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Movie Review – Jagga Jasoos

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By Firdaus Pavri

Genre – Detective comedy musical.

Producer – Walt Disney Motion Pictures, UTV.

Director – Anurag Basu.

Cast –
Ranbir Kapoor
Katrina Kaif
Saini Gupta
Saswata Chatterjee
Saurabh Shukla
Denzil Smith

Plot-
Jagga, a curious and shy young boy in a quaint little town in Manipur lives a happy life with his accident-prone father, Bagchi. After admitting Jagga into a boarding school, his father suddenly disappears. Feeling abandoned, Jagga’s only contact with his father is a VHS tape that he receives in the mail every year on his birthday. Armed with sharp detective skills, Jagga sets out to solve the mystery of his missing parent. Along the way, he finds a partner in Shruti an accident-prone journalist with her own international criminal case to solve. Using a few tricks he learnt from Bagchi, Jagga along with Shruti embarks on a mission to uncover details of his father’s mysterious life and finds himself embroiled in a worldwide smuggling racket.

What’s Good – The Actors Ranbir Kapoor and Saswata Chatterjee blow you over with their performances.
Ranbir Kapoor barely ever drops an emotion in the whole movies duration, Saswata Chatterjee proves himself as a proper veteran of Bengali cinema and shines in his role as a father and intelligent spy.
The fresh concept by Anurag Basu of mixing an imaginery world full of surprises making a Detective movie in a musical format and mixing all of the above in a father son saga makes the movie a very intriguing watch due to fresh and brave experiments that Anurag Basu has dared to make.

What’s Bad – The concept of a musical in a Detective movie was a fresh idea but nevertheless it is an unsaid but naturally understood fact that a musical has to have good songs, sadly which is not true here almost all of the songs dissapoint,
The mix up of so many genres makes the execution confusing and the movie is not able to stick to its entertaining purpose and tends to be overtly long and boring,
It wants to be a funny kids detective drama but ends up all foiled and confused,
Katrina Kaif is not known for her acting skills but more for her beauty and dancing sadly this movie doesn’t even let her elaborate that potential she is made to look funny has a poker face and very less or no dancing scope which totally ruins her being in the film itself.

My Verdict- A fresh brave and ambitious experiment by Anurag Basu which leaves a bad after taste due to failed execution of the concept.
My Rating 1.5 of 5 stars

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