Judwaa 2 Film Review: Disjointed And Disappointing

| September 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

One thing is for sure so far David Dhawan brand of cinema is concerned.You can’t accuse him of making mess of your mind (Dimag ka dahi kar diya). Because then you will have to go with your mind to watch his films.

Since it’s an unwritten disclaimer in his movies that keep your mind out while entering the auditorium, you are responsible for your agony or amusement. Nothing unfolding on screen is to be held responsible.

What unfolds on screen in Judwaa 2 is not a story. Neither a free flowing,smooth,meaningful screenplay.Nor coherent dialogues.Its a ‘mess up’ of the mashup that was Salman Khan’s Judwaa(1997).

Twenty years down the line, a whole new generation of movie goers is ready. Going by what has clicked with it of late, the young guns seem eager to grab,swallow the best of cinema. Or do they?

My experience while watching the film with mostly college going crowd,that was there after bunking classes is,that they are very non-discriminatory in their choices.

For them french fries and file-o-fish both make for fulsome feast(this ‘f’ fetish is not for nothing.Its kind of paying back the dialogue writer duo Farhad Sajid in their same coin,for subjecting us to faff).

The movie is a one man’s showreel. Varun Dhawan who plays a double role of twins Prem and Raja,separated at birth by one gangster with a twang, dialogue rendition and even some likeness to Jeevan from formula classic Amar Akbar Anthony.

Now the one in 8 million phenomenon has happened with these twins. When they are in proximity to each other,one echoes the emotions,actions of the other. From pain, pleasure, aggression to romance all is reflected in the other.

The two grow up in different milieus.Prem in urbane surroundings of London.Raja in earthy fishing community of Versova, Mumbai.

The whole story is how they are reunited. But before it happens you have to sit through the staple of songs,dances,romancing the bimbettes,fights,chases,mistaken identity goof ups,crude gestures,gags and forced goofiness.

First half of the film still has some amusing situations and play on words now associated with Farhad-Sajid’s brand of comedy.

When it comes to twins,look alikes,muddle and mayhem David Dhawan was at his best in Govinda-Chunky Pandey-Kader Khan starrer Aankhein. He did a good job of remaking Tamil Hello Brother as Judwaa with Salman Khan. It had its moments and method in madness plus some top-of-the-charts numbers.

With Judwaa 2, David Dhawan’s direction has upped its ante in terms of scale,locations,production values.

It has nothing else fresh to offer except Varun Dhawan’s on-steroids performance. He presses all the right buttons but is no match to understated comic timing of Govinda or machismo and suaveness of Salman Khan.

In fairness Varun Dhawan has given his best but just being poor man’s Amitabh Bachchan like Mithun Chakraborty won’t do him any good. Moreover, mimicking Khans while spoofing their hit films is no way to carve out a permanent niche for oneself.

Tapsee Pannu’s attempt to make a mark in main stream commercial film is just about average. Jacqueline Fernandez with pretty face and shallow brain characterisation is at best an eye candy.

Rest of the assortment of friends,villains,parents,sidekicks are purely functional.

Main villain Charlie(Zakir Hussain)mouths repeatedly: You screwed me, I will screw you.

I wondered why is he screwing us the innocent viewers too.

In another dialogue Raja the bratty and brazen of the twins hails a villain by saying :’O! 80’s ke villain’!.It encapsulated the essence of whole film that is so eighties, not even nineties.

Well at times, the dialogues inadvertently echo the sentiments of the audience. Raja quips at one point: ‘Its so demonetising, matlab so demoralising’.

Yes demonetization impact is visible in characterisations,situations and gags.The second half is devoid of any juice and joie-d-vivre that is an expectation from David Dhawan film.

By the time it all folds up, you are in bipolar zone. It is more demoralising than uplifting your sagging spirits.

Except for highly energetic Varun Dhawan, everything else in the film is disjointed. It hurts. But let me assure you, one need not take extra pains to join the missing dots.


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Dhieraj Mohan is Hindi cinema's keen observer. With earnest interest in its dynamics and constantly changing milieu he revels in dwelling on the discrepancies, idiosyncrasies,contradictions,masala and the formula that defines Bollywood.He is a poet and a screenwriter too,who simply adores Hindi cinema's chameleon like traits.

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