Cast: Arshad Warsi, Boman Irani, Saurabh Shukla
Direction: Subhash Kapoor
Subhash Kapoor’s ‘Jolly LLB’ has its heart in place; the plot execution is not flawless but a relevant subject matter makes it worth a watch.
Jagdish Tyagi (Arshad Warsi), struggling lawyer from Meerut, decides to move to Delhi to make it big. Once in Delhi, he decides to re-open a high-profile hit-and-run case, hoping that the case will give his career the mileage it needs. The defense counsel on the case is the very famous and prominent lawyer Advocate Tejender Rajpal (Boman Irani). Power and money ensure that the rich have gone scot-free and there is no justice for the six pavement dwellers who have lost their lives. Not only have the eye witnesses gone missing, even the car involved in the case is nowhere to be found.
Jolly is initially hesitant to take on the case and ready to take a bribe and withdraw his PIL (Public Interest Litigation). A dose on morality from his girlfriend (Amrita Rao) ensues and Jolly is soon back on the right track to ensure that the poor get justice. It’s a daunting task considering the entire investigation was botched up in the first place and right from the investigation officer to the judge seems to be in collusion with the accused.
Subhash Kapoor’s story has a lot of good moments; a pertinent topic, humour and solid performances by the lead cast. The first half of the narrative is interspersed with unnecessary songs that do nothing for the story but just drag the pace down. Arshad Warsi like his character looks hesitant in the beginning but soon settles in to give a convincing performance. Boman Irani is spot on as the established arrogant advocate completely lacking compassion. Saurabh Shukla is commendable as the bumbling judge who is the memorable character in the film.
The film is a fun watch if you are willing to overlook its minor indulgences and the slow pace of the first half.
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