‘Trigger Khench, Tamasha Dekh’

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APRIL, 2016

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A sequel to the highly entertaining and thought provoking ‘Jolly LLB’, ‘Jolly LLB 2” certainly has twice the amount of satire. The movie saw an armed siege in a courtroom, in broad daylight (muskurayye, aap Lucknow mein hain!), a judge seeking refuge under the table and being rather importunate with his precious gavel. A stellar performance delivered by Saurabh Shukla makes the comical Justice Tripathi seem almost as real as the glaring loopholes that are beginning to drown the Indian judiciary in a wave of corruption and political clout.

Akshay Kumar is in element as Jagdishwar Mishra, a small-town lawyer with a smart (and paan filled) mouth. He essays the role of a spunky, marginally unscrupulous lawyer turned legal messiah with aplomb. His quips are as hard hitting as blows from whips made from Kanpuri leather, complete with the right amount of that familiar aggression one finds lurking in the by-lanes of Uttar Pradesh.

Made by Asheeza Baig

Yet, he meets his match in Pramod Mathur (Annu Kapoor), a senior lawyer with years of practice, and even more years spent rehearsing one-liners that would render most speechless. Needless to say, the film’s scriptwriter certainly did his job right.

The only disappointing performance in the film is that of Huma Qureshi’s. She adds precious little to the plot other than an ironic portrayal of ‘Parenting for Dummies’ by her consistent drinking problem which borders on alcoholism. She seems to love Gucci more than ‘Guddu’ and alcohol more than coherent thought.

As far as the plot is concerned, it is fast-paced; slowing down only towards the end in order to pilfer some amount of dignity for the Indian legal system. A fake encounter leads Jolly to the desi (un)promised land- Kashmir and even opens several cans of worms.

The comic timing in this movie is near perfect, and a connoisseur of heavy-duty filmy dialogues would certainly be tempted to whistle and/or clap while chowing down on popcorn that is nowhere near as salty as Jolly himself.

Rhea Tewary

Rhea Tewary

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Book lover, feminist, and a deceptively quiet demeanour characterises Rhea best. She has volatile political opinions, but would just as easily melt if someone showed her a furry animal. Rhea enjoys reading historical fiction, political thrillers and murder mysteries. Additionally, she subjects anyone who seems remotely friendly to her pathetic sense of humour.

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