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 bySubhash Kapoor
Written bySubhash Kapoor
Produced byFox Star Studios
StarringArshad Warsi
Boman Irani
Amrita Rao
Saurabh Shukla
CinematographyAnshuman Mahaley
Edited bySandeep Singh Bajeli
Music bySongs:
Background score:
Sanjoy Chowdhury
Distributed byFox Star Studios
Release date
  • 15 March 2013 (2013-03-15)
Running time
128 minutes
Budget10 crore[1]
Box officeest.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. It is the first installment of the Jolly LLB franchise. 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 year 2009, Jagdish "Jolly" Tyagi is a Delhi based lawyer staying with his brother-in-law Pratap and is in a relationship with Sandhya. He happens to see prominent criminal lawyer Tejinder Rajpal successfully defending Rahul Dewan, a boy from a high society family in a sessions court, who is accused of drunken driving in a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado causing death of six people sleeping on the footpath 5 months earlier.

Jolly, desperate to have some money and fame, decides to pursue the case and files a PIL in the court against Rahul Dewan. After initially reprimanding Jolly for his mistakes in filing the PIL and taking the press reports as an evidence, Justice Sunderlal Tripathi warns Jolly to collect some evidence before the next hearing. Jolly then runs into Albert Pinto, who claims to have witnessed the accident but soon learns that he is a lackey of Rajpal and was a plan to extract more money from the Dewan family. As part of the deal, Pinto gives Jolly a share of the money and turns hostile in the court. Sandhya and Kaul Saab chide him for compromising on justice for his greed. He returns the money to Rajpal and challenges him to win the case.

With Pratap's help, Jolly collects the video footage of the car involved in the accident and presents it to the court. Rajpal counters that the car was driven by the driver of Dewan family and the footage was fake. Jolly refutes it by successfully cross examining the driver, who finally accepts that he has registered a false statement. The Judge orders the police to provide a bodyguard for Jolly after he is manhandled by Rajpal's assistants. Although Sub-Inspector Satbir Rathi tries to sabotage Jolly. Jolly, with the help of the bodyguard, leaves for Gorakhpur after he comes to know that Sadakant Mishra, a survivor of the accident stays there.

Jolly, after passing through many hurdles, successfully brings Mishra to the court. Rajpal tries to scuttle proceedings but the hesitant Tripathi overrules him. Mishra states that Rathi had threatened him after the accident and fabricated the investigation. He was only allowed to go after he offered his hard-earned money and jewelry. Mishra also identifies Rahul Dewan as the one who drove the car. After the emotional closing arguments by Rajpal and Jolly, the judge directs the police department to suspend 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. As Jolly walks out receiving praises, Rajpal sits crestfallen over losing a case for the first 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!".[4] 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.[5]


Jolly LLB
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Soundtrack album by
Released22 February 2013
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Krsna chronology
Tanu Weds Manu
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]

1."Jhooth Boliya"Kamal Khan4:08
2."Daru Peeke Nachna"Mika Singh, Shreya Ghoshal4:17
3."Ajnabi"Mohit Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal3:55
4."Hans Ki chaal"Kailash Kher4:22
5."Law lag gayi"Bappi Lahiri4:31
6."Jhooth Boliya" (remix)Kamal Khan3:59
7."Daru Peeke Nachna" (remix)Mika Singh3:48
8."L Lag Gaye 2"Bappi Lahiri4:30


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

Kids Choice Awards 2014: Bindass!

  • favourite song- mere Toh L Lag Gayi (won)
  • favorite Geet Sensational - jhoot bolliya


A sequel, Jolly LLB 2 was released in February 2017,[7] with Shukla reprising his role.


The film has been remade in Tamil as Manithan (2016) and in Telugu as Sapthagiri LLB (2017).[8][9] A sequel, Jolly LLB 2 was released in February 2017.[10]


  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. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b "'Jolly LLB' review: The film's not a bad way to spend the evening". Archived from the original on 17 March 2013. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  4. ^ Adarsh, Taran (13 March 2013). "Jolly L.L.B. Review". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  5. ^ Anupama Chopra (15 March 2013). "Anupama Chopra's review: Jolly LLB -". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 17 March 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2013. (slow loading)
  6. ^ a b "61st National Film Awards For 2013" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. 16 April 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  7. ^ IANS (1 November 2014). "Eager to start Jolly LLB 2: Arshad Warsi". India Today. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Udhayanidhi Stalin to remake 'Jolly LLB'!".
  9. ^ "'Saptagiri LLB' says prosecution is prostitution - Telugu News". 4 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Akshay Kumar to star in 'Jolly LLB 2'; to star opposite this actress for the first time!". Daily News & Analysis. 4 July 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.

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