(Originally published on Chits and Chetters: Read it here)
A satire well written on Indian judiciary seldom fails, and Jolly LLB 2 gets the unanimous applause for the theme. Walking on almost identical lines of its predecessor Jolly LLB starring Arshad Warsi, it continues the legacy with an extra pinch of lampoon and hilarity. Obvious it may sound, because the setting this time is not Delhi, but something closer home to conviviality-Uttar Pradesh.
With the screen presence as strong as Saurabh Shukla and Annu Kapoor, you seem to be looking at just another character and not Akshay Kumar, making it clear, that this is not an Akshay Kumar movie but a film driven by these actors and characters. Saurabh Shukla continues as the smart ‘teddy bear’ judge, and one finds several other actors from the first franchise playing various other characters. These trivial but interesting characters are the life of Jolly LLB 2, sprucing it with their own little puns in between.
Subhash Kapoor rises in his finesse as the director and screenplay writer for the movie commenting on Kashmir and fake encounters while presenting the different facets of the judiciary—from chamber allocation, the frivolity of lawyers, the judge’s side of story, the number of pending cases to innumerable other aspects brought in as script nuances. During the closing scene at the court, the conclusion brought through the camera in the very same setup one has been looking throughout the movie is wonderful, with a zoom out wide shot of the courtroom as the judge declares the verdict and comments on the judiciary situation.
Certainly, there are loopholes in the plot and scenes that aren’t necessary in the first part to build up the story—songs being one of them. The music fails to impress. Huma Qureshi has limited screen time. Though the character does bring a defining change in the investigation of Jagdish aka Jolly’s case but that doesn’t prevent one to question if her character couldn’t be brought more often with more substance to it.
If it weren’t for its script, the movie would have fallen for mediocrity, which otherwise it traverses and comes out as a definite watch.