The first version of Judwaa starring Salman Khan in a twin role which was a remake of a Telugu hit Hello Brother and had hit music by Anu Malik and was directed by the hit machine David Dhawan is now repackaged by Dhawan with his very talented son Varun Dhawan in Salman Khan’s role and his flair for comedy has everyone laughing in the aisles from the word go. Malhotra (Sachin Khedekar) has a tiff with an uncouth evil man (Zakir Hussain) who wants to smuggle contraband through him but Malhotra turns him to the cops and Zakir is sentenced to jail but before getting caught he manages to whisk off one of the twin son of Malhotra who was a conjoined twin born to Malhotra’s wife (Prachi Shah Pandya) – the son picked up by Zakir is later raised by a fisherwoman in Versova and is christened Raja (Varun Dhawan) who is a tough guy whereas his twin is brought up in the rich Malhotra’s house and is named Prem who is a mousy and a weakling guy and then two girls enter into their life namely Samaira (Taapsee Pannu) and Alishka (Jacqueline Fernandes) and they fall in love with each of their opposite and then the film is full of gags and a comedy of errors which is entertainment all the way.
It’s a David Dhawan directorial caper with all his fun elements known to us in his Govinda and Salman Khan films, but Varun is equally good in his twin roles especially as the tapori Raja and his one liners have terrific repeat value. His portrayal of the soft spoken Prem is equally effective and he succeeds in giving the character the right touch. The girls especially Jacqueline Fernandes is in top form and she dances gracefully and does comedy with rare abandon. Taapsee Pannu is does well. Vivaan Bhathena is a new bad man to watch out for. Anupam Kher is a comic delight to watch. Sachin Khedekar, Prachi Shah Pandya, Zakir Hussain, Rajpal Yadav, Atul Parchure, Vineet Sharma, Ali Asgar, Upasana Singh, Manoj Joshi, Pawan Malhotra, Rajat Rawail lend able support.
The screenplay by Yunus Sajawal succeeds in holding your attention all through the film especially when one has seen such drama in many films. Ayanaka Bose’s cinematography is colorful and he has captured the London and other exotic locales very well. The music is a take on the earlier Judwaa’s with hit numbers like ‘Oonchi Hai Building, ‘Tan Tana Tanaa’ which have become massy hit numbers once again. The action is very good and Varun Dhawan has excelled in the action sequences. The special appearance of Salman Khan in the last sequence will bring the crowds to raptures.