Movie Review: Jolly LLB 2

Jolly LLB 2: Right Mix of Realistic & Commercial Cinema

“Jolly LLB” released in 2013, set a trend for court room drama genre. Based on the real life incident of hit and run, the movie was a commercial and critical success.

“Jolly LLB 2” is a sequel of the same, but with an absolutely new story of police fake encounters which are rampant nowadays. The story shifts to Lucknow for the sequel, and tells the story of yet another lawyer Jagdishwar Prasad Mishra a.k.a Jolly (Akshay Kumar) who though a LLB, but works as a Man Friday for the renowned lawyer Rizvi (Ram Gopal Bajaj), doing odd jobs for him. In course of things Jolly comes across Hina (Sayani Gupta) who is struggling to get a lawyer for her husband’s fake encounter case and she wants Rizvi to fight the same. Jolly gives false promises to convince Rizvi to fight her case and takes money from her. On knowing that she has been duped by Jolly, Hina commits suicide. All hell breaks loose on Jolly, whether he redeems himself as a lawyer and a human being is what the rest of the movie is all about.

Written by the director Subhash Kapoor himself, the story is engaging and the screenplay fast paced. Subhash definitely has studied the law practice very closely, as he gets the nuances of law and its practice absolutely bang on. One the biggest plus for the script are its well defined characters. Each character no matter how small it is has been included for a reason. Another plus is the pace of the movie; it does not have any dull moment and keeps you glued on till the end with twist and turns thrown in to pep up the narration. What Subhash gets absolutely right from his writing is the emotional quotient, it is neither too overpowering with melodrama, neither it is too subtle for a commercial movie; the balance is absolutely in right proportion. The script has the right mix of realistic and commercial cinema. Though I thought the movie could have been concluded with more finesse, as there are a few loose ends which are not addressed. Another dampener is the songs which slows the pace a bit. The dialogues also are apt as per the narration.

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With a good script it is absolutely essential to compliment it with strong performances, and “Jolly LLB 2” does not disappoint, rather it fares with flying colours. Akshay Kumar who played Jagdishwar Prasad Mishra, gets his act bang on from the first frame, his dialect his body language suits the character to the T. Akshay Kumar yet again proves that as an actor he has grown tremendously and his endeavour for doing good impactful roles has paid off. Annu Kapoor as lawyer Sachin Kantilal Mathur, gives a crackling and memorable performance. I would request Annu Kapoor to do more movies so that we can see the glimpse of his brilliance. Saurabh Shukla reprises his role from the prequel as Justice Sunderlal Tripathi, and yet again gives an impactful performance justifying his National Award for the prequel. Another performance which stands out though being a small role is of Sayani Gupta’s portrayal of Hina Siddiqui, her portrayal consolidates the narration and her presence is felt even when her role is over. Kumud Mishra who plays the cunning and shrewd Inspector Suryaveer Singh, does justice to his character of an antagonist. Huma Qureshi as Pushpa, Jolly’s wife does well, though her character does not create any impact on the narration. Rest of the cast comprising of Vinod Nagpal, Vishwa Mohan Badola, Manav Kaul, Ram Gopal Bajaj, Sanjay Mishra, Gurpal Singh and Brijendra Kala do an excellent job.

Subhash Kapoor proves that the success of “Jolly LLB” was not a fluke and that content is the king. Subhash not does an exemplary job as a writer but also as a director for extracting some brilliant performances from the cast. Though “Jolly LLB 2” may not be a movie with technical finesse, but overall Subhash has a winner, which will impress the classes and the masses alike.

Music of “Jolly LLB 2” is nothing to write home about. Editing by Chandrashekhar Prajapati needs a special mention, as his razor sharp editing keeps the pace in check, though the songs could have been edited. Production design by Gautam Sen, keeps the aesthetics as realistic as possible, especially the court room set.

“Jolly LLB 2” pulls the right strings and eventually entertains as well as addresses some stark realities with ease… I will go with FOUR stars….

Movie Rating: (4 / 5)

Official Trailer: Jolly LLB 2

Jolly LLB was a surprise hit of 2013, which told the story of a not so successful lawyer Jagdish Tyagi (Arshad Warsi) who fights his biggest case against a renowned lawyer Tejiner Rajpal (Boman Irani) and wins. Loosely based on Sanjeev Nanda hit and run case the movie was critically and box office success. It fetched National Awards for Best Feature Film in Hindi and Best Supporting Actor to Saurabh Shukla for the role of the judge….

