‘Judwaa 2’ Review: Varun Dhawan Flick Goes From Dumb to Dumber
With Judwaa 2, David Dhawan is doffing his hat to his own creations – his 1997 release, Judwaa, and his 1987-born son, Varun Dhawan.
The story is the same, even the music has been rehashed. Then why then watch Judwaa 2 when you can simply replay the original? The only reason could be that there is no other new film this week.
Twins Raja and Prem are separated at birth when a smuggler named Charles (Zakir Hussain) kidnaps one of them. The parents, fearing the worst, relocate to London.
Prem grows up to be a bespectacled, "seedha saadha" boy, while Raja is the quintessential Mumbai tapori.
Prem and Raja don't just look identical, they also have a conjoined nerve reflex – if one of them punches someone in the face, the other will involuntarily mirror the action.
This snaps credulity to a snapping point, not to mention the fact that it is irritatingly non-consistent.
But Taapsee Pannu and Jacqueline Fernandez have been dumbed down to play dancing partners and pretty mannequins to keep the hero company. This is 2017.
Twenty years is a long time for an audience to evolve and crave something new. Judwaa 2 employs tropes, like a lisping sidekick or a villain who is struck by a sudden bout of amnesia, have been done to death.
Some scenes will, no doubt, elicit guffaws and chuckles, but for a David Dhawan film, such moments are few and far between.
From slapstick cameo, to skin show, to a Salman Khan cameo – Judwaa 2 employs every trick in the book, but it all depends on your silliness threshold.
I give it 2 Quints out of 5!
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