by Somdutta Roy
TLR Rating: 7 Reels.
What do we want from a black humor movie? – That it should have a good lump of skepticism wrapped with a fine coating of comedy and satire, that we may laugh with a slight grim in our minds. What do we want from a movie with a social agenda? – That it should be able to pierce through the heart of the public showing the actual state of the present system. What do we want from a sequel of a good movie? – That it should be able to meet the expectations created by its prequel.
Well Jolly LLB 2 has been able to fill in the shoes. Its humorously skeptical way of presenting the present state of law and justice system has been able to get a good amount of appreciation among the film crowd.
Political journalist-turned-evolving film director like Subhash Kapoor is trying to grow as a filmmaker and that is evident in his journey of film making from “Say Salaam India” to “Phaas Gaya re Obama” and from “Jolly LLB” to now “Jolly LLB 2”. He has chosen the right actor in Akshay Kumar, a performer who is trying to transit himself into a ‘serious actor’. His recent works in movies like “Rustom”, “Airlift” and now “Jolly LLB2” are credible enough, if not bordering on brilliant. In all certainty, it was bound to be a good piece of work.
‘Jolly LLB2’ shows the life of an aspiring lawyer Jolly, who works as an assistant to one of the biggest lawyers and is treated more like errand boy than a lawyer. Desperately wanting to have his own chamber, he ends up fooling a pregnant woman Hina (played by Sayani Gupta in a short but strong role) who has lost her husband and is trying to get justice for him. Consequently, Hina commits suicide and Jolly, haunted by the idea of he being responsible for her death, settles down with his wife Pushpa (Huma Qureshi) and son in Lucknow. Guilt drives him on a new mission and Jolly does everything to get evidence against the corrupt Lucknow police officer Suryaveer Singh and his fellow mates, who had killed Hina’s husband Iqbal in a fake encounter. The Courtroom drama begins pitting Jolly against the rich and powerful Advocate Mathur (the much-underrated Annu Kapoor) in front of Justice Sunderlal Tripathi (the very talented Saurabh Shukla). Unsurprisingly, the movie ends in the obvious good-winning-over-the-evil scene of Jolly winning the case by presenting the actual terrorist who was left by the Lucknow Police in return of a lump Sum.
The plot does seem quite predictable and plain, and why not! It is just another typical Bollywood social cause-based movie where the atrocities of the present Indian society have been portrayed. However, what made it to be quite better than the lot was the impeccable casting. Annu Kapoor and Saurabh Shukla were excellent, bringing in their years of experience into the fray and Akhshay too lived up to his expectations. The excellent dialogues in the script were delivered with perfect timing by the talented cast and kept the audience interested throughout the length of the film. Add some punch scenes like the climax, and ‘Jolly LLB’ becomes a shade different from its contemporaries.
Nevertheless, at some points, it reminded the audience that they were watching a ‘good old’ Bollywood movie. The first part was almost a bore. The less material failed to make any impact on the viewers. The court room drama was way too dramatic. ‘Pink’ had got it a bit better but these films show how far we are behind in quality when compared to classics like ’12 Angry Men’ and ‘To kill a Mockingbird’.
Overall Jolly LLB 2 is good movie to watch with your family. It’s fairly entertaining and you will be laughing throughout the movie sometimes heartily and sometimes with a tiny smirk. You won’t find yourself saying “What a Movie”, but won’t be disappointed as well.
The author has always been intrigued by the stories we read and see, as we are in one ourselves. She loves watching sci-fi, suspense-thrillers, and adventure / action films and for her the whole world is divided into two types of people: one which loves harry potter and the other who doesn’t exist for her!!!