The State Vs Jolly LLB2

Perfectly blended law and humour

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Bollywood courts have come a long way from ‘tareekh pe tareekh’ to ‘No means No’. Writer Director Subhash Kapoor lifts the ‘bar’ (pun intended) even higher with Jolly LLB 2. You get the feel of law, right from the elaborated disclaimer in Akshay Kumar’s voice in the beginning of the film to the specific sections of IPC quoted in the end.

Audience clapped and cheered as Jagdishwar Mishra aka Jolly appears on the screen riding his scooter. Within minutes we get to know that it was not only Akshay’s stardom but the claps were well deserved as we see this ‘qualified’ lawyer from Kanpur helping students pass their English exam for Rs.5000 by dictating answers on loudspeaker and outsmarting everyone who tries to double cross him. This street smart, small town lawyer is tired of being sidekick of a prominent lawyer in Lucknow who treats him like Munsi and is tempted to defraud a client in a bid to arrange money for his personal chamber.

Things go out of hand, leading to serious consequence and guilt ridden Jagdishwar Mishra goes out of the way to fight for justice in a corrupt system. He is seen dodging bullets in Hazratganj and traveling length and breadth of the country to find evidences. Despite some very strong messages and serious scenes, the movie keeps the tempo just right and the jolly feeling stays throughout the movie.

There are many laugh-out-loud moments and also moments that will make you reach for tissues.  Retaining some of the bollywood clichés, this movie does justice to comedy courtroom drama while being realistic in many ways. You will cheer for Jolly in every argument between him and Pramod Mathur (Annu Kapoor) and feel sad for every setback that Jolly faces.

Judge Sunder Lal Tripathy ( Saurabh Shukla) is a delight to watch as he dances to “Gulabo” and hammers the table while hiding under it.Movie has many funny dialogues and a strong monologue by Saurabh Shukla in the end. There is not a single dull moment in the film.

The film raises the issue of custodial deaths and encounter killings that remain unexplained and handles it very well. It highlights the plight of the Indian Judiciary system but does not overdo it. Just the right mixture of entertainment and education. Every scene is enjoyable and more so if you are associated with legal field.References to Lucknow and Kanpur are spot on and Akshay Kumar convincingly plays a small town lawyer trying to make it big. Jolly LLB was a surprise hit of 2013 and Jolly LLB 2 is sure to recreate the magic for this year.