Vishesh Films deserve the credit for always giving romantic tales a different backdrop spin off, be it the 26 July deluge setting in Tum Mile, Australian racist attacks in Crook, flesh trade in Murder 2 or even illegal diamond racket in Blood Money. Going ahead with a similar trend the Mahesh Bhatt and Emraan Hashmi's power-packed team comes up with yet another plot of illegal arms smuggling with Jannat 2. With the stakes of Emraan Hashmi going high and his star power increasing leaps and bounds, it only remains to see how well the film works at the box-office. For now we help you decide whether it's worth a watch or not.
A street smart illegal arms dealer Sonu Dilli KKC (Emraan Hashmi) falls in love with model like doctor Jhanvi Tomar (Esha Gupta). He tries to reform himself by leaving the illegal line in a bid to become a good partner but is shoved back into it, this time as a police informer by ACP Pratap Raghuvanshi (Randeep Hooda). Pratap has a personal vendetta against the entire gun smuggling nexus and wants to swipe it clean under any cost even if that means putting his informer's life on line. How Sonu Dilli's love life goes for a toss and whether the two manage to crack the nexus or not follows through the rest of the plot.
The gun smuggling backdrop and the detailed built up to the widespread arms swindling rackets that was given to the audience via publicity and interviews actually had the potential to turn the film into a blockbuster had it not been for the intrusion of the romantic storyline. Blame it on the weak script and poor screenplay, serial kisser Emraan Hashmi fails to infuse the soul in the romantic track. His portions with Randeep Hooda and also with Mangal Singh Tomar played by Manish Chaudhary are gripping.
Filmmaker Kunal Deshmukh falters in bringing a semblance between the stark plot and romantic mush in the film and that's where Jannat 2 majorly lags. He gives in to a lot of cliches throughout the film for example, the deadbeat love-at-first-sight syndrome, the sudden inclination of Esha Gupta towards Emraan Hashmi or even the sequence where Randeep Hooda barges into the hospital yelling "It's an emergency, it's an emergency". He doesn't even bother about continuity for Emraan Hashmi's strong Haryanvi accent in the start almost fades off by the end of the film.
Esha Gupta except for showing off her snow-white set of teeth and planting smooches here and there doesn't offer much to the script. Moreover, even in her fleeting appearances in the film, she appears too wooden and model like stiff. One can easily pinpoint her Kingfisher calendar type postures in the film.
Randeep Hooda is the mainstay in the film. His brooding character adds the much needed grip to the film and even the sequences between Emraan and Randeep hold your attention. Manish Chaudhary seems to have become the new in-house villain as this comes as his second negative lead after Blood Money. The actor appears a misfit in the garb of a Haryanvi goon.
Music by Pritam otherwise makes for a melodious experience however, doesn't get effectively used in the film. The dialogues are decent in parts and highly bollywoodish in others while the background score is quite impressive.
Over all, Jannat 2 isn't half as enticing as its first part. Watch it for Randeep Hooda or if you are a big fan Emraan Hashmi.