Seldom has any thought hurt mainstream Hindi cinema as much as the idea of providing a little bit of everything aka Masala in the name of wholesome entertainment. The makers simply have an item list to check off rather than thinking creatively, forget about shaping opinion or other lofty goals. Judwaa2 from David Dhawan’s stable is a brazen effort to monetize his son’s success so far. No thought has been spared for the young actor’s evolution in his trade.
The story is age old in our films- a pair of identical twins are separated at birth, they happen to find themselves in the same city, there’s confusion, they finally meet and everything is sorted out. There is really not much to the story than this, but the film is almost two and half hours long. So how do you stretch a wafer thin script to more than two hours? Easy, just insert scenes which are essentially fillers till the hours are suitably used. In Judwaa2, there is a father-son villain duo who are out to get the hero and his family, there are two girls (one for each brother of course) who have no other purpose in their life other than follow the hero around, there’s a friend of the hero and father of one of the girls who act retarded because that is supposed to be funny. Even kissing the girlfriend’s mother is funny and moreover, the girlfriend is only mildly annoyed on seeing all this.
David Dhawan has never been a beacon of intelligent cinema but one is expected to evolve with age. No such luck here. It seems Varun Dhawan was given a simple brief, imagine either Govinda or Salman on screen, mostly Govinda though, and go through the motions like them. Varun is hard working and he delivers – meaning he is a good clone. A clone will always fall short of the original as Varun does. And he didn’t need to do it, Varun has proved his prowess before in other films.
Sad to see a senior actor like Anupam Kher being reduced to a caricature and Taapsee Pannu, who has otherwise managed to bag intelligent movies, back to the grind as a bimbette. Maybe Anupam’s redemption is to turn producer and make films which have some sense like the upcoming Ranchi Diaries. Jacqueline Fernandez is a regular in such films, I suppose even she wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between one character and another. Rajpal Yadav is super irritating.
David Dhawan is so obsessed with cashing in on the original that he has recycled the original songs. He has even dragged a tired looking Salman Khan for a couple of minutes. By this time, I had a splitting headache watching this film. It was almost a relief to see the end credits roll. Filmmakers often say they make what viewers want. If that were the case, we wouldn’t have a success rate in the single digits. It is just an excuse for their laziness. This film needs to be locked away in a vault, or better still, sent to film schools to teach how not to make a film. Dhawan’s alma mater, FTII, would be a good start.
Rating : 1/5
Starring: Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Taapsee Pannu, Anupam Kher, Rajpal Yadav
Director: David Dhawan