Mr or The Anurag Basu sir, the man responsible for success of Gangster, Metro and Barfi has tackled his first big big budget film. Not only that: it’s a fantasy thriller, and a must-see for anyone who loves cinema.
From the flamboyant opening shot onwards, it shows Anurag Basu in his prime,making a movie he cares about passionately.
Jagga Jasoos is unlike any other film Anurag Basu has ever made and yet possibly the closest to his heart: a big-budget, family epic.
We feel a great artist has been given command of the tools and resources he needs to make such an experimental film in Bollywood.
The richness of detail and evident care that has been extended to all aspects of the production are of a sort possible only when a top director has a free hand to do everything he or she feels is necessary to entirely fulfill a project’s ambitions.
Jagga is a curious and shy young boy living in a little town with his accident-prone father, Bagchi.
After admitting Jagga into Boarding School, his father suddenly disappears from the scene. Feeling abandoned, Jagga’s only contact with his father is a VHS tape that he receives every year on his birthday.
Equipped with sharp detective skills, Jagga sets out to solve the mystery of his missing father.
Along the way he finds a partner in Shruti, who is also an accident-prone journalist with a hidden past.
Jagga and Shruti embark on a mission to uncover details of his father’s mysterious life and find themselves tangled in a worldwide smuggling racket.
Jagga Jasoos is a moving, funny and exhilarating film, an imaginative take of a boy in the form of a detective story.
The way “Jagga Jasoos” treats its subject, is enchanting in itself, but since the film’s first half is devoted to the escapades of its young detective, it ends up getting you bored and a little rest less.
The way the film has used CGI and other techniques to create the train, Kolkata and a fictitious city called Shundi ( Satyajit Ray’s creation), it’s nothing less than a master piece.
The entire picturization has been so lovingly and extensively expressed in an unique narrative feature that you can’t help but praise the creator.
As the film pushes into its second hour, Anurag da and his team imaginatively and exactingly recreate a new world of Jagga Jasoos and his adventures.
This leads to replicating the extraordinary sets, costumes and special effects.
The film’s craft and technical achievements are of the highest order, combining to create an immaculate present to film lovers everywhere.
It would be hard to say enough on behalf of Ravi Verman’s, cinematography, Pritam’s Music, Disneys production design, the costumes, the extensive visual effects, the editing and the army of technical experts who made all of Anurag Basu’s perfectionist wishes come true.
Another virtue is that the film shows a fascination with early cinema and will remind you of Feluda, Tin tin etc that’s joyful and infectious.
The only negative aspect of this film is its total running time 🙄The climax seems endless and badly dragged. I had to convince my parents to sit till the last scene just to watch the talented Nawazuddin Siddiqui ( guest appearance)
The very talented Ranbir Kapoor once again steals the show and very convincingly portrays Jagga with a lot of style and honesty.
Jagga Jasoos has a magic that’s rare in Bollywood movies. This is a real Christmas charmer, and easily the most gorgeous hindimovie ever made.
A work of great imagination indeed.
Jagga Jasoos is not a perfect film but definitely a very well made film.
If you love cinema…watch it atleast for once.