Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Saswata Chatterjee, Saurabh Shukla
Director: Anurag Basu
Going into the world of Jagga, one needs to surrender themselves to the genre. Anurag Basu is a very sharp director with a chief like Ravi Varman in his army. Varman has made sure that each and every element seems so beautiful that you want to dive right in that world where Jagga lives. Basu is the man behind this magnum opus and he has helmed it at its best as the story-telling is effortless and this is a musical done right. The lyrics bring in some comic relief and the musical is not so heavy that you’re at the deep end of the sea. You will laugh at the stupidity and shed a little tear at how earnest Jagga is.
Jagga is someone who you like in a jiffy and Ranbir has managed to wear this part as his second skin. I bow down to his sincerity to pull off anything under the sun. Right from the time when he was little, he is introduced as an ever wondering mind who needs to find the answers to all the questions which makes it easier for us to believe Jagga being a Jasoos as he grows up. From the beginning, I am invested right into the scheme of things and want to know more. Speaking of a sharp mind, Basu has painted the canvas with a backdrop of Manipur which is a brilliant fit. Adventure, fairy tale and a boy trying to be the best detective that he can.
The chronicles of Jagga from solving local cases to becoming too big for his shoes takes you to places where you wouldn’t think- the larger scheme of things is where he lands himself in trouble time and again. The narrative is designed for children and the maker makes sure that he comments on the social evils in the world as well. Jagga’s longing for his father takes him on a search for the missing pieces of his father’s life. Saswata Chatterjee, who is loved as Bob Vishwas from Kahaani is floozy, clumsy and extremely loveable. You keep your fingers crossed and hope that Jagga finds his father.
One thing that caught my attention was how cleverly written Shruti’s part essayed by Katrina Kaif is. She plays a journalist who is a goofball and nicely fits the scheme of things. Having justified the accent that comes from the west, she flip-flops and matches the energy of the narrative. The film has been shot in Morocco and trust me, Varman’s camera is so enticing that it makes you want to enter the world where ostriches and giraffes run free with you. The film is so beautiful that it’s soothing. The only word that describes the film is – picturesque! When you watch films for a living, there are days when you lose hope and then comes Ranbir Kapoor to ensure that your faith in movies is restored. Thank you for the movies RK!
This article was first published on Filtercopy.