Release date: September 31, 2017
Leading Cast: Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Taapsee Pannu, Rajpal Yadav, Anupam Kher
SalmAn Khan’s Judwaa (1997) in itself was not a very great movie to watch but the masses still did for the charm attached to it. Judwa 2, somewhere deep down, we all were aware would not be a great film but still would go on to watch it – for the same charm.
Well, Dhavan’s movies have been cliched and overdone lately and as sad as it is, this one was no exception. Dhavan was good in his old days, take for example the classic Aankhein, but seems to have lost the track now. When you hear a joke for the first time, it is good to hear and laugh at. When someone keeps rubbing the joke in your face over and over again, it becomes irritating and senseless- exactly as a lot of the movie.
Evolution happens for a reason and really, something that was made in 90 should be left there alone instead of being made into a foolish movie for sheer commercial purposes. This movie has had a lot of things going wrong which belong to 90s as they were funny for our parents but not for the millennial generation. A person’s speech impairment as something to laugh at and sexist portrayal of the film’s female characters for one. Both the girls existed in the movie only to squeal, dance, laugh and be kissed forcibly by the hero. Or take as a metter the character if Upasana Singh who is mostly just forcing the rich, eligible bachelor onto her daughter. The names ‘buddhi’ and ‘khatara gaadi’ that she is referred as are nothing less than a sad attempt humour. Some real old fashioned stupidity in the age of intellectual, smart comedy.
The film is really crippled with stereotypes and misery. We understand it is necessary to weigh our guards down and accept the silly at times but silliness evolves too! Insensitivity weighs down the movie with examples like Charles (villain) conforms to the delusion a Christian in India cannot speak Hindi without using “God” in place of “Bhagwan” while a Hindu who visits a church says “God” in the middle of Hindi dialogues. And ofcourse, materialising the female community in the time when we need feminism the most. If stereotypes and delusions were not enough, racism kicks in a lot of times too because the mere sight of a black should automatically induce laughter.
A character in the movie, the villain, kept insisting on coming to the point and so should we; watch this only if you do not mind three hours of recession to the age of stupidity.