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Monday, March 25, 2013

Review Round-Up: Jolly LLB Be Good

This week’s Bollywood release “Jolly LLB” is a comedy drama that takes a satirical look at India’s legal system.
Jolly (Arshad Warsi) is a smalltime lawyer from Meerut who moves to Delhi to push forward his career. In an effort to speed his journey up the ranks, Jolly requests to reopen a controversial hit-and-run case in which the suspect escaped because of his wealthy family ties.
This brings him face to face with Rajpal (Boman Irani), a shrewd, experienced and seemingly unbeatable lawyer. The heart of the action is in the courtroom, where the two lawyers battle for the upper hand.
Here is a round-up of what critics had to say about Jolly LLB:
Vinayak Chakravorty, writing in India Today, said the movie is anchored on its witty portrayal of “corruptible courtrooms.” He says Mr. Warsi plays Jolly well with his trademark comic timing.
The courtroom clashes between Jolly and Rajpal are “superb,” says Mr. Chakravorty, and the chemistry between the two characters gives the movie strength.
Apart from the “mundane songs” and an avoidable love angle, the film worked for the critic, who called it an “enjoyable watch” and gave it three-and-a-half stars out of five.
NDTV critic Saibal Chatterjee praised the director Subhash Kapoor for keeping the movie “simple and shipshape” and managing to avoid falling into the trap of just mocking the lapses in India’s legal system.
The story structure also makes it easy to decide who to root for, “The underdog of course,” he says.
He enjoyed the performances of Mr. Warsi and Mr. Irani, as well as Saurabh Shukla, who puts up a “sterling show” as the judge presiding over the case.
Mr. Chatterjee also gave Jolly LLB three-and-a-half stars out of five.
Bollywood Hungama critic Taran Adarsh opens his review with a warning that the film isn’t a “hardcore comic entertainer.”

The laughs in Jolly LLB, he says, are in the right places and the humor arises from “commonplace stuff.”
Mr. Adarsh believes audiences will be able to relate to Jolly, the struggler and underdog, and that the film celebrates the spirit of the common man.
But the soundtrack was a letdown, the critic writes, adding that Jolly LLB would have worked as “songless fare.”
He also gave the movie three-and-a-half stars out of five.
Nandini Ramnath, in a review for business daily Mint, compared Jolly LLB to Mr. Kapoor’s previous film “Phas Gaye Re Obama,” though it is not “as quirky or perceptive.”
She said Jolly LLB should’ve perhaps spun around the judge’s character, which “embodies the limitations of the Indian judicial process as well as its strengths.”

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