Sadak 2

Sadak 2 (transl. Road 2) is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language road drama film directed by Mahesh Bhatt and produced by Mukesh Bhatt under their banner Vishesh Films. The film is the sequel to the 1991 film Sadak. The sequel stars Sanjay Dutt, Pooja Bhatt, Alia Bhatt, Jisshu Sengupta and Aditya Roy Kapur.[2][3] The film marks Mahesh Bhatt's return as a director after 20 years.[4] The shooting began on 18 May 2019.[5]

Sadak 2
Sadak 2 film poster.jpeg
Official release poster
Directed byMahesh Bhatt
Produced byMukesh Bhatt
Written byMahesh Bhatt
Suhrita Sengupta
StarringSanjay Dutt
Alia Bhatt
Aditya Roy Kapur
Jishu Sengupta
Pooja Bhatt
Music byScore:
Sandeep Chowta
Songs:
Jeet Gannguli
Ankit Tiwari
Samidh Mukerjee
Urvi
Suniljeet
CinematographyJay I. Patel
Edited bySandeep Kurup
Production
company
Distributed byDisney+ Hotstar
Release date
‹See TfM›
  • 28 August 2020 (2020-08-28)[1]
Running time
133 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi

The film's trailer was released on 12 August 2020 on YouTube, and within a week, it became the second most-disliked video and the most-disliked film teaser/trailer on the platform due to vote brigading.[6][7][8]

Sadak 2 was released on 28 August 2020 on the streaming platform Disney+ Hotstar.[1] The film received overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics who called it "terrible" and "lackluster".[9]

PlotEdit

Aarya Desai vandalises a placard of Guru Gyaan Prakash. She is stopped by her step-mother Nandini, her father Yogesh, and Gyaan Prakash's ashram people.

28 years later

Ravi Kishore Verma is now an elderly man who has recently lost the woman he loves, Pooja. He unsuccessfully attempts suicide. His friend John takes him to the hospital, where the doctor asks him to admit himself in a mental rehab, which he refuses.

The next day, Aarya runs away from her home. She arrives at Ravi's home stating that she had made a booking to Kailash three months before. Ravi tries explaining to her that he has shut down his business and attempts to call the police, but she gets irritated and slits her wrists. Ravi then takes her to the hospital.

Once back from the hospital, Ravi takes Aarya to his house, where Aarya convinces him to take her to Kailash for the sake of Pooja and gives her a letter with Pooja's handwriting. He agrees.

Nandini and Yogesh meanwhile go to Gyaan Prakash with Commissioner Rajesh Puri. Gyaan Prakash then says that Aarya will be killed by her own blood.

During the journey, Aarya tells Ravi about her mission to stop Guru Gyaan Prakash and all other fake gurus. Her evil aunt, Nandini, had killed Aarya's mother, married Yogesh and started using their wealth to run Gyaan Prakash's ashram.

She then recounts meeting Vishal and initially fighting with him but reconciling and falling in love over a seminar exposing fake gurus. After her home is vandalised, they go into hiding. One day, they are asked to visit someone who had proof against the gurus. However, it turned out to be an ambush, with Vishal killing the hitman in self-defense.

Ravi then picks up Vishal from jail. Yogesh and Nandini find the reunion of Vishal and Aarya in the security footage. Later, an irritated Vishal decides to call a friend and the couple goes away with him. However, their friend takes them to an abandoned factory and runs away. They are then cornered by a gangster named Dilip Hathkaaka. Ravi arrives and saves the couple.

While resting at a stop, Vishal confesses that his real name is Munna Chavan. He says that he came to Mumbai to win a reality show but ended up becoming a drug addict. He was helped by Guru Gyaan Prakash's men. He was chosen by them to pretend to fall in love with Aarya and then kill her. However, upon attending Aarya's seminars, he started questioning his own belief.

Ravi then takes them to his friend John's house. While going inside the house, Ravi imagines Pooja's ghost stopping them. After a gunfight, the trio manage to escape and celebrate Aryaa's birthday.

It is revealed that Yogesh had planned the killing of his first wife. He then kills Nandini.

