CAST:Raai Laxmi, Pankaj Tripathi, Ravi Kishan
JULIE 2 REVIEW: The Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment controversy exposed the grime behind the world of glamour, and Julie 2 hammers home the point that an ordinary girl who harbours dreams of becoming a leading lady in the film industry, cannot reach the pinnacle of success relying on her talent alone. Raai Laxmi, who has been an actress for more than a decade in the southern film industry, makes her Bollywood debut with this film. While she has an arresting screen presence and has the qualities of the quintessential Indian film heroine, the script lets her down.
Director Deepak S Shivdasani must have wanted to make a film that tells the fictional tale of the rise of a female star in cinema, but midway he seems to have changed his mind and turned it into an erotic thriller. The rise to stardom is a path riddled with ‘compromise’ and though initially Julie (Raai Laxmi) resists, she soon gives in to the casting couch as she realises that it’s the only way to go up the ladder. While fame and money come her way, what she looks for constantly, is love from the men who cross her path. She seeks redemption in Christianity but a film offer from a politician to star in his wife’s biopic takes her down a dark path.
Even though the story is set in current times, the narrative plays out like a 90s masala flick. The dialogues must have been written to induce wolf-whistles but are cringeworthy to say the least. The dance numbers are also reminiscent of the by-gone era. Meanwhile, the camera constantly lingers on the leading lady’s bosom only to titillate the audience. Ravi Kishan in the role of a Telugu superstar is unintentionally funny and one wonders, why a gifted actor like Pankaj Tripathi who has delivered stirring performances this year even agreed to be a part of this film. Give Julie 2 a miss, you won’t be missing much.