Jolly LLB 2 (2017)

The 2013 film Jolly LLB, starring Arshad Warsi, was a surprise hit. Fast forward 4 years, and it seems Jolly has become big brand, and Fox Star studios has groped the franchise. Jolly LLB 2 doesn’t only have a big time production house but also has a huge star like Akshay Kumar.

Early on in Jolly LLB 2, we are introduced to Jolly (Akshay Kumar), who is in need of a chamber of his own, thinking that will increase his chances of becoming a hotshot lawyer. And he has no remorse indulging in petty crimes, as he knows the loopholes of the law. At home, he is the hen-pecked husband of lush, Pushpa Panday (Huma Qureshi) who loves whisky, Gucci dresses and her chubby son in that order. But these are just asides and not the main premise of courtroom drama, which, at its core, follows the template of its prequel, Jolly LLB.

There are two common threads though, that connect the two films. Those are our Justice Sunderlal Tripathi, played by Saurabh Shukla & a small cameo of Dadaji played by Sanjay Mishra.

While Jolly LLB dealt with a hit-n-run case, this one deals with the case of mistaken identity of a J & K terrorist. The plot has enough laugh-out-loud situations and emotional outbursts to keep you invested especially in the sharp first half. The film also provides the right dose of action inside and outside the courtroom. With cops playing villains and terrorists changing religions, legal greenhorn Jolly finds himself dodging bullets in Kanpur, Lucknow and Manali (doubling up for Kashmir.)

But, one thing that you’ll feel from the beginning of the film, is its lack of dialogues. Like many situations in the film, the dialogues and their context also feel repeated most of the times. Saurabh Shukla had this brilliant dialogue : “Kanoon andha hota hai, judge nahi” in the previous film which was the crux of the whole film. Such brilliant dialogues are somewhere missed in the second instalment. Even the acting from actors like Shukla feels low sometimes.

As expected, post-interval, the film hits a pause button at times. The maker tries to pack in too much legal diatribe between Jolly and his adversary, the topnotch, Pramod Mathur (Annu Kapoor), in Judge Tripathy’s Lucknow courtroom. Their weighty arguments do educate and entertain to some degree. But there are portions that seem contrived. Also there seems to be no role of Huma Qureshi in the entire film, except for some songs and a few scenes here and there.

The climax of Jolly LLB 2 is in one way brilliantly thought. But we enter so many sub-plots in the process to reach that climax, that it doesn’t have the impact it could have had. Also, the film is too long at 2 hour 20 minutes, and toward the end, we just want the film to end.

I’m going with 3/5 stars for Subhash Kapoor’s Jolly LLB 2, though it has many shortcomings, it might just be a good afternoon watch.