By Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times
Films demand good researches when they are based on the theme of corruption in Indian judiciary, and Jolly LLB 2 scores well on this front. Akshay Kumar’s biggest challenge in this film is to match up to the expectations that the audience has with the franchise.
The first instalment had Arshad Warsi as Jagdish Tyagi and he carried the entire film on his shoulder. His friendly courtroom banter with justice Sunderlal Tripathi (Surabh Shukla) is still fresh in our memory. So, when we meet Jagdishwar Mishra (Akshay Kumar), the new Jolly, the first question that comes to our mind is: Has director Subhash Kapoor found a worthy successor in Akshay Kumar?
Yes, Akshay’s ‘jolly’ self is impressive. He thinks he is shrewd, but is confused. Most of his antics backfire and he is still in search of a big break. His wife, Pushpa (Huma Qureshi), enjoys her alcohol and tries to instil some sense into Jolly’s mind, but all in vain. Jolly isn’t ready to change. His motto: A good life is all about money.
He has a nemesis in Justice Tripathi (Saurabh Shukla reprising his role from the first film). His colleague Mathur (Annu Kapoor) is another hurdle Jolly faces at work.
The film changes its tone from here on and becomes a commentary on the Indian judicial system. But, this is just a beginning for Jolly. His fight against the mighty and corrupt will take him to unknown places and dreaded people. It’s tragic and funny at the same time.
Akshay Kumar’s comic timing is the backbone of this story. His dialect, theatrics, dialogues, everything is spot on, but he is yet to deliver a powerful speech like Arshad Warsi.
With a fantastic support cast like Saurabh Shukla, Annu Kapoor and Inamul Haq, Jolly LLB 2 looks like a winner. Director Subhash is clearly in command of a story that seems to have a well written screenplay.