‘Judwaa 2’ movie review By DIVYA SOLGAMA
When Ashok Kumar or Dev Anand attempted a double role in the movie s like ‘Kismat’ and ‘Hum Dono’, it was just a part and parcel of the screenplay. But the massive success of Dilip Kumar’s ‘Ram Aur Shyam’ made a double role film as a celebration of star power in our Hindi film industry. The moment any actor reached a certain level of stardom, a double role starrer film was made in order to enhance their stardom to super stardom. The fans love to see the double dosage of their favourite star at the price of one. Films were promoted with captions over the posters such as ‘Rajesh Khanna for the first time in a high voltage double role’ or ‘Amitabh Bachchan in a double role action drama’ and so on. This trend of double role films especially the ones with mistaken identity went ahead to become one of the most successful formula of a super hit film. Though most of these films were under the high influence of William Shakespeare’s ‘Comedy of Errors’. ‘Ram Aur Shyam’, ‘Seeta Aur Geeta’, ‘Kishen Kanhaiya’, ‘Gora Aur Kaala’, ‘Chaalbaaz’, ‘Angoor’ including ‘Judwaa’ and many such films managed to entertain us till date. The 70’s era witnessed the series of double role films starring actors such as Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Vinod Khanna and many more including the comedians of that time. The same celebrations was seen in the 90’s era with actors such as Anil Kapoor, Govinda, Mithun Chakroborty, Akshay Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Sunil Shetty, Ajay Devgn and many more including comedians of that time. Again after the gap of two decades we are witnessing the same trend of double role films starring the fresh breed of actors such as Arjun Kapoor and Varun Dhawan. Arjun Kapoor’s ‘Mubarakan’ managed to entertain its audience due to the freshness attached to it. Thus, adding up double pressure on Varun Dhawan for his latest film ‘Judwaa 2’, which is remake of Salman Khan’s ‘Judwaa’ from the 90’s era. So, let’s find out whether ‘Judwaa 2’ will manage to entertain us as expected and at the same time establish the super star aura of Varun Dhawan or might end up being same old wine represented in a new bottle.
‘Judwaa 2’’ is a story of Raja and Prem (Varun Dhawan), who are conjoined twins which gets separated by birth due to a diamond smuggler Charles (Zakir Hussain). Raja grows up in the streets of Mumbai along with his best friend Nandu (Rajpal Yadav) while Prem leads a lavish life in London along with his parents. After a fight with Alex (Vivan Bhatena), Raja and Nandu elope to London on a forge passport. On his way to London Raja meets Alishka (Jacqueline Fernandez) and strikes a chord with her. While Prem on the other end joins a music academy and falls in love with Samaara (Taapsee Pannu). Destiny takes its course and Prem and Raja keeps interchanging with each other leading to a huge confusion in the lives of Alishka and Samaara. What happens next is what the entire film all about.
