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Jagga Jasoos Review by Indicine
Jagga Jasoos is an adventure unlike any in Bollywood before this. The movie has potential to make the kids go crazy (especially the last half an hour or so) but it might come at the expense of the adults not finding themselves attached to the fantastical nature of the story. Jagga Jasoos sets up a fantasy world and Anurag Basu doesn’t lose the emotional grip of his story even when the sets become grander and the frames become crazier. The film drags on a bit in the second half when too many characters are introduced but it all wraps up decently by the end. If you’re in the mood to let yourself be immersed in a desi fantasy, then go watch Jagga Jasoos. If you are easily offended by unbelievable events in movies, then Jagga Jasoos will come across as just a Tintin ripoff to you. Decide wisely.
Jagga Jasoos Review by Bollywood Hungama
JAGGA JASOOS rests on the shoulders of Ranbir Kapoor. The actor, known for bringing freshness in each role, gets totally into the skin of his character and tries to bring something new this time as well. His stammering goes a bit into the unreal zone but he showcases his singing side very well. His sincere act is one of the big reasons why the film is bearable. Katrina Kaif looks lovely and ably compliments Ranbir. She also raises laughs with her goofiness which works well. Saswata Chatterjee, known in Bollywood for playing the menacing Bob Biswas in KAHAANI, is very adorable and delivers a fine performance. Saurabh Shukla is strictly okay and doesn’t make use of his full potential. Sayani Gupta, who has earned popularity with MARGARITA WITH A STRAW, FAN and JOLLY LLB 2, is shockingly wasted. The actress has donned the look of a 14-year-old and it’s very well done but one hardly gets to see her in the film. The actors playing kid Jagga, teacher couple, Miss Mala and others do a good job.
Jagga Jasoos Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
As a film, Jagga Jasoos isn’t satisfied only with being an incredible adventure saga. It desires to become a comment on social evils. This idea affects the flow of the film in the second half. The stunning visuals we behold in the first half mixes up in the stretched story in the second. It’s somewhere in the second half, you suddenly realise how multi-dimensional the story has suddenly become. The 161-minute duration of the film doesn’t help either.
Jagga Jasoos Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
Trouble is, in its zeal to put together novel locations and exotic hot spots, ‘Jagga Jasoos’ forgets to give us a story. The good-looking leads are left to fend for themselves in a sinking plot. What we get, with the exception of a few smiley moments, is a long, dull meander.
Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
If Jagga Jasoos, for all its deviations, passes muster, it is largely due to a pivotal star turn that is worth its weight in gold and the heartily surreal touches that Basu imparts to this colourful, imaginative fantasy. It might take a while for audiences accustomed to more familiar generic idioms to get into the spirit of the film. Once you do it, it could be pretty easy to see that Jagga Jasoos has enough enjoyable passages to keep you hooked to its defiantly askew rhythm. But the line separating the two possibilities, be warned, is thin indeed.
Review by Nihit Bhave on The Times Of India
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. Katrina Kaif has little to do but makes for a good sidekick to Jagga. Saswata Chatterjee’s vulnerability and Saurabh Shukla wickedness balance each other perfectly.
Review by Tushar P Joshi on Bollywood Life
Ranbir Kapoor is the lifeline of Jagga Jasoos. He is what makes the film watchable and engages you on every level. He takes to playing Jagga with such ease that you don’t even think of it as an attempt to play a character. Without Ranbir, JJ wouldn’t have been what it is. Basu and RK have managed to create a fusion of perfect timing and the magic that is needed in making a film special. Despite the unconventional format and disjointed storytelling, it is Ranbir who rescues Jagga from becoming an utter mess. Basu showcases his inner child in several sequences, especially the early scenes of Jagga’s childhood. The innocence of jumping in puddles, being lost in your own imaginary world, these notions that we have all drawn from Enid Blyton books as children come alive on the big screen in Jagga. A special shout out to the special effects team and the cinematography for making Jagga a visual treat. Pritam and Basu team up to give one of the best soundtracks of the year and the background score plays a very important part in some key sequences in the film. The humour and the jokes are old school, the slapstick enjoyable. Katrina and Ranbir’s introductory scenes in the second story of the first half as immensely entertaining.
Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle
With this film too, Ranbir Kapoor gives yet another stellar performance. One can’t take eyes off from the screen when he emotes. He is just too good to watch! While Katrina Kaif isn’t that good of an actor, but since the plot is so engaging that you wouldn’t even mind poker face Katrina trolling around with Ranbir, who completely steals the show. Shashwat, who got overnight fame after playing a scary shooter in Kahaani, plays an adorable father who does so much justice. Saurabh Shukla is good enough.
Review by Sarita A Tanwar on DNA India
Anurag Basu takes you on a unique journey with Jagga Jasoos and it’s thrilling because it’s new. It’s completely unrestrained and the adventure begins from the first scene. Jagga keeps you engrossed for a fair amount of time because you don’t see what’s coming. The treatment is the novelty of the film. The film’s aesthetics are outstanding – right from the camera work to the production design, everything is first rate. Basu gets his emotions correct while establishing the bond between the father-son. Ranbir Kapoor is brilliant, like he is in every film. Only this time, he isn’t as effective perhaps due to the sloppy script. Saswata Chatteree and the boy who plays Jagga Junior are an absolute delight. Their infectious enthusiasm brings on smiles.
Review by Ananya Bhattacharya on India Today
Post intermission, the pace of the narrative drops heavily. Even though there is a lot more activity on the screen in the second half, as far as movement of its characters is concerned, the scenes are not sleek enough. Crisper editing could have helped avoid these moments in the second half of Jagga Jasoos. But where the screenplay fails to make an impact, the lead actor of Jagga Jasoos, Ranbir Kapoor, rises to the occasion.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
You do get frustrated with the film because you just want sequences to stop right before they get too much… But when you see a rock sitting atop a mountain, you know someone’s going to lean on it and it will roll down. I loved waiting for such moments, and there were many moments like this in the film. Box Office pundits will revile a fun, adventure caper simply because the arms smuggling is a serious subject and how can such a juvenile film be made around it. But watch it simply because Ranbir has great comic timing, and Katrina – even though she looks exhausted most of the times – makes for a great sidekick.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
An adventure in its purest form, this one features an ostrich getaway, a counter-attack executed by propelling pumpkins from a giant rubber band and some terrific parkour. Stuck on a roof? Use a rod to zip line across. But as spontaneously as they may seem, constructing action sequences in this film would’ve been complex. While the brief would’ve been to pack in comedy, thrill and imagination, each stunt also had seem plausible — because kids today have wisened up. They are well aware that hitting someone in the head with a hammer doesn’t result in a conical boil — like it would in Tom and Jerry.
Review by Sukanya Verma on Rediff
agga Jasoos isn’t a particularly bright caper. It’s about seeking nirmal anand whose playful ingenuity is held together by a bag of unending tricks that lend the trip wind in its wings and cheer in its will.
Review by Ritika Handoo on Zeenews
Once you manage to sit through the first half, there is a sense of predictability in the script and the audience can guess what’s gonna come up next. Also, why wasn’t Sayani Gupta’s character explained and established properly? She is a fine actor and could have added more to the film. The climax has an interesting surprise in store which certainly gives a window to the sequel of ‘Jagga Jasoos’.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
Ranbir, who collaborated with Basu for the second time after Barfi!, carries the entire film on his shoulders with his boyish charm, his childlike spontaneity and the ease with which he plays the character. It’s evident that Ranbir has poured his heart and soul in this role and the lad succeeds in giving a stellar performance as the teenage detective with a razor-sharp mind but a treacherous tongue. Katrina Kaif is cute as hell, but doesn’t seem to put in much effort in the acting department. Nevertheless, the lass is easy on the eyes and so, am not complaining. Saurabh Shukla doesn’t get to do much while Saswata, who had sent a shiver up our spines in Kahaani, is dependably decent. As for the film, if you have grown up reading Tintin comics and have enjoyed the exploits of popular sleuths like Sherlock Holmes and Feluda, you may enjoy this film thoroughly. Just like in Tintin comics, though the treatment of the film is quite childlike, the topics explored in the film are quite matured- the film deals with Naxals, arms-running, the Purulia arms drop case and a few other issues, which you won’t find in a kiddie flick. The challenge is making such a film is to take care not to let the narrative get scattered and Basu manages to do this quite admirably. Despite the various issues explored through the film, Jagga Jasoos is an engaging and entertaining fare.
