Movie Review: Judwaa 2

RATING: 2.5/5

OVERVIEW: Judwaa 2 starring Varun Dhawan is a remake of the Salman Khan hit Judwaa from 1997, which itself was a remake of the Telugu film Hello Brother starring Nagarjuna from 1994, which incidentally, was inspired by the Jackie Chan film Twin Dragons from 1992. So it’s a story that’s been in circulation for nearly 25 years, and I’m afraid it hasn’t aged very well.

There was an innocence and naivete that Salman Khan and director David Dhawan brought to the admittedly pedestrian plot involving a pair of lookalike twins separated at birth. But the same ideas feel jaded now. David, who has directed the new film too, does a mostly copy-paste job without making allowances for changing times and tastes.

REVIEW: Judwaa 2, starring Varun Dhawan in a double role, continues the tradition.One of a pair of identical male twins born to the Malhotras (Sachin Khedekar and Prachi Shah) is kidnapped from his hospital crib. Prem (Varun Dhawan) is brought up in London by his parents, while Raja (Dhawan again) is raised by a fisherwoman in Mumbai.

Prem grows up to be a timid musician, while Raja is an outrageous flirt. Prem is paired with Samara (Taapsee Pannu) while Raja bumps into Alishka (Jacqueline Fernandez) on a flight. The men are twinned by reflexes, meaning that when one performs an action, the other does so too, leading to loads of confusion and giving the script the required meat.

The leading ladies were totally out of the place. Jacqueline surprisingly peformed better than Tapsee Pannu. Jacqueline seems to be comfortable after playing similar dumb characters before. Tapsee seemed to have got very disoriented in this role. On one side she procliamed of doing very meaningful roles and this one says otherwise. On other hand, Tapsee is not new into this zone. In fact she has acted earlier in David Dhawans direction in Chashme Baddoor doing exercises in skimpy shorts. All in all, junior dhawan and ladies pull down the show too. To add more agony to the viewer, we have Rajpal Yadav who is given a very cliched role. He doesn’t even succeed even once in making laugh.

Zakir Hussain as the villain has done a very good job with a role which is one dimensional as it can be in a David Dhawan movie yet he brings an energy to a villain which is as routine as it can get.

Final verdict of the film is Varun does the best he can. But it is like the orange jeans he wears, resembling Salman’s in Judwaa.

                                                           –Panchajanya