Jagga Jasoos Movie Review – A Dream Ride With Ranbir Kapoor And Katrina Kaif?
Directed by : Anurag Basu
Produced by: Siddharth Roy Kapur, Anurag Basu, Ranbir Kapoor
Written by :Anurag Basu
Music by: Pritam
Review by Raja Sen on NDTV
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)
This is an impossible role and Kapoor wings it well. Convincingly deciphering clues, desperately beatboxing in order to give himself a beat to say something vital, catapulting pumpkins across a desert… he’s all in. An actor with no half-measures, he’s created a plucky, heroic character worth celebrating. Basu has always been a storyteller with excellent imagery, but the way he has embraced the madcap is something else.
Some children are born romantic. By this I mean not a desire to canoodle but the intense need to believe – in secrets, in adventures, in the inexplicable. To believe, most importantly, in stories. Jagga, a bespectacled knee-high stammerer, is just such a child. Raised on a diet of Sherlock, Hitchcock, Feluda, Louis Armstrong and Charlie Chaplin – names pointed to him via couriered videotape from a mysterious travelling father – he is a boy with a knack for seeing the wood before he examines the trees. An observant schoolchild fond of spotting bends in the narrative, he reunites old men with long-forgotten tabletop graffiti and solves murder cases mistakenly termed suicide.
Review by Sukanya on Rediff
Rating: 3.5 (Out of 5)
Jagga Jasoos ‘revels in its lavish imagination, meddlesome inquiries and delicious Bongness, never once pausing to catch a breath or make sense,’ says Sukanya Verma.
Guns fall off the sky, giraffes skirt its ambitious frames and indigenous tribes of North East India and Africa season the scenes with flavours of whimsical diversity.
Verse and action spurt out by the second in the wildly alive and mobile phones-free universe of Anurag Basu’s Jagga Jasoos.
Review by Nihit on The Times of India
Rating: 3.5 (out of 5)
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.
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.
Review by Parul Sharma on Firstpost
Ranbir Kapoor assumes the character of Jagga as though its a second skin, once again showing us his killer acting chops.
Having watched many musicals (Grease, Chicago, La La land, Mamma Mia! to name a few) I walked into Jagga Jasoos knowing what to expect, and I was not disappointed. The movie jumps into its musical genre straight off the bat.
We see Katrina Kaif in a teacher’s avatar as she narrates the adventures of Jagga to young students around her. All the stories are mostly told through song and dance. Her role seems to be fairly basic initially — dramatised narration in a simple yet effective manner.
Review by Sushant Mehta on Indiatoday.
The second half is the real soul of this film as the script follows one direction and Basu doesn’t make the stars wander in empty spaces, Jagga packs his bags and leaves in search of his father. A circus train in a desert, giraffes, aboriginal Kenyan tribes some laughs and a lot of action, Basu adds a range of elements to pep up the film and does succeed for the most part but by then the scenes start to seem hurried and added simply for effect.
Ranbir Kapoor, in his prime made some very unconventional choices, from ‘Bombay Velvet’ to ‘Jagga Jasoos’ both films were delayed indefinitely and that took a toll on the films & Ranbir‘s career. While ‘Bombay Velvet’was an absolute disaster, ‘Jagga Jasoos’ is a little above average but we must commend Ranbir Kapoor, Anurag Basu & Disney for backing this project. This film is all heart, Anurag Basu in a press conference said he wanted children to experience a Hollywood type Indian musical and ‘Jagga Jasoos’ is an honest, relentless effort in making a captivating musical.
Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
It’s a fantasy film that takes away the spotlight pressure from Ranbir Kapoor. This also gives him the breather to float around the theme. Basu also lets Kapoor interpret the narrative as per his will. As a result, he makes his overgrown amateurish detective believable.
Anurag Basu has a trustworthy lieutenant in cinematographer Ravi Varman. His camera entices you to enter the world of Jagga and once you’re there, Basu ensures your stay for a longer period. Jagga Jasoos is poster perfect, beautiful and soothing.
It all begins in Darjeeling where a deduction expert man-child Jagga (Ranbir Kapoor) lives in a school hostel and applies his theories on friends. It’s a terrific opening as you get to know about his ideas, loneliness and ever wandering mind.
Review by Sameeksha on News18
Anurag Basu and Ranbir Kapoor would have never thought what they were getting into when they decided to experiment with the idea of ‘musical’ more than three years ago. After much complications, several re-shoots and one very public breakup between the lead pair later, Jagga Jasoos, finally sees the light of the theatre. And one can easily call it a risky gamble gone perfectly right with its execution and vision.
An out and out musical, the film is one of its kind with nearly 30 songs and a Tintin-like mystery adventure narrative presented in a sing-song live action format. The picturesque North East has been presented beautifully along with Moroccan streets and several Madagascar-ish touch-ups. No matter how exotic the film feels, the heart of the film is typically Bollywood, with lots of emotions and childlike innocence and naivety. Basu has given his quintessential touch to the film with a subtle love story, a heart-warming tale of a father-son duo and certain animated expressions.
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