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Raising the ‘Bar’: Akshay Kumar’s ‘Jolly’ LL.B 2

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Akshay Kumar, Huma Qureshi, Saurabh Shukla and Annu Kapoor starrer wins case, hearts and mind!

Akshay Kumar’s much anticipated courtroom entertainer ‘Jolly LL.B 2’ has won hearts of fans, audiences and critics alike.

With strong performances throughout the film and Akshay Kumar playing the character of a lawyer for the first time he emerges triumphant on screen.

Set against the backdrop of the erstwhile city of the Royals, ‘Jolly LL.B 2’ is a satire about an underdog – an advocate called Jolly (Akshay Kumar) who attempts to catapult himself to the top of the legal food chain.

Anarchy, mayhem and underhandedness, all expressed through wit and a vein of humour, form the cornerstones of this courtroom tale.

Akshay Kumar is seen buttressing his legal arguments with rhetorics necessary to establish his case, many of which will become signature dialogues.

Read our up-close interview with Akshay Kumar

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Up close with Akshay Kumar

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What inspires you?

A seat means you get one more chance, one more year, to play the fame Game; but seats have to be earned on this bus - and the price of a ticket is, simply, success. I need to be careful and work very hard to get a seat on that bus. A new set of movies will release every year, and I will be tested all over again, but my seat is ensured only if I have done well every single year. I don't want to live without success. I will not be able to accept it if I am no longer a part of this industry. But that also means I have to keep striving.

Tell us about your character in Jolly LLB 2

I have never played a character like this; it's the first time I am playing a fully-fledged lawyer role. This film has been my desire because ever since I was small, my dad used to tell me stories about Akbar and
Birbal. Birbal was very smart and Akbar always tried to put him in trouble and always pushed him to the limits of testing his knowledge. When Subhash Kapoor narrated the script and I heard about the cases in the film, it reminded me about Birbal, so I was looking forward to play this role.

Are there any underlying messages in the film?

In these films there is always a struggle between good and evil but this film is also very much about principles and morals. In particular, it is about never compromising on those values for the sake of a quick buck. There is a lot more that happens in the film which does shine a spotlight on the wider social issues.

What roles do you prefer playing?

2016 was an interesting year from a creative perspective, as I had the chance to experiment with different genres and different roles, from playing characters based on true stories in ‘Rustom’ and ‘Airlift’ to a more comedic one in ‘Housefull 3’. Variety in the kind of roles I take always helps! It keeps me on my toes. I am very conscious about the scripts that I choose and it is true that I do want to be challenged in that part so from that perspective I do try to mix it up, versatility is a career saver in this kind of industry. But it is a largely a coincidence that 2016 had such a mix of roles if I am honest as I can never really control the kind of films that come my way.

Has the way in which you choose your films changed?

It's always been about the script for me - how it makes me feel. I ask myself if I can connect with what I'm reading, and is this a film I would like to see. Most importantly, I ask if I feel this will appeal to the fans, and meet their expectations as well as the expectations of the wider audience. I use to fixate a lot on action and comedy, but I feel the audience is more accepting of heavier films now hence I feel I have the freedom to expand my horizons.

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JOLLY LLB.2: Akshay Kumar raises the “bar” in new flick

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Akshay Kumar, Huma Qureshi, Saurabh Shukla and Annu Kapoor starrer wins case, hearts and mind!

Akshay Kumar’s much anticipated courtroom entertainer Jolly LL.B 2 is out in cinemas Friday 10th February, and has already won hearts of fans, audience and critics alike.

With strong performances throughout the film and Akshay Kumar playing the character of a lawyer for the first time, he emerges triumphant on screen.

Set against the backdrop of the erstwhile city of the Royals, Jolly LL.B 2 is a satire about an underdog - Advocate Jolly (Akshay Kumar) attempting to catapult himself to the top of the legal food chain.

Anarchy, mayhem and underhandedness, all expressed through wit and a vein of humour, form the cornerstones of this courtroom tale.

Akshay Kumar is seen buttressing his legal arguments with rhetoric’s necessary to establish his case, many of which will become signature dialogues.
Inspired by true events it’s the story of Jagdishwar Mishra, aka Jolly, a hustler by nature, who survives by fighting petty cases and using every tactic under the sun to make a quick buck and earn a decent living.


Some reactions from Bollywood

Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) ”Fighting for what is right in his own unique style! Court is now in session! @akshaykumar”

Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) tweeted, “This man is on a roll! Thoroughly enjoyed this jolly. Congrats to the team that pulled this off in 33 days! Fantastic!”

Sidharth Malhotra (@S1dharthM),” Thoroughly enjoyed #JollyLLB2 Entertaining court room drama with a relevant story kudos to bro @akshaykumar n director @subkapoor must catch”

Rakesh Roshan (@RakeshRoshan_N) ,”@akshaykumar know for a fact #JollyLLB2 will be a huge hit because u are a true entertainer and honest. All the best!”

Sajid Khan (@SimplySajidK),”Yes, yes, it is much better than part one (which itself was damn good).. one of the most earnest performances of @akshaykumar.way to go sundi”


 

Andleeb Hanif, Managing Editor for Asian Express received a bit of a surprise from Akhay Kumar when he sent her a special quirky version of his movie poster. She says: “Akshay Kumar is so very switched on with how to win hearts of both the public and the global press. It’s such a rarity to see an A-list Bollywood celebrity so down-to-earth and connected with his fans. Can’t wait to see the film now.”

