Judwaa 2 movie review
Judwaa 2 Rating: (2/5)
Judwaa 2 Cast: Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez, and Taapsee Pannu
Judwaa 2 Director: David Dhawan
Somewhere in the first half of the film Judwaa 2, Raja (Varun Dhawan) come out with a bunch of rowdies for being “molesty” and starts to beat the living daylights out of them. And the same Raja, who can’t stop himself from spanking the butt of any woman, old or young, who bends in front of him. Not just that, he does not think twice about forcibly kissing a girl (several times) without her permission. You realize that irony just died a thousand deaths.
Judwaa 2 is a remake of David Dhawan’s 1997 hit Judwaa. For those who are new to the story, identical twins Raja and Prem were separated at their birth, all credit goes to the bad guy, Charles. So during the time Prem brought up in London, Raja brought up in aamchi Mumbai. They are as different as chalk and cheese – Raja is your boisterous, street-smart tapori characterized by machismo and violence, while Prem is your soft-spoken guy who can’t fight to save his life.
Raja flies to London, trying to avoid the henchmen of Alex (Vivaan Bhatena), who he has seriously injured in a fight. The twins end up meeting in the same city, and thus begins a case of mistaken identity, also involving their ladyloves, Samara (Taapsee Pannu) and Alishka (Jacqueline Fernandez).
David Dhawan has tried to be honest to the plot, for the most part. Some of it works, much of it doesn’t. For example, those who have watched the original Judwaa will remember the two policemen role, played by Anupam Kher and Satish Shah, who were on the hunt for Raja. They were continuously trying to one-up the other in the attempt to catch him and get a promotion. In Judwaa 2, that subplot falls flat. Pavan Malhotra and the lady officer don’t even come close to the original duo and their chemistry, and the subplot ends bizarrely (the lady officer morphs into Taapsee during the Tan Tana Tan song, and then there is no acknowledgment of the police angle ever again).
Varun Dhawan, who is often called the new-age replacement of Salman Khan and Govinda of the 90s, does not disappoint. His energy and comic timing are perfect, but it is the outdated script that drags him down. It is the two Varun Dhawan’s that save the day when many of the supporting cast is strictly average. Jacqueline Fernandez plays her usual bubbly girl, nothing we haven’t already seen before. Ho-hum. Taapsee Pannu glams it up for Judwaa 2 and is not half bad.
Judwaa 2 tries to make you laugh in parts. Watch out for Varun Dhawan’s Shah Rukh Khan impression – “Ammi jaan kehti thi…” Johnny Lever’s comic timing stole the spotlight from Varun Dhawan in the scenes they had together, but alas, he is on screen for a mere five minutes.
Expect lots of seeti-worthy dialogues. However, Judwaa 2 is a huge letdown in the music department. The modernize songs are not a patch on the original, whether it is Oonchi Hai Building or Tan Tana Tan.
Fans of the 1997 film have something to look forward to, though. The “original Judwaa” Salman Khan makes a guest appearance at the end of the film. All four Judwaas grooving to Tan Tana Tan? Check.
As the villain in the film keeps saying, “Let’s come straight to the point.” And the point is this: Judwaa 2 is meant to be old wine in a new bottle. But this is no ageless wine, and maybe, David Dhawan should have checked the expiry date before making the film.