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)



Margarita, with a Straw

The leap of faith Indian filmmakers are taking in spreading awareness about social issues more frequently is applaudable. However, some take it to the extreme and think they should fit all that they can think of into one movie. Kyonki who knows ‘kal ho na ho’? Shonali Bose could have easily made two or threes movies out the of complexities she was trying to bring to light. A girl with cerebral palsy, a disabled child’s relationship with her family and friends, her sexuality, her courage and determination. I am not a fan of Kalki Koechlin at all but no one could have fit this role better than her. (4/10)