Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif‘s Jagga Jasoos released all across India after being in production for more than three years. While many called it a disaster in the making even before the first trailer was released due to several endless delays, but when its first promo was launched it turned to be surprisingly intriguing. It looked like a Disney production even Walt Disney himself would be proud of. And finally after all the delays, film opened to extreme reviews. The reception it received kind of reminded me of Ranbir’s last film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, that film too received extreme reviews, half of them loved it and half hated it, there was no in between.
Something similar happened with this dream project that is Jagga Jasoos. While a lot has been written about all that is wrong with Jagga Jasoos, not much has been written about the kind of appreciation it deserves.
So here are 5 things I love and appreciate about Jagga Jasoos and you should too:
There is no doubt about it, the film belongs to Ranbir Kapoor. Playing a teenager who stammers is no easy task. One can easily become a caricature but Ranbir through out its run time of 2 hour 49 minutes approx never goes out of the character. In fact, he is so natural that not once you’ll realise that this guy on screen doesn’t stammer in real life and he’s just acting. I’ve admired Ranbir’s acting prowess in Wake Up Sid, Rockstar and Tamasha, and this films is a welcome addition to that list. Can’t wait to see his performance in Sanjay Dutt biopic. Also read: Jagga Jasoos box office collection day 3: Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif’s film is struggling, earns Rs 33.17 crore
This is one of the most beautiful films I’ve seen in a long time. It’s a visual treat, the production and art design by Rajat Poddar and Parijat Poddar, and cinematography by S. Ravi Varman is laudable. The film is is on par with the Disney produced Hollywood blockbusters as far as visuals are concerned. They have created a world, which the child in you would love to be a part of.
Non-linear story telling
When you tell a mystery, you tend to go back and forth in time and if time shifts are not handled with finesse, you end up making a mess of it. But that doesn’t happen with this Anurag Basu directorial. The film goes back and forth in time all through out its run time and not once are you confused with the way story is unfolded. It doesn’t follows the point A to point B format of story telling and that works well in its favour. Because by the end of it, every thing falls into its place.
Music-Interwoven with the story
Being a musical-fantasy-adventure, the film had a huge task of getting the music right. Because if that isn’t right you fail at the very basic level. But kudos to Pritam for bringing his A game in the fore. You enjoy the music as well as the fact that it is a true blue musical, a one of the first in Bollywood, the music is very smartly interwoven with the narrative for the most part of it. Jagga Jasoos music in fact is one of the best sound tracks of the year. Also read: Amitabh Bachchan gushes about Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif’s Jagga Jasoos
The mystery element concluded by the perfect tease of a finale
We haven’t seen a good mystery in Bollywood in a long time and Jagga Jasoos serves that purpose extremely well. The whole mystery of the film of a missing father, which is connected to a real life incident of arms and ammunition being air dropped at a village, worked well for me. Also the best part about a mystery film is there is more to it than what meets the eye and Jagga Jasoos delivers that perfect tease in its final moment. Just for that particular tease I’d love if makers will come up with a sequel. Watch the film and you’ll know what I am talking about.
Having said that, Jagga Jasoos is not without its short comings. But despite its drawbacks, be it extremely shoddy editing and slightly slow pace, Jagga Jasoos is an entertaining and interesting experiment. This film should be celebrated and Anurag Basu should be applauded for dreaming big. Watch it!