Hindi movies have a concise differentiation; those that are conceived as intellectual but boring and heavy, and those which are loud, zilch in logic but which nevertheless cater to a large part of the audience.
Jagga Jasoos lies exactly in between. The story is about Jagga, a stammering child who rescues and finds companionship with a person who calls himself Tutti Futti. Tutti Futti, clandestinely involved with something unlawful and dangerous, is his guiding light and teaches him little things through a series of videotapes while he is away. One day he suddenly vanishes and Jagga is informed of his demise.
A keen observer and a passionate truth-seeker, Jagga refuses to buy the death theory and decides to find him with the help of an accident-prone journalist, Shruti (Katrina Kaif). Together, they embark upon a journey which takes them to different cities and scenic locations and makes them run into international arms dealers, tribal people, police, circus people and what not!
Songs have been used as an integral part of the narration and not as forced item numbers, much like The Jungle Book or any such Disney movie. Stammering, which is mostly used to garner guffaws, has been used and handled as a ‘cute’ disability which the character gets over by singing his lines instead of talking (I have a college friend who stammered a lot but was a flawless singer!).
There are many sub-plots in the movie which can be tad distracting but one mustn’t forget that this movie is supposed to be a fun adventure that is a less-explored genre in Hindi movies. The attempt itself deserves credit. Both my kids had a blast watching it and were dancing, especially on ‘Galti se mistake’.
After movies like Barfi, Rockstar, ADHM and again this one, RK has proved his mettle as a talented actor by selecting unconventional roles and topics and owning them. Katrina Kaif isn’t my favourite but I liked her in the movie. If both of them had any personal issues during the making of the movie, they have very commendably not let it show on screen.
I had heard and read extreme reviews about the movie, yet was inclined to spend my time on it mostly out of curiosity (and partially because I love Ranbir Kapoor). I don’t care about the numbers a movie generates. Some so-called successful movies are absolute trash.
Hard-hitting topics like the Purulia arm-drop have been used in the story in a non-preachy way and handled quite sensibly. We complain that Hindi movies work on a ‘formula’ and we hardly break out of it. So when someone does show the courage to swim against the tide and ventures into something daringly new, we can at least give it a watch, right?