Cast: Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Taapsee Pannu, Vivian Bhatena, Anupam Kher, Ali Asgar, Upasna SinghDirector: David DhawanScore: 1 star (out of 5)varun dhawan was a ten year old boy when his father made the defiantly subdued judwaa. Building on Salman Khan’s undeniable star power, the film had grossed a lot of money at the box office. in this bungled rehash of that mid-1990s comic caper, the young actor improvises it with the enthusiasm of a child who forgot to grow up. the result is anything but uplifting. As judwaa 2 unfolds over its two and a half hour runtime, one can’t help but wonder why a film with absolutely nothing new to offer was ever made in the first place. not only does it subtract entire scenes from the previous movie, but it also remixes two of his hits, tan tana tan tan tan tara and oonchi hai building . you’d be forgiven if you thought you were being taken for a ride down alleys that lead nowhere.
In its attempt to pass itself off as an old-fashioned laugh, the film dispenses double doses of frivolity from beginning to end. but no matter how hard you try, it’s unlikely to make you double over for joy in the aisles. the film’s painstaking efforts to generate joy fail at every turn because the writing borders on the stupid. It leaves no doubt as to where it’s headed from the moment the villain (zakir hussain) hisses in one of the opening scenes: “you don’t fuck with me, I don’t fuck with you.” That line is addressed to a wealthy London businessman Rajiv Malhotra (Sachin Khedekar). the latter ignores the thinly veiled warning, rats on the diamond smuggler, and earns himself an adversary for life. the stolen child, baptized raja by the woman who finds and raises him, grows up on the wrong side of the tracks. Needless to say, he turns into the kind of tough guy that no one messes with.
Raja’s biological mum and dad move back to London and the other twin, Prem, the weaker of the two, becomes an aspiring musician who is harassed on all sides. A girl named Samara (Taapsee Pannu) comes to his aid, but life is still not easy for Prem. He is pushed by college bully Rocky (Vikas Verma). But that’s not the only problem he has to deal with: Unbeknownst to Wither, Prem finds himself unwittingly replicating Raja’s actions, so profound is the likeness of him.
in mumbai, raja smashes a coconut on the head of a thug, alex (vivan bathena), and that opens another pandora’s box. With Alex’s men in hot pursuit, he and his lisping partner Nandu (Rajpal Yadav) are advised to flee the country. On the flight, he bumps into Alishka (Jacqueline Fernandez) and becomes a complete nuisance. the rest of the movie is predictable if you don’t have the faintest idea what judwaa is about. did in a previous decade with salman khan and govinda. times are no longer the same. unfortunately neither are the skills of the veteran director. Poorly executed judwaa 2 feels too dated and too inept to pass the test. It’s a tall order for Varun Dhawan to inject life into this nonsensical gibberish. not that he doesn’t try. if anything, he tries too hard for his own good. jacqueline fernandez has enough natural vitality to suggest that he might actually be enjoying this routine. Taapsee Pannu, always better as the girl next door, is completely out of place in a movie like this. One of the positive aspects of Dhawan’s comedies in the 1990s was the way he harnessed the talents of the supporting cast. In judwaa, he wastes them all, be it rajpal yadav, pavan raj malhotra (as a london policeman), or anupam kher (playing the heroine’s clown father).