Film: Judwaa 2
Director: David Dhawan
Producer: Fox Star Studios, Sajid Nadiadwala
Rating: 2.5/5 stars
It’s time that we get to see Varun Dhawan in the shoes of Salman Khan as his baby film, Judwaa 2 releases in theatres today. The film rides on the same concept of identity crisis and comedy of errors as one would expect from a double role film, which is also peppered with some of the famous comic moments and notions used in the 90’s. How does the film fare? Let’s find out!
The film has the same plot as the 1997 Salman Khan-starrer Judwaa, so we would rather not tell you about it. Instead, perhaps the only reason why the film has any chance of working is Salman Khan was a part of the original, and hence the film has a lot of nostalgic elements.
Varun Dhawan chooses and attempts to stay true to the original characters, but ends up doing a lot of overacting. You won’t believe that it’s the same guy who shocked us all in Badlapur. Dhawan as Prem comes across as a seedha-saadha, bhola-bhala version of his own debut role in Student Of The Year with a lot of un-needed energy. Raja, on the other hand, delivers some really good moments, but only some. Otherwise, Dhawan’s Raja is all about delivering Shah Rukh Khan dialogues, mannerisms and paying tribute to Bollywood legends and delivering lame jokes. In fact, the kid who played the young Prem and Raja in this reboot was more endearing. Dhawan still gets some marks for the attempt.
The talented Taapsee Pannu on the other hand surprisingly played the dumbest version of herself yet. Her intro scene promises a lot out of her character, but then it’s the way the rebooted character was written that led her down in the end. She gets to show her feisty side once in a while, but her character is nothing but an airhead.
Jacqueline Fernandez, on the other hand, is exactly how we have seen her in A Gentleman, Kick and Race 2. So, expect nothing more and nothing less.
Anupam Kher, on the other hand, makes us wait for him as he single-handedly steals the screen space from the leads, which, in itself is therapeutic.
It’s funny how in the year 2017, one can still make female characters as merely secondary, assume that we will laugh at ultra-silly jokes and make us believe that one hit on the head can make memory go and come back multiple times in a jiffy. In comparison, the original flick seemed like a more sensible, funny and the kind of film where some attention was given to the ladies as well.
Watch if only if you’re risking it to let go of your logic out of the window for the sake of Varun Dhawan and Salman’s association with it.