Jolly LLB- Movie Review


jolly-llb_posterFrom the look of it and the trailers, I thought it would be very boring and it was my last choice of film this weekend. But then I thought, chalo, let’s give it a chance. And so I did. Here’s my review.

Jolly, a.k.a Jagdish Tyagi (Arshad Warsi) is a newbie lawyer from Meerut. He moves to Delhi to make it big. Out there he learns that money can buy anything and lawyers need to lie at the drop of a hat. In his effort to give his career a push, he gets himself into a hit-and-run case by filing a PIL. Now the lawyer whom he has to fight is a shrewd, well established lawyer- Rajpal (Boman Irani) who has all the resources to win the case. Jolly is about to lose focus but girlfriend (Amrita Rao) shows him the path to being an honest and sincere lawyer and person. Can Jolly fight for justice without money or power?

First things first. This is no big budget film with stars to make the marketing easy. The film thrives on direction and good actors. With Jolly LLB, the battle seems to be won. Subhash Kapoor who’s written the story and directed the film has done a great job. Some of the dialogues are quite funny and they do add some character to an otherwise serious courtroom drama. The styling is modest and the production design is kept real which is good. The camera work is good.

Coming to the performances. Arshad Warsi in my opinion has always been a good actor and deserves to do more films like this. His performance as Jolly, the lead character is good, especially in the second half. He’s very likable. Boman Irani as the arrogant and over-confident lawyer is almost perfect. He’s probably only done good work in his career and be it negative or positive he does it with grace. Another actor who’s superb and has done a fantastic job is Saurabh Shukla as the judge. He’s hilarious and so natural that it’s a delight to watch him on screen. Amrita Rao is kind of useless in the film and luckily we don’t get to see her much. Her voice is a bit annoying.

There are barely any songs in the movie which is a good thing. They are quite sad anyway. I’ve heard a song called ‘Law lag gaye’ though which is a little catchy but not in the film.

The film is made with a lot of heart and I think it’s quite entertaining too. There were some people even clapping and cheering in the theatre which is a good sign. Go watch!

Rating– 3.5/5

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