Jolly LLB 2, starring Akshay Kumar, which released in theatres on Friday, February 10, has received mixed reviews from critics.
Directed by Subhash Kapoor, Jolly LLB 2 is a comedy court-room drama and narrates the story of Jagdishwar Mishra (Akshay Kumar), a lawyer who fights a case against a ruthless and powerful lawyer Sachin Mathur (Annu Kapoor). It is a sequel to 2013 comedy Jolly LLB, starring Arshad Warsi.
The movie has impressed a large section of critics and audience alike. Critics have been praising Akshay's brilliant performance. The film also has Huma Qureshi opposite the Khiladi actor.
The film faced trouble with not just the censor board but also the courts, who asked the makers to cut four scenes of the film as it mocked the Indian legal system. It was only after the makers agreed to remove the four scenes that the movie was passed.
Jolly LLB 2 has been creating a big buzz owing to its star cast and the songs.
Below, we bring to you some of the critics' opinions on the movie.
Masala.com said: "Jolly LLB painfully moves from one witness to the other, none of which contribute to the climax of the scene. There is no nail biting investigation but a couple of witnesses, whose stories, the writers don't invest in at all. They are used like diapers and thrown leaving you disconnected. If the film focused on the crime, without trying too hard to make it easy-breezy and crack jokes that don't have much context to the film, it would have made for a far more compelling story."
Manjusha Radhakrishnan of Gulf News said: "It's the pacing that's a let down and there are moments when the thrilling bits of the case feels overly stretched. Perhaps, shaving off those bits would have helped. However, one of the refreshing parts about this Hindi film is the realistic sparring between lawyers and sometimes with the judge. It isn't gratingly melodramatic nor does it descend into buffoonery in the name of comedy. Watch this if you are in the mood for a legal drama, albeit a long, arduous one."
Rohit Vats of Hindustan Times said: "Akshay Kumar's comic timing is the backbone of this story. His dialect, theatrics, dialogues, everything is spot on, but he is yet to deliver a powerful speech like Arshad Warsi. With a fantastic support cast like Saurabh Shukla, Annu Kapoor and Inamul Haq, Jolly LLB 2 looks like a winner."
Meena Iyer of the Times of India said: "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. Post interval though, the film hits a pause button at times. It is the fine display of histrionics by all these refined actors, which makes the movie, worth seeing."
Ananya Bhattacharya of India Today said: "Kudos to Subhash Kapoor for making his Jolly LLB 2 on a believable plot. These are all real cases we have seen, heard of, grown up with. From references to Sunny Deol to what actually goes on inside a courtroom, Jolly LLB 2 has it all. Watch the film for Lucknow, Akshay Kumar and Saurabh Shukla."
Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV said: "Although many of the scenes in this film, especially the protracted ones in the courtroom, are scripted and staged very differently from how they were in Jolly LLB, Akshay Kumar, to his credit, never loses sight of the need for restraint. Saurabh Shukla is an absolute delight yet again in the role of the mercurial Justice Sunder Lal Tripathi. He conveys avuncular grace with as much ease as he does indignant exasperation. No matter what, his antics are rib-tickling. But Akshay Kumar holds himself back for the most part, enhancing the impact of his performance in the bargain."
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