Jolly LLB 2

Jolly LLB 2’ is a satire-comedy starring Akshay Kumar, Anu Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla, Huma Qureshi, Sayani Gupta, Manav Kaul and Kumud Mishra. It is the second part of the 2013 National Award winning film ‘Jolly LLB’, which starred Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani as the lawyers. Saurabh Shukla reprises his role as Justice Sunderlal Tripathi, and this time, his character has been transferred to Lucknow High Court.

Jagdishwar Mishra aka Jolly (Akshay) is a novice lawyer and works under a firm owned by renowned lawyer Rizvi Sa’ab. Back home, he is a hen-pecked husband to his whiskey-loving, but extremely supportive wife Pushpa (Huma), and a father to a chubby son. Jolly’s father had worked as a stenographer for the lawyer and so his boss sends him on errands to buy vegetables, organise parties, but he hasn’t fought a case yet. Jolly dreams of owning a chamber of his own and make his father proud. Taking advantage of the loopholes in the law, he makes money the easy way and moves out of the shackles of his boss. He tricks a pregnant widow Hina Siddiqui (Sayani Gupta) and takes money from her to fight her case. Hina is seeking justice for her husband Iqbal Qasim (Manav Kaul), who was shot in a fake encounter by a cop Suryaveer Singh (Kumud Mishra). But when Hina realises that Jolly has cheated her for money, she is disillusioned and commits suicide. This disturbs Jolly so much that he begins to get nightmares and feels the prick of conscience. He decides to fight for justice and files a PIL (Public Interest Litigation). But his adversary in the court is the rich, experienced and intimidating advocate Sachin Kantilal Mathur (Anu Kapoor), who doesn’t even hesitate to fight with the judge, Justice Sunderlal Tripathi (Saurabh Shukla), who has undergone a bypass surgery and has his attention divided between delivering justice and preparing for his daughter’s wedding. How the underdog Jolly rises and takes on the prolific lawyer, the corrupt system and administration, and the obstacles he faces, forms the rest of the story.

At the core ‘Jolly LLB 2’ is about the conditions of the Indian courts where, cases remain pending for years and people pass away waiting for justice. There is also the sub-plot of the fake-encounter due to a mistaken identity, which gives the courtroom satire a twist of investigative thriller. The sharp and emotionally hard-hitting dialogues and funny one-liners are the best part of the film. The plot is amply peppered with lots of funny situations and emotional outburst which holds the audiences’ interests. There is also a reference to the prequel when Justice Tripathi asks Jolly if he has a brother in Delhi; “Ab ka koi bhai hai ke kya dilli mein? Ek jolly ko dekh doosre jolly ki yaad aa gayi.” (referring to Arshad Warsi’s character Jagdish Tyagi). There are also some small details in the screenplay which adds to the satire quotient; like the scene where the judge speaks on phone near a board prohibiting use of cell phones inside the courtroom. There is also right amount of action, both inside and outside the court. The second part of the film becomes a little melodramatic with lengthy legal lectures, which seem forced, but the scenes are well enacted.

The superb cast, especially the inimitable Saurabh Shukla, is another plus point of the movie. Shukla’s characterization is made to be a jovial person who loves Bollywood, as his entry is marked with a short performance on ‘Gulabo’ song, makes reference to Sunny Deol in ‘Damini’, and talks about getting a Manish Malhotra designer lehenga for his daughter’s wedding. He gets to mouth the best lines and makes audience laugh every now and then with his humour and straight-faced dialogue-delivery, especially in the second half.

Akshay is known for his comic timing and he ensures laughter at regular intervals. He portrays his character with aplomb, transforming from the scheming and fun-loving person to a serious lawyer, with the right kind of emotions and expressions. The first part of the movie mostly rides on Akshay’s shoulders and he is a delight to watch.

Anu Kapoor is a seasoned actor and has brilliantly performed the role of a corrupt lawyer who becomes subdued towards the climax. Huma Qureshi doesn’t have much to do, but is compelling in her role. Sayani Gupta is impressive in her brief role, and Kumud Mishra played the corrupt cop very well, while Inaamulhaq of ‘Airlift’ also makes an interesting appearance.

Overall, with minor flaws, ‘Jolly LLB 2’ makes the right noises heavily banking on situational comedy, mixed with right amount of hard-hitting realism. And with the presence of Akshay, it is a masala entertainer.