Jagga (Ranbir Kapoor) is an orphaned kid who, one fine day, rescues an unknown man after an accident and both of them develop friendship. The man introduces himself as Tooti Footi Bagchi (Saswata Chatterjee) and on observing Jagga’s reluctance to speak owing to his stammering nature, he teaches Jagga to express his feelings through singing which proves to be successful. Bagchi adopts Jagga and both lead a seemingly happy life till he is followed by an unknown man (Saurabh Shukla) for reasons unknown. They try to escape but are spotted by that man who doesn’t try to catch them but writes something on a note and leaves it for them to see. On seeing the note, Bagchi decides to admit Jagga in a boarding school for he has to go away for long but promises to come back soon.
What was written on that note? Where was Bagchi going? Will he come back to Jagga or fate has something else planned for them?
Positive points: –
- Undeniably the music of the movie and bows to Pritam for his work. His work is the soul of the movie, infact the best thing in it.
- Wonderful performances of Ranbir Kapoor, Saswata Chatterjee and Saurabh Shukla do justice to the story, script, music and in total the whole film.
- Shiamak Davar’s dance choreography is delectable and supports the acting and the music effectively.
- A breezy and awesomely entertaining first half which doesn’t even let you know how a span of one and half hour passed.
- One more beautiful aspect of the movie is its art direction. The movie’s colourfulness owing to its scenic locations is a treat to the eyes.
Negative points: –
- Katrina Kaif’s struggle with her expressions (Honestly I didn’t doubt that would happen).
- After an engaging first half, the weight of the passing time is felt in the second half as it seems stretchy in order to tell a tale which was missing previously.
- The direction as well as the script start showing their fallacies well in the second half as the film rushes to complete its story-telling in 3 hours.
- Poor CGI which is ofcourse a trademark in Bollywood.
Direction, Script and Other Technicalities: –
Although my reaction to Anurag Basu’s direction is mixed, it’s largely positive than negative and his work in the movie is definitely commendable. I have two reasons for liking the direction; one being the endearing conglomeration of acting, singing and dancing and the second being his flair in slapstick comic sequences (which we had seen in Barfi too). His script has quite a compelling story and with its musical nature, it ensures that the audience is entertained too. However, I fervently believe that the movie could have been way shorter than 3 hours and the story of Jagga’s jasoosi wasn’t much required to the film albeit being highly entertaining. The film should have focused solely on how Jagga searches for his father figure instead of wasting one half just showing that he has good deduction skills. Even in the first half there are quite some loose ends but the entertainment subdues it effectively. The detailing in the second half was disappointing as the film seemed to have been forced to end on account of the time factor (which is basically the reason I wanted the Jasoosi part out of the movie) and at times the fun in the movie seemed forced (viz. the sequence where Saurabh Shukla’s character and the police catch Jagga and Shruti; I seriously couldn’t digest the police dancing on Shruti’s songs instead of gunning both of them down).
Coming to the technicalities, Ravi Varman’s cinematography is excellent and the film locations have definitely helped him a lot. I won’t blame Akiv Ali’s editing chiefly because several scenes had already been edited out of the film and even though we wished a lot more to be removed, Basu wouldn’t have approved of it. So, I would say he that was above average with his work. The most disappointing thing was shoddy CGI effects which convinced the viewers that a lot of things they saw on screen were actually fake.
And lastly, bows to Pritam for his extremely marvelous job with the music of the film. Honestly, the film’s whole weight lied on how well Pritam composed the songs and thankfully he didn’t disappoint. His music, its songs, the performances, lyrics are what gives the movie its life which forces me to say that Pritam is the real hero of Jagga Jasoos. Period!
Ranbir Kapoor may have given a series of bad films but he has seldom disappointed with his acting and this flick is no exception. His performance is simply outstanding and he is a strong contender for the best actor awards for the awards season next year.
Saswata Chatterjee of Kahani fame too is sterling as Bagchi. His chemistry with Ranbir is delightful and his bad lucks in the movie prove to be the movie’s good luck.
Saurabh Shukla has a style of his own and no thespian can even come remotely close to the same. He was the perfect choice for the movie’s antagonist and he is both cruel and comic in his character. Simply superb!
Katrina Kaif as usually can’t act or express but she has definitely tried hard to so and has shown improvements as compared to her previous films.
Sayani Gupta is wasted in a cameo and even her Manipuri accent seemed fake. Nawazuddin Siddiqui has an awesome one second cameo and even Anurag Basu has a blink and a miss appearance in the film (hope you can spot him *Winks*).
Final Verdict: –
Jagga Jasoos could have been a masterpiece but falls well short of it due to variety of reasons. I strongly think that the movie should have been Jagga instead of having an extra Jasoos which could have ameliorated its faults to a large extent. But that doesn’t undermine the fact that it is highly entertaining and a strong contender for quite many awards next year. Once again, hands down for Pritam’s music as well as the performances of Kapoor, Chatterjee and Shukla supported by Shiamak Davar’s choreography. I don’t know if watching this flick was right or a mistake but I don’t care either because yahi umar hai karle galti se mistake *Winks again*.