I had decided to see Jolly LLB 2 after seeing a trailer in one of the film shows that I had seen earlier. Although it did not come up to my expectations, it is still a film worth seeing if you have some time to spare and nothing better to do.
The film is supposed to be a tragi-comedy-topical mixture but comes across as a potpourri of all three genres with none overly impressing. The messages sent about the justice/legal/police system of the country as well terrorism resonates at the gut level and I understood my first time experience of reaching the theatre well in time but still finding it “sold out” and having to wait for forty five minutes for another show of the same film to start. It was also the first time that I saw the hall about half full for an evening show.
This is a film in which the star attraction Akshay Kumar known for his martial arts skills chooses instead, to show his histrionic abilities. He does that quite well but is easily overshadowed by Annu Kapoor, Sayani Gupta and Saurabh Shukla. In fact, all the others who make appearances in the film appear to act better than Akshay Kumar and I suppose that the Director Subhash Kapoor, gets full credit for this.
The ever present rivalry between Kanpur and Lucknow is brought out in a pleasant way and I became quite nostalgic for both places which have many memories for me.
Though Akshay Kumar disappoints, a movie worth seeing for its “time pass” value.
This week’s LBC topic comes from Maria who as I write this is and when it will get published will still be in her beloved Ireland winding up her visit. She should get back to bring in the new year at her home in Lucknow and I hope that 2016 will see her back to blogging for the LBC.
Rather than write on book or film let me write about both. And, as a bonus mention two films, one in Hindi and one in English.
My favourite book, one that I keep going back to again and again for reference as well as to refresh my memory is the Bhagwat Geetha. Does that surprise any of my readers?
My all time favourite film that I can see again and again is Guide. I first saw it in Ahmedabad in 1965. There was little else to do in that town those days and the theater oddly enough called the Relief Cinema was the only air conditioned one in town. I saw the film seven times while it still ran there, I think for more than a hundred days if my memory serves me right.
I saw it again a number of times on reruns at morning or matinee shows as well as on the Television.
It is more difficult to choose an English film but I would plunk for The Magnificent Seven. I have simply lost count of the number of times that I have seen it and would still see it if it was shown on TV or even at special screenings. I used to own a VCTape of it and will now investigate if I can get a DVD to keep for posterity.
And to conclude this post on this glorious day of the 25th of December 2015, I wish all my readers a Merry Christmas. Mine started being one since yesterday afternoon with the arrival of my sister, her son and his family. I hasten to add this last paragraph before I run away to be with them for the rest of the day.