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TRO Rating: 1.5/5
Sadak 2 had been garnering a lot of hatred ever since the demise of Sushant Singh Rajput. Fans, doubting nepotism as a reason for his untimely death, had started a movement to boycott movies with star kids. Sadak 2’s trailer was met with a lot of hatred and is now the most disliked movie trailer on YouTube.
However, I decided to give the movie the benefit of the doubt and watched it recently and I must say, I regret this decision. People boycotting this film are definitely not missing out on anything.
Sadak 2 Trailer on YouTube
Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur, Jisshu Sengupta, Priyanka Bose, Makrand Deshpande, Gulshan Grover
Director: Mahesh Bhatt
Streaming on: Disney+ Hotstar
IMDb rating: 1/10
Ravi Kishore Verma (Dutt), the taxi driver from the 1991 movie Sadak, is grieving the death of his wife Pooja. He has only one goal in life now, to be reunited with his wife. This suicidal and depressed taxi driver crosses paths with Aarya Desai (Bhatt) when the latter interrupts one of his suicide attempts.
Aarya claims to have booked a cab to Kailash with Ravi’s late wife Pooja’s travel service. When Ravi does not agree to drive her there she refuses to take no for an answer. After constant badgering, Ravi gives into the wishes of the young girl.
On the trip to Kailash, Ravi and Aarya get to know each other better. Ravi soon develops fatherly feelings towards Aarya. This leads to him getting entangled in her battle against an evil Godman(Deshpande) who killed her mother and brainwashed her father (Sengupta) into believing in superstitions.
The story follows how the young girl gives the old man a reason to live and becomes an important part of his life.
It is 2020 and the writers of this movie still seem to think that they are writing a script for a 90s movie. The plot and some dialogues are so extremely dated that it leaves the audience frustrated. There is no structure or coherence in the writing and this is the biggest flaw in this film.
Having grown up watching some of Mahesh Bhatt’s finest works, it is hard to believe that this film is directed by him. His ability to capture and convey complex emotions and make them appealing to the masses is absent in Sadak 2. For the most part, the audience is left cringing at the outdated screenplay and dialogues.
The strongest feature of this movie is the cast. However, even Sanjay Dutt’s screen presence and Alia Bhatt’s acting abilities fail to uplift this terrible story. The performances of the stellar supporting cast too are rendered useless thanks to the ridiculous storyline.
Keeping aside the controversies surrounding the film and reviewing it for what it is worth, it can be concluded that Sadak 2 is an outdated and bizarre story. An excellent cast and a revered director could do nothing to save this movie. Do yourself a favour and do not waste your time watching this one.
Viewed and reviewed by The Review Owl.