Jolly LLB 2

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Jolly LLB 2
A man rides a white colour scooter on the streets
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Subhash Kapoor
Produced by Fox Star Studios
Written by Subhash Kapoor
Screenplay by Subhash Kapoor
Starring Akshay Kumar
Annu Kapoor
Huma Qureshi
Saurabh Shukla
Music by
Cinematography Kamaljeet Negi
Edited by Chandrashekhar Prajapati
Production
company
Distributed by Fox Star Studios
Release date
  • 10 February 2017 (2017-02-10) (India)
Running time
137 minutes[1]
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 300 million[2]
Box office est. 1.97billion[3]

The State vs Jolly LL.B 2, known also as Jolly LL.B 2, is a 2017 Indian satire black dramedy film,[4] written and directed by Subhash Kapoor. It is a sequel to the 2013 film Jolly LLB, and the second instalment of the Jolly LLB film series.[5] The film stars Akshay Kumar, Huma Qureshi, Saurabh Shukla and Annu Kapoor in lead roles. A courtroom drama which satirises the notion of the Indian legal system, the story follows Jagdishwar Mishra (Kumar), a lawyer who fights a case against the ruthless and powerful lawyer Pramod Mathur (Kapoor).

Plot[edit]

Jagdishwar "Jolly" Mishra is a Lucknow based lawyer who stays with his beautiful wife Pushpa Pandey and works as an assistant to one of the most famous lawyers of Lucknow, Mr. Rizvi. To arrange money for his own chamber, Jolly lies to a widow, Hina Qasim telling her that Rizvi will take her case and that the fee is 200,000 rupees. When Hina finds out that she has been bluffed by Jolly, she commits suicide. Jolly soon discovers that Hina's husband Iqbal Qasim was killed in a fake encounter on the very next day of their marriage by Inspector Suryaveer Singh, showing him as Mohammed Iqbal Quadri, a terrorist. Singh also shot dead a fellow constable, Bhadouria in order to show the encounter as genuine.

Filled with guilt, Jolly decides to fight Hina's case & files a PIL. Singh then hires Lucknow's best lawyer Pramod Mathur to fight his case. After reprimanding Jolly for his mistakes in filing the PIL and no credible evidence, Justice Sunderlal Tripathi gives a date for hearing and warns Jolly to collect some evidence before the hearing.

Jolly is able to get FIR copy and papers regarding the case with the help of a bookie Guru Ji in Varanasi by paying him subsequent amount . Later he is able to track Ram Kumar Bhadauria, the son of the constable who died in the fake encounter. This backfires as Advocate Mathur, uses his power and money to tamper with the narco test video of the witness. Though the Judge orders disciplinary action against Jolly for showing alleged dishonest evidence, The chairman of the Discipline Committee, Mr. Rizvi gives Jolly 4 days of time to prove himself correct, as he also feels guilty of not fighting the case himself.

Jolly travels to Kashmir and gets confirmation of the truth from Fahim Butt, a constable who visited Lucknow to identify the terrorist during Iqbal Qasim and Hina's wedding. Fahim, now suspended and arrested in a fake case, reveals that the person who died in the encounter was not the real terrorist and that he also filed a complaint against Singh. Jolly flees with Fahim to Lucknow. Meanwhile, Jolly coaxes the police commissioner V.K Paul to tell the truth or else, he will file PIL against all the encounters done by him. Advocate Mathur, tries his best to avoid Fahim from giving statement in the court as he stops proceeding in the courtroom by sitting on the floor. The judge also sits on the floor, refusing to be swayed by Mathur's tactic.

At midnight, the Judge ignores his plea and decides to carry on the proceedings. After Fahim's statement Jolly with the help of police commissioner presents Quadri, who fakes his identity as a Brahmin Pandit. After the initial reluctance by the Judge, Jolly rapidly fires questions to Iqbal by asking him details of the Shastras. Iqbal finally breaks up and admits that he is the terrorist and had bribed Inspector Singh to set him free. Judge then declares Iqbal Qasim innocent and orders the arrest of the terrorist and gives life imprisonment to Suryaveer Singh along with his accomplices for charge of murder, erasing evidence, misleading court and showing false evidences and thus Jolly wins the case.

