Jolly LLB Review

Jolly LLB is a court drama/satire that criticizes the judicial system through a hit and run case.

The film begins with an accident scene of a young and rich boy drinking and driving. He drives his Land Cruiser on the pavement and kills six people. Mr. Rajpal (Boman Irani) is the defendant in this case and wins the case allowing the rich boy to get off scot free.

Jagdish Tyagi aka Jolly (Arshad Warsi) is a young and struggling lawyer who witnesses this court session. He aspires to be a famous and successful lawyer like Mr. Rajpal and files a PIL (Public Interest Litigation) to re-examine the case. His initial intention is to make some money and to become a well known lawyer. However, Sandhya (Amrita Rao), his girlfriend convinces him to fight for justice. The rest of the film is about how the case proceeds.

Jolly LLB is a very interesting film. Despite being about a serious topic, it’s not a very heavy toned film. The film gives its messages without preaching, allowing us to simply observe the developments in this court case. It shows the realities of the Indian judicial system and how the system is manipulated by the rich and powerful. All of the characters are very memorable. My favorite is the judge of the case who really looks and acts like a true judge. Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani have done a wonderful job with their roles.  Boman Irani is such a flexible actor, he can perform very different types of roles to perfection.

There are also very funny courtroom scenes in the film. In one of the earlier scenes, Jolly is defending a doctor who had his 14 year old son perform a c-section. In a later courtroom scene, the judge of Jolly’s case, is seeing another case about theft of a song. One party is Sangeet Lahiri (who looks just like Bappi Lahiri) and the other party is Sargam Kumar (who looks just like Himesh Reshammiya). Neither are able to sing their songs nicely and so the lawyer ends up singing it. These scenes were very entertaining.

The end of the film was a bit disappointing. Justice was served but at the whim of the judge. Unfortunately, the film does not make any suggestions as to how the system could be reformed. I suppose that would be a task too large for a film. But hats off to the makers for a film on a sensitive topic that is also current and applicable to today. I wish film industries of other countries were as progressive as the Indian cinema sector in this aspect. Unfortunately in some countries, people are afraid to make films like Jolly LLB or No One Killed Jessica due to possible political repercussions. I urge everyone to watch this film. If you have interest in intelligent films that explore social topics, this is a good film for you. Thanks to the interesting characters and humor at times, the film is not overly serious or depressive, so don’t be afraid of it. It’s an enjoyable watch.

By the way, the “Hans Ki Chaal” song from the film is hilarious.


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