Jagga Jasoos is a valiant step towards evolving movies and minds.
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Jagga Jasoos is a beautiful canvas with sheer genius splashed in places. That said, it needs and deserves a patient viewing. A first of its kind dialogue-turn-musical film, very few people take the onus of doing something new and different. And you can’t help but laud the brilliant Anurag Basu for doing so. Besides, he had already set the bar really high with his previous outing Barfi!
Jagga Jasoos is an original piece of work created in Anurag’s mind. And he champions the character on-screen. Structured as chapters from a comic book, the screenplay is meant to evoke the child in you and take you along for an all-new adventure ride. And it does. After watching it, I drew a parallel to how I felt after watching The Adventures of Tintin by the legendary Steven Speilberg.
While you can’t compare the two, there were certain core elements that struck a similar chord. Firstly, I was taken aback by how technically sound and visually stunning the film was, with attention to detail in every frame. Irrespective of how the story was going to play out, I knew I was in for the ride. Secondly, the film completely commits to taking the journey with its characters. The story strolls at its own pace and somewhere along the prolonged ride, it slips into a questionable space. But the director hasn’t relented in cutting short the ride. Call it a co-incidence or parallel thinking of visionaries, both films left me feeling the same way – amazed and stumped at the same time.
Jagga Jasoos is a tall order. From Amitabh Bhattacharya’s rhyming dialogues to music director Pritam’s imperative tunes – from art director Parijat Poddar’s makeshift sets to S. Ravi Varman’s scintillating cinematography – from a stammering detective protagonist to his goofy partners in crime – one can’t even begin to comprehend what goes into delivering a film of such scale and caliber. So you have to admire and laud the effort, hard work and unique treatment given to this genius-minded end product.
As audiences, we should me more accepting of experimental cinema for our own good. We should support new and innovative ideas. How would movies and the movie going experience evolve without the trials of such visionaries?
Filmmaking is a creative canvas and we should let it remain creative. Else we risk getting stuck in the rut of repeat films.
Jagga Jasoos is a visually triumphant movie, one you must go investigate for yourself.
– Varun Kumar | Enterapped
There was no bound script for Jagga Jasoos.
Director – Anurag Basu
Cast – Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Saswata Chatterjee, Saurabh Shukla