Fox Star Movies' Subhash Kapoor (of PHAS GAYE RE OBAMA fame) directed JOLLY L.L.B.. is a satirical courtroom drama that has a touch of comedy and romance as well. The music of the film has been composed by Krsna, more famous for his chartbusting and some memorable compositions in TANU WEDS MANU and lyrics have been penned by Subhash Kapoor and Vayu. So one does expect Krsna to work his magic once again and prove second time lucky for the entire team. So let us check out!
It's a humorous-cum-satirical beginning with 'Jooth Boliya'
, a superb situational fun composition based on the popular Punjabi folk song. Making it special is Kamaal Khan
who is simply wonderful as he modulates his vocals to suit Arshad Warsi
to the tee but the USP of the song is superbly apt satirical lyrics (by Vayu with inputs from Subhash Kapoor) that highlight the ills prevailing in the society.
The second version of 'Jooth Boliya'
, remixed by Pritesh Mehta, makes for an interesting hear with just the right added beats and DJ tricks. CHECK OUT: Arshad Warsi - JOLLY LLB is not a stupid movie'Daru Peeke Nachna'
is up next and it's a light 'nok-jhok', 'chhed-chhad'
love duet sung by Mika Singh and Shreya Ghoshal. The fun never stops as both the protagonists debate over the effects of alcohol ('daru'
) but it's once again the lyrics that act as the icing on the cake.
The remixed version of 'Daru Peeke Nachna'
(by Pritesh Mehta) is more pacy with lots of background techno music, and synth sounds makes this one more dance inducing.
Kapoor has shown his class right from his first film, SAY SALAAM INDIA, which released in the summer of 2007. It was a small film with a big heart. But it was PHAS GAYE RE OBAMA in 2010, which really shot him into the limelight. With JOLLY LLB, he has firmly established his credentials as a writer/director of repute.
After MUNNABHAI and ISHQIYA
, Arshad Warsi packs a mean punch in this film as Jolly, the underdog lawyer, who takes on the might of Rajpal. Appeal becomes 'apple' in his PIL and prosecution becomes 'prostitution'. But this Meerut-bred lawyer hits the highway when he sees loopholes in a hit-and-run case involving the scion of an influential business family who is let free for lack of evidence.
In the PIL, Rajpal too sees his chance to get even with his client. But as the case progresses, Rajpal realizes that he is up against a tough nut to crack. The dialogues between the two lawyers in the heat-of-the moment are 'very real'. The scene where the judge flies off his chair is worth going miles to see, for its sheer brilliance in its execution.
Boman Irani stands tall as he delivers one of his best roles ever. A haughty lawyer who has scant respect for the law. Rather, a lawyer, who knows how to play within the loopholes within the law to come out trumps in the worst of cases. Mean, conniving and steely cold. He leaves you gasping for breath with his audacity to prove someone innocent, who actually is as guilty as hell. CHECK OUT: Arshad Warsi is conscious about JOLLY L.L.B.
But it is Saurabh Shukla as the judge who Kapoor uses as his weapon of mass destruction. Saying anything more of his character here would spoil the movie for you. But hats off to Shukla for essaying such a complex role with dexterity. You don't know which way he will roll until he rolls. And his line towards the end is a chilling reminder of how evidence is what is required to nail an accused. ''I know the case from day one,'' he tells the packed courtroom. ''But I wait for that one piece of evidence which will help me make a favorable judgment. That evidence never comes.''
Where Kapoor falters (very badly) is in the two songs he incorporates forcefully into the script. Everything is flowing smoothly, so why this unnecessary interruption? If it was meant to add glamour, it fails. It is needless succumbing to commercialization of films.
JOLLY LLB for Oscars may seem far-fetched within the industry big-wigs who prefer big names with far poorer content (EKLAVYA, BARFI!
). But if this movie is favored, believe me; our judicial system will be fast-tracked and feared like in the west.
Go for it, you will leave the courtroom satisfied!
Movie Cast & Crew
Actor: Boman Irani, Arshad Warsi, Amrita Rao and Saurabh Shukla
Lyrics: Subhash Kapoor and Vayu
Director: Subhash Kapoor
Music Director: Krsna