Sadak 2 movie review: A terrible film

Sadak 2 movie review: A terrible film

Sadak 2 movie review: A terrible film

 

Sadak 2 movie review: A terrible film

Mahesh Bhatt’s sequel to his 1991 film Sadak movie review A terrible film, starring Sanjay Dutt and Alia Bhatt, is short on ideas and stuck in the past

Sadak 2 movie cast: Sanjay Dutt, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur, Jisshu Sengupta, Priyanka Bose, Makrand Deshpande, Gulshan Grover
Sadak 2 movie director: Mahesh Bhatt
Sadak 2 movie rating: One star

Sadak 2 movie review: A terrible film

All those waiting to pounce on all those who dared to like Sadak 2, kindly exhale. The film is, in one word, terrible: why would anyone want to make something so dated, so jaded, in this day and age?

Harking back to the 1991 Sadak, a high-pitched romance between a lanky taxi-driver and a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, brings back memories of a time when Bollywood knew how to tell stories. There was nothing madly original about that Sanjay Dutt-Pooja Bhatt starrer, but something about the mix of pulpy plot and performance, toplined by the incomparable Sadashiv Amrapurkar as the evil Maharani, made it one of the most memorable films of that era.

Sadak 2 movie review: A terrible film

Mahesh Bhatt was one of the leading directors of the 1980s and early ’90s, making bruising dramas with big stars and hit soundtracks. But it’s been 21 years since he directed a film, and it feels like his head is stuck in the past. There’s an action scene in Sadak 2 with a strong whiff of the ’90s, involving a one-armed Gulshan Grover and Vishal’s owl attacking on command. Gyaan Prakash is a throwback to the kind of campy villains who populated Hindi cinema for decades (Deshpande gender-ambiguous look is likely a nod to Sadashiv Amrapurkar’s antagonist in in Sadak, trans woman Maharani). The first time a clip of Dutt and Pooja Bhatt from Sadak flashes onscreen, it’s a jolt to the heart; by the seventh or eighth such usage, it looks like a trick repeated for lack of better ideas.

It is a difficult to classify Sadak 2. Suffice it to say that it faffs on about fatherhood and filial faith and overstays its welcome by the entire length of its runtime. Somewhere down the road, if you are still invested in what is going on, love and trust drive head-on into avarice and betrayal and leave behind a mangled heap of a movie.

Sadak 2 movie review: A terrible film

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