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.