Screenplay & Technical Details:
The story is majorly similar to original ‘Judwaa’, which was a remake of Nagarjun starrer Telugu film ‘Hello Brother, which again was highly inspired from a Jackie Chan’s movie ‘Twin Dragons’. Though, one could see many more similarities with yesteryear’s films like ‘Gora Aur Kaala’ and ‘Kishen Kanhaiya’. The makers have changed the backdrop of ‘Judwaa 2’ and have cleverly removed few unwanted tracks such as the entire sister track of Salman Khan, emotional track of mother played by Reema Lagoo and few more from the original. The heroines part have also been bit enhanced as per today times. Most of the iconic scenes of ‘Judwaa’ have been retained while few good ones such as Anupam Kher-Satish Shah or Shakti Kapoor ones have been diluted. The first half takes its own time to come on the right track due to establishment of the basic premise. The moment Varun Dhawan enters on the big screen the movie gets its right momentum and keeps you engaged throughout the film. The second half in the middle portions drags a bit leading to a weak and terribly outdated climax, but gets highly overshadowed due to Varun Dhawan’s super screen presence and the entertainment quotient attached to the film. There are many loopholes in the film such as how does Prem gets released from the prison or Zakir Hussain gets number of Sachin Khedekar and later fails to find him and few more. Also, some scenes such as Varun kissing Jacqueline, Taapsee and Upasana Singh, the entire Ali Azgar track, Pawan Malhotra’s track and few more are not up to the mark. The melodramatic reunion followed by finale climax are weak and presented in an outdated manner. The entire focus is on Varun Dhawan, while the series of character actors are wasted. In the original ‘Judwaa’, many of these character actors had iconic scenes which helped the story to get its right soul. On the positive side, Varun’s entry has the much required charisma. All his fight scenes including the entire BMX chase and the finale fight are highly entertaining and has the conviction factor. Varun mimicking Shah Rukh Khan, Sanjeev Kumar, Akshay Kumar and others is amazing. Every time he says ‘Ammi Jaan kehti thi’ in Shah Rukh style you will burst out with laughter. Also, his emotional fooling track is totally enjoyable. Couple of scenes related to mistaken identity are entertaining. The fun elements in the movie are placed well keeping you glued to the silver screen. The dialogues and some one liners are hilarious mainly due to the ace timing of Varun Dhawan. The cinematography is fresh and keeps the mood of the film intact.
The music of ‘Judwaa’ was one of the biggest reason for the success of ‘Judwaa’. Every song out there was a hit and managed to entertain its audience. Out here two of the original songs are retained in the form of ‘Chalti Hai Kya’ and ‘Oonchi Hai Building’. The later one has the fun quotient due to presence of Anu Malik, while ‘Chalti Hai Kya’ lacks the soul factor. ‘Suno Ganpati Bappa’ is enjoyable due to Varun’s naughty dance steps. ‘Aa Toh Sahi’ has the David Dhawan flavour but gets overshadowed due to original songs. Background music is decent and has the original theme track placed in right manner.
Director David Dhawan is known for making the highest number of movies with double roles in it. ‘Judwaa’ was one of his decent film incomparision to his other double role films in that time. The movie worked mainly due to Salman Khan’s aura, Anu Malik’s music and presence of some good character actor such as Shakti Kapoor, Kader Khan, Tiku Talsania, Satish Shah, Anupam Kher and others. Out here David focuses mainly over his son and does full justice to it. He manages to establish the star aura of Varun Dhawan and keeps you entertained with this done to death type of predictable script. It’s just due to his expert comic sense ‘Judwaa 2’ ends up as a good masala entertainer which one can cherish over the holiday period. A better screenplay and fine editing would had enhanced the fun factor.
Varun Dhawan does full justice to both his characters and shines out in every frame. His star aura is highly visible and manages to entertain you to the fullest. His comic timing is fantastic and so are the action scenes. He looks highly convincing in these scenes which gives him an upper leverage over his contemporary actors. Jacqueline Fernandez looks smashing and does her part with total grace. It’s just that her character needed more finesse as it was there in the character of Karishma Kapoor. Taapsee Pannu looks dazzlingly beautiful in every scene and displays a glamorous side of her for the first time in Hindi cinema. Rajpal Yadav, Anupam Kher, Sachin Khedekar, Upasana Singh, Manoj Joshi and Atul Parchure are fine in their parts which could have been much better. Zakir Hussain, Pawan Malhotra, Vivan Bhatena are fine in their part. Ali Asgar was not required. Salman Khan’s cameo is entertaining.
So on an overall basis ‘Judwaa 2’ celebrates the star aura of Varun Dhawan and ends up delivering a time pass entertainer for everyone who loves masala entertainers. The movie is a strict no for all those who feed on realistic cinema and expects logic from such escapist films. The movie might not be at par with the original ‘Judwaa’ but will entertain you for sure.
Rating – 3/5 [ Source – Bollywood Times]