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JOLLY LLB 2 - The second half turns it into a fairly entertaining above average film taking too many creative liberties, crossing the limits of respect and logic in its court room sequences. (Review By Bobby Sing)

10 Feb, 2017 | Movie Reviews / 2017 Releases

I was in Mumbai with a producer friend of mine from the Punjabi music industry on the day JOLLY LLB got released in 2013. And when I woke up early to catch a morning show of the film, my friend was not amused and tried to stop me from going, expecting nothing from such lesser known and non-starcast film as usual. On my return back to the room, I told him that this is going to be a sleeper Hit. He wasn’t convinced at all and started smiling, to which I offered anything for a bet and eventually won the contest after a few days when the film found a universal appreciation all over, later winning a much reputed National Award too along with a decent box office success.

The original JOLLY LLB (inspired from a real life incident) actually achieved that cult status as it was confidently written (thriller and not a comedy) without any obligations to satisfy the big image of an established star and because every single actor in its cast (led by Arshad, Boman and Saurabh) impressively tried their best to contribute in a potential script that really had got everything to please and entertain the enthusiastic Hindi film audience.

However when the same writer-director takes up the task of making a sequel of such sleeper hit, now revolving around a STAR (Akshay Kumar) instead of one of the most underrated actors of the present era (Arshad Warsi), with the only motive of entertaining the viewers through some timely cracked jokes, clap-worthy dialogues and an over the top portrayal of the court involving the judge too, then the product certainly has to suffer and doesn’t turn out to be a superior sequel for sure due to the same reasons.

Beginning with a morally questionable scene showcasing mass copying in school exams facilitated by the lawyer hero Akshay Kumar, the film does manage to raise laughter within the opening five minutes itself and then keeps walking on the same path with more hilarious scenes in the court premises like a typical comedy film. Later it again successfully wins over the viewer introducing its two key characters namely Anu Kapoor as the rival lawyer and Saurabh Shukla as the only continuing actor playing the same role of a funny judge as seen in the original.

Focusing on an unfortunate suicide of a pregnant widow fighting for justice as the basis of its entire script, the sequel has some hurriedly incorporated emotional scenes too along with an unwanted Holi song in the first half. And therefore turns out to be just an average routine entertainer till the intermission having nothing much to say falling way short of the original in terms of expectations.

Thankfully the narration picks up fast post another short (unrequired) song in the second half and then completely focuses on the engaging court proceedings till the prolonged climax, eventually providing enough entertaining confrontations scenes and dialogues to the audience largely compensating them for their time and money spent on the costly multiplex tickets.

However in the process, this time writer-director Subhash Kapoor tries to address too many social issues in his casually written script in comparison to the much superior and solid writing of the original. Where at one end he tries to portray over-delayed justice in the courts, misguiding lawyers, corruption in Police department and fake encounters by the officers killing the innocent citizens, on the other he forcibly also brings in Kashmir, false arrests of young Muslims made in the region and deliberately goes on adding “patriotic” debates towards the end too resulting in some kind of disjointed mix.  

(Spoilers Ahead)
Surprisingly despite being a court room drama, there are no exciting investigations or any shocking twists and turns missing the much required element of the particular genre. And all witnesses are easily brought in by the hero lawyer by just visiting another state without any trouble as such. Moreover the whole case ends when suddenly a new character gets presented in the court (out of nowhere) who was rarely shown or talked about in the entire film (which in reality remains the most avoidable feature of a crime-mystery-courtroom novel or movie to be exact).

Besides there are a lot of squeezed in scenes too, just added for either making the viewer laugh or satisfy the corporate sponsors in a cheap avoidable manner. For instance, showing the lawyer’s wife drinking whisky with him has no significance in the film (in fact the wife character only has nothing to say at all). Plus Akshay taking off the shirt to dive into the Holy Ganga, showing a ‘Dollar Big Boss’ baniyaan doesn’t look like done in any good taste.

In the performance department, Akshay does it well but there is nothing extraordinary in his act throughout the two different halves. Playing a light hearted comic lawyer in the first, he turns into a serious Rustom kind of lawyer in the second offering just a routine performance. Anu Kapoor also keeps trying too hard playing a shrewd, cunning lawyer intentionally playing to the gallery (making you strongly miss the incomparable Boman Irani). And I couldn’t find any reason why Huma Qureshi signed the film other than being a big banner’s ‘expected hit’ featuring Akshay Kumar.

