Directed By: Deepak Shivdasani
Produced By: Vijay Nair, Deepak Shivdasani, Pahlaj Nihalani
Cast: Raai Laxmi, Ravi Kishan
Duration: 2 hour 17 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 0.5/5
We reached at 8:50 am at a multiplex in suburban Mumbai to catch the 9 am show of Raai Laxmi-starrer ‘Julie 2’. As we entered the audi we spotted only a handful in the theatre. They too turned out to be journalists who had let go of their morning sleep for they had to watch the film and review ‘Julie 2’
The movie starts with a scene of a beautiful bungalow. It’s a bright morning and Julie (Raai Laxmi) who plays the role of an actress, wakes up looking as fresh as a daisy, and then she looks into the mirror and says, ‘I am the best’. (We are pretty sure that not even an A-list actress would do that in real life ever). She goes on a set of her next film and the mahurat shot gets rolling. It’s a biopic based on a dead politician. The shooting of the film starts and then a black-out with a slate of ‘After 4 months’. Julie is now seen at a lake where she is performing Baptism on her birthday. In front of media and fans, she opens up about a few dark secrets (such a dull scene which should have been the highlight of the film). Later, she goes to buy jewellery, and a few robbers come in the shop. They rob the jewellery but purposely shoot Julie. She is now in hospital in a serious condition, and then starts something that we have been seeing on small screens for the past 19 years. Well, we are talking about ‘CID’, and so that we don’t miss watching CID on screen there’s Aditya Srivastava (Abhijeet from ‘CID’) as ACP Devdutt in the film.
As the first half looks like a TV serial, the second half is filled with a lot of close-ups of Julie (everything apart from her face is focused on), two most bizarre songs, some kissing scenes here and there, some scenes that look as if they are copy-pasted from ‘Heroine’ and ‘The Dirty Picture’, some religious dialogues, a boring climax, and the end (Phew! Finally the movie gets over). The movie is written and directed by Deepak Shivdasani, and his name doesn’t come in the starting credits, his name comes when the interval happens. Yes, there’s no ‘interval’ or ‘intermission’ slate that comes on screen when the first half gets over, what comes is the credit title that reads – ‘Written and Directed by Deepak Shivdasani’. We wonder what made him put his name when the interval happens. But, we are sure about one thing that Deepak was badly confused about what he wanted to make. It looks like he wanted to make a thriller in which he added some erotic scenes, and then he thought that putting some religious angle might make this movie a hit. YEAH LIKE REALLY!!! (We are not against any religion, but you cannot forcefully include it in your movies).
Moving forward. Let’s talk about the worst part of the film, and that is, the dialogues. ‘Yeh dhai kilo ka haath nahi, dhai feet ka hai’; what a dialogue! We can imagine Sunny Deol literally banging his ‘Dhai Kilo Ka Haath‘ on his head! There are many such dialogues that will make you laugh out loud even in some serious sequences. Now, let’s go through the cinematography, one more element of the film that deserves a special mention. The camera angles are way too bad. The cinematographer was literally getting into the actors faces hence making us a victim of their nostrils too. Unforgivable!
Talking about the performances, the only thing we want to say is that ‘we feel bad’ for the actors in this movie. Raai Laxmi had impressed us with her small role in ‘Akira’, but in ‘Julie 2’ she is strictly average. There are very few sequences in which she impresses, but then overall she falls flat. She even fails to get an oomph factor in the film. The movie has many actors in supporting roles like Pankaj Tripathy (good in his part, but was better in his previous movies), Ravi Kishan (horrible), Rati Agnihotri (has nothing much to do) and Aditya Srivastava (same as Abhijeet from ‘CID’).
Overall, ‘Julie 2’ is a torture for a moviegoer. It will put you to sleep easily. It’s better you stay at home, get a DVD of ‘The Dirty Picture’ or ‘Heroine’, or just sit and watch ‘CID’.