Cast[edit]

  • Akshay Kumar as Advocate Jagdishwar Mishra (Jolly)
  • Huma Qureshi as Pushpa Pandey (Jolly's wife)
  • Saurabh Shukla as Justice Sunderlal Tripathi
  • Annu Kapoor as Advocate Pramod Mathur
  • Ram Gopal Bajaj as Mr. Rizvi (Jolly's boss and senior advocate)[6]
  • Kumud Mishra as Inspector Suryaveer Singh
  • Sayani Gupta as Hina Siddiqui
  • Manav Kaul as Iqbal Qasim
  • Inaamulhaq as Mohammed Iqbal Quadri
  • Sitaram Panchal as Sitaram (Farmer)
  • Sanjay Mishra as Guru Ji
  • Brijendra Kala as Dubey (the man who arranges chamber for Jolly)
  • V.M. Badola as Mr. Mishra (Jolly's father)
  • Rajiv Gupta as Birbal (Jolly's assistant)
  • Vinod Nagpal as Zahoor Siddiqui (Hina's father)
  • Avijit Dutt as VK Paul (Police Commissioner)
  • Brijesh Sharma as CBI Officer Nair
  • Sudhanva Deshpande as CBI Officer Basu
  • Sunil Kumar Palwal as Fahim Butt, a Kashmir Police Constable[7]
  • Saurabh Agnihotri as Gul Mohammad
  • Saran Tiwari as Tripathi's Nephew
  • Shubhangi Latkar as Dr. Hema Deshpande (Narco specialist)[8]
  • Zia Ahmed as Reporter
  • Tarun Kumar as Baldev Singh Bhadoria
  • Dadhi Pandey as Siraj Alam
  • Sushil Pandey as Ramkumar Bhadoria
  • A.R. Rama as Mushtaq (Mathur's Assistant)
  • Yakub Sayed as Jugal Kishore Mathur (Mathur's Father)
  • Gurpal Singh as Judge Harbhajan Singh
  • Rati Shankar Tripathi as Chacha (In opening : mass cheating scene)
  • Mir Sarwar as Kashmir Police Inspector

Production[edit]

Casting[edit]

The film was announced in July 2016, where the lead actor Akshay Kumar had revealed his first look for the film.[9] It was reported that Arshad Warsi, who played the lead role in the previous instalment, was replaced by Kumar.[10] Actress Huma Qureshi was signed as the female lead, pairing opposite Kumar.[11][12] Annu Kapoor was signed as the antagonist of the film pitted against Kumar.[13]

Development[edit]

Principal photography of the film began in Mumbai.[14] The major parts of the film were shot in Lucknow in a one-month schedule.[15][16][17] It was further reported that the first schedule was completed in September 2016.[18] The second schedule was shot in Varanasi in later September 2016.[19][20] A stunt sequence was shot in Ganga river, where Kumar refused to use a stunt double.[21] The final schedule of the film was shot in Manali, Himachal Pradesh in October 2016.[22] Kumar shot his scenes in a time span of 30 days.[23] A promotional song was shot in Mumbai in December 2016.[24]

Criticism[edit]

Depiction of Indian judicial system[edit]

The film's title and depiction of the Indian legal system created a controversy. Advocate Ajaykumar Waghmare filed a case at the Bombay High Court for removal of the word LLB and stated that the use of the word is a "deliberate attempt" to insult the Indian legal system.[25] The Bombay High Court appointed a 3-member committee to examine the content of the film. The Supreme Court of India also appointed a 3-member panel, consisting of Chief Justice J. S. Khehar and Justices N. V. Ramana and D. Y. Chandrachud, to review the film.[26][27]

Lawsuit from Bata[edit]

