Jolly LLB 2 is jolly good but not exceptional by any stretch of imagination.
Punchy dialogues are the mainstay of the film. The colloquial framing imparts that desired punch.
The two veterans Saurabh Shukla and Annu Kapoor do not disappoint and deliver plauditory performances. That said, I felt Annu Kapoor’s part did not have enough meat on the bones. An actor of his caliber deserves more.
The courtroom drama seems a bit contrived and disjointed at times with characters being parachuted in to prevent the plot from petering out and expiring.
That said, the humor quotient is what keeps the audience yawn-free and anchored to their seats for the duration of the movie.
Huma Qureshi throws back adult beverages like a ravenous alcoholic, partakes in a couple of song and dance sequences, helps her man crack the code and finally turns into the schmaltzy cheerleader-in-chief for her hubby in court. What a brutal waste of her talent!
Will not opine on the technical aspects as there is nothing out of the ordinary to write home about.
Finally, Akshay Kumar proves yet again that he is the most tried and tested ‘trier’ in Bollywood. He will most definitely end up with handsome box office collections to show for his most recent try. He definitely has carved his niche out in the cinema with a social message genre.
That said, to use this role and his prior essays to make a case for his candidature as the Filmfare best actor is simply fantastically far-fetched and preposterous. Akshay knows his limitations really well and works within those bounds which has been the key to his success. He is the only actor in Bollywood who is neither overrated nor underrated!
Good entertainment all round. Watch for the social sermon at end from Shukla which acts as both an indictment and a clarion call to our judiciary.