Written and directed by Subhash Kapoor, Jolly LLB 2 is a dark comedy film which highlights the catastrophic state of the Indian judiciary, corrupted Administrative system, pitiful conditions of junior lawyers, merciless senior advocates blinded by power and money, and how lawyers’ chambers are a medium to mint money; acting as safe-houses to criminals rather than safeguarding justice.
A satire on the Indian Legal system, Jolly LLB 2 is a stirring story of a young, guilt-ridden lawyer, ‘Jagdishwar Mishra’ (Akshay Kumar), and his struggles to secure justice while fighting a fake-encounter case against one of the most powerful and influential senior lawyers ‘Promod Mathur’ (Annu Kapoor), in the court of a rather uncommon and comical Judge ‘Sunder Lal Tripathi’ (Saurabh Shukla).
This movie is a fine blend of emotions, intriguing performances, an engaging courtroom drama with a strong message to take back home in the end.
The very first scene manages to engage the audience and gain a positive response.
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Establishing, that although Jolly is the part of the same rut; unethical and dishonest yet he has the smart mind and wit to be a lawyer.
To fulfil his dream, he finds out ways to own a chamber in his own name seeking to leave his senior’s office from where he has got nothing but disrespect (Highlighting how badly juniors who should be mentees of well-established senior advocates are treated as mere assistants).
After fooling a client, Jolly and his family is happy; fulfilling the dream of owning a chamber only to be followed with humiliation and later on guilt.
The story takes a high, in a rather emotional scene where the fooled client- an innocent ‘victim’ caught in the corrupt practices of the legal system – confronts Jolly about his dishonesty.
With a few dips in between, the story becomes highly engaging as the client takes away her life succumbing to her mental and emotional pain.
Remorse and melancholy takes over Jolly, and continues as the underlying emotion throughout the entire movie. Jolly takes upon himself the responsibility of securing justice to his client; bringing an end to the anticipation among the audience.
The screen play in the first half could have been a bit stronger. The film is pacey and with better editing and cinematography it would have been just perfect.
Songs which were being played at the drop of the hat could have been executed in a better way (if not totally avoided) ensuring the story doesn’t go off-track and the emotions remain intact throughout, which was missing in the first half.
The second half was impactful, as it showcased power-packed performances and applauds-worthy dialogues by actors. The character of ‘Huma Qureshi’ as the wife of Jolly was minimal and under-developed, and could have been shaped better.
The character of the Judge by ‘Saurabh Shukla’ was played exceptionally well, adding humour to rather serious criminal case proceedings, generating bits of laughter even in the murkiness of the courtroom.
‘Annu Kapoor’ was remarkable and entirely into his character of a ruthless and authoritative advocate who can go to any extent to prove his point.
There were scenes which depicted his character out rightly condemning the judges and righteously creating chaos in the courtroom, to which even the Judge’s “Order! Order!” was of no use.
As the case progresses, it becomes muddier and challenging. With the whole system being corrupt, there is no straight way for Jolly to prove his case. We see a lawyer turned into an investigator, with everything on stake, Jolly does all he can to win the case.
Though the truth about the case was already known to the audience yet the long dramatic proceedings, with stupendous dialogues and theatrics brought a lot of emotions at play.
It was highly interesting to see how new dimensions were added to it consistently keeping the viewers hooked till the end.
However, there were elements of suspense and thrill which could have been done away with, to keep the drama from being over-the-top.
The judge’s overwhelming verdict could move the audience to an extent that the intense emotions in the courtroom were mirrored in the cinema hall.
All in all, Jolly LLB 2 is a movie, which will show you the reality of the legal system, dirty politics behind law, but at the same time it will leave you with a message which comes effortlessly.
Perhaps not every heart behind the black coat is coloured, not every lawyer is blinded.
Being a law student I left, feeling empowered and inspired.
It made me wonder how it took enormous amount of guilt and bravery on the part of Jolly to actually take the file of ‘Hina Siddiqui’ out of the hundreds of files; come out of the rut and emerge victorious.
If Jolly wasn’t guilt-ridden would he have taken up this case ever?
While I am still pondering on that, I hope you are not pondering upon whether to go or not, to watch this movie.