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To expect Ram Gopal Varma’s “Satya 2” to be even half as good as the original is unfair, given the filmmaker’s recent work, but even Varma’s staunchest supporters would find it difficult to defend his latest atrocity of a film.

In “Satya 2”, Varma intersperses gruesome violence with titillating song sequences, ludicrous dialogue and a surreal story. He does it with the brazenness of a man who either is confident of his mastery of the craft, or one who has stopped caring about it.

Either way, the result is bad. Really bad. It might be “tops-them-all” bad.

Satya is a man with a murky past who comes to Mumbai with a plan. He wants to conquer the city, narrator Makarand Deshpande tells us. He lives in a slum with his friend, finds a job with a builder, and makes his mark when he helps the builder kill the city’s top police officer as well as the builder’s rival at the same time.

Many violent episodes later, Satya convinces some people to fund his dream project — a secret vigilante organization that would rid Mumbai of corrupt and evil people. He asks his sponsors to give him millions of dollars, no questions asked. No one, not even those who have funded it, would know the details of how it works.