Written by: Avishek Ghosh
“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”
―J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
That’s what an adventurous film does. And now, it’s perfect time to quote this as much awaited “JAGGA JASOOS” has released.
“JAGGA JASOOS” has been in the news for past five years, courtesy several rumours and breakup stories. When Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif gave a nod to a musical drama back in 2014, little did they know that it would take almost three years for the project to hit the screens. The film was originally scheduled to release on November 27, 2016, but due to conflicting commitments by the lead actors, it got delayed. Finally, it is now in theatres for viewers to see and judge whether it is worth the wait.
While the title of the film seems purely common, the film is not. The film could be termed as first musical spy thriller of the Bollywood. The core of the film is purely Indian; however the approach and filmmaking style is not. Jagga Jasoos offers varied new offerings. You may like it or hate it, but you cannot stop yourself from appreciating the superb work of the entire unit behind the film. Here are the five significant reasons for which you should not miss the film.
- Soul wrenching music- The sole of the film stands on its music. In this regard, Pritam and Amitabh Bhattacharya are the real heroes of the movie. The full narrative of the film is standing on its strong music backed by outstanding lyrics. Jagga sings and narrates the story of his heart due to his speaking disorder is pure gold. He, as a stammerer is so convincing that it almost gets difficult for us to believe that he is merely acting. Given that Ranbir sings to overcome his stammering, explains why there are around 20 songs in the movie.
- Ranbir is fascinating: In one word Ranbir is outstanding. From perfecting the presentation of challenged guy to expressing emotion through eyes, his depiction of the central character is noteworthy. He never lets off the cloak of the character even once in the film. His eyes and physical transformation is almost perfect and suited for a detective approach. This would surely go down as one of the best movies of him.
- Curious plot with intriguing sets: The style in which the story is told is almost like reading a lullaby to a child, a first of its kind in Bollywood. Backed by some strong set display and use of correct pigment of colour, the total presentation Jagga Jassos will serve as an exemplar for other filmmakers. This transition in the story leaves us curious throughout the movie.
- The Innocence of Chemistry of Ranbir – Katrina/ Saswata -Ranbir: Three central characters and their bond and conflict in between has been presented to near perfection. Innocence between the characters never loses its touch, these bond presentations are perfected well by director Anurag Basu. The pain and the fun serve in equal proportion in these characters. The writers deserve a lot of credit for the execution of characters.
5. Adventure – Fantasy Theme: Let’s be clear on one thing, there are limited films made nowadays that serves to all generation equally, and this film does that. You can watch the film with your friends, partner, family, all alike. Jagga Jasoos unfolds a world of fantasy and adventure. Amid dark themes and overhyped characters in films today, this film serves as a breath of fresh air. Be it the locales or the amazing animation, Jagga Jasoos takes you on a fantasy trip.
Although, I have noted five important points to look out for, but one thing is common in those five points that is a strong effort by Anurag Basu. A film is as good as its director and he has done a sincere job in this regard. I would like to refer here a point, without being biased, but no one understands a detective film better than a Bengali, courtesy Satyajit Ray and Anurag is no different. To sum up, Jagga Jasoos is an Indian musical adventure romantic comedy film. Go watch it!