The film's trailer had shown a derogate reference to Bata Shoes, a shoe brand. The firm Kocchar & Co, on behalf of Bata India, had issued a legal notice to the filmmakers for the comment and filed a lawsuit of 30 million (US$450,000).[28] The CBFC had edited out the reference to the brand with respect to the filed lawsuit.[29]

Ban[edit]

The film is banned in Pakistan,[30] Central Board of Film Censors of Pakistan had objected some scenes related to the terrorism issues in Jammu and Kashmir.[31]

Release[edit]

The film was released on 10 February 2017, prior to the release of the film, the CBFC had passed the film without any cuts.[32]

Soundtrack[edit]

Jolly LLB 2
Album Cover of Jolly LLB 2
Soundtrack album by
Released 13 January 2017
Recorded 2017
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 15:11
Language Hindi
Label T-Series
Director Subhash Kapoor
Producer Subhash Kapoor

The music for the film is composed by Manj Musik, Meet Bros, Vishal Khurana and Chirantan Bhatt while the lyrics have been written by Shabbir Ahmed, Junaid Wasi, Manj Musik and Raftaar. The song "Jolly Good Fellow" incorporates lyrics from the English folk song "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow".[33] The full movie soundtrack[34] was released on 13 January 2017 and it consists a total of total of 4 songs[35] which includes one Qawaali song too. The music rights are acquired by T-Series.

Track listing
No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Go Pagal"Manj Musik, RaftaarManj Musik, Nilesh PatelRaftaar, Nindy Kaur2:52
2."Bawara Mann"Junaid WasiChirantan BhattJubin Nautiyal, Neeti Mohan3:36
3."Jolly Good Fellow"Shabbir AhmedMeet BrosMeet Bros, Earl Edgar3:52
4."O Re Rangreza (Qawaali)"Junaid WasiVishal KhuranaSukhwinder Singh, Murtuza Mustafa & Qadir Mustafa4:52
Total length:15:11

Box office[edit]

Domestic[edit]

The film opened with a domestic collection of 132.0 million becoming Akshay Kumar's eighth highest opener and second highest of the year following Raees.[36] The film shown growth in next two days collecting 17.31 crores and 19.95 crores on second and third day of release respectively and took its first domestic weekend collection to a total of 504.6 million.[3] It became second highest first weekend collecting Bollywood film of the year after Raees.[37] Its cumulative collection in next four days evaluated to 26.25 crores and with that, the film scored first domestic week of 777.1 million.[3] After Raees, Jolly LLB 2 is second highest domestic first week collecting film of 2017. As of 2 March, the film has collected 1172.4 million domestically And It Declared As Superhit By BOI.[38]

Overseas[edit]

The film during its week, collected 49.6 million (US$740,000) from North America (United States and Canada), 10.4 million (US$150,000) from United Kingdom, 58.6 million (US$870,000) from United Arab Emirates, 100,000 (US$1,500) from Malaysia, 10.6 million (US$160,000) from Australia and 4.4 million (US$66,000) from New Zealand.[3] The film collected 134.0 million from overseas during first week which is second highest for a Bollywood film of 2017.[39]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Date of Ceremony Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
2 December 2017 Star Screen Awards Best Film The State vs Jolly LL.B 2 Nominated
Best Actor – Male (Popular) Akshay Kumar Nominated
30 December 2017 Zee Cine Awards Best Film (Viewer's Choice) The State vs Jolly LL.B 2 Nominated [40]
Best Actor – Male (Viewer's Choice) Akshay Kumar Won
Best Director Subhash Kapoor Nominated
Best Writing Nominated
Best Actor in a Negative Role Annu Kapoor Nominated
20 January 2018 Filmfare Awards Best Screenplay Subhash Kapoor Nominated [41]
Best Dialogue Nominated

Sequel[edit]

After the success of the second instalment, makers have confirmed to make a third part of this franchise. Sunny Deol can be seen as the main lead role [42][43][44]

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