Sadak 2

Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt
Mahesh Bhatt

Ever heard of a trailer being the voted the worst of the lot, even before you saw it first? Well, that happened with Sadak 2 and me. So it was obvious I had to see the film before anyone else’s opinion colored mine. 

The sequel of this 1991 hit, Sadak beings once again with Ravi (Sanjay Dutt). But his lady love Pooja (Pooja Bhatt) is no longer with him. Her death has taken away the very essence of his life. He only lives to die. He even tries to commit suicide but fails. Just then enters Aarya (Alia Bhatt) in his life.  

Aarya (Alia Bhatt) comes from an illustrious family. After her mother mysteriously passes away, her aunt Nandini (Priyanka Bose) and father Yogesh (Jisshu Sengupta) come together. Her stepmother and father are immensely influence by Gyaan Prakash (Makarand Deshpande), a sadhu. Aarya believes it has been this blind faith, that caused her mother’s death. But with no way to prove, she has only two things to do before her 21st birthday. She wants to visit Kailash (her mother’s last wish) and try to show people the true face of fake sadhus. 

To do the first, she needs Ravi to take her to Kailash. Since it was a book Pooja had made on his behalf, Ravi cannot send her back. They are joined on their road trip by Vishal (Aditya Roy Kapoor) who is a troll by profession and Aarya’s love interest in the film. Eventually the audience figures, Aarya is also trying to merge her second POA with the first. 

It is hardly a surprise that Ravi takes up the job of being her protector, making Vishal’s presence rather irrelevant. Given Vishal hardly has any dialogues in the film, Aditya Roy Kapoor’s greatest contribution to the film are his good looks. The same goes with Alia. The girl looks pretty, but unfortunately for all, unlike Vishal she has dialogues. Bad, dated, contrived dialogues that you thought were gone with 90s for good. 

So inadvertently, Sanjay Dutt has the onus of making a semblance of sense in this film. Given the actor has made a career out of his appearance rather than his acting talent, the onus is certainly too heavy for him to shoulder. Given he usually manages with a good script, his failure too, falls on Mahesh Bhatt’s head. The celebrated director’s rehash team comprising of Mahesh Bhatt himself, Pushpdeep Bhardhwaj, Raj Kumar Bhutani and Shagufta Rafique that take films/scenes/character and rework, redo have done such a shoddy job, that it seems like the worse backlash of nepotism for Alia. She gets to be in the film for her father, who makes her look worse than she has ever in any of her previous films. 

The film is so bad, that you simply don’t give a damn that it has brilliant actors like Makarand Deshpande, Jisshu Sengupta and Priyanka Bose in it. The ensemble cast makes Sadak 2 appear like a sandwich with ingredients just slapped together on a soggy piece of bread sans pepper and salt. The film only solves one purpose – it makes a good example of a bad film.

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