Jolly LLB 2 is finally in theaters and we couldn’t be more excited. The film is a Fox Star Studio production and
Jolly LLB 2A jolly good film.
Jolly LLB 2
Jolly LLB 2 is finally in theaters and we couldn’t be more excited. The film is a Fox Star Studio production and a relatively low budget film. It stars Akshay Kumar as our lovable and scheming, yet simpleton lawyer who finds himself entangled in a litigation which is seemingly much more than his cup of tea. His antics are top notch even if not wholly realistic and he manages to keep us in a jolly good mood throughout the film. But even though Jolly LLB 2 has so much going for it, what sets it apart? Is it your kind of film? Is it as good as the first installment? Would it be wise to buy tickets to the theatre for this one? Read on.
First, let’s meet the actors:
Akshay Kumar as the hero
Huma Qureshi as the heroine in a limited role
Saurabh Shukla as the teddy bear judge
Annu Kapoor as the annoying lawyer opposing our hero
The legal system of India is not less dramatic than your average Bollywood masala film, and some of the experienced lawyers and judges would testify to it being even more so. Jolly LLB the film, which is now a franchise after this second installment, exploits the daily melodrama and the blatant comedy of the courtroom. It is a masala satire which makes us laugh guiltily at its crude humor but also manages to deliver a message.
Jolly LLB is much more meaty and emotional than the previous installment. There is much more matter than merriment and is bound to extract more sobs than laughter from an unsuspecting audience. But we believe that this might be good for brand ‘Jolly’.
The film follows Akshay (Jolly) as he tries to create a name for himself in the legal community, the road to which is not all roses and daisies. He manages to hit a nerve when he challenges a reputable police officer of a heinous crime, who decides to engage the best and most cunning lawyer to represent him in court. The rest is all objection and conjecture.
After the brilliant performance Arshad Warsi delivered, it could only be Akshay Kumar who could do justice to the role of Jolly. Akshay Kumar is believable as both the cheeky dreamer and the misty eyed idealist. He manages to capture the essence of Jolly, a ‘jugaadu’ lawyer who has the courage of a lion and a heart of gold. His performance and stiff demeanour in the courtroom remind us a little of his powerful stint in ‘Rustom’, and his effortless charm as a small town boy wins us over. With Akshay as the new Jolly, this franchise has slingshot itself into the big league, and we’re waiting for more films with Akshay pleading and praising himself through courts.
Huma Qureshi has a very limited role and manages to remain charming if nothing else throughout the film. Her prowess as an actress remained slightly underutilised, but let’s not nitpick.
Saurabh Shukla and Annu Kapoor remain ever so fresh in their roles. Saurabh Shukla is so lovable as the calm judge who is used to having his limits tested by shameless lawyers. Each time he peers over the papers provided to him, or when he has to jump over stacked files to reach the court, his simple comic demeanour has us giggling to ourselves.
Annu Kapoor as the violently shameless lawyer perfectly complimented Akshay Kumar as the idealist fighting the people’s battle. His tantrums and antics are so unusual that you shall be confused and amused at the same time. He could have been more menacing, but we reckon that such a step would make the already heavy movie, more weighed down than what ‘Jolly LLB’ allows for.
All in all, the film is good. The storyline is a bit of a cliché, the editing is poor and the songs seem to be misfit in the screenplay. However, the cinematography is good, the dialogues and screenplay are on point, and the acting and direction are remarkable. Jolly LLB 2 isn’t a technical or cinematic marvel, neither is the concept ingenious, but you’ll have a lot of fun watching it. It’s well meaning and good hearted entertainment. I give it 3.5/5.
You will like this film if: You are an Akshay Kumar fan or enjoyed Rustom
You will dislike this film if: You expected a dark indie film about the corrupted judicial system of India
Best performance: Akshay Kumar