Story: Aarya Desai (Alia Bhatt) and her boy friend Vishal (Aditya Roy Kapur) join hands with the suicidal Ravi Kishore (Sanjay Dutt) to expose the God man Gyaan Prakash (Makarand Deshpande) responsible for the death of Aarya’s mother and ruining lives of many others.
Performances: Sanjay Dutt definitely deserves appreciation for portraying his role in a honest and convincing way. He excels especially in emotional scenes. Alia Bhatt has done a fairly decent job in her role and doesn’t leave much room for complaints. Aditya Roy Kapur looks lost throughout the film. Bengali actor Jisshu Sengupta is decent. Remaining supporting actors don’t have much to do.
Technicalities: Camerawork is good and there are some beautiful locations captured. Music is pleasant but songs act as disturbance by popping up at the wrong time. Editing is terrible and the movie is too slow paced and life-less throughout. There are a couple of fight sequences and they have been carried out well with Sanjay Dutt putting in great effort.
Analysis: Sadak 2 is the sequel of 1991 film Sadak, featuring the same actor director and producer. The story of this film is not connected to the prequel in any way except for Ravi Kishore (Sanjay Dutt) mourning the loss of his wife Pooja (Pooja Bhatt). A few minutes into the film and we already start realizing that it is going to be a painful ride. The pace and writing are lifeless right from the start. The most exciting moments in the film are when we get to see shots of Sanjay Dutt and Pooja Bhatt from the prequel. Mahesh Bhatt and Sumitra Sengupta have written this film and they have hardly come up with any engaging moments or sequences in the film. We have no clue what genre this film is trying to fall into. Sanjay Dutt and Alia Bhatt (to an extent) are the ones who have saved this film from being a torture-fest. There are a couple of twists in the second half of the film which fall flat and create no impact as we lose interest in the proceedings long before that. It would take only 30-40 minutes to convey the entire story but it has been extended into a 133 minute long narration with hardly any interesting or exciting moments. Mahesh Bhatt definitely does not deliver what one would expect from an experienced director like him.
On a whole: Sadak 2 tests our patience to the core and is a completely disappointing outing.