Coming to the man who truly contributes the most in JOLLY LLB 2 is Saurabh Shukla, who once again is an absolute delight to watch as the funny judge, though the writer-director repeatedly crosses the line disrespecting the court and its decorum in an otherwise engaging second half. (In fact that was the reason they were forced to cut some scenes, like the one wherein Akshay literally jumps up to the judge’s podium shown in the promoted trailers).

The talented supporting cast is another worth mentioning reason behind its major entertaining sequences and for this Kumud Mishra (as the corrupt police officer), Rajiv Gupta (as Akshay’s assistant), Manav Kaul (as the wrongly framed man), Sayani Gupta (as the pregnant widow) and Inaamulhaq (as the terrorist) rightly deserve their due praises, except Sanjay Mishra, who strangely remains wasted in just a one scene cameo.

Summing up, JOLLY LLB is not any smartly written or a surprising court room drama on the lines of its much superior original. It’s a typical Hindi film featuring a known star banking on the borrowed characters, prominently dealing in jokes and some well written dialogues much more than any solid story progression. Further it mocks the court and the chair of honourable judge too in a highly shameless manner crossing the limit of respect and dignity unlike its gracefully original. And therefore fails to prove any better sequel as usual like in many recent cases.

Yet, it still deserves to be rated as an above average, one time entertaining watch due to its much better second half in particular. However the way Arshal Warsi looked, performed and entertained us all playing the original Jolly, was miles ahead than this ‘Star-studded half-heartedly written sequel’ without any slightest of doubt.

Rating : 2.5 + 0.5 / 5 (with the additional 0.5 just for Saurabh Shukla)

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10 Feb 2017 / Comments ( 6 )
Prakash Bhatia

Hi Bobby ji,
No doubt original one was far superior to this sequel and Arshad Warsi was far more convincing than Akshay Kumar.I don\'t mean to belittle Akshay Kumar he has done a wonderful job.
I was pleasantly surprised to see Saurabh Shukla dominating the entire film.It is out and out Saurabh\'s film Akshay notwithstanding.Huma or no Huma does not make any difference to the film .However it was interesting to see a few very good theatre artists of Delhi giving impressive performances especially Ram Gopal Bajaj as Lawyer Rizvi,Avijit Dutt as Police Commissioner and Vinod Nagpal as Hina\'s father.Unfortunately V.M Badola (a very fine theatre actor of 60s and 70s) as Akshay\'s father failed to deliver probably of his age. Annu Kapoor could have been much better had he tried to cut down on theatrical mannerism.
I completely endorse your observation that Jolly LLB 2 is one time watch and at some places it is forced comedy.

Bobby Sing

Hi Prakash Ji,
No doubt it was clearly Saurabh Shukla dominating the entire film till the end and it was good to see the theater artists too as mentioned in your comment. But I really missed Arshad Warsi personally. Though Akshay was good but he couldn't bring in that emotional connect in his character like we earlier felt in the first part watching Arshad Warsi.

Do keep visiting and writing in.

Kul Bhushan Chauhan

agreed with ur view.
the sequel is nowhere comparable to the earlier one.
more of a comedy than a courtroom drama.
earlier was simple to the point with a few comic scenes.
but this one has raised many issues as u said, none of them successfully,
except saurabh shukla in the end, the burden of cases in courts and
the number of judges.
many scenes not all required,
(huma khan drinking, cricket match, kashmir angle)
same with songs. (none is impressive)

have watched previous one almost every time,
don,t know how many times i will watch it.

for me this is just a comedy movie.
(though i love akshay)

Bobby Sing

Hi Kul Bhushan Ji,
Very rightly put. This is in fact designed and presented as a comedy clearly revealed in the first half which later takes a deliberate nationalist turn as per the current image of Akshay Kumar.

Keep Visiting and Writing in,

pardeep garg

Just one time watch....sir u hv rightly said in your review that jolly llb part 1 was far superior than this......akshay looked timid and unconvincing....annu kapoor' s overacting was an  eyesore ( to be honest ) Only likeable character was of saurabh shukla.End was too filmy...just an average film.

Bobby Sing

Thanks for agreeing and sharing your viewpoint Pradeep.
It certainly is an average to above average film (at most) that became success just because of the reputation of its original, the patriotic card played and the star power along with a genuine performance of Saurabh Shukla.

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