Review by Rajeev Masand on News18
Pritam’s music is inventive and infectious; and the film’s format really gives the composer an opportunity to fly. Ravi Varman’s camerawork also deserves special mention; the film is exceptionally shot. This is a movies made with passion, powered by some great ideas and an experimental spirit. A scene at a birthday party in which a stray line of dialogue becomes the chorus of a musical number is just one of the best bits in the movie. There are others too, rare moments of genuine feeling. But it’s a shame Jagga Jasoos is never more than the sum of its parts. The film’s heart – the moving father-son dynamic – is buried somewhere under all the manic Tintin-like adventure and the sensory overload it triggers. Clocking in at 2 hours and 49 minutes, much of what’s good in the film is lost amidst the many indulgences.
Review by Mayank Shekhar on Mid-Day India
You can tell the filmmakers are attempting to create a semi-alternate world. Where does the world start falling flat ever so progressively? Well. It’s one thing to feel like you’re on a ride, quite another if you’re tired of travelling all over the place. There’s clearly an issue if you’re mildly gob-smacked by the spectacle and the choreography, but care less for what happens next, and more for when this will all end. Maybe I was this film’s target audience once (at least I’ve something to recommend to my little niece). And maybe age has nothing to do with the audience anyway. Either case, this is certainly something you haven’t checked out on the Indian screen before (so what if that’s not always a compliment).
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
Ranbir Kapoor is exceptional. You cannot take your eyes off him and the actor in his brilliance which will spread like a virus amongst his followers who will be completely awed by his magical performance. Katrina Kaif has her moments and she is charming (again the makers have to justify her accent). Saurab Shukla is fine. Saswata Chatterjee (KAHANI fame) is outstanding. All said and done, JAGGA JASOOS is a missed opportunity in the end. This surprise musical fantasy solely rides on Ranbir Kapoor’s infectious charm and those couple flashes of brilliance. Watch it if you have the patience and appreciation for something brave and different.
Review by IANS on Sify
Ranbir Kapoor as Jagga is brilliant. He lives his character on screen, which is sparkling and lively. He is aptly supported by Katrina Kaif as the London returned journalist Shruti Sengupta, who is hunting for leads in her story on the war against global terrorism. She plays the dumb-damsel with loads of bad luck on her side, to perfection. She is effortless in her comic timing and action. Saswata Chatterjee as Jagga’s foster father Badal Bagchi, and harbinger of “bad luck” is equally brilliant. Saurabh Shukla in a convoluted role chasing Badal is stereotypical and flat.
Jagga Jasoos Review by Indiaglitz
It’s not a bad film or does it have a potential to become a classic. It’s just that you feel bad for all the hard work, effort, time and money spend on this movie as it fails to give the deserved returns. A tight screenplay with some soulful moments and good amount of editing would have made ‘Jagga Jasoos’ a better film. Katrina Kaif looks good, but her character lacks the meaty elements. Saswata Chatterjee is superb in his part, but again a bigger actor would have been better for the film. Saurabh Shukla was average. Master Saravajeet is good in his part. Sayani Gupta, Rajatava Dutta and others are wasted.
Review by Meeta on Wogma
For Jagga as a character, there is no real attempt at creating grey characters, so the characters are simple, making the film gear toward a younger audience. The writing hints at deeper concerns for the world, hands out philosophical words of wisdom every once in a while and even touches upon the dilemma of a superhero – to save the world or to save the loved one. Yet, it chooses not to go too deep or linger too long with these thoughts, and arguably rightly so too – lest the film take a serious turn that it isn’t meant to. The story is out from a comic book and wants to be rooted there, while taking shots at the real world.
Review by Manjusha Radhakrishnan on Gulfnews
While the first half of this fantasy adventure moves at a languid pace, the second half is crammed with larger-than-life action filled with planes, ostrich rides and gun-toting villains. The change in pace is overwhelming and some of the twists are downright stupid in this 170-minute made caper. The parts where Shruti and Jagga dance on the streets to earn a living is a bit of a stretch. But the absurd action scenes and the comedy of errors that Jagga and Shruti inadvertently unleashes as they are being chased by goons are golden.
Review by Manju Ramanan on Masala
Jagga Jasoos is endearing, refreshing and non-clichéd but painstakingly long especially in the second half. If you like lyrics and don’t mind the character singing out dialogues, you’ll love it like I did. The musical quality of the film makes it unusual and lovable at the same time.
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