Imagine, Akshay Kumar, himself, as a (Movie) vending machine and almost every Friday, a colourful (movie) can is dispensed to his loyal followers.
Green Can = Patriotism,
Orange Can = Social Cause,
Red Can = Action,
Pink = Rom-Com etc etc.
So accordingly, we are in for an Orange Can with a name, JOLLY LLB 2.
JOLLY LLB 2 is a satirical take on Indian judiciary system in a classic tongue-in-cheek manner. Essentially a sequel to critically acclaimed JOLLY LLB (2013).
Director, Subhash Kapoor has retained the original fabric and carried forward the message with a generous peppering of wry humour, fleshed-out character sketches and rib-tickling dialogues.
Suitably, for a Pan-India presence, Akshay Kumar replaces equally talented Arshad Warsi, Annu Kapoor replaces Boman Irani and Huma Qureshi for Amrita Rao while Saurabh Shukla retains the Judge’s seat.
To say the least, Indian Judiciary system has been a much used and abused system by one and all, namely Police and the politicians.
Hats off to the acclaimed director, to have aptly showcased these compulsions, limitations and confessions of a crippled system in a comical yet poignant way.
Akshay Kumar as Jagdishwar Mishra aka Jolly is a typical struggling wannabe lawyer whose ultimate wish in his life is to become a Vakil with a special cabin and for this ‘ambitious’ dream if he has to twist his principles or flout some rules, it’s perfectly fine. If that involves arranging Birthday parties and buying vegetables for his Boss, it is no big deal!! His modus operandi of fishing for a gullible client, bleeding him/her with never ending fees and making false assurances about winning the case is all too familiar for every Indian in the audience.
After breezy 1st half, in a sudden turn of events, we find Akshay Kumar donning the cap of righteousness and a diligent citizen of India in one go.
Doing away with his frivolities, he decides to fight a case involving fake encounter that has ruined the life of a helpless pregnant widow. His going gets tough as he is pitted against a highly ranked and respected lawyer Pramod Mathur, who will not think twice to even get into the fisticuffs if need be. In the final moments, the court room drama unfolds before Justice Tripathi in a melodramatic way amidst loud cheering and jeering.
Spewing lengthy sermons that invoke inner conscience and patriotism on an unsuspecting audience gets a bit out of hand. Here the jargon, a mix of issues based on terrorism to Kashmir turmoil, gets preachy and pretentious. Also, the blatant loop holes leave lot to desire. Even the songs are no great-shakes and are just a situational relief. We all are much aware of AK’s love for the nation but overdose can be fatal too. All I can say is, these are the necessary evils of making a film with mega crowd-pleaser Akshay Kumar.
On the lighter side, we are in Lucknow and the film catches the spirit of the Nawabi city beautifully. Even the friendly banter between the lawyers is done in Lakhnawi andaz, sprinkled with popular Urdu couplets and phrases.; thoroughly enjoyable. Thankfully, the director maintains the fun and frothy essence of the original without a single dull moment.
Akshay Kumar, to his credit, never over rides his character as a mega star. With a tika on his forehead, AK is quintesstinal UP man, whose day begins and ends with a tangy paan, of course. His relation with his wife, Huma is simply adorable. His loyalty lies in making a Patiala peg for his whisky guzzling better half on every other night, without fail. Whether it is struggling over a gas-stove or massaging wifey’s feet, he has done it all with aplomb.
We love this Pyaar ka Izhaar ;-).
Like a well-oiled machine, Akshay Kumar performs with ease and agility. He is supported by string of theatre actors who hold the film superbly.
Huma Qureshi does not enjoy much screen time and should be happy for shaking a leg in one odd song.
Annu Kapoor shines as a witty opposition lawyer. His boisterous blow-hot blow-cold act with overly dramatized dialogue-baazi suits the character.
Most endearing is the role of Justice Tripathi, Saurabh Shukla.
He is actually the brand and force behind JOLLY LLB series. His effortless take on the current state of judicial system is entertaining yet thought provoking.