I think the 90s were by far the worst period for Hindi films. In fact, the films that came out in that decade, especially until 1997 might just have been the reason behind starting wogma. I felt more and more films asked me to keep my brain away. This is irrespective of genre – romance or action, and slapstick comedy the most.
Judwaa was one of the last 2-3 films I watched before moving out of the country for a bit. I remember watching it with my mom and both of us didn't believe what we had just seen. Today, with Judwaa 2 at the cusp of its release, makes us cringe at the memory more than bring a smile.
There doesn't seem to be the faintest attempt to bring something new to the film. What's more, it brings a shudder to see Tapsee Pannu in the cast. I am not sure if it is a step up or down going from non-standard films/roles to run-of-the-mill mainstream ones.
I am hoping against hopes that I will enjoy this one at least better than the original. The songs certainly don't indicate so.
Judwaa 2 releases on 29 September, 2017.
Bollywood Life – "2.5/5"
- meeta, a part of the audience
I'd like to state upfront that I am clearly not a part of this film's target audience because I've never liked slapstick. But over the years, I have realised the core of why I don't like them. I don't find people insulting others, funny. And a lot of Judwaa 2's humor relies on exactly that. Insult the obese, insult the colored, insult the women, insult those with speech defects – to name a few. I am sure the intention is not to insult but to bring laughs. But that insults bring laughs is a premise I have never understood.
The film lays out it's own definition of logic. And then defies that too!
Then there are other things like a child is made to objectify women. Now, sure there might be societies where this is encourage or kids pick this up and no one finds anything wrong with it. But, a child artist was made to do it, was taught to do it – isn't that irresponsible of us as adults? That we are expected to find it funny is even worse. Yes, it bothers me even if it is that one child. Because that child got called 'cute' for doing so.
Of course, I am not supposed to think too hard. Therefore, there is no effort to have a story at all. Other than the set-up and the climax, the rest of the film is is just about the misunderstandings due to mistaken identities between the twins – Prem and Raja (Varun Dhawan). These misunderstandings just seem to be on, on repeat mode and get tiring despite all the mustered patience.
After all you are being asked to sit patiently and brainlessly through awful Shah Rukh Khan impersonations, disgustingly designed mens' toilet booths, and Varun Dhawan switching between the film's definition of good boy and bad boy.
He performs well within the context of the film but the film itself has little respect for any kind of performance. It is one which makes Sachin Khedekar go over-the-top matching Upasna Singh syllable-to-syllable. And you know, they both have to be loud because they aren't together in a single shot, they have to reach the other through the scenes.
Tapsee Pannu seems so uncomfortable as she tries to dance and trot around in clothes that she can't carry in front of the camera, that it feels like she is rushing through her dialogue out of nervousness - as if making up for her almost mute character in Pink. Jacqueline Fernandez plays pretty prop again. I can't remember a single film where she has done anything other than that. It is almost as if you can copy-paste her parts from one film into another and no one could tell the difference.
Speaking of copy-paste, a few shots in the 'Ganpati' song, especially the chorus seemed like they were shot only once and just repeated to beat. This kind of cheating is like adding salt on the wound for a viewer who isn't enjoying the movie in the first place. For instance, there is little logic when a doctor tells new parents of twins that when one child cries or laughs, the other will have the same physical reaction. The film has this happen conveniently and not through the film (thank goodness for the flawed logic). However, that the parents interpret this as when one falls weak, the other will be strong had me stumped. And it is not even a scene that warrants this statement. But, when did the doctor say that? Didn't he say the opposite? Or maybe this was a comment on how a patient/parent/human being hears what they want to hear and not necessarily what was told to them.
Judwaa 2 wears its mindlessness on its sleeve. As if testing the audience's insanity.