In the end, Ravi dies after killing Yogesh and Gyaan Prakash and imagines Pooja calling out to him. Aarya then performs his last rites. It is also shown that Aarya has won her battle against fake gurus.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

The film was announced on 20 September 2018 by Alia Bhatt on Twitter, where she revealed the details of the film.[10] On 8 April 2019, it was confirmed that the principal photography would commence in middle of May 2019.[2]

The principal photography began on 18 May 2019.[5] On 19 May 2019, Makarand Deshpande was confirmed to play the main antagonist in the film. Alia Bhatt joined the filming from 21 May 2019.[11] The first schedule of the film was completed in the third week of May in Mumbai. The second schedule began in Ooty in mid July 2019.[12][13]

Marketing and controversyEdit

Sadak 2's trailer was released on August 12 2020 and faced vote brigading owing to the nepotism debate sparked after the suicide of Indian actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Speculating that Rajput had been upset over being shut out of the film industry, due to hiring practises that favoured children of established film personalities, Rajput's fans blamed notable people in Bollywood, including Sadak 2 director Mahesh Bhatt and his daughter Alia.[6][7][14] Within two days of its release, the trailer had received 5.3 million dislikes on YouTube and became the second most disliked video within a week's time.[15][16]

ReleaseEdit

The film was initially scheduled for release on 25 March 2020, but was pushed to 10 July 2020 due to the outbreak of COVID-19.[17] It was again pulled from the release schedule as the shooting was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in India.[18]

On 29 June 2020, the streaming service Disney+ Hotstar conducted a virtual press conference, where Alia Bhatt announced that the film would be released exclusively on Disney+ Hotstar. The film premiered on 28 August 2020.[1][19]

Critical receptionEdit

Sadak 2 received generally negative reviews from critics.[9] On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 0% based on 8 reviews and an average rating of 1.1/10.[20] Anna M. M. Vetticad of Firstpost gave the film 0.25 out of 5, calling it the director's interpretation of a "sleeping pill", and wrote "It is not possible to be angry with Sadak 2 for its half-baked ideas and quarter-baked script though, because it is too boring to be worthy of even anger."[21] Calling it "One of 2020s worst films", Jyoti Sharma Bawa of Hindustan Times wrote that Sadak 2 is a "jaded and ponderous film that is stuck in the 90s [which] is best avoided."[22] Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express gave the film 1 out of 5, calling it "terrible" and wondered "why would anyone want to make something so dated, so jaded, in this day and age?"[23] Rahul Desai of Film Companion called the film "dreadful" and "atrocious", and bemoaned that the performances of the actors "sticks out like a sore thumb."[24] Anupama Chopra of Film Companion wrote, "The storytelling, performances dialogue, cinematography, songs, background music – all seem to belong to the 90s".[25]

SoundtrackEdit

Sadak 2
Soundtrack album by
Released22 August 2020[26]
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length43:47
LanguageHindi
LabelSony Music India

The music for the film was composed by Jeet Gannguli, Ankit Tiwari, Samidh Mukerjee, Urvi and Suniljeet while the lyrics written by Rashmi Virag, Vijay Vijawatt, Shabbir Ahmed, Suniljeet and Shalu Vaish.

Track listing
No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Tum Se Hi"Shabbir AhmedAnkit TiwariAnkit Tiwari, Leena Bose4:43
2."Shukriya"Rashmi ViragJeet GannguliJubin Nautiyal4:45
3."Ishq Kamaal"Suniljeet, Shalu VaishSuniljeetJaved Ali4:19
4."Dil Ki Purani Sadak"Vijay VijawattSamidh Mukerjee, UrviKK4:49
5."Chal Tera Shukriya"Rashmi ViragJeet GannguliShreya Ghoshal4:45
6."Purani Sadak" (Reprise)Vijay VijawattSamidh Mukherjee, UrviKK3:24
7."Shukriya" (Reprise)Rashmi ViragJeet GannguliKK, Jubin Nautiyal4:45
8."Dil Ki Purani" (Unplugged)Vijay VijawattSamidh Mukherjee, UrviSamidh Mukherjee3:17
9."Shukriya" (Rendition)Rashmi ViragJeet GannguliArijit Singh, KK, Jubin Nautiyal4:55
10."Tum Se Hi" (Reprise)Shabbir AhmedAnkit TiwariAlia Bhatt4:05
Total length:43:47

ReferencesEdit

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