The Cinema Station’s Rating: Sleeper coach journey (1.5/5)
Starring: Varun Dhawan, Taapsee Pannu, Jacqueline Fernandez, Rajpal Yadav, Anupam Kher, Ali Asgar, Vivan Bhatena
Director: David Dhawan
Glossy star cast, jazzy music, David Dhawan’s comedy and nostalgia of the 90’s were supposed to be the headlines of Judwaa 2. Honestly, the trailer did not hand us anything promising except for the memories and the redone songs that lacked the shine Anu Malik and Abhijit’s original versions had. It carries its momentum from the original version, but as expected, Varun Dhawan’s version of Judwaa is nothing close to the one we saw as kids.
With a very shabby and distorted beginning to the journey, I already lost hope of any revivals or comebacks from the film. Thriving hard on its prequel, Judwaa 2 blindly follows its predecessor’s storyline with multiple scenes simply copied in the later version. The film fails to present any meaningless character or plot conflicts. Mr. Dhawan, the senior, actually presents the roadside rowdy version of Varun Dhawan and Rajpal Yadav land in London to avoid rivalry from the local goons. Yes, it gets that senseless, and that is just the beginning. What follows is a roller coaster of poor jokes and events that left me confused and doubt my own sanity.
The star cast does weave a bit of its magic as Varun Dhawan tries his best to make ends meet but falls short of the aura Salman created in the earlier version. The charismatic Varun goes from beating up goons to mimicking Sharukh Khan but that is just not enough. Supported by Taapsee and Jacqueline, the ladies add the star power to the screen and to some extent succeed in redoing Rambha and Karishma. The negative spark of the film is carried on Vivan Bhatena, Vikas Verma, Zakir Khan and Manoj Joshi is negligible which makes Judwaa 2 even more traumatizing at times.
Both the halves follow a similar tone with few giggles, forced upon chase scenes, action and meaningless scenes which shelve the film into the famous “No Brainer Comedy” genre of Bollywood. The second half does not bother much in rectifying the flaws. The train aimlessly moves towards the last station of this journey as we even see the acting quality take a dip. Music and cinematography are other unwanted burdens on the film which fails to find its course in a 150-minute running time.
The only good part about Judwaa 2 is that it helped me cash on the nostalgia of the earlier film but if we compare, the current version is no patch on the Judwaa I cherish. The only scene that managed to get some hoots and whistles was the one with Salman’s cameo as bhai takes a shot at promoting the film. Apart from a few moments of recollection, Judwaa 2 has nothing much to offer and can be neglected.