Judwaa 2….Rides on long weekend

Ideas are in short-supply. Shortcuts are the norm. And, as a producer of repute, if you are getting a package deal to make some quick money, why not?

Producer Sajid Nadiadwala digs into his own archives and comes up with a remake of his own film 'Judwaa.' Since remakes are an accepted norm, David Dhawan, the director of the original Judwaa, comes as a package deal with his son, Varun, in the lead.

Judwaa, Sajid and David’s 1997 film was a comic laugh riot. Salman Khan was in his element playing a dual role and David was known to be an economical director who, trained at FTII as an editor, was known to pre-edit his films.

Judwaa 2 continues the age-old formula where twins are separated at birth for whatever reason. The character of Sachin Khedekar and his wife, Prachi Shah, have twin boys, Varun Dhawan in dual role. One of them is kidnapped. The upbringing of the two is poles apart.

Prem grows up in London in the lap of luxury in a protected life. Raja is raised by a fisherwoman in Mumbai. Raja grows up to become an extrovert and confident one, Prem is a softy who takes to music.

How the two brothers eventually come together and the pieces fall into their respective slots and the villains tackled is the obvious plot.

Romantic angles have to be drawn. Prem has been paired with the character Taapsee Pannu while Raja meets his match, played by Jacqueline Fernandez, on a flight.

The best part of the film, which makes it tick, is that these are reflexive twins in that whatever one does, other follows or, whatever one undergoes, the other sufferers it too. So, even while both are away from each other unaware of their existence, this provides for some fun.

Since this is the remake of the 1997 Judwaa starring Salman Khan, the comparisons are inevitable, especially since the film is still fresh in mind of the moviegoer. While lacking in originality, Judwaa 2 also can’t find new or contemporary gags.

Varun Dhawan tries his best and comes across convincingly as the 'tapori' while, as the simpleton, he finds the going tough. Fernandez and Pannu have nothing much to do except during songs and to add glamour.

As for direction, Dhawan adheres mostly to the original, also his own work. The length here, 150 minutes, looks stretched, especially in the second half and needs some trimming. Music benefits with the use of two songs from the original Judwaa, composed by Anu Malik.

Judwaa 2 is a light entertainer which is what the moviegoer prefers. The film gets a long weekend as Saturday is a Dussehra holiday followed by Sunday, and Gandhi Jayanti holiday on Monday.

Producer: Sajid Nadiadwala.

Director: David Dhawan.

Cast: Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Taapsee Pannu, Anupam Kher, Pavan Malhotra, Rajpal Yadav, Sachin Khedekar and Prachi Shah.

Latest Reads
Adipurush makers unveil poster on Ram Navami

Mumbai: With the gleam of lights and echo of the chants, the makers of ‘Adipurush’ release the glorious poster of the film on the auspicious occasion of Ram Navami. The poster depicts Prabhas as Raghav, Kriti Sanon as Janaki, Sunny Singh as Shesh, and Devdatta Nage bowing down to them as Bajrang....

Movies Hindi
Maya CARE wins the Best CSR Project Film Award

Mumbai: Maya CARE, a charitable foundation that provides free assistance to the elderly and is entirely managed by a team of emerging leaders who have overcome disabilities, has won the Best CSR Project Film Award at the second edition of the Socio Corpo CSR Film Festival. The award was presented...

Movies Hindi
BookASmile drives forth ‘Reels In Wheels’ initiative across 12 Indian states

Mumbai: Cinema is one of the most impactful forms of art in society. It is a window into the world around us. Movies, mirror and shape culture as well. They are reflective of people, their stories and personalities. It is a force that brings to light the social framework across the world traversing...

Movies Hindi
Theatre artists who have also carved a niche for themselves in cinema

Mumbai: The National School of Drama (NSD), India's pioneering theatre institute has produced some of the finest actors in the industry including Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapoor, and Irrfan Khan. The trajectory of these actors took them beyond the realm of theatre and today their...

Movies Hindi
Tips Music signs new deal with music streaming platform JioSaavn

Mumbai: Tips Music (Tips Industries Limited), has renewed its content-sharing partnership with JioSaavn, the popular digital music streaming platform. The extension of the collaboration, which takes Tips Music's extensive and rich catalogue to JioSaavn's wide audience of music lovers, aims to...

Movies Hindi
Art meets tech in the Media.Monks open house as they successfully decode virtual production

Mumbai: Media.Monks India, global creative and tech production company, has successfully hosted the first-of-its-kind virtual production open house in collaboration with Unreal Engine and ARK Solutions NCAM. The full day event was held in their Noida studio, bringing together filmmakers to explore...

Movies Movies On Mutiple Platforms
Ex Indian journalist launches production company Ghumantu Pictures

Mumbai: After working on award-winning international and multilingual media productions across the world, former Indian journalist & independent filmmaker, Prerana Thakurdesai has launched her own film production company - Ghumantu Pictures. The New York based company will specialise in...

Movies Hindi
Meesho congratulates the team of RRR and The Elephant Whisperer for bringing home oscars

Mumbai: Meesho congratulates the team of RRR & The Elephant Whisperer for bringing home the oscar and creating history on the international front. Celebrating the win, Meesho wrote on Twitter, #NaatuNaatu and #TheElephantWhisperer just deliveRRRed a 'jumbo' order for 140 crore Indians. #...

Movies Hindi
Weekend Unwind with Entrepreneur and producer Santosh Kher

Mumbai: With another weekend upon us, it is time to unwind with the latest Q&A edition of’s Weekend Unwind—a series of informal chats that peek into the advertising minds of business executives through a fun lens in an attempt to get to know the person behind the title a...

Movies Hindi