Released on February 10, 2017, Subhash Kapoor’s legal satire The State vs Jolly LLB has been ruling the box office ever since. The film is this year’s second film that has grossed over hundred crores, next only to Raees. Apart from its box office success, it has also managed to receive plaudits from the critics in a single swoop. Although the plot is not amongst the most unique ones, the movie is rife with stellar performances by the actors, which keeps the audience on the edge of their seat throughout the film.
Jolly LLB 2, the second instalment of the Jolly LLB replaced Arshad Warsi with Akshay Kumar in the lead role. It talks about the intricacies and loopholes of the Indian legal system, the plight of the victims of beaurocracy and the delivery of justice that is often latish. Jagdishwar Mishra (Akshay Kumar) who hails from Kanpur, works as an aide for a senior advocate Rizvi Sahab in Lucknow and has picked up lessons from the courtroom and knows a lot about the chinks in the law. He lives with his wife Pushpa (Human Qureshi) and his son. The story takes a turn when Jagdishwar, cons a woman named Hina by extracting money from her in exchange for a false promise that his boss would fight her case.
Hina, comes to know about the bluff and commits suicide. Hina’s husband Iqbal was killed in a police encounter mistaken to be a terrorist. Jagdishwar on learning this, feels remorseful and holds himself responsible for Hina’s death. He then decides to fight the case on her behalf and files a PIL in the court. The intensity rises when the antagonist Pramod Mathura (Annual Kapoor), the most famous lawyer in Lucknow, fights the case against him.
In addition to great performances by Akshay Kumar, Annu Kapoor, Human Qureshi and Saurabh Shukla ( who plays the judge in the film) the film attributes its success to the issues it addresses. People get trapped in the vicious circle of legality and justice, and sometimes justice comes a bit too late to the victims. Jagdishwar wins the case, but only after surviving two bullet shots and several murder attempts. It also shows how influence and power mock the face of even-handedness.
The satire is spot on and gives the audience a taste of the stark reality. The casting of the movie is at par with its content which touches the hearts of the audience. One enjoys the wit of Jagdiahwar where Akshay has been spectacular with his comic timing, and so has Saurabh Shukla. Annu Kapoor is another legendary actor who has yet again proved that he knows his craft well. Also, Huma Qureshi was the perfect middle-class disillusioned wife, entertaining the audience in all her scenes. All these things made the movie the success it is today, but not to forget the mind behind it, Director and Writer Subhash Kapoor has definitely raised the bar for films of this genre.