Andleeb Hanif, Managing Editor for Asian Express received a bit of a surprise from Akhay Kumar when he sent her a special quirky version of his movie poster. She says: “Akshay Kumar is so very switched on with how to win hearts of both the public and the global press. It’s such a rarity to see an A-list Bollywood celebrity so down-to-earth and connected with his fans. Can’t wait to see the film now.”

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What the freaky crow is that?

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akshay_kumar_crow (362x450)Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar will soon be essaying the role of a villain in ‘Robot 2.0’ but the actor is almost unrecognisable in the new pictures that were supposedly “leaked”.

Apparently, despite “tight security” on the set and to make sure that Akshay's look was kept hush hush (even mobile phones have been banned), it seems a couple of shots slipped through the net.

Akshay Kumar’s pictures in his villainous avatar are bound to shock his fans, as Akshay is seen sporting long eye bushes, grey hair and a feathered leather jacket.

According to reports, Akshay Kumar’s character in ‘Robot 2.0’ is of Dr Richard, a scientist, who turns into a crow after a freak accident during an experiment.

The film is a sequel to south megastar Rajinikanth’s hit film ‘Robot’ (Enthiran).

Though Akshay Kumar has starred in several South film remakes, this is the first time that the action superstar will be seen playing a mainstream role in a Tamil film, where he will be seen at logger heads with Rajinikanth in high-octane action scenes.

The film also stars Amy Jackson and is slated to release in 2017.

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Akshay Kumar to play villain

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akshay kumar (291x450)After a hiatus of nearly six years, international actor Akshay Kumar will be seen playing a baddie in the superhero sci-fi film ‘Robot 2’ — a sequel to the 2010 blockbuster film ‘Robot’ (Enthiran).

Directed by S. Shankar and starring Amy Jackson, Akshay Kumar and superstar Rajinikanth, the film will be shot in 3D and will release in Tamil and Hindi. The film’s music will be composed by double Academy award-winner A.R Rahman.

As the news hit the floors, Akshay Kumar took to social media to share the news with his fans when he tweeted, “Ending the year on a high note. Super excited to be a part of Robot 2 with the one & only @superstarrajini sir!”

The movie is also believed to be the most expensive Indian film, being made at a budget of over Rs 250 crore.

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Akshay Kumar donates to help drought-affected farmers

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Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar is on a mission to help drought-affected, poverty-stricken farmers in India. The generous actor and philanthropist recently donated the substantial sum of Rs. 50 lakh (around £50,000) to the flagship water conservation scheme, ‘Jal Yukta Shivar’, an initiative established by the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. The scheme, promoted vigorously by the CM, envisages constructing ponds on farms for water harvesting, and so making villages ‘drought-proof’.

Akshay Kumar is so passionate about the cause that last month the star went up on stage after a fashion show in Delhi to request guests to donate for the cause.

Apart from this, Akshay has got in touch with banks in some of the drought affected areas to draw up a list of farmers struggling with repayment of loans, as he is keen to settle the debt of farmers without their knowledge.

Last month Akshay Kumar donated Rs. 90 Lakh to drought-stricken Maharashtra farmers. Many farmers’ lives were devastated because of the recent drought in Maharashtra when the official crop, the Kharif crop, was completely destroyed. The drought occurred because of inadequate monsoon rains in Maharashtra.

When asked about his charity, Akshay simply said: “It is a matter of concern, and I just hope more and more people get involved with this cause.”

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis thanked the actor for his contribution to ‘Jal Yukta Shivar’ in an official statement.

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Sonakshi Sinha: “I owe my entire career to Salman Khan”

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Recently, the sultry and sensible actress, Sonakshi Sinha, in one of her interviews, talked about her rapport with Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar, with whom she has worked in four films namely: ‘Rowdy Rathore’, ‘Joker’, ‘Holiday’, ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara’ and two special songs 'Go Go Govinda' in ‘OMG” Oh My God!’ and 'Har Kisi Ko' & 'Party All Night' in ‘Boss’.

She went ahead and mentioned that Akshay can call her anytime for doing a film together.

When we asked Sonakshi, besides, Akshay, who she thinks is just a phone call away in the vast film industry, before batting her eyelid she said: ''Salman can call me anytime because he is the person who introduced me to this industry.

Sonakshi Sinha

Sonakshi Sinha

She says that Salman opened the doors to her acting. She said: “He is the key to my destiny, to my profession, which I didn't even know that I wanted to be a part of it. I owe my entire career to him and his family."

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Salman Khan

She made her debut in the Hindi film industry with 2010's ‘Dabangg’ opposite Salman Khan, which went onto become the highest grossing Bollywood film of the year. She won a number of awards for her debut.

Prior to ‘Dabangg, Sonakshi was a costume designer, putting outfits together for films like ‘Mera Dil Leke Dekho’ in 2005. She also walked the ramp at the Lakme Fashion Week 2008 and then again in Lakme Fashion Week 2009.

The 27-year-old actress has shed pounds of weight for her on-screen glamour since she begun.

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Akshay Kumar reaches 8 million followers on Facebook

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Bollywood star, Akshay Kumar, went onto Facebook to thank his fans for helping him reach 8 million followers on his official social media fan page.

The Khiladi star showed his gratitude to his fans by saying: ‘Another month and another million! Can’t say anything but thank you J Loads of love to all 8 million Akkians. Love and Prayers, Akshay’

This time last year, #Akshay2000crore was trending on Twitter when he took to the micro blogging site to thank his fans for reaching 2000 crores.  Fans are continuing to congratulate Akshay, on both Twitter and Facebook, on his well-deserved achievements for Indian cinema on both Twitter and Facebook.

Akshay who is currently shooting for his upcoming movie Gabbar has again set the bar for more generations!

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Akshay Kumar

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