Directed by Subhash Kapoor, the director of successes like Phas gaye re Obama and Jolly LLB, Jolly LLB 2 casts Akshay Kumar, Huma Qureshi, Saurabh Shukla and Anu Kapoor in lead roles. The film hardly needed a PR or promotion as it was all over the Bollywood news bulletins for a different reason i.e. objection from Bombay High court for negative portrayal of the Judiciary. After a few negotiations and proceedings, the movie could release on time. Jolly LLB 2 box office collection amounted to 95.44 crores in first 10 days.
As a synopsis remains more or less similar in other Jolly LLB 2 reviews, so I am going to keep it as succinct as possible. Akshay Kumar (Jolly), the obvious focus of the film, betrays a pregnant woman client, who eventually commits a suicide. This serves as a wake-up call for Jolly, who then effortlessly wins the case for her, fighting against corrupt police department and judicial system.
I could not express more hats off to Subhash Shukla. I bow down to this man’s performance as audience always awaited the hearing day just to see him again on screen. He was really the teddy bear of the movie, while still holding strongly onto his role as a judge. Anu Kapoor’s hilarious role in Vicky Donor was relived in this movie with an interesting flavour of seriousness this time.
Disappointingly short cameo of a star like Sudhir Mishra kept the audiences waiting for more. The scene was abruptly ended with Akshay Kumar diving into river Ganga in his BigBoss vest. Next scene has Akshay kumar sacrificing his precious chamber. We had “Hello, where is Sudhir Mishra?” look on our faces. Sayani Gupta and Manav Kaul had short yet well-played roles in the movie. Though I did not understand the relevance of their intimate post-wedding scene. If it was to justify the pregnancy bump, it could have been picturized more subtly, assuming audience carry some brain to cinema hall.
Akshay Kumar’s narcissism, his father’s fake disappointment in his son, Huma Qureshi’s weak character subsided the audience hopes with one of this new Bollywood movies. I wonder where is that Akshay Kumar of Waqt, Hera Pheri and Mr. and Mrs. Khiladi.
The movie was punctuated with a few exclamatory moments where a terrorist just admits his identity in court after a half-hearted try, an accused elopes effortlessly from high tension areas of Jammu & Kashmir and an unforeseen admiration from boss who hated his assistant (Akshay Kumar) since the very beginning. The husband who is a one man army against the biggies of Indian Judiciary system, also pampers his wife by serving her imported alcohol and chapatis. It all added to the irrational and irritable approach, which no one seemed to buy. Final tadka to this potboiler was the Holi song, which is used as a gimmick to keep the film alive for audience till the upcoming Holi festival.
Still giving it the benefit of doubt and owing it to the minor cuts by Bombay High Court here and there, the whole movie looked like a bunch of scenes rather than a story smoothly running through it. Hence, expect a really poor screenplay.
When you mix up a good idea with poor performance and script, Jolly LLB 2 happens. If you really still expecting something out of an Akshay Kumar starrer, you would be disappointed. Huma Qureshi plays as brief a role as the mention in this blog. Watch the movie for Saurabh Shukla and Anu Kapoor’s impeccable performances. In case you like watching just any other new Hindi movies online, this blog is not your cup of tea.
My Ratings: 1.5/5