Jolly LLB 2 movie review : Akshay Kumar, Saurabh Shukla make this an unalloyed delight

Jolly LLB 2 movie review: Akshay Kumar film is such a cracking watch because it goes bravely where few films go these days: send across a message which doesn't feel forced about gender equality, religious amity and probity in legal profession.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: February 15, 2017 12:44 pm
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Jolly LLB 2 movie cast: Akshay Kumar, Huma Qureshi, Saurabh Shukla, Annu Kapoor
Jolly LLB 2 movie director: Subhash Kapoor
Jolly LLB 2 movie rating: 3.5 stars

Jolly LLB 2 is the kind of film Hindi cinema used to make at a time when its primary activity was to tell a rousing tale, using star power to embellish it.

This sequel of Jolly LLB, infinitely superior to the first, 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. Yes, there a few dips, and some slips, but on the whole, this Akshay Kumar-starrer is a win.

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It engaged me right from the first frame. And though you know exactly how it will end, there are enough good performances, and enough heft to keep us with it.

Kanpur-wale Jagdishwar Mishra aka Jolly (Akshay Kumar), now a Lucknow-nivasi, is lawyer-in-the-making. Which means that Jolly is just the kind of shifty individual who will indulge in just the kind of dodgy activity to help him cross the hump, from a 15th assistant of a snooty senior advocate to a ‘vakil’ in his own right, with his own chamber.

But you also know that this Jolly will see the path of truth sooner vs later, and set out to slap the bad guys into submission. Not with the kind of kicks and slaps that we’ve got used to from Akshay’s actioners, but the sort of colourful verbal sparring that lawyers engage in, dotted with some hilarious throwaway lines which the star generously shares with his terrific co-stars, especially Saurabh Shukla and Annu Kapoor.

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The former is an unalloyed delight, even better than he was in the first film. I’d go so far as to say that if Shukla weren’t in it, it would be a lesser film. Kapoor, as the mendacious legal eagle who will go to any extent to further his cause (first his, and then his clients’), is excellent, too.

So are the supporting acts. Huma Qureshi, who pops up once in a while, before the script forgets about her, fits right in as Jolly’s ‘angrezi-swigging-biwi’. Kumud Mishra as the thoroughly bad cop is a nice change of image for this amiable actor.

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And the film putters along nicely on the brawny shoulders (revealed when the star has to endorse his brand of ‘baniyan’, tsk tsk) of its star. Akshay dials down the ready-for-all-comers sharp action hero persona and dons a thick-moochwala fella who wants to get ahead, but has an innately noble streak, enough to save him. We see him doing stuff that superstars do not — a great scene which has Jolly slaving at the gas stove and his wife seated at the dining table, will kick start a conversation around gender role reversal, I predict, because, you know, star and all — and show a weak streak before conquering it.

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There are problems, of course. The one time I checked out was in a song which has Akshay and Huma do the boogie-woogie. Why, why? When everything else is going swimmingly along? Throw all superfluous gaana-bajaana out, I say.

Also, though we like that this film is not inherently scared of drama, and it fully embraces its dramatic bits — something else that’s gone missing from today’s Bollywood — it does fling in contrivances which take away from the core strength of the film. Especially towards the end, which gets stretched, and a trifle preachy about Hindu-Muslim ekta and bhaichara.

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But I’m happy to ignore those bits because it does go bravely where few films do: send across a message without it feeling grafted on, about religious amity, and probity amongst a profession which has been buried under lies and corruption. The way it’s done, the message gives it meaning minus sanctimony.

Jolly LLB 2 is a cracking watch, despite its few squelchy parts. Aur yeh lock kiya jaaye, mi’lord.

