#MovieReview: A Jolly Good Film

By: Pratishtha Malhotra

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Saurabh Shukla, Annu Kapoor, Huma Qureshi, Kumud Mishra

Directed By: Subhash Kapoor

He is a Jolly good fellow….He is a Jolly good fellow is heard in the background as the second installment of a robust franchise Jolly LLB 2 ends. Subhash Kapoor knows every nook and cranny of the court room drama… But, the message is delivered loud and clear and in an absolute fantastic manner. JOLLY LLB 2 is a pure win and brings the joy of watching a Hindi film which hits the right spot. The plot is confident, the rhythm is what which keeps it going but what holds the film so tightly is its actors. Akshay Kumar as a Kanpur wala- Jagdishwar Mishra urf Jolly is spot on wth his paan stained pearlies and a mooch which is a trademark of most men in UP. Jolly is a dodgy lawyer who is trying to get through a chamber and is anything but a self-respecting man. He is a shifty individual and sharp at the same time. Akshay Kumar is a treat to watch as Jolly. He has chosen the path to speak to his fans only through his films and he is doing a damn good job doing so.

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He makes sure that the Jolly streak we fell in love with In 2013 remains intact but he polishes it up to fit the milieu of a Kanpuriya in Lucknow. There is not even a single moment where Akshay, the superstar peeps out which is a delight as this time Kumar fights the goons with the verbal sparring that the lawyers engage in rather than an out and out action drama. Jolly LLB 2 is a brave film and it requires a team which is spic and span with researching each and every element to make this court room drama successful. As an audience, we are there with inside the creaking walls of a courtroom and can feel why a common man stresses about coming to such places. Not only the director, Subhash Kapoor but his team of actors including Saurabh Shukla, Annu Kapoor, Kumud Mishra, Akshay Kumar embrace the film and that is why even when the screenplay is going downhill, they catch it with both their hands. I have to mention Saurabh Shukla as the Judge, Sundarlal Tripathi, because without him the film wouldn’t be half of what it is. He is the backbone of this film and I wouldn’t mind going in again to catch the film just for Saurabh Shukla.

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He is impeccable. He takes us deep inside the dark joke that the courtrooms have become and with Subhash Kapoor’s understanding of court procedures, the characters look so vulnerable that you believe whatever they are saying. A common man expects something out the system and this satirical attempt stands up, strong and tall. Another actor that brings out entitlement, ego and arrogance is Annu Kapoor, the veteran. Pepsi aur Promod apna formula nahi batate… and I am fine with that… Keep it a secret till the time you perform like a charm. Kumud Mishra plays the corrupted cop which is an interesting turn of events as he is always the cushion everything falls upon in most of his films.

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Being, a fantastic actor he owns every shade of evil and performs beautifully. The only little problem that I had with the franchise that has grown by leaps and bounds is the mundane song and dance routine which could have been avoided. Also, the talent house that Huma Qureshi is was just reduced to being a supportive wife. Even though she is always wonderful to watch but as a greedy viewer, I wanted to see more of her… fight it out like the others in the cast of stellar actors. It is wonderful to see brilliant writing and stupendous casting come together to make a mishmash of something that I would put my money on. And as for watching it for the second time, I would go all in with a big smile kyunki muskurayiye aap Lucknow mein hain..

Watch the trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q07SQFmL4rM

This was published on Filter Copy

http://www.filtercopy.com/posts/jolly-llb-2-review-a-mishmash-of-brilliant-writing-and-stupendous-casting

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