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Movie review: Jannat 2 - Saibal Chatterjee - The Sunday Indian
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Movie review: Jannat 2


SAIBAL CHATTERJEE | New Delhi, May 4, 2012 10:17
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Movie review Jannat 2A humble hand crafts a revolver so perfect that the owner of the illegal gun factory compares the contraption with the best in the world. Words of praise out of the way, the heartless gangster proceeds to pump a bullet from the same weapon into the man’s right hand to ensure that he isn’t ever weaned away by business rivals to make another gun of this quality.

While that ‘explosive’ sequence may establish the nature of the trade of illegal guns and the character of the film’s principal villain, it is no reflection of the quality of Jannat 2. Rest assured, director Kunal Deshmukh is in no danger of meeting the hapless gun-maker’s fate – his film is far from perfect.      

Jannat 2 is anything but an edge-of-the-seat affair. Deshmukh’s sequel to his well-received 2008 debut thriller does have stray moments similar in terms of shock value to the sequence cited above. But is that enough for an underworld drama about a bunch of extremely dangerous men and their mean weapons? It isn’t.  

The Jannat 2 narrative is woven around a totally new set of characters but the male protagonist faces pretty much the same moral dilemmas as the hero of the first film did. The young hustler, who makes a living by selling illegal guns in Delhi, wants to be wealthy and happy. But money cannot buy any joy and he only sinks deeper into the quagmire of crime that surrounds his life.   

The misadventures of the illegal gun dealer, Sonu Dilli (Emraan Hashmi), are contrasted with the trigger-happy ways of ACP Pratap Raghuvanshi (Randeep Hooda) who is out to annihilate the gun runners. The latter co-opts the former as an informer.

Matters come to a head when the hustler falls for a pretty young doctor, Jaanvi Tomar (Esha Gupta), and ends up marrying her oblivious of the fact that she is the only daughter of Mangal Singh Tomar (Manish Chaudhary), the top dog of the underworld empire that he is a part of.

Like the money-chasing cricket bookie in Jannat, Sonu Dilli KKC (kutti kameeni cheez abbreviated) is caught between the girl he loves and his illegitimate calling, which he cannot turn his back on because the rabble-rousing crime-buster snapping at his heels won’t let him.

High drama, moral conflict, love under siege, crime and punishment… you might expect it all to come together in a harmonious whole to deliver a humdinger of a film. But nothing half as rousing happens because the narrative detailing in Jannat 2 is sketchy.

The city that provides the backdrop does not quite come alive and become an integral part of the tale. The lingo that the characters speak is inconsistent and laboured. What Jannat 2 provides is a half-baked view of Delhi seen through Mumbai blinkers.

Especially jarring are the continual cuss words: a hard-drinking, tough-talking policeman driven by the memory of a dear wife killed in a gun attack in the city would have made a far greater impact had he been less prone to spouting expletives for mere effect.

The oddly lifeless Jannat 2 benefits significantly from the measured performances by Randeep Hooda as the angry cop with a tragic past and Manish Chaudhari as the chief gun supplier who will stop at nothing to sustain a hoary family tradition. As long as the two actors are on the screen, Jannat 2 throbs with life. At most other times, it borders on the comatose.

Emraan Hashmi has come a long way and seems perfectly poised here to carry the film on his shoulders, but his chemistry with debutante Esha Gupta falls prey to an outright mismatch.

As the lovers up against an insensitive world, the two actors are unable to generate the kind of manic energy that is required of two characters that are in the throes of a life-and-death conflict.

The entire fault cannot be laid at the door of the lead actors though. The writing is ordinary for the most part and many of the twists and turns that the plot springs in the hope of catching the audience by surprise are rather humdrum, if not always predictable.

Jannat 2 does not deliver the heaven that it promises nor does it stay rooted to terra firma with the steady gravitational force that is often the difference between a film that works and a film that works too hard.

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Posted By: Smriti | Agra | May 6th 2012 | 22:05
Jannat 2 is awesome review is of no use

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