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Movie Review: The State vs. Jolly LLB 2

The State vs. Jolly LLB 2 is a socially realistic satire that will leave you questioning your ethics

Jolly-LLB-2-MovieA number of films have been made satirizing everything from the political system to the social set up and the legal system in India. What we need to realise, is that, every aspect of our collective lives which is satirized on screen is not isolated; it is intricately connected to our growth and evolution as a social set up.

Our sense of empathy, or even sympathy for that matter, our egos, and our sense of being as people and professionals is all linked to our environment, which has been corrupted to the point of no return, it seems.

Is our need to manifest our desires so brute, that something even as solemn and poignant as death can be ridiculed?

Writer and director, Subhash Kapoor’s sequel, The State vs. Jolly LLB – 2, compels us to confront our ugly self as a society by asking these very questions.

The film, starring Akshay Kumar and Annu Kapoor, in pivotal roles, is an extension of the satirical black comedy, starring Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani, which released in 2013.

The Akshay Kumar starrer, once again, satirized India’s legal system, and leads a comical inquiry into the functions of our judiciary.

The film also satirizes several other so-called pillars of the ‘Indian society’, like, religion, gender equality, nepotism, democracy and fundamental rights, to name a few.

Regardless of it preachy approach, the film is quite a fresh and eye opening take on how, we as a people, have become so numb to the pain of others, that we are ready to trample upon those less fortunate than us, or make the most of someone else’s misery to further our own cause.

What’s refreshing to watch is that all hope is not lost, as Kumar’s character experiences an awakening, albeit a rude one, that compels him to courageously fight for the truth.

Justice Tripathi, played by the ever-brilliant Saurabh Shukla, also shines as a ray of hope, when he speaks of the ills in our judicial system, and rules in favour of the truth.

Annu Kapoor, who plays the antagonist, delivers a stellar performance as Lucknow’s top lawyer, who fights not for justice, but to satisfy his greed for wealth and his ginormous ego.

Subhash Kapoor, once again, has delivered a simple, realistic, hard-hitting, yet funny take on our judicial system, questioning the direction we are headed in, but, also showing us that not all is lost, as there is still some good left in all of us, we just need to dig deeper.

February 15, 2017

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