Enter Jagdeshwar Mishra aka Jolly LLB.
The 15th assistant to a big shot lawyer in Lucknow, more of a peon than a lawyer. However Jolly has big dreams of buying his own chamber, respectable practice and a Rolls Royce. He loves his family, wants to give them all the happiness, which he can’t afford
Jolly is the son of a Munshi, and wants to break free from the Munshi ka beta tag that his boss wants him to wear. He is desperate to make it big, he absolutely doesnt mind bribing, cheating and exploiting loopholes in the system. He has it all figured out.
Until now the script is good. Then it gets better – he gets a life changing moment.
He tricks and cons a poor innocent and pregnant lady who desperately wants her case to be taken up by his advocate ji boss. Jolly asks her to pay two lakhs and assure her the case will be taken up , but instead uses the money to pay for his chamber. Convincing himself that he will return the money – vapis kar denge kya badi baat hai.
The incidents that follow shake up Jolly’s conscience and he decides that he will fight to get her justice.
How Jolly takes on a corrupt, pathetic, and lackadaisical legal system against senior lawyers of repute is for you to see.
What’s good – excellent script. Director Subhash Kapoor very factually describes low level of our criminal justice and police system. How badly the system is exploited by big lawyers to let their clients get away with murder. How it is subverted by false proof rather than real facts.
The courts proceedings, the highs and lows, drama the humour and laughs, particularly Saurabh Shukla the judge are all part of an entertaining story. A senior advocates with 50 lakh fee package tries to browbeat the judge. The judge doesn’t look very authoritative but manages to put the lawyers in their place.
Annu Kapoor as the defence lawyer is sharp, witty, cunning and with his brilliant performance leaves a realistic impression about people who runs and abuse the Indian courts.
Akshay Kumar the khiladi, versatile and bankable star, dwells into the skin of the character that of the young frustrated junior lawyer from Kanpur, without morals, occasionally the husband cooking for his family. How he transforms into a street fighting lawyer to take on the system, is convincing.
Huma Qureshi as Jolly’s wife who who loves swigging “English” and renting Gucci dresses does her part well.
Kumud Mishra the menacing corrupt cop Suryaveer Singh, is very convincing. He plays his his role to perfection as he did in Badlapur. Would love to see him in more well essayed roles.
What’s Bad – Few loopholes in the case and courtroom battle is not watertight, but by and large good.
Verdict – A brilliant film which will take you through the true corridors of Indian courts and a hilarious yet eye opening courtroom drama.
Watch it for the superb dialogues, the chemistry between Akshay Kumar, Saurabh Shukla and Annu Kapoor. A film where every one comes out with his/her own favourite moments. Die hard Akshay fans would love more movies with great scripts
Long live the khiladi.