Subhash Kapoor’s Jolly LLB was 2013’s first surprise hit and was revered by both film critics and audience for it’s realistic portrayal of Indian judicial system that had elements of both comedy and thriller and Arshad Warsi, who essayed the central protagonist Jolly, was the biggest strength with Boman Irani giving a tough competition.
So naturally when the news broke out half year ago that Arshad was being replaced by Akshay in the sequel ‘Jolly LLB 2’ apparently for expanding the market even bigger by the producer Fox studios, it left many of us disappointed. However, this week the film released and I am happy to announce that Jolly LLB 2 is even a better film than it’s otherwise nicely made predecessor.
Jagdishwar Mishra a.k.a Jolly (Akshay Kumar) works as personal secretary to the city’s most prominent lawyer in Kanpur. Jolly’s father worked as a stenographer under him for three decades thus making Jolly a natural successor. With no experience of advocacy and hardly having learned any basic etiquette of court procedure, Jolly is anything but a lawyer until situation changes when he is challenged by the corruption that has plagued the legal system and haunted by an incident that prick his consciousness, he decides to fight a case against corrupt police officer Suryakant Singh (Kumud Mishra), who is accused of a fake encounter under the defense of prolific and far more experienced senior lawyer Pramod Mathur (Annu Kapoor).
The sequel has the similar premise akin to the predecessor – a budding lawyer who dreams to be the hotshot lawyer in town but display no spine to walk the talk until one day a case changes the course of his life forever and he decides to take on the nexus of judiciary, police force and corruption. Thankfully, nothing is lost in translation, filmmaker Subhash Kapoor keeps us engaged with equal dose of humor and add a lot of predictable-yet-glued-to-the-screen suspense elements and this time tackling the sensitive issue of Kashmir crisis, Jolly LLB 2 raises uncomfortable yet important subjects about overburden judges, flawed judicial system, corruption that has robbed the dignity of police forces, the anguish of common man who are tired to run around knocking the door of court for justice and juxtaposes the very legitimate patriotism theme.
Jolly LLB 2 takes a notch higher with the cast’s terrific performances bringing the film to an altogether different league. Saurabh Shukla reprises his National Award winning role of court judge Sundarlal Tripathi in the sequel and he still remains the lifeline, shining every time he grace the screen. He’s supremely adorable, funny and hits the right note as an exhausted judge who’s overburden with cases. Annu Kapoor is remarkable to as the rival Pramod Mathur the ferociousness with which he defends his client and pull Jolly down in the court reminds you of how confidently disillusioned some lawyers are when defending a criminal, forgetting the human ethics. Huma Qureshi is endearing as Jolly’s feisty housewife Pushpa Mishra, lends credible support to her better half and goes on to become an important character to uplift his conscious.
Kumud Mishra is every filmmaker’s favorite actor to be cast and why not? He is a gifted actor and like always, does full justice to the negative role he’s assigned with. Sayani Gupta (from Margarita with a straw and Fan) has a small role yet she made an impeccable impact, watch her in that scene where she confronts Jolly with great amount of heartache for deceiving her in the presence of mob, she will make you feel ashamed of how ruthless sometimes we humans can be. In the end, the film belongs to Akshay Kumar who is first rate as Jolly; and though Arshad was missed, thankfully he makes an undeniable impression, own his character and makes an unmistakable stamp all over with his balanced and nuance performance.
Jolly LLB 2 is a simple and commendable film with heart in it’s right place. Yes, it does get a bit preachy towards the climax and songs, though very melodious, acts as a speed-breaker. Keeping aside these nitpicking, this film definitely demands your viewing. Do watch !