Jagga Jasoos Review:
Director: Anurag Basu
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Sayani Gupta, Saswata Chatterjee, Sayani Gupta, Saurabh Shukla, Saravjeet TewariBut Anurag Basu’s Jagga Jasoos threw me off, and I’m not sure. Just like his Barfi! did, in 2012.
I was blown away by how technically suave and visually stunning Jagga Jasoos is, it has apparently been in the making for three years, at the mercy of the personal affairs of its lead pair.
JJ is a tall order. It’s no mean feat to pull off a musical with a Tintin-esque character and scale.
bow down to him for flexing his muscles and shattering a boundary, but Jagga Jasoos also goes on and on… often needlessly. And I’m not a big fan of those La La Land type of musicals.
Also, while Ranbir Kapoor is fun to watch, Katrina’s lovely, plumped lips are often not in sync with her dubbing … and she mostly wears either of these two expressions — beauteously, mildly harried, or mildly happy..
Little Jagga is abandoned at a hospital and that’s where he grows up, stammering and a bit lost.
But then he rescues a man and nurses him back to health. The man, in turn, adopts him and takes him home, gave him the lingo of singing to speak without stammering .
Jagga calls him Tutti-Futti because he’s bumbling and clumsy, but also because Prof. Bagchi (Saswata Chatterjee) is on a dangerous mission which has lots to do with the 1995 Purulia Arms Drop (1995) and Bashir Alexander, the two-headed ringmaster of all baddies.
Jagga is sad, but he keeps himself busy. Every time he sees a question, smells a murder, off he goes to find answers.Two rather nicely done murder mysteries later, which he solves riding a strange contraption, and with Shruti (Katrina Kaif) in tow, he proceeds to look for Tutti-Futti.
Like Tutti-Futti, Shruit is also a bad-luck magnet.
They whiz through a beautiful land called Mombasa… This bit is stunning, with giraffes and zebras in a land burnt dry and golden by the sun.
Jagga Jasoos is a musical not just because Disney produced it. There’s a cute, silly reason for it at the start itself, one that gives it a fairytale feel.
Jagga Jasoos’ story, screenplay and direction are by Anurag Basu, and he has kept the film’s most thrilling, tantalising bit for the end, in the hope, perhaps, that it will beget a sequel.
Best bits are when it hurtles through alleys and trains trying to solve its main mystery. This is where it acquires a thrilling adventure spirit, primarily because its screenplay is luxuriant and soaring in imagination and canvas.Beyond just beautiful frames, Along with clever editing, gives gives Jagga Jasoos a fun, kinetic vibe.
The two-headed villain”NAWAZUDDIN SIDDIQUE” we don’t see throughout the film makes a two-second appearance at the end, and in an instant the film grows up, and acquires depth. But only to abandon us all excited and desperately wanting.
It’s admirable that Basu, very talented and bright, stuck to his idea and vision through all this, and that fact that this film marks an impressive journey , It takes special set of skills and daring to pull off a West-inspired musical in a land that has its own signature musicals.
Jagga Jasoos marks a milestone in his career , a film that required him to step out of his comfort zone and devote himself to something completely new and challenging. I just wish he had kept it tighter, pacier.