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A Musical Adventure

  • Mariette Fernandes
  • July 18, 2017
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If your life has suddenly gotten too monotonous or dry, there is a movie running all over the country which will help you get a happy high! Jagga Jasoos comes as a sweet surprise to all those who questioned the quality of Bollywood movies lately. With Tubelight, Raabta and Half Girlfriend raising hopes and landing up being disappointments, it would be natural if the audience didn’t bet their best on Jagga Jasoos too. However, Disney took a chance on Bollywood once again and it turned out to be a right choice.

The film opens with journalist Shruti Sengupta (Katrina Kaif) narrating the stories of the young and witty Detective Jagga (Ranbir Kapoor) to a bunch of kids. Jagga is an orphan boy who was raised in a hospital because there were no parents to take him home. Soon he is loved by all the staff and the hospital becomes home. As the story unfolds, we learn that Jagga rescues a man who lies unconscious in a field and is eventually adopted by him as a gesture of gratitude. Who is this man? What is his name? Where has he come from? No one knows. All we know is that he is called ‘Tutti Futti’ because of his terrible luck. Tutti Futti played by Saswata Chatterjee steals the show. He walks into the life of Jagga as a father figure and makes us laugh, cry and think throughout the show. Jagga has a stammer and refuses to speak due to the fear of being mocked and misunderstood. Tutti Futti suggests that he sing instead of talk and the stammer will magically disappear. That is exactly what happens and just like that the movie transforms into a musical. Dialogue is being delivered in song. The integration of music in the story is done beautifully.

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Suspense adds up and Tutti Futti drops off Jagga to a boarding with the promise that he will return soon. He doesn’t. All Jagga receives from him is a tape once a year, every year on his birthday. These tapes teach him all that a young boy needs to learn from his father. Cricket, music and technology with life lessons hidden in all the messages. Jagga has now blossomed into a bright, kind and witty individual solving crimes all over town. His greatest adventure being solving the mystery of his missing father.

He meets Shruti who turns out to be a carbon copy of Tutti Futti and together they set out on a journey which changes the happenings in society in various ways. The one thing that Shruti shares with his father is ‘bad luck’. This common factor plays a major role in bringing good luck to Jagga while he sets out to bring back his father.

Bollywood can gladly take a bow for creating a musical that is refreshing, lively and almost worthy of being in the league of some of our favourite classic musicals. It might just be me but more than a few times the young detective Jagga might remind you of ‘The Adventures Of Tintin’! Performances by Ranbir and Katrina are flawless but Saswata takes the show to another level. A little over the top in terms of being realistic but worth watching nonetheless. An enjoyable blend of song, dance, mystery, cinematography and art. The last revelation of the movie shows that there will be a sequel with the ever talented Nawazzudin Siddiqui in the lead negative role. A perfectly twisted end!

Rating : 3.5 stars

Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Saswata Chatterjee

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