Yep, it is time to sign off. I am giving this one more thought than the filmmakers asked of themselves. I am assigning too much credit, when no one is even asking for it.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice : ...Don’t think about why and how the two Varun Dhawans end up where they do. There is a remarkable absence of apology or defence about the David Dhawan of entertainment. It exists for the sole purpose of providing mass entertainment. That Varun Dhawan proves to be such a chip off the old block is providential for David Dhawan. ... full review
Thumbs up, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, JUDWAA 2, despite all the goofs, flaws and clichés, comes across as a decent paisa-vasool entertainer. At the box office, it has the potential to keep the cinegoers happy as it is quite massy and audiences have been deprived of quality content since a long time.... full review
Thumbs up, by Tushar P Joshi, Bollywood Life : ...Judwaa 2 is super entertaining for fans of the original as well as for those who are coming in to watch Varun Dhawan. The film is a perfect tribute to Salman’s superstardom and Varun’s own stratospheric mass appeal. Make this your weekend watch.... full review
Thumbs up, by Rahul Bharadwaj, Desi Martini : ...Given the high rated and actual duds we have suffered in 2017 , Judwaa2 is a refreshing honest entertaining pot boiler. Take a bow David Dhawan ... full review
Thumbs up, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...One of the fun aspects of Judwaa 2 is that it takes David Dhawan's brand of cinema and presents it in the most unabashed fashion. There are constant references to the director's films like Partner, Raja Babu and many more. This film takes logic and throws it right out of the window. Then it serves up a bevy of mindless humour in the most convincing manner. Seeing the entire Judwaa narrative all over again isn't the most novel experience, but the slapstick gags still leave you with a few guffaws. This is popcorn entertainment at its mindless best.... full review
Thumbs up, by Meena Iyer, Times of India : ...Lame lyrics, loud gags and leggy lasses never really hurt anyone. Believe me, at one point, you're tempted to join Varun when he is doing those perfect pelvic thrusts. Judwaa 2 could be a substitute for your Dussehra party. Consult Salman, even he sportingly shows up in a cameo in the end... full review
So-So, by Ann MM Verticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...Footnote: The Censor Board asked Dhawan to remove a shot of Lord Krishna dancing and playing the saxophone in the song Suno Ganpati Bappa Morya. It is clear from their directive that they have not understood the ABC of the playful down-to-earthness that is the hallmark of Hindu mythology.... full review
So-So, by Dev Raj Gulati, Desi Martini : ...Logic is the biggest give away.Forced gags,forced action,forced mooching ,rehash of the 1997 track. Still,Judwaa2 could appeal to masses.The potential of it's box office success is to be seen.... full review
So-So, by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com : ...All said and done, I conclude by recollecting the scene from the movie's climax where Salman khan makes his grand cameo in a double role. Both the judwaas - Salman and Varun make a jig at 'tan tana tan tan tan tara', Varun says very good and asks Salman to do it once again, Salman Khan obliges, Varun asks for 'tibara' (third time) Salman Khan disappears.. TAN TANA TAN TAN TAN TARA..kya kare Varun bechara.. ... full review
So-So, by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times : ...Judwaa 2, like the original, isn’t a piece of art, in fact it’s mediocre, but it’s that one film which may lift your mood. At 149-minutes, this slapstick comedy has some really laugh-worthy moments... full review
So-So, by Satish Sundaresan , koimoi : ...For all those who live, breathe and eat David Dhawan’s style of filmmaking, Judwaa 2 will surely make you happy and feel proud about your idol. Secondly, the film is a must watch for all the zillion plus fans (mostly Gen-Next) of Varun Dhawan. Judwaa 2 surely has the potential to grow big majorly through the word of mouth publicity, whose catalysts will be the college going crowd, for whom, missing a Varun Dhawan film is an unpardonable sin! But, for the rest of the gang, watching the original Judwaa a thousand times over will serve you more good. ... full review
So-So, by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror : ...If Varun Dhawan is a teen sensation, we should be worried about the future. The actor manages to nail the one-liners but barely has what it takes to pull off a movie on his own, even while doubling his efforts. While Dhawan seems at home as Raja, he channels a Hrithik Roshan from Koi Mil Gaya as Prem. The dispensable nature of female actors in such films contains the potential of Jacqueline and Taapsee. But of the two, Jacqueline seems more enthusiastic in furnishing a flimsy female lead. ... full review
So-So, by Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com : ...If you are a Salman Khan fan, you will wonder why they needed to make the same movie again. But when you see Varun Dhawan manage both roles so well, and have so much fun mouthing nonsense dialog like, 'Alu Bukhara, Main Hoon Tumhara', you give him full marks. Watch it because it's made with so much heart. And David Dhawan's old fashioned gratitude to Salman Khan at the end of the movie will make you nod in appreciation. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...The film crawls. We feel every second of every gag that falls flat. Half the scenes don’t even make sense.... full review
Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...Summing up, if you really wish to revisit those last spirited years of the single screen era in the 90s then buy the DVD of David-Salman-Karishma’s JUDWAA and watch it together with the family in this festival weekend. Believe me, you are sure going to enjoy the film at least 10 times more that this poor remake marginally saved by the energetic Varun Dhawan playing his first double role. Varun is certainly a star of the future in the making, but I hope he comes up with much better films than JUDWAA 2, not getting carried away with its obvious financial success. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle : ...A better screenplay, or a shorter film would have taken care of the long dry spells during which I went to pee, twice, and to buy tea to stop myself from dozing off. Or, well, a better actor.... full review
Thumbs down, by Yatharth Chauhan, Desi Martini : ...If David Dhawan has figured out that remaking comedies is going to make him relevant, I’ll just be humble enough to tell him he’s wrong. I can do with an original David Dhawan directorial misfiring but the remake of his own testing patience in inexcusable. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Smita Vyas Kumar , Desi Martini : ...savvier audiences. If you are in the mood for ultimate silliness, the kind where you leave your brains in the safe deposit locker then Judwa may work for you. Or else, skip skip.... full review
Thumbs down, by Swetha Ramkrishanan, FirstPost : ...Don't watch Judwaa 2 if you're looking for something deep. But be ready to roll your eyes in several scenes. The songs make up for the silliness in Judwaa 2. And then there's Varun Dhawan, who doesn't take himself too seriously, and that's the best part of Judwaa 2.... full review
Thumbs down, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...Even Varun’s Shirtless antics combined with both the heroines’ swimsuit poses fail to rouse you from the tedium that excessive inanity and low brained writing put you into. The colour, gaiety and songs may trigger some nostalgia but you’ll soon be feeling the pressing weight of expectation that never gets fulfilled. The only reason you might enjoy this mad-cap misadventure is if you are a diehard Varun Dhawan fan- which I did not see too much of when I visited the theatre. The two and half hour runtime is also a millstone. This one is terribly loony if you ask me!... full review
Thumbs down, by T J Reddy, fullhyd.com : ...So to all you viewers out there who want to watch this film this long weekend, the only way to enjoy a movie like this one is to be a soul lost in a sea of rapturous applause by an audience who are cheering the movie inside out while forgetting their real lives for two and half hours. I pity the man who watches this one in a sparsely packed hall. I really do. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Manjusha Radhakrishnan, Gulf News : ...But the reboot of the songs by Anu Malik, Oonchi Hai Building and Tan Tana Tan, are fun-filled and take you down a nostalgic route. However, a glitzy music video or a cameo by the original star of Judwaa, Khan, can’t make up for a flawed comedy. Watch this at your own risk. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Suhani Singh, india today : ...Judwaa 2 is the kind of the film that makes you feel you are stuck in the worst phase of 1980s and 1990s Hindi cinema wherein the female characters have no job but to be silly and smiling pretty little things, the jokes are crass and the search for logic and narrative is an exercise in futility. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Samrudhi Ghosh, india today : ...As the villain in the film keeps saying, "Let's come straight to the point." And the point is this: Judwaa 2 is meant to be old wine in a new bottle. But this is no ageless wine, and maybe, David Dhawan should have checked the expiry date before making the film.... full review
Thumbs down, by Raja Sen, NDTV : ...There is a lunacy that makes a David Dhawan movie a David Dhawan movie. The nineties, a time when Hindi cinema was shrugging off melodrama and villains, let Dhawan's madcap cinema flourish. Dhawan, a trained editor, made harebrained farce with immediacy and economy; the reason we didn't think about how little a David Dhawan movie made sense was because each successive scene tickled us enough not to care. And then - despite his films being a breeding ground for comedians and mimicry artists - there were Dhawan's heroes, leading men who had several swigs of silliness and embraced the madness with unashamed glee... full review
Thumbs down, by Shubha Shetty Saha, Scroll.in : ...The film has too many characters floating around without justifying their presence. Johnny Lever, Anupam Kher, Pawan Malhotra, and Manoj Joshi are largely wasted.... full review
Thumbs down, by Raghav Jaitly, Zee News : ...Judwaa 2 comes loaded with Bollywood clichés, double meaning dialogues and slapstick comedy. The music of the film will hit you will nostalgia and give you the feel of good old B-Town. The weakest link of the movie is its screenplay. Honestly, it has nothing new to offer. It looks like David Dhawan invested too much in the production but forgot to work hard during pre-production at all. It looks as if the director wasn't even interested in shooting a good climax. ... full review
YadhuAguero: Judwaa 2 is superb....
