Jolly L.L.B - Review
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The mindset is such that you hear of the Boman Irani-Arshad Warsi combination and you expect a "laugh out loud" comedy. It doesn't help that the trailer points you in that direction too. It pleasantly surprises you, by starting off as satire, quirks and all. Then it takes a serious route, and even so, you are willing to play along because Jolly LLB seems like its trying to make an important point. Unfortunately at the end though, it is pretty disappointing.
The disappointment is not as much because of the decision taken by the court, but due to lame defence (Boman Irani) and prosecution (Arshad Warsi). They seem rather clueless and caught unawares all the time. Sure, some benefit of doubt can be given under the name of character consistency. After all, the defence is callous, over-confident, arrogant and thus complacent. The prosecution is amateur and confused about his moral stand. It is also possible that we have been spoilt by smart-Alec lawyers in our filmy courtrooms and real life lawyers are not really always on their toes. But, after this leeway too, the stage doesn't look convincing enough.
If real-life is what we are aiming for, some things work out way too easily. Like a bribe drops down from 5 lakhs to 1 lakh without much back and forth. Or evidence is pointed towards, out of the blue. So on and so forth. And I sincerely hope lawyers and judges don't have shouting matches in real-world courtrooms.
This overall inconsistency and ultimately flat drama pulls Jolly LLB down and takes a lot away from the satire it started out as. The pull towards gravity though meets constant resistance from the cast. How wonderfully subtle and underplayed both Boman Irani and Arshad Warsi can be when allowed to. No, over-the-top histrionics, characters played out as haughty and simple-minded respectively. Saurabh Shukla too gets a role weighty enough to play around with. While a caricature, his act as the twisted-but-straight-but-twisted judge is something you won't forget easily. His maneuvers over the defence are by themselves worth a watch - thorough 'babu' style.
All of this with no help from the dialogue. A mockery of dialogue within the film by calling lines 'filmy', doesn't make it any less filmy. It makes the lines neither filmy enough to applaud nor real enough to be believable.
Further distraction is caused by songs that don't belong. And why is this 'promotion' song during end credits becoming a norm?
Jolly LLB feels like it was undecided between satire and drama. It looked like the heart was in the drama, but a few satirical moments came by and went through in the film. That didn't make the satire bad, it just made the film uneven and took the focus away from the story - which in itself was wrapped in drama that was neither dramatic nor real enough.
- meeta, a part of the audience
- Violence: A few fist fights.
- Language: A few abuses.
- Nudity & Sexual content: None.
- Concept: A struggling lawyer takes on a successful, senior lawyer.
- General Look and Feel: Ordinary drama, though it starts off with some wonderful, crisp frames.
Jolly L.L.B - Movie Details
- Official Sites: Facebook Twitter YouTube Wikipedia IMDB
- Banner: Fox Star Studios
- Director: Subhash Kapoor
- Lead Cast: Arshad Warsi, Boman Irani, Saurabh Shukhla
- Supporting Cast: Amrita Rao, Vibha Chibber, Harsh Chhaya, Mohan Kapoor, Manoj Pahwa
- Story: Subhash Kapoor
- Screenplay: Subhash Kapoor
- Dialogues: Subhash Kapoor
- Cinematography: Anshuman Mahaley
- Editor: Sandeep Singh Bajeli
- Background Score: Sanjay Chowdhury
- Choreography: Ravi Botalje
- Music Director: Krsna, Krsna
- Lyrics: Subhash Kapoor, Vayu, Vayu
- Costume Designer: Veera Kapur
- Facebook Page: Link
- Running time: 130 minutes
- Reviewer: meeta
- Language: Hindi
- Country: India
Jolly L.L.B - Trailer
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