Julie 2 is a Bollywood thriller film written, co-produced and directed by Deepak Shivdasani and produced by Vijay Nair. It features Raai Laxmi in the lead role which marks her debut in Hindi cinema. This is the sequel to Shivdasani’s earlier film Julie (2004).
Viju Shah composes the film’s score and soundtrack while Sameer Reddy handles the cinematography. Principal photography commenced in September 2015. Filming locations include Mumbai, Hyderabad and Dubai. The film’s first look poster was released on 14 February 2016 coinciding with Valentine’s Day.
Raai Laxmi plays Julie, who goes from being a naive struggler to a superstar. But is there any real struggle? Julie gets thrown out of her house in the middle of the night but has zero trouble finding someone else (in this case, Annie aunty, her make-up artiste) to put a roof over her head. She lands her first project with remarkable ease after Annie aunty takes her along to meet a director, who declares without any audition that she is “a powerhouse of talent” and proceeds to sign her.
Julie’s Bollywood career comes to a grinding halt after she manages to rub a financier off the wrong way. She then goes down South, where she becomes a superstar after ‘compromising’. Julie’s journey forward is filled with cliches – an affair with a superstar who cares more about his public image than her, a liaison with someone from the underworld, a clandestine relationship with a cricketer who dumps her after she wants things to get serious because she is not “gharelu” enough to marry him. Of course, there are lots of sex romps and later, mascara running down Raai Laxmi’s face.
But, as mentioned before, Julie 2 attempts to thrill. Julie gets shot during what appears to be a robbery gone wrong, but as ACP Devdutt (Aditya Srivastava) points out, “something big meets the eye”. Within four hours, the ACP arrests the four masked men who committed the robbery. What tipped him off in their direction is anyone’s guess. Aditya Srivastava is almost a caricature of the tough cop, as he mouths bizarre lines like, “Yeh dhai kilo ka nahi, dhai foot ka haath hai.“
The loopholes are innumerable. To start with, if it was an attempt on Julie’s life, how does she make it out of the jewellery store alive? At one point, she is in the direct line of fire of four machine guns firing away like there’s no tomorrow. Masala: 1, Logic: 0.