Jagga Jasoos (2017)

Jagga Jasoos: Anurag Basu’s Barfi was a stellar film. After a 5 year wait, we get to see his much delayed project Jagga Jasoos.

The film has a fresh creative approach, a musical with a reason for being so. The only question is, does it work? The plot is fantasy, with a bit of suspense and history weaved into it. Again, will it hold the attention of the adult audience?

Jagga is played endearingly by Ranbir, who gives us an act which is not uncommon. He looks young, as the role demands it, and the chemistry between him and Katrina is evidently missing. Katrina, on the other hand, feels out of place and sync in the film. She has a few cute moments, but is seemingly not at ease.

I feel the film was marketed incorrectly. At times I felt like I was watching a teletubby episode. It works very well as a children’s film, in which case it wouldn’t require the talents of established stars. Maybe a launch pad for new actors would have brought the budget down and probably finished it quicker.

All in all, the film moves very fast, with the pair getting in and out of sticky situations in a blink. The plot can’t make up its mind, so let’s not look for logic here, just an easy breezy light hearted fare with a musical overload.



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