Inspired by the 1997 film, Judwaa 2 is a Bollywood nostalgia, starring Varun Dhawan with a special guest appearance from Salman Khan, that had the audience in peals of laughter. Directed by David Dhawan, the father-son duo will leave the audience wanting for more by the end of the movie.
The plot, similar to the original movie, revolves around two twin brothers, Prem and Raja, who are separated at birth. Born with completely opposite personalities, one is scared of violence while the other one is known for it. One leads a privileged lifestyle, while the other one tries to make ends meet. The twins are polar opposites but share a unique connection. Together, they reunite in London and try to protect their family from goons.
Samara, played by Jacqueline Fernandez and Alishka, played by Taapsee Pannu fall in love with Raja and Prem respectively, and a comedy of errors ensues. Tapsee and Jacqueline play the bubbly, upbeat love interests but Varun Dhawan proves to be the real charmer. With perfect comic timing, he fits the role of a street-smart chap as well as that of an innocent guy. He had big shoes to fill and aptly did so. Rajul Yadav portraying the role of Raja’s best friend added a humorous touch. Johnny Lever’s screen time with Varun was a bonus.
Like the original movie, a duo of policemen chased Raja and his best friend, all over London for their illegal immigration. But with a lackluster performance and a mismatched duo, they are unable to meet the bar set by the original film.
The movie has all the elements of slapstick comedy, from gaining one’s memory back after being hit by a football to losing it again after getting a punch. An evil lair of the mafia gang, to a character talking utterly nonsense English like “flabbergasted food poisoning fungus” were some of the lesser appreciated scenes. The songs, Chalti Hai Kya 9 Se 12 and Oonchi Hai Building, were featured but with a twist to entice the modern generation.
The movie was not well-received by various critics across the country. But the jam-packed theatre with whistles and laughter echoing from the crowd told a different story altogether.
As the villain from the movie remarked,”Seedha point par ata hoon”, I’ll do the same; this is not the movie for you to ponder upon but the light-hearted comedy to relax and drown your sorrows in the punches delivered in this action-packed dramatic comedy.
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