Movie: Jagga Jasoos
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Saurabh Shukla, Sayani Gupta
Director: Anurag Basu
Producers: Disney India, Ranbir Kapoor, Anurag Basu
Music: Pritam Chakraborty
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Meet Jagga (Ranbir Kapoor), the curious and shy boy who is armed with extraordinary detective skills, who was set out in search of his foster father (yes, foster) who parted ways with him during his childhood. The film is based on his adventures (or misadventures) he haplessly signs up for along with his companion Shruti (Katrina Kaif). The film takes you on a fun desi Disney ride with a Sherlock Homes-inspired character at the center of it.
The concept and the crux of the story is well known to all, so we’d rather not indulge too much in it.
Talking about the whole film, in a nutshell, the musical does not disappoint you at any point in time. Seems like Anurag Basu’s vision has played out just right. Coming down to our two protagonists, they do a wonderful job in playing their respective characters. The musical sequences have an oddly bewitching feel to it. The wordings of the songs through which Ranbir’s character Jagga primarily communicates have been well thought out.
If you are wondering where Saurabh Shukla fits into all of this, he plays the comic villain who was involved with Jagga’s father, Badal Bagchi, due to a transaction that went wrong. Eventually, Shukla orders a hit on Jagga’s father, and that’s all we are going to say about it.
Coming back to the characters, Ranbir Kapoor plays Jagga as if this character is his second skin, which goes on to show his stellar acting abilities. Katrina’s Shruti plays the second wheeler in the film. Although her dialogues and the screen time that is given to her made Katrina a very important (and a delightful part) in the story, we felt that the makers have gone a little overboard with her characters’ clumsiness.
The film frequently makes the transition from real tear shedding moments to some really surreal sequences (like riding on an ostrich, for example) and pulls it off with ease. There will be predictable moments in the film, but you won’t mind that at all. In fact, these predictable moments are important for a detective film as they will keep you guessing “What’s next?”. The film leaves you with somewhat of a promise that the pointy-haired detective Jagga will be back.
Apart from a few lazily executed portions and a terrible 15-minute sequence, the film is something that you should consider watching.