Jannat 2 Review
Indicine | Indicine Team
Jannat 2 is a typical Bhatt film – it has a bit of everything; great music, romance, good performances, light-hearted moments and love-making scenes. The film starts off very well, the scenes between Pratap and Sonu are a treat to watch – well directed and performed. Infact, it’s the chemistry between Randeep and Emraan that makes Jannat 2 a good one-time watch. The dialogues are witty and go well with the characters.
Jannat 2 belongs to Emraan Hashmi, who is one of the most dependable actors in the industry. He performs with effortless ease in Jannat 2. Randeep Hooda’s character is similar to Once Upon A Time In Mumbai, but here he has a lot more to do. He’s outstanding. Esha Gupta has little to do, apart from smile, kiss and romance Emraan Hashmi. The rest are okay.
Bollywood Hungama | Taran Adarsh
Emraan Hashmi plays Sonu Dilli, a street-smart brat who is a combination of fortitude and charisma, effortlessly. Trust me, you cannot envision anyone else doing what he does. Emraan, with his credible act, makes the devil seem charming and wickedness, charismatic. In fact, the actor is sure to astonish you with the mellowness of his performance. Randeep Hooda made you sit-up and notice his talent in ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI and SAHEB BIWI AUR GANGSTER and now, once again in JANNAT 2, the actor delivers yet another knockout performance. He dominates in several sequences, making you realize that if given an opportunity, the guy can steal the thunder from the best of actors.
Zeenews | Zeenews Bureau
The swiftness of the plot is a blessing, and helps in obliterating the mundane parts of the movie. Kunal Deshmukh’s second project, however, could have done with a lot more as far as action sequences and the climax is concerned. The film reaches a zenith which is pretty unpersuasive, and doesn’t do much about gluing the eyes of the audience to the screen.
Esha Gupta’s sizzling on-screen presence adds to the glamour of the film, and one wonders whether the debutante will be able to make it big in Bollywood. Or will she, like the many other Vishesh Films’ discoveries before her, vanish into oblivion. Only time can reveal that.
DNA India | Kanika Sikka
Kunal Deshmukh, who made his debut with the prequel of Jannat 2, though promising, has a lot of scope to narrate a plot with a more engaging approach. The climax, though, was somehow is unpersuasive.
Emraan Hashmi, who is the protagonist and narrator of the movie does justice to his role, and carries the film forward with a not-so-believable portrayal of a typical dilli boy. In a particular scene, Pratap tells Sonu, “Saans toh lele. Bolta hai toh bolta hi chala jaata hai.” This rightly portrays Emraan’s dialogue delivery in the movie, in his bid to play a (well-tried, yet unconvincing) crook. The actor somehow looks more convincing when he is not busy trying to be a typical Delhi lafandar.
Rediff | Raja Sen
Emraan Hashmi never quite has trouble selling himself as a rascal, but here, burdened by tremendously tacky dialogue and an exaggeratedly thick North Indian accent to justify the film's Delhi [ Images ] backdrop, he's completely at sea. Initially appearing passable enough - except for his painfully written out voiceover sections, of which there are many - Hashmi himself seems to lose interest by the time the interval comes around. More than half the film creaks by with the leading man visibly too disinterested to care, but with material this uninspired one can't quite blame him for phoning it in.
Dailybhaskar | Dailybhaskar
Emraan Hashmi tries his best to pull the film on his shoulders, but he barely manages to do so owing to a bad script. However, the actor is effortless in parts. Esha Gupta hardly gets any part to play and look unprocessed as an actress. We wonder, whether the little skin show and smooches will grab any attention. The chemistry between Emraan and Esha is a dull affair. Randeep Honda walks away with the cake and screams out loud for attention with his amazing talent.
Kunal Deshmukh fails to cash on the talent from the Bhatt camp and makes the movie a tedious and mind-numbing watch. The loss of cadence is clearly visible in an effort to make the movie a Masala entertainer. Abuses and adult jokes too can’t add a pinch of entertainment to the film. Lack of script and a story telling approach makes Kunal miss out on few brownie points.
Sify | Sonia Chopra
In the real world, he’d get a prescription slip to see a brave psychiatrist. In the Bhatt movies however, he gets a coy smile from the gorgeous doctor, completely out of his league. Meanwhile a song has him fantasize about the doc wearing less, revealing more.
Also in the real world, an educated independent woman would run the other way, if she saw a man giving life-threats to people, roaming around with loads of cash in a plastic bag, and wearing a T-shirt with a shiny skull. But our lady is enamoured. Sure.
