Akshay says that the film raises some serious issues regarding the Indian judicial system Image: Fotocorp
Right from the time its trailer made an appearance, Akshay Kumar's Jolly LLB 2 has been embroiled in controversies. A footwear giant reportedly sent legal notices to the makers and actors of the film for projecting the brand in a bad light. And now, barely two days from its release, Bombay High Court has ruled that the movie can only be screened after four controversial cuts are removed. Strangely enough, the ruling comes after the Central Board of Film Certification's (CBFC) clearance. However, Bollywood's Mr Khiladi, displaying exemplary sporting spirit, has no issues with the order. At the film's promotions in New Delhi, the 49-year-old actor said he abides by the ruling and that the court's decision is his command.
"With due respect to High Court, if they feel that something like this is important, then their decision will be accepted and we have already done that," Akshay said at the press conference. "Sometimes it happens that somebody (CBFC) misses out on something. I know that once censor board gives a decision, the court follows that... There are some cases, like 0.01 per cent. I abide by the court's decision, and with what they have given," he further said.
Talking about the movie, Akshay said the film raises some serious issues regarding the Indian judicial system. "One of the messages in the film is that we really have a shortage of judges in our country and that's why we have so many pending and neverending cases lying in court," he said.
The Aurangabad bench of Bombay High Court had ordered a three-member committee to review the movie. The court also asked the committee to find out whether the allegations levelled by petitioner Ajaykumar Waghmare were true. Waghmare,a practising lawyer from Nanded, had alleged that Jolly LLB 2 is "nothing but an attempt to portray the Indian Legal Profession and Judicial System as a laughing stock to the society at large". The committee viewed the film in Aurangabad on Friday and submitted its two-page report, stating that a particular scene is "defamatory to the lawyers' profession and would be contempt of court".
Directed by journalist-turned-filmmaker Subhash Kapoor, the movie is a sequel to the 2013 film of the same name that had Arshad Warsi in the lead role. Talking of the film's predecessor, Akshay gave credit to Arshad for making the role easy for him. "Arshad made the role easy for me. In the first part, he had already given a structure to the character. I just followed that. Moreover, Subhashji was himself a legal reporter. So, he made me understand the nuances of a lawyer. I didn't meet any lawyer to prepare for the character. Since I am from North India, so that dialect of Hindi wasn't tough for me," he said.
This time around, the film was shot in Lucknow and Akki and his co-star Huma Qureshi had quite a gastronomic journey. The fitness freak revealed that he bid adieu to his diet and gorged on kebabs and desserts. "Since Huma and I didn't diet, we ate everything, right from kebabs to sweet dishes. It is always very special to shoot in small towns. People are very friendly there. I even shot my next project, Toilet Ek Prem Katha, in Meerut and I enjoyed it," he said.