Review: If you like your ‘truth’ bloodied, here it goes. This time RGV’s newly packaged don is of a different breed, but barely matches the ballsy bhaigiri of the original. Cut back fifteen years – when Ramu on creative Viagra, ripped open Mumbai’s ominous crime diaries for cinematic consumption. Tossing us into a dark, sinister world of lawless bhais, bhaus, gangstas and guns. Ever since, he’s flaunted his obsession for the inglorious D’s and their doomed destinies.
Debutant Puneet, as an intense, brooding don, puts in effort, but it appears like a gunshot and disappears quickly. His hushed huskiness is ineffective, and he’s unable to evoke any feeling of fear or fatality. He has promise, but has yet to realize it.
‘Satya 2’ (unlinked sequel), thrives on randomness and implausible ideas. This don is unconvincing, seeking no wrath or sympathy of the viewers. The supporting cast is too weak, and the unforgettable bhaichara, the potbellied Kallu maamas and boisterous Bhikus (of Satya fame) are sorely missed. RGV relies on his trademark camera angles, close-ups and deafening ‘Satya’ chants (background score) to heighten drama, but guns down the plot at the onset. Even a good hangover of the remarkable prequel might have salvaged this one.
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.