5 out of 5 (100%) reviewers would recommend
Akshay Kumar, Jagdish Mishra, Huma Qureshi (Pushpa Pandey), Pushpa Pandey, Annu Kapoor, Sayani Gupta (Hina Siddiqui), Saurabh Shukla (Judge Tripathy)
Set in Lucknow, Jolly LLB 2 is the story of the blunt, abrasive and yet oddly compassionate Jagdishwar Mishra, aka Jolly, a small-time, struggling lawyer who has moved from Kanpur to the city of Nawabs to pursue his dream of becoming a big-time lawyer. A hustler by nature, Jolly survives by fighting petty cases and using every tactic under the sun to make a quick buck and earn a decent living. Having spent years in the chaotic and dingy court corridors Jolly is looking out for an opportunity that could turn the tide in his favour and help him achieve his dream of becoming a full-fledged Lawyer with a chamber. When faced with the glimpse of such an opportunity, Jolly jumps at the chance and in the bargain commits an innocent mistake with irreversible consequences that makes him ready for a big fight with the ruthless advocate Mathur.
Feb 10, 2017
Jagdishwar Mishra aka Jolly (Akshay) starts out as a prominent lawyer's sidekick in Kanpur. Driven by ambition, he hoodwinks a pregnant widow, Hina Siddique (Sayani Gupta) on the lookout for justice. He lands the murder case of her husband, but when she realises he is a fraud, she kills herself. Leaving Jolly with guilt on his conscience and an unresolved case in his hands. Now, he wants justice more than ever.
On the face of it, apna Jolly is a novice indulging in petty crimes because he knows the loopholes in the law. At home, he is the hen-pecked husband of lush, Pushpa Panday(Huma) who loves whisky, Gucci dresses and her chubby son in that order. But these are just asides and not the main premise of courtroom drama, which in many ways follows the template of the 2013 prequel, Jolly LLB. Writer-director Subhash Kapoor who has studied India's burgeoning legal system of 'I-will-see-you-in-court', definitely knows as much about the Indian Penal Code as most legal sharks because of his deep study of the subject. While the last instalment dealt with a hit-n-run case, this one deals with the case of mistaken identity of a J & K terrorist. The plot has enough laugh-out-loud situations and emotional outbursts to keep you invested especially in the razor-sharp first half. The film also provides the right dose of action inside and outside the courtroom. With cops playing villains and terrorists changing religions, legal greenhorn Jolly finds himself dodging bullets in Kanpur, Lucknow and Manali(doubling up for Kashmir.) Post interval though, the film hits a pause button at times. The maker tries to pack in too much legal diatribe between Jolly and his adversary, the topnotch, Pramod Mathur(Annu Kapoor), in Judge Tripathy's (Saurabh Shukla, delightful as always) Lucknow courtroom. Their weighty arguments do educate and entertain to some degree. But there are portions that seem contrived. Akshay changes shades from crooked to straight, like a chameleon. In top-form, he puts up a perfect display of a street-smart lawyer who hasn't read legal tomes but who has instead picked up tips from courtroom corridors to become Jolly LLB. Huma and Annu are also compelling enough. It is the fine display of histrionics by all these refined actors, which makes the movie, worth seeing.
Jagdishwar Mishra(Akshay Kumar) is the 15th assistant of a topnotch lawyer in Kanpur. His job is to bring paan and hold up an umbrella for his Master when he arrives to go into his chamber. Jagdishwar aka Jolly is the son of a Munshi who served the lawyer for 30 years. In other words Jolly is considered a sidekick. However, having spent so much time amongst legal eagles, Jolly learns the daav-pech (the ways) of the legal fraternity and is half a lawyer himself. He dreams of having his own chamber and fights small cases on the periphery. One day he spots a pregnant widow Hina Siddique (Sayani Gupta) who requests him to put a word to his superior for her case. Jolly and another junior lawyer Birbal spot an opportunity here. They tell Hina that they will get her case represented if she gives them two lakh rupees. Hina does the needful. But she later learns that Jolly has lied to her. He has taken the money to get himself a chamber, so that he can become a practicising lawyer. Hina is heartbroken that she has been cheated and she confronts Jolly. Even Jolly's own father reprimands him for telling lies. A repentant Jolly vows to correct his wrong doing. However before he can do that, Hina throws herself off the terrace. Jolly then decides to seek retribution by winning Hina's case. He studies it and realises that Hina's husband Iqbal Qasim was shot in a wrong encounter by Police Inspector Singh. The Police guys even try to take Jolly's life by sending sharp shooters to kill him. However, Jolly is determined not to give up. He follows the case from Kanpur to Lucknow and further to Kashmir. He realises that the cops are also dirty and they had to actually bring to task a Jammu and Kashmir terrorist called Iqbal Qadri. However they picked up Qasim and killed an innocent man just to safeguard a terrorist. Jolly and Birbal confront Pramod Mathur(Annu Kapoor) who is defending the Police Inspector Singh in Justice Tripathi's (Saurabh Shukla)court. Mathur is top shot lawyer and he is confident that a novice like Jolly will be easily defeated.
Jolly cross examines Qadri who is pretending to be a Hindu Godman. He asks him deep questions on the Hindu religion. While Qadri is able to answer the more obvious ones, he falters when it comes to the crucial one and utters, the words-Ya Allah, Is there something more to Hinduism than I know. His mask is torn apart and the entire Police Force is exposed for covering up for a terrorist. Jolly's wife Pushpa Panday(Huma Qureshi) stands by his side throughout and supports him. She is happy when Jolly wins his first major case. Jolly, his young son and Pushpa go back to a good life.
1. Akshay Kumar will take up the role of the lawyer Jolly from Arshad Warsi who starred in the original 2013 film. 2. Akshay Kumar and Huma Qureshi will be seen sharing screen space for the first time. 3. Akshay Kumar wrapped up shooting for 'Jolly LLB 2' in just 30 days. 4. A major part of the film has been shot in Lucknow. 5. The Bombay High Court's Aurangabad Bench ordered four 'defamatory' scenes from 'Jolly LLB 2' to be cut before the film's release. 6. The Supreme Court of India had appointed a panel to review the film that was also passed by the Bombay High Court's 3-member committee to examine the content of the film.
Akshay Kumar's courtroom drama 'Jolly LLB 2' collected approximately Rs 1.35 crore in its fourth weekend, taking its total to around Rs 106.13 crore, according to a report on Boxofficeindia.com. According to the website, the film had collected around Rs 72.98 crore in its first week, Rs 23.77 crore in its second week and Rs 8.03 crore in its third week. 'Jolly LLB 2' stars Huma Qureshi as the leading lady opposite Akshay. The actor was particularly praised for his powerful performance. Notable actors Saurabh Shukla as the judge and Annu Kapoor as the rival lawyer too bagged attention for their performances in the film. 'Jolly LLB 2' had some funny songs like 'Jolly good fellow' and 'Go pagal' besides a nice romantic song 'Bawara mann'. The team of 'Jolly LLB 2' shared their happiness on entering the Rs 100-crore club by organising a press conference. It was at this event that the makers confirmed that they will be taking the franchise forward with 'Jolly LLB 3'. The first installment in the movie series, 'Jolly LLB' released in 2013 and had Arshad Warsi in the title role.