Akshay Kumar is truly a versatile actor, and doesn’t shy away from experimenting with different scripts and roles. From Houseful and Garam Masala to Airlift and Rustom, he’s done 109 movies in last 26 years, with more flops than hits, though that has never deterred him.
I wasn’t expecting much from Jolly LL.B 2 – it has Akshay Kumar and Huma Qureshi in lead, with Annu Kapoor and Saurabh Shukla in supporting but meaty roles. It’s written and directed by Subhash Kapoor, and produced by Fox Star Studios (money money!).
Akshay Kumar (Jolly) is stuck in a thankless job, cutting corners at every opportunity that he gets. He cons a pregnant woman with false hopes, who eventually finds out that she has been misled and commits suicide. This tragic death of an eight months pregnant woman jolts Jolly out his selfish path, and throws him into an entertaining court drama.
It may not be a novel script but it has been a while that something along those lines came out. There is court drama, bits of romance and suspense here and there, and lots of insight into the crippling justice system guiding countries like India and Pakistan. Smelly courtrooms, dysfunctional air-conditioning, broken down furniture, and the works.
It is an interesting movie, and Akshay Kumar has done his role plenty of justice as always. He’s funny when the situation calls for it, draws out emotions with his dialogue delivery, and makes sure that the movie keeps up the pace. He doesn’t let the rhythm drop, which is commendable as the story is not exciting but rather predictable. There is a flurry of supporting actors, though Annu and Saurabh stand out for being a relentless, evil attorney and teddy bear look-alike judge, respectively.
Dialogues of Jolly LL.B 2 have to be my favourite thing about this movie. I am glad that writers, led by Subhash Kapoor, have done their jobs really well. There are lots of emotions and bashing, communicated only with words. In an industry that’s obsessed with bombs and guns, it is refreshing to see a movie turn to communication instead of arms to get the bad guys down on their knees.
Should you watch it? Sure. Akshay Kumar is a treat to watch in a platonic way, and if you are a Bollywood buff, then you definitely ought to go to your nearest cinema pronto. It doesn’t have Bollywood’s typical latkas and jhatkas, yet worth it – and that says a lot!
My rating: 3.8/5