Jagdishwar Mishra aka Jolly is a Kanpur fellow who is practising law in Lucknow as an assistant under Mr. Rizvi, a reputed and respected lawyer under whom Jolly’s father worked as a Munshi. Hina Siddiqui (Sayani Gupta) is a pregnant widower who claims that her innocent husband (Manav Kaul) was killed in fake encounter by the UP police led by Inspector Suryanarayan Singh (Kumud Mishra) and demands justice, expects Mr. Rizvi to take up her case owing to his reputation and the fact that all other lawyers have rejected her claim. Jolly, who is desperate to have a cabin of his own and needs 2 lakhs INR for the same, gives her a false assurance that Mr. Rizvi is ready to take up her case and takes money from her. On knowing the truth, Hina is devastated and she rants at Jolly for his treachery before committing suicide. Troubled by what his dishonesty led to, a remorseful Jolly decides to take up Hina’s case. Will Jolly be able to give Justice to Hina? Or will he too succumb to the pressures of a powerful enemy in a city where Goondagardi is a common thing?
Positive points: –
- Subhash Kapoor is back with another instalment of his classic Jolly LLB and this one stands up to the reputation of its predecessor and renders an engaging movie tightly wrapped up in short time length.
- The performances of almost all the actors is outstanding especially that of Akshay Kumar, Anu Kapoor and Saurabh Shukla.
- The blend of seriousness and dark humour is immaculately done and none seems distracting to the other.
- The theme ie “Extra Judicial Killing” has been handled very carefully and with sharp criticism aided by a strong storyline and equally powerful screenplay.
Negative points: –
- This movie has more melodramatic moments in the court unlike its predecessor where Jolly won the case with more facts and tactics instead of over-emotional lines. But honestly, I loved the melodrama and so would you! (Winks)
- The film lacks a detailed character development of a lot of people like the police officers and even a detailed insight to fake encounters is missing from the movie.
- Plot-holes of the size of craters!! Had it been a real scenario, after what Jolly did to Hina, any women NGO would have thrown him into jail for long and his lawyer’s license would have been taken away that very time. But this is a movie and anything can happen here, isn’t it?
Furthermore things are unanswered viz. How Jolly could escape with Faim Bhatt with such a tight security in J&K, how did police catch Iqbal Qadri so easily and bring back to court in the right time, etc. Maybe the ittefaq thing (you need to see the film to know why I used this) applies to Bollywood movies too.
- The movie also lacks a timeline of events ie we don’t know when the court proceedings are held, how long did it take Jolly to go and come back from J&K because I doubt he could have done that in 4 days (again, you need to see the move to know why), etc.
Direction, Script and Other Technicalities: –
Subhash Kapoor is a genius and no one can deny that. He uses his actors very well and manages with the quirky humour astutely too. His screenplay, though flawed, manages to make you laugh and be serious concurrently which is quite a feat and his direction helps his writing effectively. The way he handled the issue of Extra Judicial Killing is praiseworthy though I feel he could have given more insight to it and the characters involved.
The cinematography is done well by Kamal Jeet Negi and the movie is tightly edited by Chandrasekhar Prajapati. A few scenes have been unnecessarily deleted thanks to the intervention of CBFC but I hope the director’s cut puts them back.
The music of the movie is passable and I feel they could have made the film without the songs.
Akshay Kumar is superb as Jolly and we didn’t even doubt it given that his comic-timing impeccable and he can jump to an emotional avatar with ease too. I feel this act can’t be ignored by the awards fraternity for a nomination next year (I know it’s too early to say but still…).
Saurabh Shukla strikes back as Justice Tripathy (for which he won a National Award previously) and he outshines everyone on the screen again with his delectable and funny antics. Honestly, he is the real star of this film and I won’t be surprised if he picks up quite some awards again next year.
Anu Kapoor is no less than awesome as the defense lawyer and adds up one more film to his extremely wonderful cinematic CV.
Sayani Gupta is superb is her cameo and proves her worth to Indian cinema yet again with her dramatic act.
Huma Qureshi is the only person who disappointed in the acting department. Though I do not doubt her talent, I feel she could have done much better given the fact that her role was a very easy one.
Kumud Mishra, Innamulhaq, Manav Kaul and the rest of the cast are good in their short stints.
Final Verdict: –
Jolly LLB 2, though less realistic and more melodramatic, is more entertaining than Jolly LLB which kind of balances their excellence. Like Kahaani 2 and unlike most Indian sequels, it doesn’t succumb to the reputation of its predecessor inspite of its flaws and gives you an engaging, shocking yet funny courtroom drama thanks to Subhash Kapoor’s skilful direction and writing. Honestly speaking, you can’t afford to miss this flick.