Jagga Jasoos movie review: Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif miss the plot in what could’ve been world’s first musical spy thriller

Jagga Jasoos movie review: In the near-three hours of the run time of the film there’s everything else, with Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif chasing bent spies, arms dealers, and sundry other smaller fry, while, of course, saving the world but it forgets to give us a story.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: July 15, 2017 12:53 am
Jagga Jasoos movie review, jagga jasoos film, jagga jasoos review, ranbier kapoor, katrina kaif Jagga Jasoos movie review: The best part of the film is between the young Jagga (Ranbir Kapoor) and Saswata Chatterjee.

Jagga Jasoos movie cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Saswata Chatterjee, Kiran Srinivas, Sayani Gupta, Saurabh Shukla
Jagga Jasoos movie director: Anurag Basu
Jagga Jasoos star rating: 1.5 stars

Meet intrepid boy detective Jagga. And bumbling girl reporter Shruti. These two go sleuthing through a series of picturesque spots, when not breaking into song, dodging bad guys hot on their trail, and averting the third world war.

Okay, I made the last one up. But in the near-three hours of the run time of Jagga Jasoos, there’s everything else, with Ranbir and Katrina chasing bent spies, arms dealers, and sundry other smaller fry, while, of course, saving the world.

Given that Basu and Kapoor’s last outing was a real, honest-to-goodness film (Barfi), and having seen Kapoor’s willingness to submit to a part, Jagga Jasoos should have been a barrel of laughs.

But in its zeal to put together novel locations and exotic hot spots, Jagga Jasoos forgets to give us that crucial thing – a story. The good-looking leads are left to fend for themselves in a sinking plot, if you can call it that. What we get, with the exception of a few smiley moments, is an excruciatingly long, dull meander.

You get the feeling that somewhere along the way, in their intention to create a fun-filled, quirky ride, the filmmakers lost their way. Because all the elements that would make up a zany Tintin-esque (Jagga sports a sideways quaff, just the way Tintin does, and has a similar ability to unravel puzzles) adventure have been painstakingly gathered – impressive production values, eye-catching visuals, and a real-life event (the Purulia arms drop, which created such a sensation back in the mid-90s) to give it heft.

A solid, engaging plot would have been just the ticket for both the film and hard-working hero (the leading lady mysteriously swings both ways : in some parts she seems very much a part of the proceedings, and in others just sleep-walking through her scenes). Done right, it would have been the world’s first musical spy thriller.

There’s something endearing about the way it begins, with Jagga’s origin story. How a little boy with a speech impairment wins the heart of a good-hearted man (Chatterjee) who vanishes, and how that little boy grows into a smart young fellow whose school-going moments seem to be filled with cracking one complicated case after the another.

Except Kapoor is too old to pass off as a school-boy. That’s the first and most important thing that Jagga Jasoos gets wrong. And the bits between his purported teenage self and the pretty bumbler of a journo, who goes bumpity-bump through tough terrains, get a little questionable.

The best part of the film is between the young Jagga and Chatterjee. A couple of the spanking songs are great fun. That’s when the movie speaks in its own voice : in the rest, it is trying to be a desi Spielberg without any of his verve.

At one point in the film, a character is made to ask – “Bore ho gaye na”? The answer, of course, is – “Haan bhai haan”.

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  1. R
    Jul 19, 2017 at 1:42 pm
    Best review of the worst movie. Keep going👍👍👍
    1. S
      Jul 18, 2017 at 10:45 pm
      A very very bad movie. The people who are appreciating the movie have no sense of what a good movie is. A basic element of logical connectivity is missing from almost everything. The reviewer has rightly reviewed the movie. The first half was not bad but second half was utterly terrible. People with good taste in movies, please don't watch it.
      1. R
        Jul 19, 2017 at 1:39 pm
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        Rohit Shinde
        Jul 17, 2017 at 10:31 pm
        There are only two things which can save bollywood:- 1. Anurag Basu should stop directing. 2. Ranbir Kapoor should stop acting right away. Yes, watched the film and there is no Jasoosi in trying to locate ones father. A stammering character who can sing to express is just not expected from a director who directed Barfi. Katrina, is just irritating in her hard tried cute appearing look. Somethings are just not made for acting. With this Ranbir Kapoor is on a deep downfall after Bombay Velvet and Roy, an actor who is better to be avoided. Jaago Jasoos should find my money spent and time wasted back for me!
        1. A
          Jul 17, 2017 at 9:37 pm
          At the end of the movie, I was sad to get back to the real world because the world this movie creates is so beautiful and new which we may never even dream about. Amazing movie that makes you not only enjoy, laugh, cry but also think. Movie for the whole family. We have been talking about the movie even after two days at home. It is a simple yet intelligent film. I needed some time to adjust to this movie after watching the usual self-explanatory Bollywood craps all the time. Once you are inside the world of Basu, it is simply amazing. Great filmmaking.
          1. W
            Weekly vomiting lady
            Jul 17, 2017 at 8:14 pm
            there it is - the vomiting lady has done so called review with her vomit and dung. she gets paid for vomiting like this, bravo!
            1. S
              Jul 17, 2017 at 11:36 am
              Can't disagree more with the critique. Watched it today and was amazed by the story telling. Find it completely absurd that the critic failed to see the story. Doubt if the critic even saw the movie. Kudos to Anurag Basu for creating a new genre for kids and adults alike which is as magical as indrajal comics to Tintin with a hint of finding Nemo in reverse. The cast rocked. Kudos to Ranbir for executing this role where he doesn't even have a full speaking line. He still manages to emote and convey the spirit of adventure powered with keen observation (the hallmark of the detective dadas of Bengali lit). The goofiness portrayed by Katrina is so akin to the cartoon characters we grew up like Thomposon and Thomson. It pays homage to even Tintin's tuft of hair but stands on its own merits. Hope Jagga returns.
              1. K
                Kit Walker
                Jul 16, 2017 at 12:53 pm
                This movie is really enjoyable particularly for folks who as children had explored the wonderful world of children movies and fiction. I found this to be a wonderful mixture of Feluda and Tintin, Tip of hat to Ray's Gopi Gyne, Reverence for Netaji, Father Son bonding and a message of No-War thrown into one colourful lighthearted cauldron. One has to have lot of literary chops and awareness of history to totally understand the movie. I would say Kudos to the whole team for pulling this off.
                1. A
                  Jul 16, 2017 at 9:19 am
                  Watching movie this moment , could not resist dismantling this ic review Reviewer seems to be a Movie is class apart something which is a first on Indian celluloid , Ranbir is excellent and Katrina does justice to her role . Not for the ones who have one scale in their pocket to measure all under the sun and beyond. For all the sane people with eyes and mind working i am sure will applaud brace effort ...
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