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I watched Satya again and liked it even better than I liked it the first time. It is amazing how a sullen-faced, almost cruel Satya gets you to care about him. Story-wise too, there are many situations that are treated very differently from the norm.
Even since Satya, there are very few Hindi gang-war films that have done justice to the genre. The romance track too had genuine chemistry, that too despite Urmila Matondkar.
The point of reviewing Satya while talking about expectations from Satya 2 is that there ought to be many, but the turn of events in Ram Gopal Verma's career has been such that you just hope he doesn't damage Satya with Satya 2.
The weird pauses that Satya 2's Satya (Punit Singh Ratn) takes in the middle of a sentence for supposed effect are already a put off. I will sorely miss Kallu mama, but then again maybe its a good thing he can't come back, lest that character is tinkered with.
That's what it is then. A hope against hope that Satya is left alone and the background score isn't as ridiculous. Ok, let me not get too wishful here.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Yet another common man is wronged by the system and he takes to "fixing" it. Ram Gopal Verma sees a solution in anarchy, but hasn't figured it out completely. So, he leaves us some bread crumbs to Satya 3. That, in all, is the purpose of Satya 2.
Yet, it could have worked, had the execution not been so drab. This is despite the background score trying its best to keep you awake. Fortunately though, Satya 2 doesn't suffer too much from the typical camera gimmickry we have come to associate with a Ram Gopal Verma product. But, these are only small mercies.
The performances are painfully dull. Punit Singh Ratn takes these abrupt pauses between two phrases, that it feels like the film's run-time would have been cut short by a good 5-7 minutes if he delivered the lines the way a normal human would talk. The rest of the cast doesn't have too much room or character depth to make an impression.
Another 8-10 minutes would have been rescued if the slo-mo scenes were not at double the normal slo-mo pace. Many scenes in the second half come across as forcefully trying to make an impact, and they do pretty much the opposite - annoy, that is. Equally annoying are the songs that are not only randomly placed, but also exasperating to listen to and watch.
Even so, the basic premise of the film is built up such that, just out of curiosity, you want to know how it is all going to end. THAT - how it all ends - is the biggest downer of them all. Till the climax, you are still hoping to figure how the protagonist has "fixed" the situation, despite all his inconsistencies and flawed logic. Alas, a voice-over wraps it up as clinically as it started the film and droned intermittently. It is indeed frustrating when you begin to appreciate how the sub-plots are shown in detail, and you are left hanging in the end.
The climax reminded me of a Marathi essay I wrote in school, "The autobiography of a soldier" Mine was a prisoner of war who went through eight pages of trials and travails. In the end, he is let go, because he doesn't give in to the torture and the enemy gets bored. Yep, the enemy is bored of torturing my soldier. My teacher remarked, "Well-written, but did the enemy get bored, or you?"
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by IANS, ZEENEWS.COM : ...The performances range from the reined-in to the embarrassingly over the top. In the title role, Puneet Singh Ratn`s restrained intensity aids the work`s aura of karmic catastrophe... full review
So-So, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, SATYA-2 may not be RGV's best, but there's no denying that it has the right elements that make a quintessential gangster film.... full review
Thumbs down, by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...Oh wait … there’s a third commonality: I remember being moved to tears when I first watched Satya; by the time the credits rolled in Satya 2, my eyes were moist again – this time for the Ramu that once was.... full review
Thumbs down, by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice : ...Satya 2 is amongst Ramu’s tackiest films and they are not few by any count. The only thing admirable about it is the director’s resilience.... full review
Thumbs down, by Bobby Singh, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ... The experience of watching SATYA 2 was certainly not a pleasant one for me, who once felt proud to be called a die-hard fan or follower of the cult cinema made by the innovative Ram Gopal Varma.... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, Cinemaa Online : ...as a nod to Big Daddy, The Godfather, a scene in which a father whose daughter has been raped approaches the underworld for help, since the System fails him. Enough said... full review
Thumbs down, by Ashwani Kadian, Desi Martini : ...BACKGROUND SCORE: it's so loud, so jarring and so persistent that you wish you had big boss' voice recordings of rakhi sawant and veena malik embedded in your ears. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Mihir Fadnavis, FirstPost : ...RGV seemingly has no qualms about having his name dragged through the dirt. With Phoonk, Agyaat, Dongala Mutha, Not a Love Story, Department, 26/11 and now Satya 2, it is clear that he loves to revel in the ineptness of his movies, like it’s a badge of honour to be called India’s worst working film director... full review
Thumbs down, by Suhani Singh, india today : ...With Satya 2 Varma does attempt things out of his comfort zone. There is excessive use of slomo, a camera which soars above the city capturing its ugliness, and a random song reportedly shot in Kashmir with the worst choreography to-date. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Mohar Basu, koimoi : ...Punit Singh Ratn is nowhere near J.D Chakraborty as Satya! Puneet takes his role a little too seriously and since the man has no acting chops to flaunt, his flat performance punctures whatever little good the terrible script of the film had!... full review
Thumbs down, by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror : ...It's too early to tell anything about leading man Punit Singh Ratn. All actors who debut in RGV films these days deserve a second chance. Young Anaika Soti faintly resembles Nisha/Priyanka Kothari. Even in the acting department.... full review
Thumbs down, by Paloma Sharma, Rediff : ...It is a little hard to believe that this is the film that RGV chose to be a sequel to his most iconic creation. All I can say is that Satya 2 is as bad as Satya was good.... full review
Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...The female actors are neither up to the mark, nor have they been given interesting characters. One misses the powerful presence of actresses like Urmila Matondkar and Manisha Koirala in Varma’s earlier movies. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India : ... The film reiterates, "Company ek 'soch' hai." We wish RGV had put in some soch into this. Truth be told, iss film ko goli maaro, and for the sake of nostalgia, watch the original, for posterity. ... full review
yuganshu4042: Satya 2 is the Great movie --
SudheerKrishnaR: #Satya-2 First half interesting, second half good. RGV form lo vundi vunte hit ayyedi
pronoydutt: Satya 2 is a Must Watch for Friends who love Intelligent Police Vs Gangster Movies & is a cut above Satya, Aan-... https://www.facebook.com/pronoy.dutt/posts/10152012801224467
moiedelhaam: Last night I show film SATYA 2 , I like it, very good concept , mouth publicity will work, and I m sure a hit movie!
