Jolly LLB – A Film Review

By Sakshi Bhalla (Editor)






Film – Jolly LLB

Director – Subhash Kapoor

Cast – Arshad Warsi, Boman Irani, Saurabh Shukla and Amrita Rao

Quick Take – A courtroom drama with its heart in the right place.

TSL Rates – 3.3/5

We know what our legal and judicial system is like. It’s slow, tardy, rarely efficient… with a long, often unrecorded history of being bought and sold at the convenience of the rich and the powerful; more often than not, at the cost of the poor and the deprived. Add to that, the pending cases, an under-productive system, power abuse and the blessed speed at which justice is delivered. Subhash Kapoor’s courtroom drama, Jolly LLB plays on these realities, and pretty well, at that.

Jagdish Tyagi, or Jolly (Warsi) as he is called, is a small town lawyer from Meerut, who wants to find his feet and his way up in the big city. Cut to three months, he finds himself fighting a high profile hit and run case against a high profile lawyer, Tejinder Rajpal (Irani) – in the process of which he finds himself facing moral dilemmas, manipulations and threats.

The film is obviously predictable, but the way it is laid down before you, is what makes it a delicious watch. Never for a minute do you feel that it needs to speed up or slow down (except during the absolutely pointless song-and-dance sequences, which just seem to take away from the plot). What really is the USP of this film is the tongue-in-cheek style in which the cases are dealt with. Some moments are laugh-out-loud funny; others, not so much, but you don’t mind. Arshad Warsi, as Jolly is spectacular, but this isn’t his best. Boman Irani as the self assured, powerful, influential Tejinder Rajpal shows you how it’s done. Slick, suave, confident – just as it should be. Amrita Rao’s character, Sandhya, is neither well acted out, nor, well, necessary. Except for an odd monologue, her purpose on screen was, apparently, to dance to painful music. But the person who stole the show was Saurabh Shukla as Justice Tripathi, the tea obsessed Judge for the case, he exudes brilliance. Him thrashing Rajpal in the end is one of the best scenes in the film.

The film plays on your emotions just about as well as it plays on your funny bone. While a few sequences were a tad bit overdone, it all mostly fell in place. Jolly LLB is, prima facie a feel good film, but underneath the well written characters and the near perfect comic timing, is a message which it does manage to bring home. Go, watch it. No reason you should wait.



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