If Karan Johar’s magnum opus ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ was all about loving your parents, then Dharma Productions’ ‘JugJugg Jeeyo’ is all about keeping them together. Director Raj Mehta’s comedy-drama offers an insightful take on the challenges of making a marriage work.
Keeping up with the Sainis
The story follows the Sainis, a seemingly stereotypical big, fat, rich Punjabi family, headed by the wisecracking patriarch Bheem (Anil Kapoor). The fun-loving Bheem lives for cringe-worthy dad jokes, Loch Lomond whisky and looking dapper 24×7. His wife Geeta (Neetu Kapoor) is the sensible, steady type who grounds him when he gets over-dramatic (which is pretty much all the time). Bheem’s son Kukoo (Varun Dhawan) is married to his childhood sweetheart Naina (Kiara Advani) and the two live in Canada. Rounding off the family is Bheem’s daughter Ginny (Prajakta Koli), who is getting married, but not to the man she loves. Kukoo and Naina’s marriage is on the verge of collapsing and they both decide to get a divorce. When the family reunites in Punjab for Ginny’s wedding, Kukoo decides to tell his father about the impending divorce. However, Bheem drops a bomb on him by announcing his intentions to divorce Geeta as he’s fallen in love with Mira (Tisca Chopra), Kukoo’s old math professor. Kukoo then teams up with his bff, Naina’s brother Gurpreet (Maniesh Paul), to change his father’s mind and make sure his parents stay married.
Laughter truly is the best therapy
While the story is essentially a drama at the core, the script is packed with enough laughs, punchlines and light-hearted moments that you never feel weighed down by the emotional scenes. The humour is family-friendly, goofy and never forced. It also helps that all the actors have great comic timing and pull off the funny scenes as well as the emotional ones. Is the film flawless? Of course not. It lags unnecessarily towards the end and flounders before giving us a satisfactory resolution. But, it gets more things right than wrong. And when it’s good, it’s really entertaining.
Tens across the board
Mehta has utilised the ensemble cast well and smartly played to their strengths. Anil Kapoor is at his effervescent, charming best as the over-the-top, ageless Bheem who could well be the love-child of Majnu Bhai and Kamal Mehra. Dhawan and Advani share crackling chemistry, and their much-needed confrontation scene feels raw and visceral. Maniesh Paul steals every scene he’s in with his brilliant comic timing and delivery. However, it is Neetu Kapoor’s resilient Geeta, who is the film’s MVP for us. Her scene by the lakeside with Naina, where she reveals her despair over being in a loveless marriage and says that respect and trust are more important than love in a relationship, stays with you long after the end credits roll.
WATCH OR NOT
This one’s a no-brainer, you absolutely must!
Director: Raj Mehta
Cast: Anil Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Kiara Advani, Prajakta Koli, Maniesh Paul, Tisca Chopra