Jolly LLB : comedy with an ironic twist !

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By Shevaal Singh

Rating 7/10

Starring Arshad Warsi , Amrita Rao and Boman Irani 

The latest arrival from a director who loves making audiences put their thinking caps on- ‘Jolly LLB’ reflects the prevailing judiciary system in India, popular for packing away  cases for year possibly even ages!  It speaks about the huge gap between the affluent class and the poor that seldom finds a bridge. After ‘Phas Gaye Re Obama’ released in 2010, filmmaker Subhash Kapoor, through his newest starring Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani, has ripped the Indian judiciary apart in the most ironic way imaginable. The film opens with a hit-and-run sequence and keeps the length of the film intricately woven together.

As we introduced to Jagdish Tyagi aka Jolly LLB (Arshad Warsi), a small time advocate, we are taken through the messy, unkempt and bizarre looking courts that is indeed a reflection of the real scenario. And if you believed a court in real looks like the ones popularly projected in films until now, you will be taken aback. Yes, indeed, because things aren’t in order… and neither are those “lawyers” who supposedly fight for justice. Jolly desires to be a prevalent lawyer, who moves from Meerut to Delhi in order to improve his career opportunity. His only support system in his hometown is Sandhya (played by Amrita Rao) is a school teacher who lives a humble life. Jolly endeavours hard to make his living in the capital. Besides her, his brother-in-law (played by Manoj Pahwa) keeps his hopes alive. Jolly gets a chance to meet his inspiration, high-profile advocate Rajpal ( Boman Irani) in a court room. He expresses his awe to his idol and respects him for his intelligence and bravery to fight for ‘justice’. Now that he has been able to carry his respects to the famous advocate, he dreams to grow as popular as him and the following day, Jolly commences his trip to recognition.

Arshad Warsi as Jolly has not only brought life to his character but has infused soul into it too. No superstar could have made Jolly so real and lovable. And Boman Irani is at his splendid best in the film. Filmmaker Kapoor couldn’t have thought of anyone else but those to play their respective characters, for they simply look tailor made for their roles.The court room sequences will definitely tickle your funny bone. Kailash Kher’s background song ‘Kauwa Chala dekho hans ki chaal’ is rustic, hummable and befits the situation. The film however, is quite foreseeable but it keeps you intrigued and the slight distinctions of expectation. The film does grip you making you wonder if you would ever want to see the judicial system remain as is.

Is justice delayed is justice denied –Watch Jolly LLB for its humorous account of India’s legal system and who says only megastars can draw crowd to the theatres? ‘Jolly LLB’ will demonstrate the orthodox notion wrong. This is a highly recommended watch for everyone! Superb acting with outstanding direction which is sure to tickle the funny bone! The movie receives its LLB with 7/10 stars … A must watch ! 

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