By Anuradha Menon
I CANNOT come up with a single, plausible explanation for why Jannat 2 is called Jannat 2. Emraan Hashmi’s character died in the first installment. No, he hasn’t dropped down from jannat as a reincarnation. Actually, I’m not quite sure he even made it to heaven after the last film. Jannat 2, by all means, is a completely different film.
Small-time arms dealer Sonu Dilli KKC (Hashmi), read Kutti Kamini Cheez, (does that go on his passport?) lives by his wits. And though he deals with every conceivable revolver, rifle, tamancha, bandhook, his front is a fabric outlet called “Kareena cut piece.” We never once come across it. Maybe it’s a front for a front? Enter “Dilli Police ki shaan” Pratap (Hooda), who’s determined to track the big daddy of weapon trade. He ropes in Sonu as an informer, promising him “sharafat ki zindagi” with his lady love. Dr Jaanvi (Esha Gupta) is a stunning cross between Angelina Jolie and Vanessa Williams, but with all the expressions of a bowl of atta. There’s no earthly reason why she’d fall in love with “sadak chaap” Sonu but presumably love in Jannat 2 happens on another sphere. The chemistry between Emraan and Esha is similar to that of Uday Chopra and anyone — nonexistent. In one scene, Sonu kisses his lady love and she slaps him. He slaps her back. But instead of getting upset that a dirty dude had the audacity to raise his hand at her, she finds an endearingsachchai about him. How low is your self-esteem, doc, that you believe a passive-aggressive hustler is your only chance at happiness?
The real love story in the film is between Pratap and Sonu Dilli — at least one couple has some spark. Hooda as the alcoholic cop, who spends most of the film in a liquored-up stupor, is dark, brooding, and morose. For someone who survives on whiskey, peanuts and insomnia, he sure can run! Hooda’s is the standout performance of the film.
Running close second is the riveting performance delivered by Esha Gupta’s bosom. It has a life of its own, and fittingly, an entire song sequence dedicated to it. As for Hashmi, he should now stop kissing leading ladies just for shock value. He’s tired. We’re tired. And (hopefully) Kunal Deshmukh is too tired to make a Jannat 3!