Jolly LLB 2 Movie Review: A Jolly Decent Fare
Three years after Arshad Warsi donned the black suit of a lawyer to entertain us with Jolly LLB, Akshay Kumar took up the reins of the franchise to play Jagdishwar Mishra a.k.a Jolly, a 'jugaadu' lawyer with a heart of gold. This time, Jolly is a junior lawyer from Lucknow, who assists a veteran legal eagle and dreams of opening his own chambers. When Jolly takes money for the chambers from a pregnant widow Hina (Sayani Gupta) after lying to her about getting his senior to fight her case, tragedy strikes and turns Jolly's world upside down. Deciding to seek justice for Hina, Jolly files a PIL seeking an inquiry in the case- Hina's husband Iqbal Qasim (Manav Kaul) has been killed by encounter cop Suryaveer Singh (Kumud Mishra) while Hina claims that her husband is an innocent victim of a fake encounter. Will Jolly be able to stand up to top lawyer Pramod Mathur (Annu Kapoor) and get justice? Watch the film to find out… Akshay is in top form as 'jugaadu' Jolly-whether it be comic scenes or intense moments, Akki manages to pass with flying colours. Saurabh Shukla is humorous as Justice Tripathi while Annu Kapoor is effortlessly good as always in his role as the pompous Pramod Mathur. The film also stars Huma Qureshi as Jolly's wife Pushpa, but she doesn't get to do much apart from lending moral support to her better half. As far as the film is concerned, the plot is bigger and more dramatic than its sequel and takes Jolly from Lucknow to Benaras to Kashmir and back again as he chases clues to solve the case. However, while director Subhash Kapoor has come up with a better plot than the prequel this time, he somewhat messes it up by inserting unnecessary scenes leading to forced humour. Not only this, unlike Bollywood courtroom thrillers like 'Damini' and 'Pink', 'Jolly LLB 2' relies more on gimmicks than actual legal tactics, which is slightly disappointing. If you are expecting something like 'My Cousin Vinny', 'Jolly LLB 2' is definitely not that, but having said that, there is something endearing about Akshay Kumar and his journey to redemption, which makes this film worth a watch.