A man’s journey to find jannat (heaven), gets sidetracked and overshadowed by far too many dispensable layers.
The plot: Small-time illegal arms dealer SD aka Sonu Dilli Kutti Kamini Cheez (Emraan Hashmi) is glib with his tongue and game with the women who come and go. Hot on the trail of the dark arms racket is ACP Pratap Raghuvanshi (Randeep Hooda) who comes to the job laden with a past. It is love at first sight for SD when he meets Dr Jhanvi Singh Tomar (Esha Gupta) who is unaware of his actual profession even when she weds him, believing him to be in the cut-piece ‘bijness’.
The ACP wants SD to lead the trail and help him bust the racket. SD wants out – from the cop and the boss of the racket – but he’s caught smack in the middle when all he wants is his heavenly dream life with ladylove.
The good: After Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, Randeep Hooda once again impresses with his cop act, bringing out the menace and erraticism of his character with loose-limbed conviction. For the umpteenth time, Emraan Hashmi is the lovable rake who must reform for his woman and he pulls off the act with the ease of practice. Flitting from one emotion to another without a care and mouthing the requisite cuss words without a flinch, Emraan is to the role born. Hooda and Hashmi share a comfortable rapport on screen, it’s definitely more crackling than the mandatory love scenes with Esha. Witty dialogues penned by Sanjay Masoom add to the ambience.
The bad: Blood Money from the Bhatt Brothers’ stable followed the same graph of loving husband in a mess, too entangled to get out in a jiffy. Additionally, though Emraan gets the crude accent fine, some of his dialogues are inaudible. Blame it on the forced accent which gobbles up the end of most sentences. Shagufta Rafique drafts an unnecessarily complicated story, and in the process loses the main plot. There’s friction between Esha and her dad but you don’t quite know why. Does she know what her dad does or doesn’t she? She wants her husband to have nothing to do with her dad but you don’t ever know why she’s landed up at her dad’s place in the first place. She marries the cut-piece guy but neither she nor you ever see his shop.
There are also too many things happening simultaneously thus breaking the narrative flow. The songs, composed by Pritam although pleasant to hear, lack variation and aren’t too different from one another. Also, a song at about half-a-dozen junctures in the film and that too, only to have the camera travel all over Esha’s long-limbed body, makes it a bit of an overload. Esha Gupta, who bears quite a resemblance to Lara Dutta, fails to impress in her debut vehicle. Presumably to up the ‘oomph’ factor of the film, she sticks to her job without making too much of an effort to act. Even the dialogues which are reasonably good otherwise, are commonplace and still too much of a mouthful for her. With an ‘A’ certificate, the license to liberally use cuss words is grabbed and generously utilized at the beginning and end of every sentence. Whether cop or criminal, the lingo’s the same. Perhaps the single screen audience will lap this up but it’s not sophisticated, multiplex fare.
Overall: Although director Kunal Deshmukh has helmed both films, Jannat 2 simply lacks the empathy, simplicity and the strong script that Jannat boasted of. It tries hard to deliver but perhaps so hard that it stumbles and falls. Besides, why the same kinda plot, Bhatt Brothers?
– Nikita Periwal