Film Review: The State vs Jolly LLB
Director: Subhash Kapoor
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Huma Qureshi, Anu Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla
Rating: Three and a half stars
At one glance:
Enter Jagdishwar Mishra, aka Jolly LLB, making way on his scooter in the world of two-pieces lawyers lingering on the streets like an open market. He is innocent and doesn’t flinch in doubling as a clerk and help in the house of senior advocate, Rizvi. It is always a tough job to live up to the expectations of a super successful franchise and that too, situational comedy, or for that matter, a legal satire. The trio of Akshay Kumar-Saurabh Shukla-Annu Kapoor lives up to the expectations. The State vs Jolly LLB is a must watch for the verdict is positive for highlighting the flaws of the legal system and lawyers dallying tricks, in a light-headed manner.
The real hero of the film is the tight screenplay that brings all the elements together and boosting the narrative coupled with the one-liners that brand Akshay carries forward. Akshay Kumar is the hero of the masses and he doesn’t fail in his comic antics. He is near perfect as the commoner-cum-jolly Lucknowi seedha saadha lawyer, who doesn’t shy in fooling a helpless woman Hina (Sayani Gupta). The story gathers steam from there and doesn’t look back, moving at a frenetic pace. As the wronged woman whom the system has murdered, Sayani Gupta as Hina Siddiqui is terrific, explodes on-screen and shines in the brief emotional scenes. Certainly, the girl has a brilliant future as an actor.
Back to Akki, he is simply brilliant as Jolly and his terrific one-liners are the show stealers, ‘Kya aap baata sakte hai ki Salman Khan ki shaadi kab hogi? Beta jo vakeel paise wapas kar de na…woh vakeel hi nahi hota… dekhna Pushpa, main aise aise cases jeetunga ke duniya kahegi…woh jaa raha hai Jagdishwar Mishra aur uski biwi Pushpa Pandey Rolls Royce mein…Pushpa!’ He simply nails every single scene that comes his way and his terrific comic timing simply elevates the film. The good ole’ commoner goofy Akshay is back. In short, our Khiladi Kumar is in splendid form and at his exceptional best.
As the judge, Saurabh Shukla is simply hilarious and is quite a show-stealer, whether practicing the dance moves for his daughter’s wedding, watering his plant or discussing Manish Malhotra’s lehenga. He’s one of the best reasons to watch the film and as one watches Saurabh-Annu Kapoor-Akshay, the makers must take a bow for this almost perfect casting in this courtroom satire. Annu Kapoor plays the evil lawyer, in charge of defending accused inspector Suryaveer Singh (Kumud Mishra) for sending an innocent man in the guillotine of death and swapping him with a terrorist. Annu Kapoor gains the upper edge in the initial court proceedings and during the conflict with Akshay outside the court. It’s the trio that holds up The State vs Jolly LLB giving the film the high moments that soars above the prequel, making us forget the initial outing.
Huma Qureshi is one of the most talented artists in the film industry for whom I have immense respect for. She is an electrifying talent but sadly, in this outing, Huma as Pushpa doesn’t have much to do. But, she has her moments, be it when Akshay is shot and she yells, or the whisky drinking wife, served by her husband in Lucknow. Of course, one of the scenes that highlights her chemistry with Akshay is strengthened by this dialogue, Tum dekhna Pushpa, main aise aise cases jeetunga ke duniya kahegi…woh jaa raha hai Jagdishwar Mishra aur uski biwi Pushpa Pandey Rolls Royce mein…Pushpa!
The second outing does suffer from minor glitches, be it the film’s length which could have been chopped off or the chasing scene in Kashmir where Jolly fled with one of the witness. Of course, there are certain scenes in court which was exaggerated like Anu Kapoor’s dharna. But, it has been executed so well to push further the envelope of satire that no one is complaining.
It’s a herculean task to live up to a super successful sequel and director Subhash Kapoor has accomplished his task brilliantly with a water tight script, screenplay and narration. The word boring simply doesn’t exist in the director’s dictionary. The holi song, Go Pagal, is pictured in a delightful manner. Of course, Akshay Kumar nails it in the climax: ‘Iss duniya ke sabse bada jaahil ne kahan tha…ishq aur jung mein sab kuch jayaaz hai. Kyun ki agar aisa hai, to phir border par sipaaiho ke sar katne wale bhi jayaaz hai aur jawan ladkio par acid fekne wale aashiq bhi.’ Jolly LLB 2 is a satire that sends a powerful message highlighting the plight of commoners when Senior advocate Rizvi during a disciplinary committee to bar Jolly from practising says, if we start barring lawyers there won’t be any in court knowing the conduct of most of the them. Bang on.