Starring: Akshay Kumar (Jagdishwar Mishra-Jolly), Huma Qureshi (Pushpa Pandey), Saurabh Shukla (Justice Sunderlal Tripathi), Annu Kapoor (Pramod Mathur), Kumud Mishra (Suryaveer Singh), Sayani Gupta (Hina Siddiqui)
Director: Subhash Kapoor
In 2013, we saw a young and confused Jagdishwar Mishra (Jolly) shake the judiciary and bureaucracy with his punching arguments and hard hitting speeches. Director Subhah Kapoor’s prequel in 2013 was one of the better films of the year and boasted of some exquisite acting and writing. The much awaited sequel, starring Akshay Kumar and Annu Kapoor in the lead, hit theaters on 11th February 2017 with a string of cheers and applauds, but it lacks the quality of the previous film.
Jolly’s train starts off in the city of Nawabs, Lucknow, as we also see scenes shot in Kashmir and other parts of Uttar Pradesh. The stations this train passes are entertaining at times but drain your stamina out as the journey spans for 140 minutes. Acting performances are spot on but you certainly miss the Boman-Arshad aura from the previous film. Not only the plot but the film also misses out on the adorable Arshad Warsi and Amrita Rao love story that made us love Jolly more in 2013 and 2017.
Akshay Kumar and Annu Kapoor are spot on and put up some commendable scenes, but fail to keep you interested in the film. The story revolves around the case of a fake encounter and has pretty much been set up on the template of Jolly LLB which gives a stale taste to the entire dish. Huma Qureshi, Syanai Gupta and Kumud Mishra play their part but their impact is short lived as you see the burden of expectations transcend onto the lead characters.
Subhash Kapoor’s direction is quite OK, as the film gets boring at times but does not fail to give you those drooling moments which you expect. Court room scenes are well directed as judge Saurabh Shukla steals the show with his authority and impulsive dialogues. Jolly LLB 2 gives out a lot of unwanted drama and twists in the plot which make the journey unnecessarily long and uninteresting. The film brilliantly captures the flavour of Lucknow and sends some catchy dialogues that are going to be loved by the Indian audiences.
Int he end, Jagdishwar Mishra delivers a moving message that is very important to be heard by the judiciary of the country as the trio of Akshay Kuamr, Annu Kapoor and Saurabh Shukla strive their utmost to nail the icing on the cake., but fail to give off the captivating Jolly LLB feeling. Jolly LLB 2 may do great with the Box Office numbers but certainly is nothing near to my expectations from the film and it goes down in the books as a very ordinary film with a short lived spark.
The Cinema Station’s Rating: Not so Exciting 3rd AC journey