Jolly LLB

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Jolly LLB
Theatrical release poster with two leads, an angst looking Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani with the motto of the film We Believe In Justice
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Subhash Kapoor
Produced by Fox Star Studios
Written by Subhash Kapoor
Screenplay by Subhash Kapoor
Starring Arshad Warsi
Boman Irani
Amrita Rao
Saurabh Shukla
Music by Songs:
Background score:
Sanjoy Chowdhury
Cinematography Anshuman Mahaley
Edited by Sandeep Singh Bajeli
Distributed by Fox Star Studios
Release date
  • 15 March 2013 (2013-03-15)
Running time
128 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 10 crore[1]
Box office est.37 crore[1]

Jolly LLB is a 2013 Indian Hindi-language black comedy film, written and directed by Subhash Kapoor. The film stars Arshad Warsi, Boman Irani and Amrita Rao in the lead roles. The theatrical trailer was revealed on 8 January 2013.[2] Released on 15 March 2013, the film revolves around the early life of lawyer Jagdish Tyagi a.k.a. Jolly (played by Warsi) and focuses on his attempt to earn six innocent wage earners their rights and his journey against the monopolistic behavior of the rich and judicial corruption. The storyline is inspired by the 1999 hit-and-run case of Sanjeev Nanda and a minor reference to Priyadarshini Mattoo case.[3]

It is the first installment of Jolly LLB (film series)

The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, while Saurabh Shukla won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor.[4] The film has been remade as Manithan. A sequel, Jolly LLB 2 was released in February 2017.[5]


The film begins with a drunk Rahul Dewan (Rajeev Siddhartha), racing in a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado against a Mercedes, after he is seduced by a woman in the passenger seat. He loses control and crashes into a wall on the footpath by the road. The film cuts to a court scene where Jagdish Tyagi a.k.a. Jolly (Arshad Warsi), an LLB (law-degree) graduate defending a surgeon against a Public interest litigation (PIL) filed against him after the surgeon had his son operate upon a patient in his pursuit of Guinness Book of World Records. Jolly loses the case but decides to move to the capital Delhi to try his luck. He happens to see prominent criminal lawyer Tejinder Rajpal (Boman Irani) defending Rahul Dewan in a sessions court. Rahul Dewan is accused of causing death under the influence of alcohol. Rajpal convinces the judge that prosecution had no evidence to implicate Rahul Dewan and he was being deliberately targeted by the media as he was from a rich family, resulting in Dewan's acquittal.

Rajpal, though, is not satisfied with the fee paid by the Dewans. Jolly, desperate to have some money and fame, decides to pursue the case and files a PIL in the court against Rahul Dewan's acquittal. After initially reprimanding Jolly for his mistakes in filing the PIL and taking the press reports as an evidence, Justice Tripathi (Saurabh Shukla) gives a date for hearing and warns Jolly to collect some evidence before the hearing. He then runs into Albert Pinto (Harsh Chhaya), who claims to have witnessed the accident. Then Jolly introduces him as a witness in the court and Judge Tripathi, after cross-examining him, gives a date for the next hearing. He also summons Rahul Dewan to be present in the court for the hearing. Jolly becomes a celebrity overnight and is admired by Kaul who donates a room in his restaurant to Jolly for using it as his office. However, Jolly's plans turn upside down, when Albert Pinto reveals to him that he is no witness, but a crony of Rajpal and it was part of a plan to extract more money from Dewan clan. As part of the deal, Pinto gives Jolly his share of the money paid by Dewans to silence Pinto. Jolly gleefully accepts the money and regrets that had he known this plan earlier, he would have demanded more money. Albert Pinto turns hostile in the court and Jolly accepts the statement given by Pinto. Judge Tripathi postpones the judgement for the next hearing. Sandhya the fiancee of Jolly, chides him for compromising on justice for his greed. Jolly realises his mistake once Kaul saab slaps him for his treachery. He returns the money to Rajpal and challenges him to win the case.

