October 26, 2020

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Judwaa 2 Review: Varun Strikes Again!

Expectations were good enough due to many reasons. The first and foremost was the obvious remake version of the super-hit film Judwaa, which was released a decade back and starred Salman Khan in lead. Now director David Dhawan is back with his old gem with a new-tadka in it. Let us see how well this ‘Judwaa 2’ that stars Varun Dhawan in lead entertains our mango people.

Story

The basic premise is more or less same with respect to its original film. It’s about twin brothers, Raja and Prem (Varun Dhawan), who are separated by birth because of an evil villain Charles (Zakir Hussain). While Raja grows up in Mumbai’s streets with his friend Nandu (Rajpal Yadav), Prem lives a wealthy life in London with his parents Rajiv Malhotra (Sachin Khedekar) and Ankita (Prachee Shah Paandya). Now while Prem is quite shy person who can be easily bullied by someone, on the other end, Raja is a brash guy who knows how to teach a lesson to that person who tries to bully someone.

Now one fine day, Raja lands in trouble after having a deadly fight with Alex (Vivan Bhatena) and travels to London on a forged passport with his buddy Nandu. On his way, he meets up with Alishka (Jacqueline Fernandez) and both fall in love with each other. On the other side, Prem too starts dating with Samaira (Taapsee Pannu) who learns music from him. Story moves forward when Prem and Raja comes face-to-face and keeps interchanging their identity to save situations.

What happens next when Alishka and Samaira meet the Judwaa of their respective lover, followed by the villains and rest of the characters in the film, forms the crux of the story.

Screenplay and Direction

As said earlier, the story of the film is more or less same as compared to the original. So the execution part is a thing to notice here, and after watching the film, it’s a complete no-brainer and a sheer illogical show. However, still it is watchable and entertaining to some extent.

While there are some scenes which are sexist and completely don’t go down well, on the other side, there are certain sequences which are quite hilarious that bring the house down. The entry of Raj, Prem, Alishka and Samaira are worth-watching, whereas Prem and Raja being held up as a result of mistaken identity becomes tedious after a point. Similarly, the makers have managed to impress the aam janta with its funny and gripping sequences during pre-interval, while the same can’t be said as soon as second half starts.

Screenplay is effective and entertaining, but it could have been better and a lot more creative in certain places, especially in the second half. This time, David Dhawan shoots in London extensively which makes the scale of the film grand. David’s direction is simple and uncomplicated despite handling a plot related to mistaken identities. He has made a potboiler that has potential to hold you hooked till the climax. Not to forget, thankfully, the climax is where the film picks up. Though it’s not up to the mark, but still manages to entertain the audience.

Music and Other Technicalities

Music of the film is good, where ‘Tan Tana Tan’ and ‘Oonchi Hai Building’ works well among audience. Rest other is passable. Sandeep Shirodkar’s background score however is very entertaining.

Cinematography is excellent, choreography is brillaint, and action is massy. Editing is simple, but could have been a bit trimmed in post-interval. Meanwhile, the costumes are quite eye-catching, especially the ones worn by Jacqueline Fernandez and Taapsee Pannu.

Performances

Varun Dhawan holds the entire film in his shoulder and that too in an effective way. The actor enacts his dual character in a flawless way, where his shyness as Prem and flamboyance as Raja are too good. And thus, he yet again proves that he has the potential to amuse his fans no matter how illogical scenes would be. His comic-timing are praise worthy, whereas his action sequences are whistle worthy.

While Jacqueline Fernandez enacts her role in a fine manner, Taapsee Pannu somewhat doesn’t fit in her role. Also, while Jacqueline naturally looks hot on-screen, Taapsee tries to look hot on the screen.

Vivan Bhatena does well in his role, and Rajpal Yadav excels in his comic role. Rest of the actors such as Anupam Kher, Johny Lever, Atul Parchure, and others are good as comic fillers. Meanwhile, Salman Khan’s cameo appearance is interesting, but could be more creative to add some true magic of original Judwaa.

So is it a Paisa-Vasool?

Well, yes! It’s a decent paisa-vasool entertainer, where don’t expect any logical thing happening around in the film. Although, it’s not even close enough with the original Judwaa, but it’s a perfect time-pass product of a mass and masala entertainer film for our mango people.

All in all, Judwaa 2 is strictly for Varun Dhawan fans and a perfect stress buster for families this weekend. With Varun’s antics, Salman’s cameo and foot tapping music, Judwaa 2 can be easily watched.

Rating: 3 Stars

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