We have waited for more than two years hearing the rumors of the Ranbir-Katrina breakup and the aftermaths, just for the release of this movie. Shoots went on and off while the trailers and songs seemed to be released so slowly. The excitement grew on and on and the curiosity to watch this movie also grew. Finally the release dates were settled and the countdown started and there was Jagga Jasoos in the theatres.
‘Oh! Where did the excitement go? The movie isn’t exciting. May be there will be something better after the INTERMISSION! Wham! Why did I come to watch this movie? I should have sat at home watching the repeated episodes of GOT! Such a waste of time yaar!’
Yes that was the reaction we heard while sitting along with other waiters and watchers of Jagga Jasoos.
‘Hey that was a good movie man! Better than Besharam! They looked so cute together. I wonder why they broke up. But then it serves him right for ditching Deepika!’
These were the rarely heard positively negative whispers. Well that is what we heard about the movie and then the papers next day happened to release a 2.5/5 score points for the movie. There we go!
Basically Jagga Jasoos is based on a spy-adventure from a comic book, where the main character is looking for his lost father and haphazardly stumbles upon an illegal arms trade.
Our film industry has got certain rules for the music but then in that complicated rulebook, Jagga Jasoos has managed to create a risky experiment. The screenplay is structured as chapters from a comic book; the movie uses a classroom full of kids and their teacher, Shruti (Katrina Kaif) as its main storytelling device. The movie unravels as she narrates stories from the book, and we’re pulled into Jagga’s (Ranbir Kapoor) world of makeshift houses, merry characters and rhyming dialogue. Sounds familiar? Well we remember something of the same from ‘Barfi’. Yes it is Anurag Basu!
His musical methods of unraveling mysteries are the most exciting bits. An earlier number, Ms Mala, sets the tone for Jagga’s investigative methods. It is a standalone success that’s cleverly written and perfectly choreographed, much like its other organic counterparts, Bad Lucky, Tukka Laga, Chocolatey Chunnu and Khaana Khaake Daaru Peekey Chale Gaye.
The numbers, born effortlessly out of situations in the screenplay, are comical and catchy. Amitabh Bhattacharya, who is credited with lyrics and “rhyming dialogue,” is at the top of his game. Pritam’s tunes are as essential to the movie as binoculars to a detective.
Art Director Parijat Poddar and DOP S. Ravi Varman help us helm this almost hypnagogic world like from small hostel bathrooms to the winding lanes of a tiny country to expansive African plains, pretty comfortably. Anurag Basu’s unique vision makes this otherwise predictable story thoroughly watchable.
The movie lulls when it bends backwards to conform to Bollywood logic. Traditional songs like Ullu Ka Paththa and Galti Se Mistake don’t have the essence of the musical genre. Jagga stumbles into an illegal arms racket and the cat-and-mouse chase between him and an evil intelligence officer (Saurabh Shukla) overburden the second half and push the movie to rushed solutions. To compare, that earlier Ms Mala song offers far more in terms of conflict resolution and a climactic feel.
But then we must say that Ranbir was constantly trying to entertain even though he knew the film was drowning miserably. Afterall, he belongs to the ‘Kapoor Khandaan’! He manages to make you laugh and tugs at your heartstrings by being goofy and gloomy as suddenly as required. Well we could think about nominating Katrina for the best supportive role in the movie if there are no other actors who are competing. Saswata Chatterjee’s vulnerability and Saurabh Shukla wickedness balance each other perfectly. Parts of Jagga Jasoos are greater than their sum. But there’s no reason you shouldn’t head to a theatre and investigate for yourself. We never told you that a 2.5 is what you should believe. May be you might like it. So go watch Jagga Jasoos before he escapes the theaters.