Movie Review: Jagga Jasoos

RATING: 3/5

OVERVIEW: Jagga Jasoos is a Hindi comedy-drama film directed by Anurag Basu and produced by Basu and the film’s lead actor Ranbir Kapoor. The film also features Katrina Kaif and Adah Sharma in lead roles, and tells the story of a teenage detective in search of his missing father.

REVIEW: The film opens in the year 1995 where illegal arms were dropped from an aircraft in the Purulia district of West Bengal. In present times, Shruti Sengupta (Katrina Kaif) is seen introducing kids to the world of Jagga Jasoos through his comic books. Through Shruti’s narration, we get a glimpse into his childhood. Jagga’s father, Tutti Futti (Saswata Chatterjee) is actually his foster parent. The young boy had once saved this man’s life after he fell from a train. Since then, the duo shared a heart-warming bond. But their happiness is short-lived when suddenly, Tutti Futti admits Jagga in a boarding school but never returns to take him back. However, he makes sure to send VHS tapes containing birthday wishes to Jagga every year.

Days pass into months and months into years. In his growing years, Jagga develops a penchant for solving mysteries and even ends up solving a case or two. Until one fine day, news arrives that Jagga’s father is no more. But, the young ‘jasoos’ soon figures out that there’s more to this than meets the eye. What follows next is Jagga embarking on an adventurous journey to locate his missing father who actually had a secret identity!

JAGGA JASOOS rests on the shoulders of Ranbir Kapoor. The actor, known for bringing freshness in each role, gets totally into the skin of his character and tries to bring something new this time as well. His stammering goes a bit into the unreal zone but he showcases his singing side very well. His sincere act is one of the big reasons why the film is bearable. Katrina Kaif looks lovely and ably compliments Ranbir. She also raises laughs with her goofiness which works well. Saswata Chatterjee, known in Bollywood for playing the menacing Bob Biswas in KAHAANI, is very adorable and delivers a fine performance.

The director wants to tell us. He is going to use that right side to narrate a seemingly straightforward story. He is going to sing out his script to us. It won’t tell us things as much as it touches our hand. He has done it before, but not in this literal sense. And it has been illogical and strange, and occasionally beautiful and transcendental. The audiovisual undercurrent of passion has defined even Anurag Basu’s pre-Barfi dramas: the doomed Kites had a haunting sound of madness to it, while Gangster had a monochromatic, lilting darkness to its unhinged spaces.

JAGGA JASOOS, being a musical, has less of dialogues and more of songs. It is difficult to remember each and every track as there are close to 20-30 songs and none actually register. In fact, after a point, one starts dreading when the characters break into a song. However ‘Galti Se Mistake’ stands out for its picturization and quirky dance moves. Ravi Varman’s cinematography is very eye catching. The film has been shot in some great locations and the lens man has captured them beautifully. Special mention should also go to the Art and VFX departments. Ajay Sharma’s editing is disappointing.

Final Verdict is Jagga Jasoos is a top notch newcomer in Bollywood that will inspire many screenplays to come to exploit the father son relationship in different ways. The film ends with a cliffhanger, paving the path for a sequel, and we can expect a reprisal of Ranbir’s Sherlock Homes-inspired role sometime in the future.

                                                                               –Panchajanya