The trailer of Akshay Kumar’s much-awaited February 2017 release Jolly LLB 2 is out and we wonder if the lawyer fraternity will be happy seeing it. Once again, our film industry has successfully made a serious profession like law seem like a joke. In the film, a sequel of Jolly LLB that starred Arshad Warsi, shows the new lead Akshay Kumar to be this goofy guy, who is non-serious about his profession. He is a dreamer, a schemer, says the trailer. He is seen slapping a lawyer, played by Anu Kapoor, during the court proceedings. The judge, played by Saurabh Shukla, calls him a drama queen in one scene. He sheds tears while a representing a case and also tries to plead with the judge to let him win the case since he has already taken money and can’t return it.
Throughout the trailer, Akshay Kumar’s character Jagdishwar Mishra is shown to possess no talent to fight, let alone win a case. However, one fine day, he finds a woman who challenges him to get her justice and the underdog becomes this super lawyer who fights the powerful and the corrupt to emerge as a winner. Now, through an underdog story, the plot seems so unreal. And it is also something that makes practicing law seem like a cakewalk. Sadly, this is not the first time when we have shown the lawyers in our films to be losers or underachievers. The prequel Jolly LLB was on similar lines, however, there, the protagonist played by Arshad Warsi was at least serious about the profession and only out of work.
In Damini, one of the most popular court drama that also became famous for Sunny Deol’s power packed taareekh-pre-tareekh dialogue, also showed the character to have left practicing law and turned to alcohol due to a personal setback. The more recent Pink starring Amitabh Bachchan as the lawyer, showed him to be a retired veteran who also suffers from partial dementia. Interestingly, all the famous, successful lawyers known to not lose even a single case are always shows siding with the goons and the gangsters. Why, just why do we need to show our lawyers as losers? Or are we trying to give out a message that practicing law is a happy go lucky profession and once you get a great case, you can easily make a winner out of it? We asked a few lawyers to react to the Jolly LLB 2 trailer and here’s what they had to say. (ALSO READ: Jolly LLB 2 trailer out: Akshay Kumar raises question on Salman Khan’s marriage!)
“Showing the protagonist play a lawyer and then create drama and cry in the court is unrealistic. It doesn’t happen in real life. Which lawyer cries in the court? It is demeaning the sanctity of the noble profession. Emotions and pleading don’t work in the real court. It’s all based on evidences, witnesses and principles of law. Films like these are a mockery to the profession.” – Advocate Aasim Syed
“Being a lawyer is a lot of hard work. It is a serious profession and you need to be updated with the legal prepositions, judgments passed at the high courts around the country and the Supreme Court on a day to day basis. You need to be very well aware to be able to win a case and a good reputation to get more cases in your profession. A kaam chalao attitude doesn’t work. Fighting a case is a rigorous process- right from drafting to arguments, studying various laws and references. It is not a play of a tricky mind. You need your homework.” – Advocate and Senior Member Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission, Saranjit Singh Chandok (ALSO READ: Akshay Kumar birthday: Will 2017 be a blockbuster year for Akki with Jolly LLB 2, 2.0 & Crack?)
“Most of our films show being a lawyer and winning a case seem so easy. It doesn’t reflect the real nuances of the profession and in fact gives out a message that all you need is luck to win a high profile case and become a hero. Humour and all in a film is fine, but a better informed and hardworking lawyer as the central character would have worked just fine.” – Advocate Ragini Udapadhaya
We understand it is an underdog story just like it’s prequel and humour had to be part of it since Akshay Kumar’s fans love him in comic roles, but the story line would have seemed more real if the character of Jolly LLB was more of a witty person with a great sense of humour than someone who is a dim wit.