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    Abhinav
    Feb 11, 2017 at 10:26 am
    Dude - 2 was no where close to first one. So if you liked 2 - there could be 2 possibilities. Either you have not seen 1 or you have an impaired vision - as you cannot swe through the 'forced' dialogues, sets of 2
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      Hirra
      Feb 10, 2017 at 5:26 pm
      Maza aya movie daikh k
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        Hirra
        Feb 10, 2017 at 5:28 pm
        kaabil se to better ha where hritik was the only root.here each character plays his part n contribute.one man movie nahi ha ye
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          Satya
          Feb 11, 2017 at 5:55 am
          I like this mo
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            Teej
            Feb 11, 2017 at 9:07 am
            Best support acress role for HINA 0 a character well pla. Annu Kapoor needs a face lift or please come sans make up, Judge SAAB too was excellent !
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              Teej
              Feb 11, 2017 at 9:06 am
              Missed the Arshad Warsi SPRAK and HUMOUR. Ajay tries but fails. Overall a HELP HELP with a panadol.
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                Vasu
                Feb 15, 2017 at 5:50 am
                Sorry, this film just didnt work for me thoughi'm an Akkie fan. He was majorly let down by the script which did not let him be himself. Saurabh as the judge was superb! The premise of this movie was to take up a national issue (hence the tagline 'vs the state') and offer a solution. Nothing of the sort happens and its plot is severely restricted. Just to balance things, would like to state that even the first one was a similar failure as it was projected as a slapstick comedy, but later got all preachy and sanctimonious. Just not worth the time and money to watch in a theatre.
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                  Ajay Gupta
                  Feb 10, 2017 at 4:51 pm
                  Jolly LLB 2 isone stupid movie. This is a paid review to entice people. The original Jolly LLB was far more superior to the sequel
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                    Amit
                    Feb 14, 2017 at 1:18 pm
                    "This sequel of Jolly LLB, infinitely superior to the first, 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. Yes, there a few dips, and some slips, but on the w, this Akshay Kumar-starrer is a win."lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;What! Seriously!? Yes, that was my reaction after reading the above lines... and so I didn't care to read any further.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This movie, and all the main characters (except for Kumud Mishra ) are a big joke when compared to the first installation... and while it is expected of Akshay Kumar, the makers managed to pull an over-the-top performance even from the inimitable Saurabh Shukla.lt;br/gt;No matter how hard he tries, Akshay Kumar fails infuse the intensity, restlessness and urgency to the character like Arshad Warsi did... Arshad Warsi's Jolly brought genuineness to the character. He was motivated, aggressive, caring but not quite ready as a trial lawyer... his fumbles in the court makes for the funny part of that movie, but he learns the game as the movie progresses and commits to the case fully aware what's at stake ... and it shows. Akshay Kumar fails to make the audience believe that he's truly committed, I know the events happen, but he walks thru all of it nonchalantly, he doesn't look worried or restless. lt;br/gt;And except for taunting Jolly, arguing with the judge, and other hyper antics, Annu Kapoor's Pramod Mathur does nothing on screen to come-off as a big shot lawyer, which Boman Irani did with complete authority.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I suggest Ms. Gupta to see the the first movie again... and use words like "a solid plot, a strong sense of time and place and rhythm, and a confidence" more judiciously.
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                      anil raskar
                      Feb 12, 2017 at 4:19 am
                      Good movie and message for nation too. Akshay Kumar is real deshpremi.
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                        Avinash
                        Feb 10, 2017 at 10:01 am
                        awesome movie
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                          Bhushan Gawande
                          Feb 10, 2017 at 9:10 am
                          It's almost same like first part but the message about justice is louder in this part ....the aura of boman irani missed here but annu kapoor play good role hats off to saurabh shukla lt;br/gt;Overall good film
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                            bha patel
                            Feb 10, 2017 at 11:25 am
                            Outstanding movie
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                              Nines Awe
                              Feb 12, 2017 at 1:46 pm
                              awesome movie on current systerm
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                                fan
                                Feb 10, 2017 at 7:08 pm
                                gt;gt;gt;gt;gt;gt;gt;gt;gt;gt;gt;gt;gt; All the Fans htmllt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;TO check out LIVE jolly llb 2 box office collection
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                                  fan
                                  Feb 10, 2017 at 7:06 pm
                                  gt;gt;gt;gt;gt;gt;gt;gt;gt;gt;gt;gt;gt; All the Fans lt;lt;lt;lt;lt;lt;lt;lt;lt;lt;lt;lt;lt;lt;lt;lt;lt;br/gt;check out LIVE jolly llb 2 box office collection
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                                    fan
                                    Feb 10, 2017 at 7:07 pm
                                    gt;gt;gt;gt;gt;gt;gt;gt;gt;gt;gt;gt;gt; All the Fans out LIVE jolly llb 2 box office collection
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                                      Ganesh Gopal
                                      Feb 12, 2017 at 7:00 am
                                      Akshay is good.... but Arshad warsi was better... Saurab Shukla was better in 1st version.
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                                        halcyon
                                        Feb 16, 2017 at 4:19 pm
                                        The same reviewer gave Dear Zindagi 1.5 star, so nothing to say.
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                                          Karun Kumar
                                          Feb 10, 2017 at 6:49 pm
                                          The best movie of 2017 so far. Period.
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                                            Raja
                                            Feb 19, 2017 at 8:35 am
                                            Is that why this movie made three times the money of the part first? What m0nkeys you are!
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