victortjoseph: M a salman fan but m glad u did judwaa 2 my 3 yr old kid cried wen u cried n laughed wen u laughed @Varun_dvn thank u. It was worth it!!!
vermapavan451: #judwa 2 is to good movie
TheAce1KKA: judwaa 2 will fall in next week still it will be superhit ! VD is a superstar for sure ! screen presence style dance star power
sunil_shenoy: Looks like Judwaa 2 will be the biggest hit of 2017 @Varun_dvn #Judwaa2
Suchita_14: Also Judwaa 2 is not a masterpiece yes it is successful at the B/O but it was mainly because was Varun was in it..
Srkian4ever16: Judwaa 2 must watch...
Shubham44735072: Judwaa 2..... Superb intertaing move
shauryasarin: David sir know how to bring out the best from @Varun_dvn... Loved judwaa 2
Shaurya34357900: Judwaa 2 ROCKS
SasaneVedang: Judwa 2 movie is Kickass #FilmToSeeBeforeYouDie#Beware u will die laughing a hard work pays @Varun_dvn
santosh08457359: superb movie judwa 2 thnks varun dawan sir and your act team.
sagarikaj: Thoroughly enjoyed Judwaa 2! @Varun_dvn was simply superb!
saayyaaxo: Judwaa 2 is probably my fave movie from this year its so so so good
royal_irshad: Best movie ever scene....judwa 2
raosmastaani: Judwa 2 is so much fun . Silly yes but varun lived Upto the original.
Pushpen65822082: I like judwa 2 movie
PuneetShukla783: Judwaa 2 success has proved that Masala Entertainers can still work if made on lavish scale and Super Hit and made with stars @Varun_dvn
pranav17zy: Judwaa 2 what a movie ❤️ didn’t even get bored for a min... the Dhawan ‘s have done a amazing job
ojmayo_12: Judwaa 2 did exactly that, great movie. @Varun_dvn you're so inspirational. Great work Varun
MrAmanBagga: loved judwaa 2 ...too funny ...
mohitmalikmacho: Good movie @judwa 2..... But not as judwa 1
Mahendr25593141: Go n Watch #JUDWAA 2 2 times because of VARUN BHAI Awesome movie
mahaam_f: Watched Judwaa 2 and my bae @Varun_dvn was amazing
madalina_mdl: After you watch Judwaa 2 it’s a great movie ..... We Love You @Varun_dvn
kutre_prem: Judwa 2 ..The mind blowing acting of @Varun_dvn ..fantastic movie ♥️
KrishTanwani: Watched judwaa 2 loved it @Asli_Jacqueline mam @Varun_dvn sir @taapsee mam
khoobsuraets: JUDWAA 2 WAS SO GOOD, IT WAS SO FUNNY I SWEAR MY STOMACH HURTS FROM LAUGHING
KhanToseed: Nice movie judwa 2
kapoorankit007: Watched Judwa 2...Really Liked Varun to be become Superstar. Great Work
kamaljitsandhu: Watched Judwa 2. Laughter riot! Go for it!!
