Designed as a comic book character and mounted as a musical, "Jagga
Jasoos" with its episodic adventure tales is a fiction fantasy that is
The visuals in the film are striking and surreal. The lighting,
textures and tone of the frames fluctuate between the darkish,
atmospheric hues seen in Harry Potter films and the bright vibrant
palettes seen in Disney films.
The narrative begins as an origin story, with Shruti Sengupta (Katrina
Kaif) introducing the comics and the character, "Jagga Jasoos" (Ranbir
Kapoor) to some kids at an event. She does so in an "interactive and
informal" manner. In other words she acts as the sutradhaar or the
story teller giving out first-hand information about Jagga and his
The tale encapsulated in three episodes of the comic, reveal how Jagga,
an orphan, was mentored by Badal Bagchi who he fondly called "Tutti
Fruti". Badal treated Jagga like his own and it was he who advised him,
"Jab seedhi baat seedhi tarah samajh na aaye, toh use ulta kar ke
dekho," which simply meant, when you don't understand simple things in
a simple manner, then you need to see them from the opposite spectrum.
And thence began Jagga's foray into self-styled investigations.
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.
The plot of the film is sketchy and begins on a shaky note, but the
scenes roll out seamlessly in dream-like sequences thanks to the
brilliant editing by Akiv Ali and Ajay Sharma. Also Director Anurag
Basu's frame composition shows his mastery over his craft.
The music by Pritam Chakraborty adds to the flavour of the narration.
The songs in the film help to take the narrative forward as well as
drive home a lesson. Striking among them are, "Sab khana khake, daru
peeke, chale gaye," and "Galti se mistake," which is replete with
philosophy and life lessons.
The choreography by Shiamak Davar is fresh and invigorating as each
song is artistically presented.
Shot across terrains in Manipur, Kolkata and South Africa,
Cinematographer S. Ravi Varman's lens capture the locales in their full
glory along with the animals of the region.
Overall, with a run time of two hours and forty five minutes, there are
moments when you inadvertently end up snatching forty winks.
The success of films like "Toilet: Ek Prem Katha", "Shubh Mangal Saavdhan" and "Bareilly Ki Barfi" has proved that the box office pickings of movies is no longer dependent on larger-than-life characters, metropolitan cities and expensive international locations. Going into the heartland of the country and touching the lives of middle class youth is doing the trick, say industry insiders.Read More