Jagga Jasoos movie review: Director Anurag Basu’s Jagga Jasoos has been a much awaited musical adventure, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif. Pritam’s soundtrack includes peppy songs that hit the charts like Galti Se Mistake and Ullu Ka Pattha sung by Arijit Singh. The star cast and the quirky nature of the film made audience expectations soar high. And well, the movie has not disappointed! Ranbir Kapoor as Jagga is a manchild, speech impaired (Barfi, anyone?) and has high cognitive skills granting him suave detective qualities. A foster child, he is on a mission to find his biological father. Katrina Kaif as the outspoken Shruti, a teacher and an investigative journalist/reporter by chance. As a Bollywood musical, Jagga Jasoos does not disappoint. The narrative is drawn-out through song and dance. Even Shruti’s classes are held in this way. Also, another point to notice here is that Ileana D’cruz in Barfi was also called Shruti. Both the Shrutis are cast opposite men with quirky names like Jagga and Barfi, both impaired but highly gifted. Perhaps Anurag Basu is building a niche here after serious but successful movies like Life in a Metro and Gangster.
Jagga Jasoos has dynamic characters that definitely overpower the screen and a soundtrack that can get etched into your brain in just one hearing. But ultimately, you are made to ask at one point – where is the story? Jagga Jasoos is about a son’s search for his father in a backdrop of the Purulia arms drop case in West Bengal in 1995. Not so much peculiar an incident in an Anurag Basu movie, we think.
Jagga’s quiff is very much Tintin, and Kapoor has admitted in a press release that the movie further takes inspiration from Byomkesh Bakshi and Sherlock Holmes. The scenic locales of Morocco, Thailand, and closer home – of Darjeeling are the icing on the cake. You ought to get in on this fantastical ride graced by Ravi Varman’s brilliant cinematography.