Taking the franchise of Jolly LLB ahead, Subhash Kapoor directed and Akshay Kumar starrer Jolly LLB 2 released this week. If you loved the sleeper hit Jolly LLB with Arshad Warsi then please do not go with humongous expectations to watch the second part in the franchise. The movie is good but in bits and parts and does not do much justice to the first part at all. However, Akshay Kumar takes the movie to a bigger high just with his sheer presence and acting. More on these later.
What is the movie all about? Jagdishwar Mishra aka Jolly (Akshay Kumar) is a struggling lawyer who makes his living assisting a big time Lucknow lawyer / Nawab and also by taking up small cases individually. His wife, Pushpa (Huma Qureshi) on the other hand, is a supportive wife who loves her husband as well as her drinks. Jolly thinks he will be taken seriously as a lawyer only if her gets his own chamber at the court premises and gets a chance to have one but he is short on money. He sees an opportunity to make things work when he picks up the untouched case of Hina (Sayani Gupta). However, he messes up with her case resulting in her death. Jolly’s conscience takes a beating and he decides to bring her and her dead husband justice. He is set to fight against established lawyer, Mathur (Annu Kapoor) while Sundar Lal Tripathi (Saurabh Shukla) is the judge in charge. A complicated case that revolves around terrorism, corruption, and fake encounters becomes a tough affair for Jolly. Will he be able to unearth the truth is what is left to see.
The story is based on real events and holds promise, however, the screenplay lets down the movie. The dialogues are humorous and the real life situation inside a court is depicted very well. Subhash Kapoor could have mellowed down some drama in the second half and edited few portions to make the movie crisp and entertaining.
Akshay Kumar takes the movie on his able shoulders and delivers a power-packed performance. No other actor could have carried a wafer-thin plot on their shoulders the way Akshay has. Huma Qureshi is wasted in an inconsequential role. However, with just a couple of scenes, Sayani Gupta steals the show. Annu Kapoor, Kumud Mishra in a negative role and Saurabh Shukla as the judge has done a great job. Music is a hindrance in this movie and does not go with the flow. Editing as pointed above could have been crisp in the second half.
Overall, it’s a weak follow up to a strong first part. However, Akshay as usual excels.
My Verdict: **/5