Jagga Jasoos Review 

Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Saswata Chatterjee, Sayani Gupta
Director: Anurag Basu
Expert Rating: ★★☆☆

Some children are born romantic. By this I mean not a desire to canoodle but the intense need to believe – in secrets, in adventures, in the inexplicable. To believe, most importantly, in stories. Jagga, a bespectacled knee-high stammerer, is just such a child. Raised on a diet of Sherlock, Hitchcock, Feluda, Louis Armstrong and Charlie Chaplin – names pointed to him via couriered videotape from a mysterious travelling father – he is a boy with a knack for seeing the wood before he examines the trees. An observant schoolchild fond of spotting bends in the narrative, he reunites old men with long-forgotten tabletop graffiti and solves murder cases mistakenly termed suicide.
“Horse’s egg, suicide!” objects the teenage sleuth in Anurag Basu’s Jagga Jasoos, a film dreamt up in Bangla and only half-translated out of it. “Naam kya?” a character asks repeatedly, an echo of the casual Bengali “Naam ki?” and nowhere close to Hindi that needs a “Hai” at the end. This film may officially speak Hindi but its accent (and eccentricity) is unmistakable – like that of a paperback writer assisting a gumshoe in the big city, or a paan-chewing singer hiding behind a lipsyncing protégé. This is an unapologetically whimsical film, opening with a verse urging you to be courteous toward fellow moviegoers and leave your phone alone.


This is fine advice, for Basu’s film is not only intricately written and plotted, but filled with clever visual flourishes and details, some of which are clues and some of which are magical – and several, like the elephant turning a tiny, twisty street up a hill, are a bit of both. This is a dazzling, inventive and deliciously fun film, a musical mystery fable that curious children (of all ages) should watch at the soonest. This is, for want of comparison, Tintin by way of Amélie.

This is fine advice, for Basu’s film is not only intricately written and plotted, but filled with clever visual flourishes and details, some of which are clues and some of which are magical – and several, like the elephant turning a tiny, twisty street up a hill, are a bit of both. This is a dazzling, inventive and deliciously fun film, a musical mystery fable that curious children (of all ages) should watch at the soonest. This is, for want of comparison, Tintin by way of Amélie.

Verdict

On the whole the movie is a must watch and most entertaining film in this season.

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