Jannat 2 ( * * * )

Jannat 2

Director: Kunal Deshmukh

Emraan Hashmi, Esha Gupta, Randeep Hooda, Imran Zahid

* * *

Hmm. We must accept this fact now that Bollywood doesn’t really know the meaning of word ‘sequel’. Or maybe it believes that as the largest movie making franchise in world, we can change the meaning. So that any movie with an Emraan Hashmi trapped in conflicts of love and crime is a Jannat, and a movie with a certain group of actors in comic situations is a Golmaal.

Confining to that definition, Jannat 2 actually manages to retain the feel and emotions of its alleged prequel. Setting the same story in a different milieu, it is an interesting watch, in most of the parts. So this time we have a Sonu Dilli K.K.C. (Kutti Kameeni Cheez…duh!) an illegal arms dealer, who spots and instantly falls in love with a chic Delhi girl,(Esha Gupta) who after some totally unrealistic romantic sequences reciprocates (a bit tough to buy, that one). Then there is this emotionally damaged cop Raghuvanshi (Randeep Hooda) , with a mission to blow off the entire illegal arms trade business.

The basic setup of story around the arms trade in the capital and satellite areas makes an interesting and a never seen before premise. However, the love story between the lead pair seems unrealistic, forced and drives the first half off most of its charm and grit. The intermission presents an interesting twist, and after that the movie holds you till the very last scene. The sensitive end definitely deserves brownie points. So do the entire setup, production values and locations, which impart a very real and earthy feeling to the proceedings. However, the writers could have been more fresh and interesting in the detailing of debutante actress’ character, and her relationship with Sonu, which essentially is the crux of the movie. Also, use of explicit abuses for the sake of being true to the milieu is fine, but one can’t help but feel that it is being overdone, just for the heck of it. The songs, already popular, are pleasant on ears, but at times, they do come across as a hindrance to the story.

Randeep Hooda excels in his role once again with his angst ridden and painful yet strong role. One hell of a good actor he is, and surprisingly under utilized at it. He makes you sit up and notice his performance, so much that you wonder who is the protagonist, Emraan or him. Emraan, on the other hand, though is earnest and gets the haryanavi-delhi lingi bang on, seems to be trying a little too hard at times. Still, this is one of the actor’s better performances. Esha Gupta, seems to be straight off the ramp in most of the scenes, and in some cases still there! Hence fails to make much of an impact. Other actors are suitable.

An interesting premise, a not-so-interesting love story, an inspiring act by Randeep Hooda, and an earful of abuses; sounds good? Then go for it.

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