Jagga Jasoos: Special Review by a Teen

A visual treat that is a spy caper, comedy and adventure rolled into one, the film becomes a bit of a drag towards the end. We get a teenager’s perspective on this movie about a young detective

By Vanshika Devuni Kalanidhi  • 7 min read

Jagga Jasoos: Special Review by a Teen

Starring: Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif

Director: Anurag Basu, Music: Preetam

Ranbir Kapoor fans have known the actor through many lovable roles like Bunny in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Prem in Ajab Prem ki Gajab Kahani, Barfi and much more. Now, the fans have more to look forward to as they meet Jagga, a bumbling, lovable dude with an extraordinary mind.

The movie begins with journalist Shruti (Katrina Kaif) giving a guest lecture to students on the adventures of the comic character, Jagga Jasoos. We come to know soon that Jagga, played by Ranbir Kapoor, has a stammering problem and because of that, he is quite shy and doesn’t like to talk much (like me, except that I don’t stammer).

Jagga is an orphan and because of an accident in childhood in which he is the only survivor, he has to stay in a hospital during his early years. While he is playing outside, he sees an injured man fall from a train and admits him in the hospital. The man calls himself ‘Tutti-Phooti’ as he has many broken bones. They both become good friends and the man adopts Jagga.

Mysteries to Solve

After a mysterious scene of running from the police due to reasons we will know about later, we see Tutti-Phooti open and read a note left by a suspicious looking person. The adoptive father is not able to take care of Jagga because of his questionable profession. He admits the boy in a hostel and disappears for a few years. They only converse using a VHS tape his father records for him for his birthday. But why can’t they simply talk on phone? Before you wonder about that, Shruti takes the students through Jagga’s life in which he cracks the Mystery of the Clock Tower. This particular part of the movie is really interesting, dramatic and thrilling. Jagga’s deduction skills are quite sharp and full marks to him for the research he puts in to the case. The songs and scenes in this part are funny and cheerful, keeping the audience engaged.

Musical Extravaganza

There are about 20 songs in the film and they are quirky and funny. Jagga sings more and talks less, because his guardian Tutti Phooti advises him to do so as it uses his right (creative) brain and reduces the stammer and effort. The movie didn’t seem to go on even for five minutes without a song. But the second part barely has any songs. The song Galti se mistake captures the hostel life quite well and everyone seemed to enjoy it. However, the second and third adventure in the series are not so gripping. They feel rushed and get out of hand as more locations are added only for effect. This makes the film look rich and colourful, but confusion prevails. The special effects are also a highlight of the film.

Jagga’s second case has Shruti as his sidekick and involves a lot of things including false murder charges and an elephant smuggling racket, which didn’t quite go well with the plot. The third case is where the duo goes to find Jagga’s dad who is alive although everyone thinks or says that he’s dead. While on the run, they just happen to stumble on a world-wide smuggling racket (that kind of stuff happens all the time).

Watch Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif encounter one adventure after the other in this roller-coaster trailer: 

Twist in the Plot

The movie drags on for a while and can seem stretched because of its almost three hour duration. Finally, they find the father after a few clues. But the last part of the movie thoroughly confuses and you wonder what is actually happening. Before you know it, they roll the credits!

Considering only one-third of the movie made sense, it’s only apt that it gets just two out of five stars. However, all credit to Ranbir and Kat who made the goings-on quite funny. The movie is watchable for the way it has been shot and the visual panorama it presents.Youngsters will enjoy the scene where Ranbir’s dad sings and bleats like a goat. Jagga Jasoos seems to resolve every mystery he comes across. But then, I think the next mystery Jagga should solve is how their glasses don’t break even after they go off on roller coasters, Ferris Wheels and topple down while trekking.

Adventurous, engaging and a first-of-its-kind effort to present a musical, detective thriller genre in Hindi films, Jagga Jasoos is laudable as it pays rich tribute to Sherlock Holmes, Satyajit Ray, Feluda and Tintin.

Things to look out for in Jagga Jasoos:

1.Ranbir Kapoor as Jagga, a teenage detective who stammers

2.Katrina Kaif’s geeky character wearing spectacles

3.The stunning locations -- the film is shot in Darjeeling. Thailand, Morocco and South Africa

4.The soundtrack of the film -- with more than 20 songs, it is a musical extravaganza

5.Some great acting by Saswata Chatterjee as Jagga’s father

6.From leopards to ostriches and elephants, there are many animals to watch out for.