With the help of his Brother In-law Pratap (Manoj Pahwa), he collects the video footage of the Land Cruiser involved in the accident and presents it to the court. Though Rajpal counters him that the Land Cruiser was driven by the driver of Dewan family, Jolly refutes his statement by submitting the necessary evidence. Judge Tripathi orders the Police to provide a bodyguard for Jolly after he was manhandled by alleged assistants of Rajpal. Jolly comes to know that a survivor of the accident stays in Gorakhpur and decides to leave for Gorakhpur. SI Rathi tries to sabotage Jolly's investigation, but is rescued by his bodyguard. He identifies one Sadakanth Mishra as the survivor in Gorakhpur and brings him to Delhi. Jolly prosecutes SI Rathi and finds that he has intentionally botched up the investigation by declaring Sadakanth Mishra as dead and snatching his hard-earned money by threatening to kill him. Mishra also identifies Rahul Dewan as the one who drove the Land Cruiser. After conclusion of arguments and counter-arguments between Rajpal and Jolly, Judge Tripathi directs Delhi Police to suspend SI Rathi and initiate a criminal inquiry against him and also declares Rahul Dewan as guilty of the crime and sentences him to seven years in jail under Section 304 of the Indian Penal Code. The film ends with Jolly celebrating with his team while Rajpal is crestfallen as he suffers defeat after a long time.



The story is inspired by the events of the Sanjeev Nanda hit-and-run case of 1999.[3]


Critical reception[edit]

Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the film 3.5 stars and said "Jolly LLB is a power-packed courtroom drama. But, most importantly, it celebrates the spirit of the common man seeking justice and impartiality most effectively. Just don't miss this jolly good film!".[6] Anupama Chopra of the Hindustan Times said parts of the film are "laugh-out-loud funny, but underneath the humour is an angry critique of the system, so easily manipulated by the rich and so difficult to penetrate for the poor." Chopra gave the film three stars, saying that the love angle is clumsy and that Rao "stumbles badly" in a key scene.[7]


Jolly LLB
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Soundtrack album by Krsna
Released 22 February 2013
Recorded 2013
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 33:40
Label T-Series
Producer Krsna
Krsna chronology
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Jolly LLB

The music of Jolly LLB was composed by Krsna. Lyrics were penned by Subhash Kapoor and Vayu (for "Jhooth Boliya"). The first song promo, "Mere Toh L Lag Gaye" by Bappi Lahiri, was released on 13 February 2013. In the soundtrack, the song has been cut into two different songs, one titled "Law Lag Gaye" while the other "L Lag Gaye". The second song promo, "Jhooth Boliya" by Kamal Khan was released on 15 February 2013. The full soundtrack was released on 22 February 2013 under the label T-Series. It consists of eight songs.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Jhooth Boliya" Kamal Khan 4:08
2. "Daru Peeke Nachna" Mika Singh, Shreya Ghoshal 4:17
3. "Ajnabi" Mohit Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal 3:55
4. "Hans Ki chaal" Kailash Kher 4:22
5. "Law lag gayi" Bappi Lahiri 4:31
6. "Jhooth Boliya" (remix) Kamal Khan 3:59
7. "Daru Peeke Nachna" (remix) Mika Singh 3:48
8. "L Lag Gaye 2" Bappi Lahiri 4:30


61st National Film Awards
2014 Screen Awards
59th Filmfare Awards


A sequel, Jolly LLB 2 released in February 2017.[8]


  1. ^ a b Surajeet Das Gupta & Urvi Malvania (30 November 2013). "Most profitable films entertain no love for the Rs 100-crore club". Business Standard. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Arshad calls Jolly LLB 'wonderful' experience". Hindustan Times. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "'Jolly LLB' review: The film's not a bad way to spend the evening". Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "61st National Film Awards For 2013" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Akshay Kumar to star in 'Jolly LLB 2'; to star opposite this actress for the first time!". Daily News & Analysis. 2016-07-04. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  6. ^ Adarsh, Taran (13 March 2013). "Jolly L.L.B. Review". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2016-07-07. 
  7. ^ Anupama Chopra (15 March 2013). "Anupama Chopra's review: Jolly LLB -". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 25 March 2013.  (slow loading)
  8. ^ IANS (1 November 2014). "Eager to start Jolly LLB 2: Arshad Warsi". India Today. Retrieved 2016-07-07. 

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