'Sadak 2' Movie Review: Even The '90s Would Be Embarrassed By This Alia Bhatt-Starrer

Ankur Pathak
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Alia Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapur in a still from Sadak 2
Alia Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapur in a still from Sadak 2

If you scroll through Mahesh Bhatt’s Twitter timeline, you’ll find many philosophical musings, accompanied by appropriately abstract imagery that covers everything, from Buddha in a sunset to intersecting railway tracks to a flower blossoming in the middle of the road.

You get the drift.

One of his recent tweets asked, “I have come a long way. Where? I just don’t know where?”

If you, a thoughtful person who respects their broadband connection, choose to watch Sadak 2, you’d be reminded of Bhatt’s Twitter timeline and the aforementioned tweet, except that the film is over 2 hours long and edited with the skills required to dole out a powerpoint presentation.

Within the first 15 minutes, there are two attempts at suicide, both shown graphically. Sanjay Dutt is a ponderous old man, still mourning the loss of the love of his life, played by Pooja Bhatt. Per his auditory hallucinations, he believes she’s waiting for him in the heavens and misses no opportunity to tell us how badly he wants to sneak up there. Alia Bhatt is on the run. She’s out to expose a fake godman who has cast a sinister spell on her family that caused her mother to die, her father to lose it, and introduced an evil step-mother into the mix, of course.

Bhatt’s some sort of an activist, although a lack of Twitter account seriously made me doubt her credentials. Aditya Roy Kapur starts off as an abusive troll but transforms into a woke fuckboi within 5 minutes. “I was wrong” is all it takes. The film is so dated that the activist group’s outreach programme involves distributing pamphlets outside temples. Damn. So many selfies, yet such little understanding of WhatsApp networks and IT Cells.

Come on, Bollywood. Get with it.

Bhatt is determined to bust dhongi baba’s seedy empire but before that she needs to fulfil her dead mother’s dying wish: make a quick trip to Kailash for some last minute blessings. On the way, she casually picks up Aditya Roy Kapur, who’s supposed to...

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