At the outset, let me clarify that contrary to popular belief, Judwaa 2 is not a remake of the 1997 hit Judwaa starring Salman Khan in a double role, but a reboot of the same story with Varun Dhawan playing Prem and Raja. But will Varun manage to recreate the magic that Salman had weaved in the original? Read on…
Set in Mumbai and London, Judwaa 2 is about a pair of twins born to a rich businessman (Sachin Khedekar), who are separated right after birth when Charles (Zakir Hussain), a criminal takes one twin as a hostage to escape from the police. Believing that the twin is dead, the parents take their surviving son and move to London.
Years later, the stage is set for a comedy of errors when local tough Raja (Varun Dhawan) lands up in London to escape a goon's vengeance and is mistaken for the docile and mild-mannered Prem (Varun Dhawan). What happens next forms the rest of the plot.
Varun is seen in a double role for the very first time and it is quite evident that he is having the time of his life. Though Varun indulges in a lot of silliness, he seems to enjoy himself so much that you can’t help but smile indulgently at his antics. Varun is often referred to as a younger version of Govinda, but though Varun will never match up to the ‘Virar Ka Chokra’, he is definitely earnest and honest to his craft, which is commendable.
Jacqueline Fernandez and Taapsee Pannu, who play the female leads, offer nothing more than some glam factor while Zakir Hussain is quite caricaturish. Vivan Bhatena and Rajpal Yadav have lent able support to the narrative while Johnny Lever in a cameo is a sheer delight to watch. The film also has a cameo by Salman Khan, but we feel the scene could have been handled better.
As for the film, if you have seen the original Judwaa, you will immensely enjoy the reboot as it will certainly bring back memories of the original flick as many iconic scenes have been repeated in this film. To be honest, Judwaa 2 is full of silliness but nevertheless, it is such an entertaining fare that you will find yourself in a forgiving mood with regards to it. The reboot has also recreated two iconic songs from the original, but honestly, the remake version is not as foot-tapping as the one to which Salman had danced with Karisma Kapoor and Rambha years back.
In conclusion, Judwaa 2 is an entertaining fare, as long as you don’t mind the fact that it is mindless…