In the age of remakes, reboots and sequels that aren't really sequels, a fairly nostalgic movie is being remade by its own original director. The Salman Khan hit 'Judwaa' is the subject of a brand new movie decades later, somehow titled 'Judwaa 2'.
Varun Dhawan does a great Salman Khan impression in the Trailer for 'Judwaa 2'.
The original 'Judwaa' was during a phase of Bollywood that saw many A-list stars portray dual roles. Even Shahrukh Khan did it with 'Duplicate'. The premise was pretty simple and basic for all of them. One version of the star is a simple and nice boy, while the other is a badass criminal. The story almost always starts with either the two characters being twins, or just dopplegangers of one another, with almost always a switcheroo situation being the case.
In the case of twins, as is with 'Judwaa 2', the leads are separated at birth, probably at a mela or other public event, and find their way back to one another through circumstances. Correction: hilarious circumstances. Most dual role movies are comedies with some exceptions. 'Judwaa 2', is definitely a comedy!
Since his debut, Varun Dhawan has, in some subtle way or another, reminded us all of a young Salman Khan. The goofiness, physique, comedic timing were all similarities that we made with a young Khan from back in the day. So it's more than appropriate for Dhawan to reprise a role that was done by Khan in a life long ago.
The Trailer for 'Judwaa' 2 looks incredibly hilarious and full of moments that will either make you cringe or LOL. This is because fans of the original 'Judwaa' will love this movie solely based on nostalgia alone. However, if this kind of usual David Dhawan-style comedy isn't your thing, remake or not, you're probably the kind of movie goer that's been rolling their eyes during this entire trailer. Which is fine!
'Judwaa 2' looks like the same kind of low brow physical comedy associated with David Dhawan. It's the kind of movies he's built a career on, and even made some careers on. Salman, Sanjay Dutt, Govinda have all been veterans of this stable and all come out the better for it. And if none of those actors are your cup of chai-latte, then this probably isn't for you either. And for good reason.
Objectively, there’s a lot here that doesn’t work, or is problematic. For instance, I'm already scoffing at how the two amazing actresses involved, Taapsee Pannu and Jacqueline Fernandes, will inevitably dumbed down to being vacuous women. But it doesn’t matter, because ‘Judwaa 2’ is in no way trying to do an original standalone film that is it’s own thing. It’s banking on audience nostalgia, by having the story and events be directly calling homage or throwing back to the original, as part of a massively entertaining pot boiler. A true summer blockbuster in every sense of the word.
Which is not necessarily a bad thing. The movie seems to have been made from a place of genuine passion and everyone involved looks to be having a great time. 'Judwaa 2' is the kind of movie that doesn't seems to take itself too seriously. Which is why I'm not taking it too seriously, and neither should you, at the risk of putting too much thought into an already thoughtless thing.