October 16, 2021

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Jagga Jasoos Review: Jumbled Mystery!

Finally the movie got released after much delay! However, expectations were good enough due to many reasons. First of all it’s a Disney film, and then we all know that it’s a Ranbir-Katrina starrer film, along with the reunite of director-actor duo post ‘Barfi!’. Well, let us see now how well these expectations have turned up among our mango people.

Story

It’s a story about Jagga (Ranbir Kapoor) who stammers and has a detective mind. He becomes quite famous by solving small cases in his school, but is now on a mission to find his missing father who everybody thinks is dead. In his this mission, Jagga is joined by Shruti Sengupta (Katrina Kaif). Will they be truly able to find his father? What follows next is the jassosi that Jagga and Shruti try to imply to solve this case.

Screenplay and Direction

When the teaser-trailer was out, one and all were in awe with the film, as the storyline looked quite interesting along with the grandeur fantasy element to which Disney is all famous about. However, the makers somehow failed to execute this storyline which had a good potential to make it something extraordinary in the Hindi film industry. What majorly falls flat here is the length (approx. 3 hour of movie) and its musical theme (almost 30 songs in a movie) with no soul attached to it. Overall, in this musical adventure film – elements such as adventure, fantasy, detective thing and so on were missing – which eventually let down the moviegoers and makes a tedious experience.

The first half is interesting and entertaining to a certain degree, while the second half stretches a lot with respect to the detective part goes haywire every time.

Director Anurag Basu had indeed made the film with an international touch, where everything looks so dreamy and fantastic. However, he outdoes here to some extent and as a result it got failed to connect with the storyline. In addition, Basu failed to execute the story in a proper manner where many scenes were looking abrupt and pointless. Moreover, even the climax scene was not convincing. Well, we all know that Anurag Basu took almost three and a half years to make this film, but looking at the final product, one can now only tell how confused and lost he was about the film.

Music and Technicalities

Being a musical film, Pritam Chakraborty has indeed given some great music here. Though only few songs like ‘Galti Se Mistake’, ‘Khaana Khaake’ and others are lovable, rest others didn’t made their mark. Background score is decent, and Cinematography is striking. The film has been shot in some of the best locations to which the same has been captured beautifully. VFX part is something to commend here, where the film truly looks like a pure-Disney film with respect to that. Editing should have been carried out well here, making the film crisper and tighter.

Performances

Jagga Jasoos is solely on the shoulder of Ranbir Kapoor, and he played his character in an extremely superb manner. Despite of being a stretchy film, Ranbir marks his presence as one of the finest actor in the industry. He enacted the role of a teenager stammer boy who has a detective bent of mind with so ease that one can effortlessly feel his emotions and the world of Jagga. To be precise, it’s only because of him the film has raised its standard to a certain level.

On the other hand, Katrina Kaif is lovely and blends a good support to Ranbir Kapoor. Their chemistry is as usual very adorable on and as well off the screen. Sayani Gupta and Saurabh Shukla were wasted. I feel pity for Sayani who has some great talent and plays a 14-year-old girl here, but doesn’t get much opportunity to showcase the same. Saswata Chatterje is decent and rest others were typecast.

So is it a Paisa-Vasool film?

It’s a sort of paisa-vasool film if you are a true Ranbir Kapoor fan and want to see him (again) giving one of the finest performances in his career. Also it’s a decent one-time watch for those who is an artistic-being from inside and loves to watch a visually spectacular film. However, for the rest ones, it’s a strict NO and not a Paisa-Vasool film!

Rating: 2.5 Stars

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