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Jagga Jasoos Review

  • Zinia Bandyopadhyay

    Zinia Bandyopadhyay (821,523 DM Points)

    Desimartini | Updated - July 14, 2017 5:54 PM IST
    3.0DM (7472 ratings)

    Verdict - If You do not have La La Land on your mind, this is a great entertainer, thanks to Ranbir Kapoor.

    Jagga JasoosWatch trailerRelease date : July 14, 2017

    Given the fact that it is one of the largest film industries of the world, Bollywood has produced very few musicals. We have a few, but they lack the classic flavor that musicals have. The last memorable ones we saw were Khamoshi, Hum Aapke Hai Kaun and Janeman. So the standard of musicals we have in the nation needed much change, for the good.

    Jagga Jasoos claims itself to be a musical and rightfully so. In fact, you might just want to call it the first Bollywood musical because this one truly tries to transport you to another world through the music. There are very few dialogues that are not sung out. And to much extent, it is one of the most successful attempts of Bollywood of producing a musical.

    The story is pretty simple. Jagga was born an orphan in a hospital that was his home till he meets Badal 'Tutti Footi' Bagchi. They instantly connect and he becomes Jagga's father. But something happens and he has to leave Jagga at the boarding school. Years later, he takes on a quest to find his father in Mombacca , who is now declared dead. Will the two meet, is Tutti Footi even alive? The answers can be found only by the end of the movie. But Jagga's power of Jasoosi comes to play all throughout and it is with this that he takes on the quest.

    The summary, as you have already realized, is pretty common. But what makes the movie different is how it has been executed. This one is a classic. While at the beginning of the film, you may find it difficult to concentrate and might even be bored, in a span of few minutes you will be transported into Jagga's world.

    The storyline digresses a little and talks about the illegal arms. It is this part of the story that disappoints. This could have been cut short and made crisp. In fact, the way this was wrapped up was extremely quick and a huge let down to be honest. And though you would find a lot of flaws in Anurag Basu's story, you cannot be disappointed with the man because of the sheer power of his intent.

    Basu has given his best to the film. He tries and even senses what the audience might feel in the course of the movie. It looks like the characters of his film are talking directly to the audience. There is an element of Brechtian theatre of the fourth wall in the film.

    And yet, the second half could have been way better. You might feel like leaving the movie mid way but thanks to Ranbir Kapoor's terrific performance, you will stay hooked. He is flawless in the movie and we can just imagine how talented an actor he is. After a long time, we see him exploring himself and pushing all limits. A nomination for the best actor this year is guaranteed for Ranbir for Jagga Jasoos.

    Katrina Kaif, who plays journalist Shruti Sengupta, is the weakest link in the film. She is good, but amongst all the great actors she falls short. She is good to watch, but she still has a long way to go with her dialogue delivery.

    Amongst the supporting actors, everyone is brilliant- from Saswata Chatterjee to Rajatava Dutta to Saurabh Shukla, everyone has delivered a power packed performance. It wouldn't be wrong to say that the performances help the film to float through the end.

    In a musical, the music is definitely a high point and Pritam has proved himself in the film. The music is never overboard and once you are into the movie, there are points where you feel transported to another world. But there are also times that you feel a little out of the narrative. The consistency of the music could have been better, but nevertheless, it was good.

    The cinematography is also brilliant. You will love the background and the setting. The film also captures the cultures of Manipur and that of Mombacca. The film is a treat to our eyes.

    Jagga Jasoos is a film that is best enjoyed with your family. You will go through a lot of emotions and the kids in the family. It also talks about a lot of serious issues, but in the best way where it doesn't look too didactic. While you shouldn't be expecting something like La La Land, but this one is good in its own way. You should definitely go and watch this film at least once.

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