The original Jannat (2008) was watchable due to the cricket concept, exceptional music (by Pritam), a better heroine and an interesting story! Jannat 2 is a tossed, stashed rather crushed version of the original with fewer stellar songs and a new female lead (who most of the times reads news headlines when it comes to delivering a heavy dialogue!). Esha Gupta must have been hoping that the audience would go wild seeing her curves but she should realise there’s no scarcity of that in Bollywood today!
Perhaps the surprise element of the movie is that the lover boy himself is even more irritating than the female lead. Once upon a time it was a delight to watch Emraan Hashmi showering us in these romantic / gunda roles. Sadly his presence here is that of a bored actor- bored of kissing, bored of muttering those stereotypical dialogues and bored of essaying the role of the gunda. The last such film that he looked remotely interested was Once upon a time in Mumbaii where he lived up to his role.
At least Randeep Hooda does a good job as a police officer here. His fresh addition to the movie provides for good acting and dialogue delivery but you can’t say he is performing a new or improved role from his previous films including OUATIM.
Then we come to the story. Whilst there are one or two twists in the screenplay, it lacks the suspense element required for such a thriller. Post Interval you will eagerly await the end of the movie! Instead of focusing on the story and screenplay, Director Deshmukh and Producer Bhatt spend all their time trying to make scenes really hot and sensuous here but they still fail at that (showing a hidden / blurred half naked butt isn’t what the audience is after!).
Ultimately, Jannat 2 cannot be recommended unless you’re a die hard Emraan fan and don’t forget to catch the music by Pritam (especially “Tera Deedar Hua” and “Tu Hi Mera”) which is arguably the highlight of an otherwise drab film. Bas Ab Yehi Mannat Hai Ke Na Bane Ab Aur Ye Jannat !