The highly anticipated Jagga Jasoos released today to mixed reviews with some lauding it for its brilliant cinematography, while other have panned it for having everything else in place, but the story.
Starring Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif, Jagga Jasoos (which has been directed by Anurag Basu) was in the making for more than three years and during that tenure it was also reported that Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif broke up during the filming (which was also one of the reasons for the delay). But then the former lovebirds ensured that their personal lives do not affect their professional lives and have, ever since, been on a promotion spree together.
So here’s taking a look at what all the critics are saying about the film.
Times of India (Nihit Bhave)
“Ranbir Kapoor manages to make you laugh and tugs at your heartstrings by being goofy and gloomy as suddenly as required. Katrina Kaif has little to do but makes for a good sidekick to Jagga. Saswata Chatterjee’s vulnerability and Saurabh Shukla wickedness balance each other perfectly. Parts of Jagga Jasoos are greater than their sum.”
NDTV (Raja Sen)
“Jagga Jasoos is a tad too long – the second half veers far from the lyrical nuttiness and crams in too many action sequences – but I was more bowled over by this film than I was bothered, and there is enough to marvel (and to smile) at. Also, you get a fair few mysteries for the price of one. Cinematographer Ravi Varman concocts heady and breathtaking visuals, visuals straight out of a vividly coloured pop-up book, with vistas and giraffes and ocelots and people playing Duck Hunt and dancers in disguise, with lovely wipes going from one moment to another using ambassadors and trams as transitions. These visuals – soldiers charging on top of the bookshelf holding war stories – coupled with the music – where a man named Banerjee is leaving the party early and must, thus, be shamed in song – make for quite the enchantment.”
Firstpost (Parul Sharma)
“Basu’s directorial venture pans out as a good effort in the musical film genre, however it seems like the makers of Jagga Jasoos got bored during the second half and let just about anything fly.”
The Indian Express (Shubhra Gupta)
“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.”
Hindustan Times (Rohit Vats)
“Anurag Basu’s handling of the backdrop intrigues from the very beginning, his human formations and musical beats create a rhythm we rarely see in Bollywood. His dreamland is mostly composed with moving props. It could be anything from a giraffe to an ostrich. Be it Jagga’s specially designed bike or a decorated elephant crossing an empty street, every frame gives you something to hook on. After a few minutes, you willingly glide through his world.”