Akshay Kumar hit the bulls eye with his releases last year, Airlift, Housefull 3 and Rustom, and it looks like he is set to recreate the box office success with his latest Bollywood outing, Jolly LLB 2.
We have heard tell that the positive word of mouth has done the trick for the film.
⏩ Genre :- Courtroom Drama / Sattire.
⏩ Run-time :- 2 hrs 22 mins.
⏩ Cast :- Akshay Kumar, Huma Qureshi, Annu Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla, Rajiv Gupta, Sayani Gupta, Manav Kaul, Kumud Mishra.
⏩ Director :- Subhash Kapoor.
⏩ Plot –
Jolly LLB 2 is a good old Bollywood-esque tale of redemption wherein the hero (Lawyer Jolly) takes it upon himself to ensure that the justice is done to those (Sayani Gupta) wronged by the system (Police Officer Singh – Kumud Mishra). It’s no surprise that Jolly will win the case, restore our faith in the Indian judicial system and send us home, satisfied and happy.
⏩Direction and Screenplay :-
From the director of “Phas Gaye Re Obama” and “Jolly LLB”, Subhash Kapoor takes one step forward with his amazing direction and rib-tickling comedy. And the only reference, if any, is a faint line when Saurabh Shukla, says: “Your name seems familiar, do you have a cousin in Delhi?” The extra-ordinary support cast is what sustains the momentum. The screenplay by Kapoor maintains a perfect balance between classes and masses.
The film takes swipes at the judiciary, highlights its complexities and flaws, but ultimately reinstates faith in the judicial system.
Because of his political journalistic background, Kapoor has an eye and ear for all the minute nuances of how a friendly banter between a Kanpur migrant and a Lucknow lawyer can be fun to watch, the problems faced by a Delhi judge in Lucknow that are tragically funny, and many more. Kapoor also has a knack for efficiently sketched side characters. Kumar, Annu Kapoor and Shukla get the best lines, but Kaul as Iqbal, Rajiv Gupta as Jolly’s sidekick, and Inaamulhaq (in a late cameo) all have brief, memorable turns.
⏩ Editing and Cinematography :-
Shekhar Prajapati, with a hope to master stylistic editing, fails to create anything good for the audience with irrelevant scenes and songs in the first 60 something minutes. It isn’t boring but it isn’t engaging either. It is in the post-interval that he shines, seaming together all the loose ends and serving us a fast paced gripping second half.
Kamaljeet Negi, the cinematographer, maintains the easy going demeanor of the movie by keeping it soft toned and using realistic locations for almost all the scenes.
‘Go Pagal!’ is high on tempo, vibrant colors, great camerawork but low on the quality of lyrics. ‘Bawra Mann’ is the best of the lot with soothing lyrics and compostion. The relevance of all the other songs is a big question mark.
Background score by Vishal Khurrana is fine and perfectly blends in.
⏩ The Highs –
↪ Kapoor has tackled grave issues like corruption, terrorism and under-pressure judges with a great control. He has induced small, funny moments at crucial junctures that work as perfect breathers. Thanks to his understanding of court procedures, his characters look human and vulnerable unlike stereotypical films where the protagonist plays the victim as well as the judge.
↪ Akshay Kumar ensures that you keep laughing at regular intervals and thoroughly entertained throughout. He makes you miss Warsi, but also adds his touch to Jolly.
↪ The scenes featuring Saurabh Shukla and Annu Kapoor are pure gold. What a treat it is, to witness the two veteran actors doing what they do best, in front of a motion picture camera.
↪ The detailing is done to the T. Typical court rooms with small spaces, files mounting and dull atmosphere are shown perfectly. Even the streets of Lucknow and the locations add to the realistic elements.
↪ Kapoor’s visual style is modest but one can’t help but notice how he keeps the background forever busy, whether it is the pedestrians smirking or Jolly’s wife, Pushpa (Huma Qureshi), wiping their kid’s nose.
