Carry on Jatta 2 movie review: This sequel comes armed with more jokes, more songs
Carry on Jatta 2
Cast: Gippy Grewal, Sonam Bajwa, Jaswinder Bhalla, Binnu Dhillon, Gurpreet Ghuggi
Director: Smeep Kang
Indian audiences can be broadly divided into two groups – those who love Kapil Sharma’s shows and others who found them racist and sexist. Before going further and without any analysis, Carry on Jatta 2 is for the former group. And boy, will they have a blast! The jokes never stop, even when their dalliance with logic reaches a breaking point. And when you are not laughing at a joke, you are watching a song with camera focusing on Sonam Bajwa’s luminous charms.
Carry on Jatta was a comedy of errors and eight years later, Gippy Grewal, Jaswinder Bhalla, Binnu Dhillon and Gurpreet Ghuggi return with the same agenda, albeit with cosmetic changes. For instance, Gippy is not playing Jaswinder’s son in this one but his tenant, and Mahie Gill is replaced by Sonam.
Having said that, director Smeep Kang knows what made Carry on Jatta work and reinvents those moments in Carry on Jatta 2. Jaswinder and Binnu are still father and son, and lawyers. The famous dialogue is there too but with a new punchline every time: “Mai aai kala coat aiwayein naayi paaya”. I guess that means drum roll for the fans of the first film.
In Punjabi films, Carry on Jatta occupies the space that Hindi film buffs reserve for Andaz Apna Apna. The big difference between the two is perhaps that Andaz Apna Apna took time to acquire the cult status while Punjabi fans bestowed it on Carry on Jatta almost immediately.
Will the sequel get the same love? I would say it is highly likely. There are jokes, there is the idiot plot that keeps on generating laughs – and I mean this in a good way, and comic timings of the actors are bang on. Binnu and Jaswinder especially know how to carry a joke effortlessly and their scenes together are the pick of the film.
Comedy of errors such as Carry on Jatta 2 must have a big ending – where everything comes together in a dénouement but with laughs. And that is where the film fails, with the laughter of people who are part of the scene being much louder than that of actual audience. The tendrils of logic, frayed in many scenes of the film, finally break here. The fact that they made a real play as part of the climax where all characters came together and resolve confusion on the stage with audience laughing is always going to be a tough act to follow (remember a gem called Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron?). Probably the director knew it too and he made up for his film’s shortcoming by offering -- what else -- a song!