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Subhash Kapoor the director takes the journey forward in the sequel “Jolly LLB 2” which again emphasizes on the legal system prevalent in India through another not so successful lawyer Jagdishwar Mishra essayed by Akshay Kumar. Saurabh Shukla again reprises his award winning role of Justice Sunderlal Tripathi yet again for this movie. The rival advocate is being played by Anu Kapoor. The rest of the cast comprises of Huma Qureshi, Sayani Gupta, Elli Avram, Manav Kaul & Kumud Mishra. Arshad Warsi again reprises the role of Jagdish Tyagi in a cameo…

Written by Subhash Kapoor the story in kept under wraps and not much has been revealed…

Music has been composed by a fleet of Music Directors like Manj Musik, Meet Bros, Chirantan Bhatt, Komail Shayan & Vishal Khurana.. Cinematography is of Kamal Jeet Negi….

“Jolly LLB 2” is produced by Fox Star Studios and releases on 10th February 2017…

The official trailer almost looks like a rehash of the prequel, but can Akshay Kumar give a impactful performance and whether it becomes a success as its prequel,  is what needs to be seen…till then enjoy the Official Trailer…

Azhar: Official Trailer

“Azhar”, is a film based on the Indian cricketer Mohammad Azharruddin. The movie chronicles the cricketer’s journey from being a no one to a renowned cricketer and his controversial life like the famous betting case against him, or his love life with Bollywood actress Sangeeta Bijlani whom he married later or his infamous link up with Jwala Gutta….Azhar Official Trailer

Tony D’Souza, the famous novelist debuts as a director in Bollywood with “Azhar”….

Emraan Hashmi plays the titular role of “Azhar”, for which he almost took a break from other movie assignments to concentrate and prepare for the role of a cricketer. The other cast includes Prachi Desai, Nargis Fakhri, Huma Qureshi, Lara Dutta, Kunal Roy Kapoor, Gautam Gulati, Rajesh Sharma & Manjot Singh…

Written by Rajat Arora the movie expects to explore many facets of the controversial cricketer’s life…

The music has been scored by Pritam & Amaal Mallik…

“Azhar” has been produced by Balaji Motion Pictures, Sony Pictures Networks & Indiana Films Ltd and releases on 13th May 2016….till then enjoy the Official trailer of the movie which provides us the glimpse of what “Azhar” is all about…

Movie Review : Badlapur

Badlapur: A lukewarm revenge drama

Shriram Raghvan’s fascination for dark thrillers is a known fact what with his previous movies Ek Hasina Thi & Jhonny Gaddar. He continues his fascination for the same with Badlapur.

The basic premise has many layers and Shriram Raghvan along with writer Arijit Biswas try to show the psychological side of revenge as to Badlapur Movie Reviewhow a Advertising Professional Raghav (Varun Dhawan) becomes psychotic after his wife Misha (Yami Gautam) and kid Robin get killed in a bank robbery and he plans to avenge the killers.

The basic message that Shriram wanted to portray was how revenge makes a normal human being act like an animal and in his rage he commits crimes which he does not want. This he portrayed through his two principal characters Liak (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) who commits the bank robbery and kills Raghav’s wife and kid and on the other side Raghav who in his madness to take revenge commits a crime which was not intended.

Every character in the movie is very well etched and very complex, but where the movie looses is its weak narration and slow pace. The 134 mins movie could have been trimmed at least by 15 to 20 mins to create more impact. Though the climax has a message but the overall narration does not create an impact. The first half shows promise and you expect some twist in the second half which unfortunately does not come and results in a half baked second half. I felt in some sequences the blood quotient was too stark than required.

It is the performances which is the biggest highlight of the movie, Varun Dhawan as Raghav tries to do a role which was different from his previous movies and succeeds to a large extent especially in sequences where he underplays his anger. The best performance is undoubtedly of Nawazuddin Siddiqui who plays the antagonist Liak with such perfection that he overshadows everybody in the frame. Huma Qureshi as the prostitute Jhimli gives another riveting performance. Yami Gautam as Misha has nothing much to do. Radhika Apte as Kanchan is good but could have been better, rather she looks quite jaded. Divya Dutta as Shobha the social worker has nothing much to do but still she shines in her brief role. Kumud Mishra, a brilliant actor but underrated by Bollywood shines in the role of the inspector who investigates the bank Robbery. Rest of the cast like Ashwini Kalsekar, Pratima Kazmi, Vinay Pathak do a brilliant job in their brief roles and makes the movie a worth watch.

Music by Sachin Jigar is melodious, especially Jeena Jeena & the rock Jee Karda. Anil Mehta’s brilliance shines through the magical cinematography which captures the suburbs well….

Shriram Raghavan gets the premise right but fails in making it an impactful narration which was the biggest flaw. The pace in the second half is so slow that you want the movie to end.

I will go with Two & a Half stars….

