Director- Subhash Kapoor
Starring- Akshay Kumar and Huma Qureshi
Rating- 2.5 stars
Two actors playing lawyers in the court room. One enunciates every word; the other almost screams through his lines. One gives meaning and depth to his words, the other struggles with saliva, fuming at the corner of his mouth and in your head you go, ‘bro, say, don’t spray.’ It’s at this moment that you realize how the natural talent mercilessly exposes the limitations of the other. Who’s who, is for me to know and you to guess!!
Jolly LLB addresses many issues; terrorism, corruption, government officials’ apathy and does a fair job of it. But it’s a Hindi film. It has to crack jokes; after all it’s an Akshay Kumar massy film yaar. So like most Hindi films, it runs on two parallels; an important murder case and a bunch of jokes that have little or no relevance in the film.
The judge’s daughter is getting married. The typo on her wedding card, ‘Sangeeta wets Dev’ is funny but hardly has any connection with the film. Also the phone conversations about how she wants a Manish Malhotra lehnga on her wedding in the middle of an important case proceeding is just forced. Humor needs to be intrinsic, not an afterthought and though it makes quite a comment on our system, it derails the plot of the film multiple times and you are like, GET TO THE POINT ALREADY!! Zoya Akhtar is the only director who has used Manish Malhotra jokes, making a comment on the industry designers with a very effective context to the film, Luck By Chance.
Jolly LLB painfully moves from one witness to the other, none of which contribute to the climax of the scene. The last 10 minutes brings the main culprit in the witness box who admits his crime and all is well in the la la land. Where he suddenly surfaced from, how our hero nailed him, none of which is elucidated.
Arrey if he had to finally come unannounced, unexplained, then the filmmakers should have presented him much before na, why waste my time bro?
Subhash Kapoor handles many departments; story, direction, screenplay, though he scores high as a dialogue writer. The repartee among the lawyers and the judge in the courtroom has a good wordplay.
Akshay Kumar usually strikes a balance with Housefuls and Airlifts of the world. Either he is the uncouth-bachche-ki-jaan-lega types or pulls a somber Rustom face on us. In Jolly he mixes both and doesn’t offer anything new that we haven’t seen.
Anu Kapoor plays a flamboyant lawyer. Why? We have no clue, but he is sharper than his sharp tuxedos and brighter than his shiniest pair of shoes. He delivers his dialogues with such conviction that it's applause worthy.
Kumudh Mishra once again acts brilliantly with his eyes and shows what an underrated actor he is. We want to see him as a central character in a film!!
Saurabh Shukla evokes a laugh or two as well.
Alas the narrative of the film is extremely incoherent. There is no nail biting investigation but a couple of witnesses, whose stories, the writers don’t invest in at all. They are used like diapers and thrown leaving you disconnected.
If the film focused on the crime, without trying too hard to make it easy-breezy and crack jokes that don’t have much context to the film, it would have made for a far more compelling story.
But who am I kidding? The film will work anyway. It has Akshay Kumar, funny one liners and a Holi song. There I can already see a blockbuster written all over it!
THE RATINGS MEAN:
5 stars: Loved it. (This could make to top ten movies you must watch before you die!)
4 stars: Liked it. Recommend it. (This will help you sound intellectual and give you stuff to add at water cooler conversations.)
3 stars: Didn’t hurt. Watch it once.
2 stars: It put me to sleep. Watch it if you are an insomniac or a newly wedded couple. Winks!
1 star: Do I even need to explain this?