CAST & CREW
This really is the sequel to what was called the Satya trilogy of Ram Gopal Varma, although the last two of them were differently named. “ Satya 2” is thus really the fourth in that series, and was made in Telegu as well. However, except for its central theme about the Mumbai underworld, “Satya 2” is in no way a continuation of the earlier chain of events or incidents and Varma takes a totally different look at the crime scenario and its ramifications.
Plot: While deciding on the plot, Ram Gopal Varma had perhaps realized that continuing the series indefinitely would have become counter-productive, so while he banks on the safety of the brand “Satya” he takes on a differentiated theme, hoping that the combination would yield results. Here, in fact, the plot starts in 2013 with the arrival of the young Satya ( Puneet Singh Ratn), who gets placed in a construction company and thereafter gets peripherally involved with the underworld. That starts the ball rolling, and he gets sucked into the underworld till he himself becomes a real Don.
However, Satya has his own unique take on the causes and control of gangsterism. His theory gets narrated through a voice over, using the baritone of Makrand Deshpande, and this continues in the background regularly, explaining the current scenario of the underworld. In the opinion of the makers, underworld activity has calmed down from the previous decade (hinting perhaps to the decade of the earlier trilogy). Very simplistically the voice over and the main protagonist Satya would make the audience believe that the underworld anywhere on the globe cannot be totally finished till discrimination between the rich and poor continues. The new Satya, however, unlike his previous incarnation, believes that real power lies in hiding it, and not displaying it aggressively.
While this Satya is the proponent, of the new theory, like his previous namesake he also finds time for his love life and gets married to his lady love portrayed by another newcomer, Anaika Soti. Side by side, just to manifest his ‘hidden power’, he goes on a killing spree, finishing off an industrialist; a media baron; and to top it all, the Police Commissioner. With all this happening, the plot still does not have a conclusive ending, and the events are kept open-ended, making the audience wait for a logical finishing that never happens. An analysis of the film would make one think that it was a deliberate decision of Varma to take a break from the explicit violence of his earlier films and make this one appear more on the cerebral level. Accordingly he has changed the pattern and mentality of his protagonist though the end results the current Satya achieves are as devastating as the earlier ones. Though he has used rank newcomers for the various roles, he uses the pace of the screenplay (scripted by Radhika Anand) to heighten the thrills involved. About the new crop of actors used by Varma, none of the really deserve any special mention, and while Puneet Singh Ratn in the male lead tries to give a suave and intellectual appearance, without too much conviction, the female lead Anaika is even iller at ease and looks comfortable only in slow dance numbers. It leaves a feeling that to expound the complex and somewhat innovative theory behind the theme, Varma could have achieved much better results in conveying his message through tried and tested actors. Also, another drag on the film is the number of songs it has to accommodate, invariably interrupting the tempo and giving a cue to a large section of the audience to head for the loo!
Verdict: For those who would like to view the film, falling for the brand Satya, it may end up in disappointment. Even otherwise it is not Varma’s best and may falter in meeting the expectations of most in the audience.
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