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Jagga Jasoos

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14 Jul, 2017 2 hrs 42 mins U/A
Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Sayani Gupta, Saswata Chatterjee, Saurabh Shukla, Denzil Smith
Synopsis
Parts of Jagga Jasoos are greater than their sum.
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Rhyme And Treason

Jagga Jasoos Story: A spy-adventure from a comic book, where the main character is looking for his lost father and inadvertently stumbles upon an illegal arms trade.

Jagga Jasoos Review: I spy with my little eye an experiment that works for the most part.

For a film industry that adheres to certain rules of using music, Jagga Jasoos is an undeniable experiment. The screenplay is structured as chapters from a comic book; the movie uses a classroom full of kids and their teacher, Shruti (Katrina) as its main storytelling device. The films unfolds as she narrates stories from the book, and we're pulled into Jagga's (Ranbir) world of makeshift houses, merry characters and rhyming dialogue.

His musical methods of unravelling mysteries are the most exciting bits. An earlier number, Ms Mala, sets the tone for Jagga’s investigative methods. It is a standalone success that’s cleverly written and perfectly choreographed, much like its other organic counterparts, Bad Lucky, Tukka Laga, Chocolatey Chunnu and Khaana Khaake Daaru Peekey Chale Gaye.

The numbers, born effortlessly out of situations in the screenplay, are comical and catchy. Amitabh Bhattacharya, who is credited with lyrics and “rhyming dialogue,” is at the top of his game. Pritam’s tunes are as essential to the movie as binoculars to a detective.

Art Director Parijat Poddar and DOP S. Ravi Varman help us navigate this almost surreal world (from small hostel bathrooms to the winding lanes of a tiny country to expansive African plains) pretty comfortably. Anurag Basu’s unique vision makes this otherwise predictable story thoroughly watchable.

The movie lulls when it bends backwards to conform to Bollywood logic. Traditional songs like Ullu Ka Paththa and Galti Se Mistake don’t have the essence of the musical genre. Jagga stumbles into an illegal arms racket and the cat-and-mouse chase between him and an evil intelligence officer (Saurabh Shukla) overburden the second half and push the movie to rushed solutions. To compare, that earlier Ms Mala song offers far more in terms of conflict resolution and a climactic feel.

However, through all its excitements and exhaustions, the person who keeps it entertaining is Ranbir Kapoor. He manages to make you laugh and tugs at your heartstrings by being goofy and gloomy as suddenly as required. Katrina Kaif has little to do but makes for a good sidekick to Jagga. Saswata Chatterjee’s vulnerability and Saurabh Shukla wickedness balance each other perfectly.

Parts of Jagga Jasoos are greater than their sum. But there’s no reason you shouldn’t head to a theatre and investigate for yourself.

In-depth Analysis
Our overall critics rating is not an average of the sub score below.
  • Direction
    3/5
  • Dialogues
    3/5
  • Story
    2.5/5
  • Music
    3.5/5
  • Visual appeal
    3.5/5
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