Movie Name: Jagga Jasoos
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Adah Sharma, Sayani Gupta
Director: Anurag Basu
Release Date: 14 Jul, 2017
Duration: 3 hrs
IMBd ratings: 7.3
Let’s get to the basics first. Jagga Jasoos is NOT a kiddie film. What it is though is Bollywood’s answer to a musical. The sing-song format lapped up by Hollywood now gets a desi twist courtesy, Anurag Basu. Jagga Jasoos also is highly inspired by the Harry Potter series and the popular TinTin comic books. Jagga is an odd mix of these two with shades of Sherlock Holmes. Ranbir Kapoor plays the stammering child who can only converse through songs to have a meaningful dialogue. Katrina Kaif plays the narrator and his sidekick on this roller coaster adventure that pans out on screen through colorful chapters. Basu’s technique breaks the shackles of a linear storytelling attempting to do something different and unique. There are also parts that have political references to various times in history, some real others fictions. The songs are the medium of story telling and once you surrender to this new concept things get a bit easier to comprehend. Apart from the various adventures and mystery cases to be solved, Jagga Jasoos also studies the innocence of a child and the impact of adults around him in early life.
Katrina Kaif, as a mishap-prone investigative journalist, is hard-pressed to match strides with Ranbir, but the free-flowing nature of the yarn allows her enough opportunities to catch her breath when she needs to and continue to saunter along for company. It is just as well that she plays second fiddle, letting Ranbir do all the heavy lifting. He carries the weight of the film without letting the strain show. If Jagga Jasoos passes muster, it is largely due to a pivotal star turn that is worth its weight in gold and the surreal touches that Basu imparts to the fantasy.