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Movie review: Jolly LLB 2 – a satirical entertainer with a strong message
Storyline: The film is a courtroom drama and a sequel of the 2013 hit film Jolly LLB which starred Arshad Warsi in the lead role. Akshay plays Jagdishwar Mishra aka Jolly, an apprentice of a senior lawyer in Lucknow. Driven by ambition, Jolly dupes Hina Siddique (Sayani Gupta), a pregnant widow on the pretext that the senior counsel will take up her husband's murder case. But when she realises that Jolly is fraud, she commits suicide. This incident leaves Jolly with a sense of guilt, arousing his consciousness. A changed man, he embarks upon the path of truth in search of justice in an unfinished case. But will he succeed?

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Huma Qureshi, Annu Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla, Sayani Gupta

Director: Subhash Kapoor

Genre: Courtroom drama / Crime thriller / Comedy

Run time: 2 hours 20 minutes

IMDb rating: 9/10 

Review: This sequel to the 2013 hit film Jolly LLB is undoubtedly far superior than its prequel, both in terms of treatment and execution. First of all, Jolly LLB 2 has a solid plot, which tells a rousing tale fluently and rhythmically. Yes, it does have its shares of dips and slips, but on the overall, the movie is entertaining.

Jolly played by Akshay is an over ambitious `vakil' who would go to any extent to beat the queue and surpass hoards of small-time lawyers to become a lawyer of high stature having both name and fame and not to forget, his own chamber. During his various outings as a much junior lawyer, he exposes and takes advantages of the loopholes in the legal system.

However, Jolly is an altogether different man at home, where he plays the docile husband of Pushpa Pandey (Huma), who loves her whiskey and often doses off after a few drinks. Jolly cooks for his wife, showing a gender role reversal of his character. But the film largely focuses on the courtroom drama, as it forms the crux of the plot.

Subhash Kapoor, the writer and director of Jolly LLB 2, one must admit has done his homework well by deeply studying the Indian Penal Code and legal system. While the prequel had dealt with a hit-and-run case, this one deals with a case of mistaken identity of a J&K terrorist.

The film ensures ample dosage of humour and emotions which keep you glued to your seat, despite the fact that the plot is very much predictable and offers no surprises. There is also plenty of action going on as well, both inside and outside the courtroom.

However, post interval, the film loses pace as the director tries to feed too much legal knowledge to the audience. The latter half of the movie predominantly focuses on the legal arguments between Jolly and his adversary, senior lawyer Pramod Mathur (Annu Kapoor). However, just like the prequel, Saurabh Shukla once again shines as the witty and funny Judge Tripathy. Without him, Jolly LLB 2 would have been a much lesser film.

Performances wise, Akshay flawlessly portrays Jolly, a street-smart lawyer who knows how to use the system to his advantage, if the need arises. Huma and Annu too perfectly fit into their roles and come out with effortless performances.

The climax of the films seems a bit over stretched with lots of unnecessary Hindu-Muslim mumbo jumbo being filled in, making the film preachy. However, notwithstanding these sequences, the film delivers a loud and clear message on religious harmony and work ethics. The film is a good entertainer and a decent weekend watch.

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