Satyamev Jayate and Gold hit the theatres today. Apart from the same release date, these two movies have another thing in agreement: their ingredient of patriotism. The two movies intend to spew a streak of patriotism in the universe.
Talking about Satyamev Jayate, this movie stars John Abraham, Manoj Bajpayee, and newbie Aisha Sharma as leads. Helmed and written by Milap Zaveri, the film combats corruption and social injustice. John Abraham plays a robust vigilante who means business and gives a tough time to the sleaze elements of society. The national award winning actor Manoj Bajpayee plays a cop and has an important role in the plot.
So far, the reviews for Satyamev Jayate have been negative. Most critics have termed it as a gratuitously violent movie paired with a lot of ‘dialogue-baazi’. The film lacks logic and reminds you of 80s B-grade cinema.
The second movie releasing today is Gold, starring Akshay Kumar in lead; and Amit Sadh, Sunny Kaushal, Vineet Singh and Mouni Roy in supporting roles. Directed by Talaash (2012) fame Reema Kagti, the movie is set against the backdrop of newly independent India of 1948 struggling to have a name in the world of hockey. The flag-bearer of this pursuit is Bengali Babu Tapan Das played by Akshay Kumar, who assembles the country’s first all-India hockey team in order to beat the Britishers at their own game, on their own turf.
Gold received mixed feedback from the critics. The movie does manage to amaze you with brilliant performances, but overall, it’s quite predictable and becomes bit of a drag at many places.
Releasing movies on national holidays is not a new trend. For almost a decade now, producers look for holiday weekend for releasing their movies in order to secure ample business for themselves. There is a lot of calculation which goes behind, like which film caters to what audience and what should be an appropriate release date for a particular movie. Some of the movies that were released around national holidays were; Chak De India(2007), Jai Ho(2014), Singham Returns(2014), Baby(2015), Talvar(2015), Airlift(2016) and Rustom(2016).