Jolly LLB’s legal tangle

Meerut’s lawyers protest against Arshad Warsi film.

Jolly LLB’s legal tangle

Arshad Warsi essays a legal eagle in his forthcoming venture ‘Jolly LLB’ where he plays a happy-go-lucky lawyer who struggles for survival. Warsi is shown as an advocate from Meerut, but then a solicitor from Meerut is now saying that the film depicts lawyers from the city in Uttar Pradesh in bad light and hence, has sent a legal notice against the film. Warsi a while ago had said the film is not far from reality. “It is a very honest film and has a lovely script. That is one the reason I am go-ing out of my way to promote the film as well,” says Warsi.

‘Jolly LLB’ is a satire on the Indian judicial system and the lead actors do not find any problems in the script of the movie. “He is really in a bad situation. He just wants to earn money and he is not very ambitious but he wants to earn money,” says Warsi about his character. ‘Jolly LLB’ has Boman Irani playing a highly successful lawyer. “The people of India after watching the promos of the film have understood that it’s a satire. There are some very good performances in the movie and it’s a completely fresh take on the judicial system of the country,” says Irani.

It is apparent that both these actors have an immense amount of belief in the film and the maker as well. So much so that Rajkumar Hirani who was once planning ‘Munnabhai LLB’ as the second film in the ‘Munnabhai’ series saw the film and was so moved that he offered the third film in the Munnabhai series to Subhash to direct.

“‘Jolly LLB’ is based on a courtroom drama I saw once,” admits Kapoor citing his source of inspiration honestly rather than claim complete originality. But then, the people who are connected to the judicial system find the script a bit disconcerting. Arshad’s previous film ‘Zila Ghaziabad’ also ran into some legal issues saying that the people of Ghaziabad are being portrayed wrongly and now the next film ‘Jolly LLB’ has people saying that the men from Meerut are being portrayed wrongly. Meerut incidentally is Ghaziabad’s neighbour and as long as the spideys from the neighbourhood aren’t friendly enough, such problems will keep cropping up.

Manash Karnad

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