Movie Review: Jolly L.L.B. (2013)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★★☆☆
Box Office: Hit

Jagdish Tyagi a.k.a Jolly (Arshad Warsi) is a small-town lawyer from Meerut, who dreams of making it big. When his career in Meerut seems a failure, he decides to migrate to New Delhi for better prospects.Meanwhile, a rich brat crushes several pavement dwellers due to a drunken driving incident (reminding everyone of the Salman Khan or the Alistair Pereira case) and the accused’s family members rope in Rajpal (Boman Irani), a legal mastermind, who gets his client acquitted.

Seeing a way to make a mark for himself, Jolly files a Public Interest Litigation and gets the case re-opened. Though initially, Jolly cuts a deal with Rajpal for a quick buck, his conscience takes over and the ‘ambulance-chaser’ decides to lock horns with Rajpal and beat him fair and square in the court-room. What follows is a roller coaster ride of a man, his moralities, ambition and relationships.

JOLLY L.L.B. is one of those movies that sock you right where it hurts! It does not only sock you, you also double up in realization of what you already knew all this time, or rather had a vague idea of as far as how the rich and mighty view the judicial system. The above quote actually encompasses what director Subhash Kapoor is trying to say.

JOLLY LLB is brilliance personified for two reasons. The promos fooled you into it being a comedy and two, Kapoor, who is also the writer, deals with a very serious issue, with a mild twist of comedy and sacarsm. Mind you, it’s easy to get carried away and take the position of preacher rather than teacher. But to Kapoor’s credit, he sticks to his domain, making clever use of comedy to offset the killer punch to the solar plexus he has in store towards the end.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “Go for it, you will leave the courtroom satisfied!”
4.0 “If you can overlook that, what you get a fun courtroom drama with crackling performances!”
3.5 “JOLLY LLB is a power-packed courtroom drama.”
Bollywood Hungama
3.5 “Barring the off-kilter musical score, which is completely out of sync with the predominantly naturalistic drift of the film, Jolly LLB is a jolly good film.”
NDTV Movies
3.5 “You will not like this movie if you don’t enjoy courtroom dramas with moral twists.”
Times Of India
3.5 “Barring the off-kilter musical score, which is completely out of sync with the predominantly naturalistic drift of the film, Jolly LLB is a jolly good film.”
NDTV Movies
3.5 “Jolly LLB is a great addition to the list of satires in Bollywood and aims at laying bare the foibles that define our judiciary.”
India Today
3.5 “Looking for some massage of funny bones in a courtroom with some whispering message this weekend.. go for it.”
3.5 “Watch Jolly LLB to get a glimpse of the ‘real’ judiciary system in the country. It’s a nice film!”
3.0 “This one is definitely worth the while as well.”
Daily Bhaskar
Average Reviews
2.5 “Jolly LLB could’ve been a riotous watch on a serious issue with ample scope for sardonic and witty takes, however, it ends up becoming a melodramatic just above average affair.”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Though the trailers of the movie might remind you of Joe Pesci’s crazy courtroom comedy My Cousin Vinny, the film does not even come close in terms of humour.”
2.0 “Jolly LLB is funny in parts but preachiness and the need to flaunt the film’s sincerity and heart get in the way.”
2.0 ” Though the movie might be termed a one-time watch, don’t expect too much out of it.”
2.0 “The movie takes a bunch of good actors and doesn”t make as much of them as it should have.”

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