After five long years, yes five long years, Anurag Basu is finally here to present his beloved second production: Jagga Jasoos starring Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and Saswata Chatterjee in lead roles.
The Storyline: Jagga, an orphaned boy gets adopted and raised by his foster father (Chatterjee) when he meets him in a hospital. His father teaches him how to get over his shyness to talk as he would stammer a lot and many more life lessons. Inevitably his father leaves him at an orphanage and never returns. Characteristically witty and curious, Jagga becomes a Jasoos and doesn’t like any unanswered questions. Few years later, he goes on a journey to find his father who is told to be dead. Is he really dead? If not why has he been told so? What’s going on around with his father lately? I’d stop here, no spoilers you see.
The Narrative: It’s a full fledged musical from the start to the end. But the way Anurag put this story of his onto the canvas for us to watch is fascinating. Though he uses the third person narrative style, the execution is brilliant. The first act (which Anurag here calls them Chapters) is pretty much the setup and it goes fast. Because everything that happens is in form of a song and it flows! The second act involves Shruti (Katrina) and Jagga going on a quest to solve a case for Shruti is challenged with false charges of a murder. And the final act is a bit too long and bizzare, but obviously ends on a happy note.
The pace of the film is fast from the beginning until the half. But the latter half is so fast paced that a hell lot of things keep happening and that just might cause headache to some viewers. Apart from that, excellent screenplay.
The Performances: Katrina Kaif had a tailor made role for her: An NRI from London pursuing journalism in India. What more could she ask for? Saurabh Shukla was, as always, perfect. And for those who don’t know this fabulous actor, Mr. Chatterjee previously was known for his role as Bob Biswas in Kahaani back in 2012. And in this one, he does no less! Genius! Ranbir Kapoor was awesome, as always. His body language and his method acting, fantastic!
My Take: Cinematography by Ravi Varman: Immaculate. Art Direction and DI colouring: Impeccable (why wouldn’t it be, it’s a Disney India production for god’s sake!) Music and BGM is very very refreshing and intriguing to hear (but it’s Pritam Chakraborty behind those notes and I can’t say if they all are his original works or not. But until someone proves me wrong, I’ll believe in him). Editing by Akiv Ali: I should say he has done a pretty good job. Because all the trailers put together, there are at least 5-6 scenes that aren’t in the final version of the film. This might be because of reshoots or excessive shoots, but still Ali managed to pull this off really well. There are tons of things that happen in the third act without any breathing space, but Ali handeled it well.
Dialogues or should I say lyrics, whatever, penned by Anurag and Amitabh Bhattacharya are really entertaining. Anurag was way too ambitious and wanted to show too many things at the same time, though he managed it to some extent, it seemed to much to take at once. There might be many aspects about the film that might be inspired/copied from many foreign films/comics(Tintin, for example) but the premise felt indigenous to me. Overall Jagga Jasoos is an entertaining musical-drama and it definitely is not flawless. Now I’m rather more interested to see how Indian audiences receive this film.
Rating: Story: 0.5 Screenplay: 0.75 Direction: 0.5 Dialogues/Lyrics: 0.5 Cinematography: 1 Editing: 0.75 OST: 0.75 Performances: 1 Art Direction: 1 VFX: 0.75
Overall Rating: 7.5/10