Also as Shukla delivers his last speech, the camera pans back slowly to reveal stacks and stacks of case files depicting justice delayed, perhaps denied. Wow.
↪ The central conceit of both the Jolly LLB films – of an ordinary corrupt man realizing the inequities of society and fighting for justice – is simple and idealistic, comprising elements that can make for an entertaining crowd-pleasing drama.
⏩ The Lows –
↪ *Minute Spoiler*
Jolly takes an important case, involving a senior cop and a terrorist (a small flashback shows the incident), but how in the hell is Jolly convinced of his defendant’s innocence just by flipping through his wedding photos, without even conducting a basic investigation. This is, quite simply, lazy and shoddy writing, which takes the audience for granted, believing it will accept anything at face value.
↪ Kapoor’s 2013 film Jolly LLB was precise and the court scenes were very realistic due to which it was effective. Here, in some instances, the screenplay seems more weighed towards the theatrical entertainment rather than concentrating on the case.
↪ Kapoor gets every required ingredient in the right place, but tries to place it in a similar manner, due to which the novelty factor gets diluted.
↪ It is really unfathomable why a serious and to the point movie like Jolly LLB needs stupid dance numbers.
⏩ Performances :-
▶ Akshay is riveting as a goofy lawyer. His dialect, theatrics, dialogues, everything is spot on. But somewhere in the middle of the courtroom drama, you miss Jagdish Tyagi aka Jolly from its predecessor. Akshay surely raises the bar of the film, but he appears ostentatious and not at par with the portrayal of Jolly by Arshad.
But not to forget, the comic timing and antics of our patriotism ambassador is one of the best things to have happened to dear Jolly.
▶ It’s not often that one gets the opportunity to sit back and feast on a Saurabh Shukla performance. The classic actor, whose roles are, too often just limited to supporting actor length. We don’t mean he can’t do wonders with just 15 minutes of screen timing (Hazaron Khwaishein Aisi is testament to this). But when he gets something as meaty as the tired Justice Sunder Lal Tripathi coupled with subtle jokes, sarcasm and emotional monologues, Shukla doesn’t fail to cast a spell on the viewers by stealing the film from under Akshay and Annu Kapoor’s noses like he did in Jolly LLB.
▶ Annu Kapoor is one of those actors who never disappoints, this time, he is even backed with amazing dialogues and his style of delivering them is phenomenal. As a shrewd and scheming lawyer, he is beyond amazing.
▶ Kumud Mishra, who plays Mr. Goody Two Shoes in almost all his films (except Filmistaan), successfully performs the role of a crooked police officer. He looks tough, threatening and adds the gray shade to the film. And he pleasantly surprises the audience with his ability to pull off a bad guy role.
▶ The supremely talented Sayani Gupta, nails it as a fierce and independent woman aiming for justice against the corrupt system.
▶ As for Huma Qureshi, her part in the movie just doesn’t do justice to her acting talents but she perfectly fits in the role of a Gucci-loving, wine-swigging housewife.
▶ Special mention to overwhelmingly impressive cameos by Inaamulhaq (as the priest) and Manav Kaul as the accused terrorist.
▶ The other supporting actors Rajiv Gupta, Vinod Nagpal (Landlord Kasturilal from Pink) and Vishwa Mohan Badola do complete justice to their roles.
⏩ Watch o Not ?
Yes. This movie is a real crowdpleaser. Whether or not it is worth the energy spent in going to the theater and back, and the extra multiplex bucks will depend on your affection for Akshay Kumar, Saurabh Shukla, satire, courtroom drama and so on.
⏩ Verdict : Here is a smart film that offers a considerable amount of food for thought that’s been cleverly packaged within layers of seemingly uninhibited entertainment. Overlook some of the minor flaws and you have a 140-minute solid entertainer on your hands.
⏩ Ratings – 3.8/5