Jolly LLB 2

My recollection of its prequel is weak so it would be unfair of me to compare the two but maybe this is a case where the Director decided to ride on the profit wave of an established success. And he did. Financially, Jolly paid off but the entertainment quotient was just mediocre. While Akshay Kumar did complete justice to his role the story just did not have the same gravitas I am used to from his films after watching a Baby, Airlift and Rustom.

Huma Qureshi had nothing to contribute to the story line. Nevertheless, it was a delight to see someone cast as the lead actress who is not a size zero. Breaking molds in the image obsessed Bollywood she is convincingly showing everyone that talent is not measured at the waist.

Far too rarely seen on the big screen these days, Annu Kapoor is brilliant as ever and Saurabh Shukla plays the role of a somewhat unbelievable, comic judge whose whim decides the course of the case at hand. (6/10)

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Badlapur

Amongst all the recent disappointments Bollywood has delivered a piece of finely crafted cinematic excellence. What finesse it must have taken to remove the over-the-top dramatic edge from a thriller and make it look like a realistic story that still keeps your stomach in knots and surprises you at every corner. It’s no surprise that Nawazuddin Siddiqui would go under your skin with his performance but I was left equally speechless by Varun Dhawan, Huma Qureshi and all the minor role actors as well. In addition to the top notch cinematic work this movie also leaves you with food for thought on human psychology. It takes one trigger to change every fabric of who you are and what you become and no one can argue the right or wrong of it. It’s easy to judge people and situations if you look at them in isolation at one point in time. Get to know the journey and your brain will start wondering. (10/10)