After impressing and entertaining with Jolly LLB, there were a lot of reasons to expect the same from its second installment. Firstly the basic premise and its topic and secondly of course the star value, Jolly LLB 2 is one movie which many are looking forward. In addition, Akshay Kumar has given us some classy entertainers in recent times along with a message as his hallmark. Whether it would be Rustom or Airlift, it portrayed the actor as an everyman who by no means goes against the system but still makes sure that the justice is being served. Let us see how well the justice is being served here in his new attempt.
Meet a small-town lawyer Jolly aka Jagdeeshwar Mishra (Akshay Kumar), who is a confused person and believes money is the answer to all the problems in world. And thus he would literally go to any length and carry out any kind of jugaad for just to win a case. Well, he becomes pretty much street-smart lawyer enough to win small cases, but remains still and continues his hunt for a big break. However his wife, Pushpa (Huma Qureshi) tries to drum some sense in Jolly’s mind, but her efforts goes all in vain. It looks like Jolly is not ready to change, where his prime motto in life becomes: A good life means a good amount of money.
However, when he falls short of money to fulfill his dream of becoming big, he fools a pregnant client looking for justice in lieu of her murdered husband. But when she commits suicide, the morality of Jolly got deeply hurt, and his sense of right and wrong dares to take the case now in his own hand and file a PIL. Now how this Jolly LLB fights for justice amid the gigantic hurdles like corrupt and powerful people, forms the crux of the story.
Inspired by true events, while the last installment dealt with a hit-and-run case, this one now deals with the case of mistaken identity of a Jammu & Kashmir terrorist. The first installment had Arshad Warsi as Jagdish Tyagi and he carried the entire film on his shoulder. His courtroom banter with Judge Sunderlal Tripathi (Surabh Shukla) is still fresh in our memories. So, when we meet Jagdishwar Mishra (Akshay Kumar), the new Jolly, the first question that comes to our mind is: Will the film match up to that level of expectations? As a result, a film demanded with a good research if it’s based on the theme of bribery and injustice happening in our Indian judiciary, especially if it’s being based on some true events. And now watching the movie, I believe Jolly LLB 2 scores well on that front.
Again directed by Subhash Kapoor, he is undoubtedly in command of his story this time as well with a well-written screenplay. What keeps you going is the convincing hurly-burly against the lawyers and the depiction of Indian lower courts which is true to form, along with some excellent and good performances. Jolly’s fight against the mighty and corrupt people that will take him to unknown places and dreaded one is quite tragic and comical at the same time.
The plot has enough humorous situations and emotional outbursts to keep you engaged, particularly in the razor-sharp first half. And thus, the first half does a good job in setting up the characters and the wheels of the premise in motion. In second half, the film has some hiccups, where it has been more focused on legal drama. However, the substantial arguments between Jolly and his component lawyer Mr. Mathur (Annu Kapoor) in the presence of Judge Tripathy (Saurabh Shukla) do educate and entertain the audience to some good level.
Akshay Kumar, who plays the underdog and dares to make things right for the wrongs, again strikes the right chord and successfully won the heart of his fans here in the film. However, the biggest challenge that Akshay faced here in Jolly LLB 2 was to match the expectations that the audience has with the franchise. But his comic timing is the backbone of this story. His dialogue deliveries, dialect, theatrics, everything is spot on. However, you would surely miss that a powerful speech given by Arshad Warsi in first installment, but with his short-cameo and a fantastic support from the rest of the cast, Jolly LLB 2 is a sure-shot winner.
Huma Qureshi plays her role with a lot of conviction. Annu Kapoor and Saurabh Shukla again proved here that they one of the finest actors we have in the industry. Others like Manav Kaul, Inaamulhaq, Nikhil Dwivedi and Sayani Gupta have immensely supported well. Meanwhile, Inaamul Haq is one of the brightest talent we have in the industry, and thus would like to see him more in movies.
So is it a Paisa-Vasool film? Definitely! Justice has been served, where it fulfills all the expectations of mango people to the core. With corruption becomes one of the major routine part in our Indian judiciary, cops playing as villains and terrorists instantly changing religions, Jolly LLB 2 takes the guts to address the dark topic. A Must-Watch!
Rating: 3.5 Stars