Iris_Vatrana: Judwaa 2 is Hilarious
HnyTom: What a awesome movie @judwaa 2 @Varun_dvn love u a lot u made every varunic proud
GangaramDolase: Judwaa 2 is awesome movie do watch it guys
farhananimator: fulltime entertainment. judwaa 2
Faizansurani26: Awesome movies judwaa 2
Er_958: Aaj judwa 2 dekh k aaya,really love it
BobbySi75601920: #judwaa2nyc movie judwaa 2 it's fantastic movie plz watch judwaa 2
bhaskaaarr: judwa 2 was awesome @Varun_dvn
bhagyeshnaik: Thanks @Varun_dvn & david sir ji for reliving old judwaa memories to new judwaa 2.. You were awesome #VarunDhawan in #Judwaa2
B2Jha3: Judwaa 2 wonderful movies so great I love you @Varun_dvn
Azmol_94: Judwaa 2 was too good!! Easily one of @Varun_dvn best performance
ayesha16Shahzy: Wow Judwa 2 is Rocking @Varun_dvn You are a superstar
ashubansal0987: awesome movie judwaa 2 varun Dhawan you rock
Asghar52793732: Judwa 2 is double entertaining than judwa
ANIVESHA2: #Judwaa2 @varundhawan4 # had already watched 3 times Judwa 2... #most entertaing movie ever...
AmitSin75774498: I love movie judwaa 2 osm movie
AlishaShivji: Just saw Judwaa 2 & it's a laugh riot! Full of masti, action, comedy, drama - the works! Gr8 job @Varun_dvn @taapsee @Asli_Jacqueline ❤
Ak09Khan: Please Watch Judwaa 2 Full Paisa Wasool Movie @Varun_dvn What A Performance Buddy @taapsee @Asli_Jacqueline
Aisha14046791: Watched #Judwaa 2 last nyt @Varun_dvn @taapsee @Asli_Jacqueline #Prem, Raja, Alishika #Samara super fun,Action,Nandu n Alex my god n energy
sufigoogler: Chilled Beer... makes 'Judwaa 2' entertaining!!! (avoid if sober) #Judwaa2
abdulsyed92: Judwaa 2 was good but can't beat the original judwaa movie #classic
YouDontKnowWho_: Can't believe I'm saying this but I actually prefer Salman's silly shit from the first instalment over the monstrosity that is Judwaa 2.
vivekdubeyx: ultra chutiyapa judwaa 2 flop @Varun_dvn
VerifiedBeer: Judwaa 2 review: Don't go for it.
ThatYogi: Judwaa 2 is a lame excuse for a movie. Rather watch the original all over again... Pathetic to see Taapsi 'Pink' Pannu wasted in such movies
simplyanila: Feel so bad when films like Judwaa 2 work and deserving films like Rangoon do not.
realslimshanky: Judwaa 2 is pointless comedy and Newton is just the opposite!
Page_Subrata: Had great regards you #DAVIDDHAWANji. But After Judwa 2, it diminished. Is there no creativity left in Bollywood at the moment? Why remake?
KrishaliniJega: Judwaa 2 was baaadd
HrithikHarsh: It's a shame that films like happy new year, Ye Jawani hai diwani and judwa 2 got hit tag Fooking indian audience
EliteTsar: Just saw judwa 2.. The movie is typical.. The male is the hero ad female just to fill the sexy scenes
Crazymusiclove3: Bilkul hi bakwas ... A big big hathoda hai Judwa 2 movie... Friends, pl don't waste your time...!
appydatta97: Saw judwaa 2, didn't like it
ambitious_amar: Judwaa 2 is a complete package of dissapointment
AichSrk: Judwaa 2 ... Worst movie after ...tubelight Are bhai iss se jaida hamare #Jhms achha tha Joy #ShahRukh Sir ka Joy ho..!!
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