Jolly LL.B 2
Jolly LLB 2: A Fairly Entertaining Courtroom Drama
Movie Review by Trijai Nerthi (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
People love a good courtroom drama. Quite often our hands are tied, and we have to stand and watch as our justice system fails us. For this reason, when justice and passionate, dramatic lawyers come together in a film, we can’t help but feel satisfied. I presume that this is why Subhash Kapoor followed up the immensely successful Jolly LLB with a sequel, a film that entertains despite its pitfalls.
Jagdish Mishra, aka Jolly, is an uncouth, self-serving and lazy lawyer willing to go to any length to get what he wants. When he decides to use trickery to go from being a personal assistant to a chamber-owning senior lawyer, it costs him dearly. After cheating a pregnant widow, Hina, who is determined to seek justice for her husband’s wrongful assassination, Jolly gets his chamber. However, it comes at some cost with Hina taking her own life after learning that she’s been swindled.
What follows is the awakening of Jolly’s conscience and his fight against the legal system to prove the innocence of Hina’s husband Iqbal Qasim, the man who was wrongfully assassinated in place of Kashmiri terrorist Iqbal Qadri.
Akshay Kumar sheds his overbearing stardom in an attempt to do justice to his character; he even succeeds in parts. Chances are that if he gave up playing the fool so often, he would have left a stronger impression. In fairness, he almost makes up for it with his passionate and dramatic courtroom scenes.
Saurabh Shukla as Justice Sunderlal Tripathi is quirky, amusing and entertaining; his body language and persona together bring about a fair amount of laughter. Huma Qureshi as Pushpa Pandey lacks a certain charisma and conviction. Annu Kapoor as the ruthless opposing lawyer, Sachin Kantilal Mathur, puts up quite a fight and holds his own right until the end.
The songs are easily the worst part of Jolly LLB 2. They take the audience’s attention away from a serious plot and instead indulge them in clichéd dance moves. The quintessential Holi song, Go Pagal, is obviously introduced just so that Akshay Kapoor can briefly flaunt his superstar persona.
Logic often takes a backseat through the course of the film. At one point you can’t help but wonder if Jolly genuinely doesn’t understand the legal system or simply chooses to ignore its existence. Often times, Mathur’s arguments make no sense, but are deemed admissible nonetheless; it seems like the judge is trying hard to make the case a close fight. Nevertheless, the spontaneous and quirky comedy coupled with the dramatic and yet resonating monologs redeem your interest in a screenplay that fundamentally lacks an element of surprise.
Jolly LLB is a fairly entertaining courtroom drama; a film that could have been made better by eliminating the clichéd songs, plugging the logical loopholes, refraining from having central characters play fools and toning down the level of melodrama.