Movietalkies | Movietalkies
What salvages the film to an extent though, are the performances it features. Though he may have had to shake off his lover-boy tag to achieve it, it's become clear in the last couple of years that Emraan Hashmi is one truly talented actor. Here too, the new A-lister does his best to deliver, though it's an ill-etched role. However, with Randeep Hooda turning in brilliantly smouldering performance as ACP Pratap, Hashmi finds his thunder stolen. Indeed, it is Hooda who lights up the film every time he is on screen in his angst-ridden, maverick cop avatar here, making it worth the watch just for him.
Economic Times | Gaurav Malani
Where the film succeeds to grab your attention is in handling of its crime-drama. Certainly Jannat 2 isn't designed as an expose on the illegal arms trading racket but it's merely used as a backdrop to the film. But unlike the predecessor Jannat or the more recent Blood Money where the backdrops (match fixing, diamond smuggling) were employed childishly and to customized convenience, here the setting is not as immature and the drama is explored more eventfully by director Kunal Deshmukh. Romance intercuts the crime-drama too often but the concentrated confrontation between Emraan and Randeep often makes up for the dilute chemistry between Emraan and Esha.
Koimoi | Mrigank Dhaniwala
Shagufta Rafique’s story is interesting. Her screenplay, with all the twists and the turns, makes for a very good watch, especially in the first half. In the port-interval portion, the pace of the drama slackens a bit, particularly in the scenes between Sonu and Jhanvi. However, the excellent performances and the witty and expletive-laden dialogues, penned by Sanjay Masoomm, keep the audience involved in the drama to a great extent.
Emraan Hashmi is first-rate as the glib and deceitful but endearing criminal. He has proved once again that he can make a negative character likeable. Randeep Hooda carries himself very well and delivers an excellent performance. Esha Gupta is alright.
Nowrunning | Mansha Rastogi
Filmmaker Kunal Deshmukh falters in bringing a semblance between the stark plot and romantic mush in the film and that's where Jannat 2 majorly lags. He gives in to a lot of cliches throughout the film for example, the deadbeat love-at-first-sight syndrome, the sudden inclination of Esha Gupta towards Emraan Hashmi or even the sequence where Randeep Hooda barges into the hospital yelling "It's an emergency, it's an emergency". He doesn't even bother about continuity for Emraan Hashmi's strong Haryanvi accent in the start almost fades off by the end of the film.
Randeep Hooda is the mainstay in the film. His brooding character adds the much needed grip to the film and even the sequences between Emraan and Randeep hold your attention.
Glamsham | Martin D'Souza
JANNAT 2 is watchable only because of Randeep Hooda and the action which is top class. The music too has the usual Bhatt stamp. But it cannot compare with JANNAT RELEASED IN MAY 2008. NAAM continues to be the favourite film of the Bhatts. In both JANNAT and JANNAT 2, Deshmukh, I believe, is compelled to make references to this Sanjay Dutt starrer.
As for the debutante, Esha Gupta, I guess she may have to enroll herself into an acting school.
Bollywoodtrade | Anaam
If KAHAANI is a classic, so is JANNAT 2, going by the same parameters. Both the films rely on the regular ‘TV serial shock and awe stratagems’ to fake suspense and overwhelm their audience. The only difference between KAHAANI and JANNAT 2 is Vidya Balan and her credibility. Emraan Hashmi is better known for his risqué portrayals. Kunal Deshmukh should have worked that more into his story to capitalize on the star’s charisma and appeal with ‘front-line’ audiences, and by making a film that was more visceral than crafty.
Deccan Chronicle | Khalid Mohamed
To be fair, two chase sequences – particularly the one set in the Durgah Hasrat Nizamuddin– are expertly ochestrated by action director Javed Eijaz. Bobby Singh’s supple cinematography is another asset, capturing the old and New Delhi locations with light-and-shade effects. On the other hand, the love pangs between the Cheezling and Chikan Doctor don’t ring true at all. As for the cops-versus-Corleone confrontations, nothing much transpires except for plenty of glaring-'n’-nostril flaring.
Of the cast, Emraan Hashmi is believable, not bad. Clearly, Randeep Hooda has the more empathetic part and does justice to it with a nuanced performance. However, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, as a streetside flunkey, turns out to be the proverbial scene stealer. He’s terrific.
Wogma | Meetu
Similarly, the dialogues are some of the most inane ones. The kind that actors should have objection to saying out loud, however inept they might be at their work. No, I'm not referring to perfunctorily used profanity Except for Emraan Hashmi, the rest of the cast is rather monotonous, each one seems to take to one expression and hold to it. This fact is more so evident in the cases of Randeep Hooda, Esha Gupta and Manish Choudhary. Anyway, as usual, the lead lady is made irrelevant in a crime saga.
Despite all of this, I'd consider the climax one of the bravest ones in recent times. It is surprisingly unexpected for an otherwise predictable story. It is also an interesting one in terms of what it means to the various characters, even if they aren't written with too much depth. Yet, it can't take away from the fact that it is 'too little, and a little too late'.