising the baton from where it was left behind, because director Mahesh Bhatt’s film is straight out of the 90s, or maybe the 80s or 70s, depending on what time zone you think worse movies were made. . It is so terrible that you would gladly take any road other than this one, which is full of potholes.
Sadak 2 is not what the trailer promised, which received a truckload of dislikes. It’s worse.
Story-wise, it fits powerfully for Sanjay Dutt to play a supportive elder for Alia Bhatt in a film that features at least 10 minutes of footage from the original film, Sadak (1991). They also used a hit from the past, with Sanjay Dutt recalling that we once ran after high-waisted trousers and silhouettes were fashionable for DOPs in Bollywood. And the sequel is called Sadak 2 because there is a road trip. That’s how simplified the movie is!
So taxi driver Ravi (Sanjay Dutt) has lost his wife and wants to die, but the ceiling fan gives up. After making some sweeping statements about mental health while trying to look concerned, he agrees to bring Arya (Alia Bhatt) and Vishal (Aditya Roy Kapur) to Ranikhet.
Along the way, there are some big revelations about Vishal’s drinking problems and Jisshu Sengupta’s predicament as a businessman and father. Then there’s Makrand Deshpande, but he deserves a separate paragraph, so we’ll get to him later.
It’s a quintessential Mahesh Bhatt ensemble with only Avtar Gill missing, though a few characters seem tailor-made for him. It’s like one of those movies where characters announce their arrival by either whistling a quirky tune or simply blurting out a really bad line.
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It’s surprising to see the protagonists submit to such a poorly written script, then translate everything on screen with even worse body language and movement. There’s an armless person trying to wrestle with five people, there’s a woman waving like she’s high with half a kilo of vermilion on her forehead, and Aditya Roy Kapur, who’s addicted again. There’s a kind of competition to look and act weirder.
And before I forget, there’s an owl named Kumbhkarna who attacks bad guys on Dutt’s orders. If only he had sent the owl to the writer!
On paper, the film is about a godman and his exploits, but in reality it’s about being sociopaths for no reason.
You would, in fact, feel sorry for Alia Bhatt and Sanjay Dutt, who probably wouldn’t have made this movie if it wasn’t for Mahesh Bhatt. It is worse than even Mr. X having a ‘brahmarakshas’.
But you know what really hurt me? A character who says, “Tum meri poori bat sune bina nahi mar sakte (you can’t die without letting me finish).”
What shall I do! I paid a high price just because you could be saved.
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It is the worst Hindi movie of the year with such recognizable faces. I’m not going with zero just because it also has Akshay Anand who still looks the same.
Don’t take this road. Drive your own car if others force you to come along.