Cast: Arshad Warsi, Boman Irani, Saurabh Shukla, Amrita Rao.
Director: Subhash Kapoor
Length: 2.10 hours approximately
There are few films which carry certain social concern and try to deliver message to the viewers through a story. JOLLY LLB fits in that box because it tries to mark the faults in Judiciary system of the country and tells us how Rich use their influence over the poor people. The message is clear, but not louder! The film somehow doesn’t move you despite some crackling dialogues in finale. What lacks in the film is imagination by the writer which reflects in its incoherent screenplay.
JOLLY LLB takes too much of its time to settle down. The songs put in first half adds like speed-breakers and the unnecessary clichéd tracks like the one involving a Tea stall owner setting his stall outside the court-room and seeking justice for his daughter through a loyal lawyer. These parts hardly add up to what JOLLY LLB wanted to convey. However, the strength of the film lies in some engaging court-room drama. Saurabh Shukla brings numerous laughs at his entry and he suits the role without any miss. The film throws a twist at you just before the intermission which is smartly brought in the tale. But as mentioned, such delight are present in the film but in bits and spurts.
JOLLY LLB takes its flight post-intermission where things get tauter. The courtroom commotions are delicious executed and it keeps the viewers hooked in the narration and serving few laughs too! The verbal exchanges between Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani are logical but Subhash Kapoor knows how to blend it with comic proportions. JOLLY LLBS works well post-intermission because it respects its genre of Comic-satire immensely. The climax has a major twist in the tale, but it’s the unconvincing end in the form of a ridiculous decision framed by the judge to solve the case. It leaves you asking for better one.
The songs are nothing good except for “Daaru peeke nachna”. Nor does the cinematography tries giving you any natural beauty because the film is filmed in and around court-rooms for plenty of time. The dialogues are as sharp as knife especially in the court-room scenes and in the scene where Arshad confronts Boman Irani in his office. The screenplay has some dark flaws which restricts the film’s tone. Subhash Kapoor early gave us “Phas Gaya Re Obama” which was consistently comic and engaging. He does his part well even here as can be reflected in few high-intensity scenes which suddenly goes comical.
The ups and downs in the film restrain the film from being thoroughly likeable. However its contribution from the three leading men which serves JOLLY LLB some of its best bits. Arshad Warsi has terrific confidence and he knows his job too well. He expresses very easily and his comic timing as usual gets high. Boman Irani finds himself constantly on his blackberry, but his attention towards his work is all there. He is excellent when he shows his grey color and also in the finale where he knows something is wrong. However, its Saurabh Shukla who remains surprise of the pack who offers an impeccable performance in a role which has ample of room for him to play his cards! Amrita Rao does well in her emotional scene, but she is hardly there in the film as a whole.
JOLLY LLB is bound with flaws and setbacks in its writing at places, but still it could be bracketed as a nice attempt with three excellent performances. The film tries to pack up many things, but sadly its message is just not effective. In that way, it could be best termed as an ineffective entertainer that promised a lot more. Give it a fair chance like you would give to any other ordinary film, and you won’t be disappointed. But expectations are strict no-no.
Rating – 2.5/5 (Above Average/Decent)