After a gap of three years, Anurag Basu's much talked about 'Jagga Jasoos' has finally hit the screens this Friday. Starring Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif, the movie has been the talk of the town for several reasons - from the constant delay, to Ranbir-Katrina's first movie post break-up and even the resemblance of RK's character to that of Tintin.
Though, there were times when the rumors of 'Jagga Jasoos' being shelved did the rounds in media, but the entire team has finally come up with a movie which is indeed an example of faith and determination in every sense.
A lot of speculations were being made about the reviews of 'Jagga Jasoos' and it has come up with mixed response on its day of release.
So as you look out for your ticket to watch this Ranbir-Katrina starrer, here is the Jagga Jasoos movie review by several leading portals:
NDTV: 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.
Mid-Day: This film itself is a serious leap of faith. Now it depends on whether the audience is also willing to take that leap. On the face of it, they should be. Honestly, I know no two faces as pleasant as Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif on the Indian screen. They naturally shine before the camera. And while Katrina may have a thing or two to worry about her performances per se, it's hard to find an actor so sorted, and yet with an innate star-like quality as Ranbir. That said, for all cause and effect, this is a completely children's movie. Clearly that part of the message doesn't seem to have been relayed well as I look around at the morning show in my theatre, which is half packed, but mainly with young adults—the lead actor's personal fan base. There isn't a single kid. Now that's a bummer.
Miss Malini: After several delays and hurdles coming its way, the Ranbir Kapoor–Katrina Kaif film has finally released. And it has turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Shot across several picturesque locations like Darjeeling, Kolkata, Thailand, Morocco and South Africa – this one’s a visual treat. Cinematographer Ravi Varman has weaved magic with his lenses and is unarguably one of the most important assets of Basu’s magnum opus.
The Hindu: Jagga Jasoos is this year’s Mirzya. Like Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Anurag Basu gets audacious in playing with the craft and the narrative form. A young detective who sings and dances his way through solving cases — the most interesting bit about Jagga Jasoos is its musical structure. The film aspires to be a stylised Broadway musical. So the scenes and dialogues — even the TV news — get sung. The song-n-dance sequences take the story forward even as the screen gives the impression of a stage. While it does leave you with some absorbing moments, it also seems to turn the film into a remote experience for the viewers at large.
India Today: Basu gives Bollywood one of its best musicals, a genre that has hardly been explored in Hindi cinema. Jagga Jasoos uses its lead actor's shoulders to elevate itself above the ordinary. So even though there's hardly any proper 'conversation' between Jagga and Shruti in the film, there is not one moment you feel like it takes a toll on your patience. That is how smooth the first half of Jagga Jasoos is. Post intermission, the pace of the narrative drops heavily. Even though there is a lot more activity on the screen in the second half, as far as movement of its characters is concerned, the scenes are not sleek enough. Crisper editing could have helped avoid these moments in the second half of Jagga Jasoos. But where the screenplay fails to make an impact, the lead actor of Jagga Jasoos, Ranbir Kapoor, rises to the occasion.