DIRECTOR: Anurag Basu
CAST: Ranbir Kapoor, Saswata Chattopadhyay, Katrina Kaif, Saurabh Shukla and others.
DURATION: 2 hrs. 42 mins
GENRE: Musical drama
Jagga Jasoos is a simple movie that tickles your funny bones along with knocking at your sentiments, making you teary-eyed quite often; with a strong message in its undercurrent.
Set in the backdrop of the Purulia Arms Drop case in the district of Purulia in West Bengal in the year 1995, the movie is of two loners; who resort to each other for happiness and the relationship of father-son merging them.
Having grown up on Sherlock Holmes and Feluda, Jagga (Ranbir Kapoor) has a thing for solving mysteries and has aided the local police officer (Rajatava Datta) on several occasions. Despite having speech impairment (stammer), his brain works at the speed of a bullet train while connecting the dots.
When he sets on his journey to find his father (Saswata Chattopaadhyay) who had left him years ago, he is accompanied by Shruti Sengupta (Katrina Kaif), an investigative journalist from Kolkata and the most “giri-huyi” (pun intended) person in the entire film. While Ranbir excels as an actor yet again, the comic timings of Shruti (Katrina) prove to be hilarious and also drive the film. Even the evil intelligence of the officer (Saurabh Shukla) contributes to it.
The movie is in a lyrical format (similar to that of ‘The Sound of Music’) which embellishes the story even more; including Tukka Laga and Bad Lucky to name a few. The story, however, snowballs into a much larger issue during the second half. This is where the plot tends to lose its pace but still remains well-managed.
If read between the lines, the entire movie talks about the futility of war and portrays how and why it is being kept alive by the nations today who feed off it. Anurag Basu excels as a director with an amazing vision and the guts to paint such a truth on the canvas of relationships without a drop of brutality and with the power of innocence. Furthermore, the ostriches, zebras and Jagga’s cycle tend to transfer you to a land of wonder and definitely justify the movie as a Disney production.
Overall, the film succeeds in striking a chord while the music by Pritam and especially the lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya seem to come straight out of the heart. The best part about the movie, however, is that it cuts across all age groups.
While Jagga continues his tryst with mysteries, you have to go to the theatres and watch ‘Jagga Jasoos’ in order to decipher the meanings.
Image Credits: India Roundup