Verdict: Bollywood's first full-fledged musical is for the win.
It almost seemed like Jagga Jasoos was jinxed as its release date kept getting pushed time and again amidst several rumors. After Anurag Basu’s Barfi! won much critical acclaim, the director paired up with Ranbir Kapoor again for a musical mystery and the result is a melodious and visual spectacle that makes you want to stick around.
We are introduced to the pages of Jagga’s (Ranbir Kapoor) life, a boy detective who sings in order to overcome his stutter. Orphaned at birth, Jagga’s only family is his foster father (Saswata Chatterjee) who mysteriously disappears but religiously sends him a video every year for his birthday. From solving mysteries, jumping rooftops and running past speeding bullets to synchronized melodies, Jagga Jasoos takes you into another world of fantasy and make-believe.
Bollywood is still extremely new when it comes to musicals and Basu definitely deserves credit for attempting to make Jagga Jasoos not just a film but an experience. The visuals are without a doubt spectacular and seem like there are straight out of a comic book. The songs are the film's highlight.
Ranbir Kapoor and his flawless acting is what makes the film actually work. We couldn’t imagine any other actor who would bring to life Jagga’s character with such conviction. Katrina’s performance as Shruti, a clumsy, bad luck prone journalist does not disappoint nor does it stand out. Their chemistry definitely works as she accompanies Jagga on his adventures. Saswata Chatterjee delivers a touching performance as Jagga’s foster father.
Jagga Jasoos definitely transports you into another world, convincing you of Jagga’s adventures and this is what it set out to do. You have to keep in mind that it is the first and foremost a musical and it definitely deserves credit for trying to be something different and magical.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
A genre that the Indian audience is still not very familiar with, Jagga Jasoos is a film you watch not for its story but for its experience. It is visually stunning and has some fine performances and if you manage to treat it like a fairy tale, it will definitely work its magic on you.