MePrash007: Must watch!!Must watch!!Must watch!! Satya 2 Awesum movie...
marruvinod: Watched satya 2 today and the movie is ultimate.
madhurasreedhar: Watched 'Satya-2' premier show. New dimension!!! Loved it!!!
imprajjwal12: Satya 2 is one of sensational movie Of RGV (Ram Gopal Varma), Must watch atleast once!
Gugulot: Satya 2 --fabulous movie of the year 2013
concisetrade: Satya 1(1998) --- Flop. Satya 2 (2013) --- Washout. #ADMIN_KING
charithmittu007: I just saw da #satya 2 really good movie. One and only one director @RGVzoomin can make movies frm Real life(based on crime).Hands off sir..
chaitannyakumar: satya-2 good movie ,,great work by mr ramgopal verma..
BollywoodROUTE: Like RGV's previous endeavors, SATYA-2 is loaded with style and attitude.Solid Perfomances by all. Good direction by @RGVzoomin . - 3.5*/5*
bollywoodaaina: #Satya 2 Fantastic Movie. I am giving 4 Star.
ashishojha04: #Satya 2 Wow what a Movie, Very Well Executed & Portrait, Outstanding, the actor is acting via his Eyes, Hats Off to @RGVzoomin Direction..!
02mayHERO_Ravi: Watched Satya 2, Awesome Story,Superb Direction by RGV, But my ? is why the movies which we like has get less critics ratings & viceversa..
smkoneru: Satya 2 has its flaws..nothing brilliant.. But it is definitely better than most of RGV's recent khalakandams
rakesh_rebel: "Satya-2" (Crime never dies. It only changes its shape.) 2.9/5
PMakhijani: Satya 2 is not that bad...only issue is there is no star cast
NIKUNJBVYAS: Just watched satya 2 good movie but movies end was nt as accepted.. Let down on end better luck next time @ramgopalvarmaji #satya2
karthik82: Satya 2 - Mediocre and rather dull movie, but I didn't think it was as bad as some reviews made it out to be. 6/10
yooday: The crappiness of Satya 2 and the brilliance of Satya http://fanapart.blogspot.in/2013/11/satya-2-review.html and http://fanapart.blogspot.in/2013/09/15-years-of-satya.html
ummanamoonji: Suttathu - Satya 2 is the Hatya of Film making.
twittingtalha: Somewhere between Satya and Satya-2 we all grew.......except RGV
Sangeetha_Devi: Satya 2: One of the better RGV movies in recent times but that isn't saying much. Some episodes are howlarious.
RjDhrumil: Kaale 'bajaate Raho Award' malse Ram Gopal Varma ni worst film ne. Which film according to you was a disaster??? #Satya-2 #Releases #MN1
Nipat_Moorkh: Satya Nash was more appropriate title for Satya 2.
mehulgandhi: "@SritikaDhar: Watched Satya 2. Please do not watch!!!!"
manasisalvi: #Satya 2.need courage to watch it.i didn't hv so quit in interval :-/
kalok9: 'Satya 2' another gem in RGV's 'Hall of Shame'
hotnewsofindia: Satya 2 will flop due to a bad story and not a dynamic hero.
hammadbb: Satya 2 becomes a Big Flop! :@
GoldyNaik: " #Satya 2 " was a damp squib!!!
Deepakkishan93: Satya 2 Direction: Ram Gopal Varma Actors: Punit Singh Ratn, Anaika Soti Rating: * 1/2
CilemaSnob: Q. Whats the maximum distance between two objects in this galaxy? A. Between Satya and Satya 2. Nobody can beat it.
BoL_BLoGGeR: With Satya 2, Ram Gopal Verma gets the 19th Flop in a row. Amazing! I think he makes movie only for himself. Nothing to do with people.
Aishwarya_Tej: LMFAOOOO feel sorry for rgv nobody has given so many disasters as he has..... Ahahaha satya 2 is washout !!!!
affrrozz: I don't undrsatnd y ram gopal verma is into film making.. Satya 2.. Such a waste of time nd money..
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