Movie: Jolly LL.B 2 (2017)
Genre: Black Comedy
Cast: Akshay KumarHuma QureshiAnnu KapoorSaurabh Shukla

I’m not much into watching recent Bollywood movies— you can get the idea by the fact that this is the first movie I watched at a cinema hall. I haven’t watched its prequel film Jolly LLB as yet that has Arshad Warsi pit aginst Boman Irani.

However, I do have watched several courtroom dramas. But this film blends the elements of black comedy, drama, suspense, and a little bit of action and romance— a typical recipe for a Bollywood masala movie. Two things that instantly grabbed my eyeballs was the excellent characterisation set up in a typical backdrop of UP with a satirical approach towards the Indian judicial system. The dialogues are aptly written and weaved around the plot. Punchlines and quirky onliners are probably the strongest points of the movie. The transition between a joke and the ongoing melodrama is quite smooth except in a few places where it mismatches a bit.

There are several moments throughout the film that gets your adrenaline rushing around in no time like the scene where Jolly (Akshay Kumar) was attacked just before the intermission. It touches on the hot topics like Kashmir riots, terrorism, corruption, moral values, and most important of them all “justice”. Upholding the maxim “Justice delayed is justice denied”, the movie takes a jibe at the waiting-game prevailing in courts. The ending pumps you up with the energy of a being a part of a larger society and reinstates your belief in the judicial system despite taking a pessimistic view of the situation.

Akshay Kumar drives the whole movie on his fancy scooter with sleek hairstyle wearing a  white shirt, black trousers and sports shoes which he wears all through the film. In the latter half, Saurabh Shukla as Justice Sunderlal Tripathi takes control of all the comedy. The dialogue exchange between Mr Tripathi and Annu Kapoor as a relentless bigwig lawyer is a total laughing riot. Music and cinematography are above average.  The background music near the end of the film is chilling. Direction leaves no window to critics. Niche audience expecting an intense and complex black comedy may find it unfunny.

Overall Jolly LLB 2 is for everybody. The movie demands a joint viewing with your friends and family.

Iss duniya ke sabse bade jaahil ne kaha hai ki ishq aur jung mein sab kuch jaayz hai kyunki… 
(The most ignorant person of this world has said— “All is fair in love and war because…”)

My rating: 8/10 

This article was originally written at my personal blog shysnail.

Published by Bhanu Pratap Chauhan