Art and Entertainment

Jagga Jasoos Review

By Anisha Gupta
  • Jul 14, 2017


Jagga Jasoos
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Saswata Chatterjee
Director: Anurag Basu
Rating: 3.5/5

Anurag Basu has a trust worthy lieutenant in cinematographer Ravi Varman. His camera entices you to enter the world of Jagga and once you’re there, Basu ensures your stay for a longer period. Jagga Jasoos is poster perfect, beautiful and soothing.

It’s a fantasy film that takes away the spotlight pressure from Ranbir Kapoor. This also gives him the breather to float around the theme. Basu also lets Kapoor interpret the narrative as per his will. As a result, he makes his overgrown amateurish detective character believable.

Saswata Chatterjee, better known as Bob Biswas of Kahaani, is the cushion around Ranbir’s Jagga. As an accident-prone father, he can make you teary-eyed at 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.

Ranbir Kapoor never drops one emotion and he is really sincere. He is the shining knight of this story, which demanded its protagonist to not look silly despite being an overgrown adolescent.

But nothing can hide Anurag Basu’s authority over Jagga Jasoos. It’s a film that must have played in his mind thousand times over before he actually started to shoot.

It’s a cliché, but no other word can sum up Jagga Jasoos better: Cinematic. Well, that’s it. Jagga Jasoos is the most ‘cinematic’ film you have seen in the recent months. Plunge to never come out of the world of Jagga Jasoos.

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