Jolly LLB 2 is a film with its heart in the right place. It shows the flaws in the Indian judiciary with finesse and keeps you entertained at the same time. It is filled with satire, therefore some scenes are exaggerated and a tad bit over-the-top, Akshay Kumar as Jagdishwar Mishra, aka Jolly, a maverick junior lawyer; and a script full of punchlines makes Jolly LLB 2 worth watching!
This sequel of Jolly LLB is as superb as the first, it brings back the joys of watching a movie with a solid plot, a strong sense of time and place and rhythm, and a confidence in itself that has been missing from Bollywood. Jolly LLB 2 is a win! It engages audiences right from the first frame. Even though you know exactly how it will end, there are enough good performances, and enough heft to keep us with it.
Jagdishwar Mishra aka Jolly (Akshay Kumar) is a struggling lawyer who makes his living assisting a big time Lucknow lawyer and also by taking up small cases individually. His wife, Pushpa (Huma Qureshi) on the other hand, enjoys her drink but is immensely supportive of her husband. After accidentally messing up with Hina’s (Sayani Gupta) case, Jolly’s conscience takes a beating and he decides to bring her justice. He is set to fight against established lawyer, Mathur (Annu Kapoor) while Sundar Lal Tripathi (Saurabh Shukla) is the judge in charge. A complicated case that revolves around terrorism, corruption and fake encounters becomes a tough affair for Jolly.
Akshay Kumar is a delight as Jolly. He fits the role perfectly and pulls off the role of transitioning from a scheme to somebody who takes justice seriously is brilliant. He particularly excels in the scenes where he has a face off in court with Annu Kapoor’s character.
Saurabh Shukla is the best thing that happens to this film. His act of judge Sundar Lal Tripathi is beyond compare. With great ease, we see him do goofy things like dance to ‘Gulaabo’, call Alia Bhatt, Mahesh Bhatt’s greatest contribution and also resume a court session at 3 Am. Annu Kapoor too does a decent job as Mathur, a true Lucknowi lawyer. Huma Qureshi is good as she essays her role of Jolly’s wife, Pushpa. Sayani Gupta has a power packed cameo. In the two scenes that she performs, she leaves a strong impact.
Subhash Kapoor handles too many departments for this film such as story, direction and screenplay. His story is spot on and filled with powerful dialogues. As a director, Subhash Kapoor turns out to be impressive with a local setting that is easy on the eyes. The Kanpur-Lucknow city locations and the courtroom scenes have been well shot.
Jolly LLB 2 is extremely entertaining and hard hitting. Saurabh Shukla is a sheer brilliance and Akshay Kumar is once again at his best. I always value the movies’ in which Akshay Kumar reveals the true actor within instead of mindless masala entertainers. Jolly LLB 2 gets a well deserved 8/10 from us at the Bollywood Tempest.