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Producer: Sajid Nadiadwala
Director: David Dhawan
Cast: Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Taapsee Pannu, Anupam Kher, Sachin Khedekar, Rajpal Yadav, Prachee Shah, Vivan Bhatena, Pawan Malhotra, Upasna Singh, Zakir Hussain
Writer: Sajid-Farhad (Dialogue), Yunus Sejawal (Screenplay)
Music: Sajid-Wajid, Meet Bros, Sandeep Shirodkar, Anu Malik
A remake always runs the risk of being compared to the original film. In the case of David Dhawan’s Judwaa 2, he was in competition with himself, to bring back the magic of his 1997 Salman Khanstarrer of the same name. And, it seems, he has managed to get it right.
While everyone had their apprehensions about Varun Dhawan stepping into the shoes of Khan in this much-loved ‘90s movie, the young actor has managed to hold his own. However, the story loses its plot quite a few times, especially in the second half. But who cares.
The plot is the same as the original one, with a few tweaks here and there. Here’s a quick recap. Raja and Prem (Varun Dhawan) get separated at birth as the goon Charles (Zakir Hussain) kidnaps Raja and leaves him on the railway track. Prem is taken to London by his parents and raised lavishly while his twin becomes the textbook heart-of-gold tapori who beats up anyone who crosses him, his friend or his Ganpati Bappa. Thanks to plenty of over-the-top but entertaining action scenes, Raja and his sidekick Nandu (Rajpal Yadav) fly to London to save their lives. There, he meets Alishka (Jacqueline) and romances her just as his weak, seedha-saadha, chashma wearing brother runs around the college campus with Samara (Taapsee).
As the classic twin mix-ups take place where one brother gets caught up in the comical confusion of the other, Raja and Prem run into each other. It turns out that the enemy Raja was running away from in Mumbai is connected to the goon Charles, who wants to kill Prem. What happens next forms the crux of the film.
While the script of the film was not worked upon as hard as it should have been, the dialogue definitely was. While some lines have been picked up from the original movie, like ‘Hello brother, isse kehte hai judwaa’, others are very current, like, ‘Jo main bolta hun, woh main karta hun aur jo main nahi bolta….woh main WhatsApp karta hun.’ Puns are used in abundance throughout the film and many of them are genuinely funny. And this is the highlight of the film. Judwaa 2 has many flaws, one of them being its stereotypical characters but you don’t really mind. There are too many cinematic liberties that have been taken but since you know that this is literally mindless entertainment, you overlook them. Since there’s enough in the screenplay to keep you entertained, you are in a forgiving mood.
As mentioned earlier, the biggest advantage of Judwaa 2 is that it is an unabashed masala entertainer and it doesn’t pretend to be anything deeper than that. David Dhawan, who is tagged as the king of comedy, having made dozens of chucklers over the decades, has succeeded in entertaining the audience once again to the fullest. All said and done, Judwaa 2 does show you a good time even though it is a long one.
Any discussion on this film cannot be complete without mentioning its music. The original film had two iconic numbers – Tan tana tan and Oonchi hai building – which have been recreated for the remake. The new songs have zest but lack the feel of the old ones. But this won’t stop them from becoming chartbusters this season. There are a couple of original numbers in Judwaa 2 also, that are overshadowed by the anticipation of the signature tracks. Cinematography is pleasing to the eye. Editing could have been crisper. Background score is just about okay.
Performance-wise, Varun Dhawan proves he’s become a BIG star and can carry an entire film on his shoulders. Right from his introduction scene till the last frame of the film, Varun Dhawan owns the movie. Jacqueline Fernandez is the same as she is in almost every film she does – pretty and unsubstantial. The surprise package is Taapsee Pannu, who looks a little out of place but tries her best to be the quintessential Hindi film heroine. Rajpal Yadav, as Nandu, is decent. Vivaan Bhatena, as the bad guy, is hot but not very happening. Zakir Hussain, as the senior bad guy, is okay. Anupam Kher, as Jacqueline’s father, is decent. Sachin Khedekar and Prachee Shah are okay. Upasna Singh is overzealous and annoying. Pawan Malhotra is average. Johnny Lever’s special appearance adds a few laughs. Salman Khan’s cameo as the original Judwaa is amazing and is a USP of the film.