Judwaa 2 Movie Review: Varun Dhawan's film is offensive and floozy | PINKVILLA

2021-1-2

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Laughs can’t anymore be about eve-teasing. Why perpetuate the idea that something like that is all right at all?





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The 1990s in terms of content seem like the days of yore and thank God for that. Despite the industry reeling under the pressures of a monetarily lean year, it certainly has come far way from the hideously outlandish films of the past. Which is exactly why Judwaa 2 is thoroughly needless. We already have the same made 20 years back. Why is the reboot relevant now? And mostly, in times of gender sensitivity and Netflix’s brand of evolved humour, should we allow something like just ‘coz it’s entertaining. Before Varun Dhawan fans pounce in his defence, let’s lay out the basics. He is fab but then again, when was he not? He has been amazing at what he does for as long as I can remember. Does an actor alone can be a film’s saving grace? This is a film designed to sell and it will sell certainly. But its necessary to evaluate the choices young stars are making. Varun sets an incorrect precedent with Judwaa 2. The jokes are blasphemous, the humour is tacky and unfunny. And yet at the same time, I sat in a theatre full of people having a good laugh.

Like the original, the film is about twins separated at birth. The meek one and the aggressive one meet in the bizarrest ways, fall in love with two women, fight some goons and live happily ever after.

A remake is genuinely redundant unless the director has a fresh perspective. David Dhawan rehashes one of his most popular works for the sheer need to mint money. It is  practically a scene by scene copy of the original, including the deep desire in the leading man to shed his shirt at the drop of a hat. It won’t be fair to say Varun didn’t work for it. He does his best to make the characters distinctly different from each other and manages it quite well. However, the problem is with the women who settle for being props in the film. Their thumkas on hit old songs is all they are used for.

Taapsee Pannu who had created such a buzz last year with the kind of films she chose, like Pink and Naam Shabana, hits an all-time low for her mentor. Understandably, she couldn’t have turned down David, who launched her in Bollywood. Of the two heroines, she shines, of course. Jacqueline Fernandez with her mixed accent and her limited acting chops is hardly a patch on all the fun everyone is trying to have with the script.

So, is David Dhwan losing his mojo? It’s time for reinvention. Laughs can’t anymore be about eve-teasing. Harmless, you say? But why perpetuate the idea that something like that is all right at all? There’s a statement on consent that the film acknowledges, but overall the narrative is in poor taste. If you laugh at the stuff in this, the joke is on you.

We rate it a 40% on the PV movie meter.

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