Satyamev Jayate Versus Gold: Which To Watch This Independence Day?

Satyamev Jayate Versus Gold: Which To Watch This Independence Day?

A comparison of the Akshay Kumar patriotic saga versus John Abraham’s modern day nationalism
Satyamev Jayate Versus  Gold: Which To Watch This Independence Day?

Period or contemporary?  That’s the question. Gold is set in the 1940s.  Satyamev Jayate (SJ) unfolds in today’s times. Period films are by their very nature restricted  in  appeal. On  other hand an anti-corruption  vigilante film is hardly  the stuff innovative entertainers are made of. Either way, nothing new.

This is  the second time that Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar’s Excel Entertainment is clashing with another big film on a patriotic holiday weekend. Last year it was   Ritesh-Farhan’s Raees against  Rakesh Roshan-Sanjay Gupta’s Kaabil on Republic Day. Both  underperformed.

John or Akshay? John has always had a massive Akshay fixation. He is now pitching for the same  patriotic space  that Akshay owns. Whether  audiences will accept John as a flag-waving jingoistic  hero remains to be seen. Akshay has incontrovertible viewership in the nationalistic slot. Jai Ho.

The Comfort  of  the familiar: Both Gold and SJ revel in the expected. Gold’s  motivational sports drama has been done umpteen times. It doesn’t mean the theme  has lost its sheen. The  vivid colour of  the flag never pale. As  for SJ,  John  and  Manoj take on  corruption headlong. Haven’t we  see screen heroes do that over and over again?

Box-office bet: Akshay has an impeccable reputation  of delivering hits on  Republic Day. Rustom was  a big hit in this slot. Also Chak De another film revolving around the game of hockey, was  released for Independence Day in 2007. On the  other hand John Abraham  is  new to the Independence day  slot. Let’s see if he can weave his Parmaanu magic again.

Directorial  credentials: Reema Kagti who directs Gold has earlier done done acclaimed  films  like Honey Travels Pvt Ltd and Talaash. Milap Zaveri has been associated with entertainers in the past, but this will be a new territory for him.

John returns fresh on the heels of  the surprise success of Parmanu. The film’s patently patriotic pitched proved flag-waving is  not only Akshay Kumar’s domain.

Both  the Republic Day releases this year rely entirely on their leading man’s star power. Mouni Roy and Aisha Sharma are new to the large screen.

Gold as a film title has  never been used in Hindi cinema. Satyamev Jayate was the title of a slick but average Raj Sippy-directed  cops film in 1989 with which Vinod  Khanna made a comeback to films after a long hiatus. Will Satyamev Jayate strike Gold at  the  box-office?

Akshay Kumar’s Bengali accent in Gold is way too thick. Experience has shown that lead actors doing accents in Bollywood films don’t work. Will the critics be wooed by his accent or by John’s intense, angry looks and action? The verdict is out on both.