Movie Rating: (2.5 / 5)

Review : D-Day

D-Day: Re-defining Patriotism in Indian Cinema

Patriotism in Bollywood  is synonym with Manoj Kumar and his brand of cinema. Chetan Anand and J P Dutta have also contributed equally to the patriotism in Indian Cinema. But Nikhil Advani has tried to re-define patriotism in new India through an espionage genre of movie.

The story is of 3 RAW agents Rudra Pratap Singh(Arjun Rampal), Wali Khan (Irfan) & Huma Qureshi (Zoya)  and a small time assassin Aslam D-Day(Aakash Dahiya)who are  sent to Karachi, Pakistan for Mission Goldman wherein they are supposed to get India’s most wanted criminal Don Ibrahim (Rishi Kapoor) to India.

 

The story & screenplay by Nikhil Advani, Suresh Nair & Ritesh Shah is well researched and every minute detail is painstakingly correct in the script. It has the right pace of a thriller in the first half till the interval; post interval is when suddenly the screenplay dips in pace giving way to some romantic angle between Arjun Rampal & Shruti Hasan but then it recovers soon enough. The climax is the biggest highlight of the script and is straight forward which leaves you spell bound. The best part of the script is that each character is build well and makes complete sense and is believable. Dialogues by Ritesh Shah & Niranjan Iyengar gel well with the script.

Editor Aarif Shaikh has done a splendid job in keeping the pace intact. Cinematography by Tushar Kanti Ray is excellent and re-creates the mood with his vision which is raw and unpredictable. The real highlight of the movie is the action by Tom Struthers (Dark Knight & Tomb Raider series), it is gritty and raw just like the mood of the movie.

After watching this movie I realized how under rated actor was Rishi Kapoor for Indian cinema till recently. He is becoming brilliant with each movie right from Agneepath. In this film whenever he is there on screen he captivates you with his portrayal, he is mean, gritty as well as completely unpredictable. A REAL CLASS ACT. Irfan as usual is good.  Arjun Rampal is another actor who is growing from strength to strength and his portrayal of Rudra is cold, mean and at the same time emotional, quite complex but Arjun does an excellent job. Huma Qureshi & Shruti Hasan did well. Other actors like Aakash Dahiya, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Sree Swara Dubey, Nasir & KK Raina are apt and do a splendid job.

And last and definitely not the least Nikhil Advani after some misses like Salaam-E-Ishq and Chandni Chowk to China, gets it right with D-Day. D-day shows patriotism without being preachy and there lies the real strength of the movie. Nikhil introduces a new genre to Indian Cinema the Espionage genre of cinema which is so common in Hollywood, and he does it well.

I go with 4 stars for D-Day….

Review : Ek Thi Daayan

Ek Thi Daayan: A Khichdi of Super natural & Horror

ETD Kanan Iyer the debutant director’s first offering holdspromise…not to ignore the strong backing of Ekta Kapoor & Vishal Bharadwaj.

The story of ETD revolves around Bobo (Imran Hashmi) who isan illusionist and is haunted by his childhood memories of his sister’s andfather’s death due to a woman ETDDiana (Konkona) who he suspects to be the WITCH.He is supported by his girlfriend Tamra (Huma Qureshi), but things take anunusual turn when a girl named Lisa Dutt (Kalki Koechlin) enters their life.The rest of the story uncovers the mystery of the WITCH in Bobo’s life.

The story & screenplay by Vishal Bharadwaj & Mukul Sharma starts well and keeps you at the edge of the seat in the first half,second half the screenplay starts losing its fizz and the climax completelygoes into a typical masala horror movie mould. What starts as a promisingconcept somehow ends at a low note, but overall it does not disappoint.

The ensemble cast does a brilliant job, starting with EmraanHashmi as “Bobo the Baffler” who under plays his character and does justice tohis role, Huma Qureshi as Tamra is natural, Kalki though she does well but hasnothing much to do, but it is Konkana Sen Sharma who steals the show with her brilliantportrayal of Diana, her body language her expressions give you the chill andnot to forget the child actor Vishesh Tiwari who play the kid Bobo is just tooimpressive. Rest of the cast like Pawan Malhotra , Rajatava Dutta areimpressive.

The camera work by Saurabh Goswami gives the right ambience,Editor Sreekar Prasad keeps the pace with his tout editing. Background score byClinton Cerejo is impactful adding the spooky quotient to each scene. Music by Vishal Bharadwaj & lyrics by Gulzar is the high point especially the song“Yaram” sung by Sunidhi Chauhan & Clinton Cerejo is brilliant.

Kanan Iyer ends the movie with a lot of questionsunanswered, do we see a Part II happening???…Kanan Iyer does impress andshows promise…I will go for 3 stars (One for Konkana Sen Sharma)