Despite Jolly LLB being a successful film, the sequel has a different main cast because of Fox Star coming into the picture. They wanted to have an A list actor instead of Arshad Warsi, hence the change. So Akshay Kumar enters on board and also the film was made nimbly in 40 days which is super fast!
However is the sequel having the same effect?
Well, almost there.
We have Jadish Mishra (instead of Tyagi) is a petty lawyer but dreams big and ambitious about making big bucks in his industry. He is into helping students steal question papers and so on. Akshay Kumar’s wife is played by Huma Qureshi who is pretty child out and makes his life easy with a drink or two. All is well until Jadgdish picks up a case which even eminent and established lawyers were frightened to take up. Jagdish picks it and the courtdrama begins. We have Saurabh Shukla playing the judge again
He plays it with panache like last time and probably will be remembered as the most natural judge in the history of Hindi films. We are always used to see over poised or comic judges but this person was purely natural. The lawyer who enters loggerheads with Akshay Kumar is Annu Kapoor a role which was earlier played by Boman Irani. This peculiar case also has Manav Kaul (Kai Po che’s mama) who was amazing in the film.
The movie touches various pitfalls in the society and the screwed up judiciary system. The case also leads Jagdish go into unanticipated arenas and situations and people. This also ends up him in many emotional rides and the quest for the truth.
The biggest drawback of the movie is its pace. It’s at snail-pace . The proceedings turn out to be boring even at moments where it need to be obviously slick. Akshay Kumar waa good as Jagdish but not good enough, as Arshad Warsi. Arshad Warsi was like a common man but Akshay’s stardom somewhat interfered in the character.
On the flip side, his comic timing was used well. The funny parts were indeed funny and lot of the credit goes to Akshay Kumar and writing. The tragedy and comedy are balanced well. Not just Akshay but the remaining characters also team up in generating humour that works.
To sum up, Jolly LLB 2 has its own merits and demerits. It is slightly weak than the first one but still makes it a paisa wasool courtdrama.