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Jannat 2: This sequel is not paradise regained


In the first ten minutes of Kunal Deshmukh’s second instalment of the “Jannat” series, the director sets up his principal characters, establishes a romance angle and even adds a song for good measure. He also manages to inject no originality or freshness in any of these facets of the film, with the result that “Jannat 2” never really takes off, maintaining a staid pace throughout its two-and-half-hour duration.

Deshmukh borrows nothing from the original “Jannat”, except for his lead hero and the vague notion of a protagonist who seeks heaven on earth — mostly in the arms of a coy lady.

Emraan Hashmi plays Sonu, a smart-talking small-time crook, who deals in firearms. When he comes across a angst-ridden cop (Randeep Hooda) who urges him to turn into a police informer, Sonu agrees, hoping it’ll keep him out of trouble with the police.

When Sonu falls in love and decides to get married to a coy doctor named Jhanvi (newcomer Esha Gupta), he doesn’t realise his past will come back to haunt him.