Finally, after three years of struggle, Jagga Jasoos is out! Yes, a lot of things changed since the work on this movie began. Amidst constant delays, speculations and rifts, Jagga Jassos now takes us on an emotional journey. Written and directed by Ace filmmaker Anurag Basu, the movie marks as a musical adventure romantic comedy. Bollywood’s heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor plays the lead alongside Katrina Kaif and Jagga Jasoos narrates the story of a detective who is in search of his ‘dead’ (missing) father.
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Cast & Crew
Director: Anurag Basu
Producers: Sidharth Roy Kapur, Anurag Basu, Ranbir Kapoor
Cinematography: Ravi Varman
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Saswata Chatterjee, Adah Sharma, Sayani Gupta, Saurabh Shukla
Duration: 2 hours 42 minutes (162 minutes)
Ranbir Kapoor plays Jagga, a gifted teenage detective, who is on a quest to find his missing father. Since his childhood, he has been told that his father expired in a car crash but he doesn’t believe them. Therefore, he starts his journey to find his father.
Jagga is accompanied by a journalist named Shruti (Katrina Kaif,) who follows him throughout his journey. Jagga and Shruti eventually fall in love while on their mission. Importantly, to be noted, Jagga has the habit of stammering since his birth and in order to overcome this, he sings. The movie has nearly 30 songs in total, while some songs are situation based some are just for fun.
A year ago, there were speculations Jagga Jasoos had been adapted from Ranbir Kapoor’s previous film Barfi. But after watching the film, we changed our minds!
Will Jagga be able to find his missing father? Will he express his feelings to his lady love? Will Ranbir and Katrina recreate the magic of their Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani? Well, to know all this, you must watch the film.
After making us wait for three years, Jagga Jassos hit the screens today and this is the one which is worth watching after a long wait. This film seems like one of those musicals for which Bollywood was eagerly waiting. Music director, Pritam, with his extraordinary skills did a tremendous job. The film is told mostly through songs. Actually, it is a compilation of multiple stories that build up to make Ranbir’s character.
Well, like Barfi, this will surely remain in your subconscious for a long time. But, thankfully, Anurag Basu added some fresh flavors and gave a new feel to Jagga Jasoos.
Cinematographer Ravi Varman will surely make you glide through this fairy tale. Most of the film was shot in Thailand, Morocco and Darjeeling, hence giving us a feel of a fantasy land.
On the whole, the pair make the journey worth taking.
- Background music by Pritam will surely you hold you back.
- Visually fresh and awesome performance by Ranbir Kapoor
- Will be liked by children and the young at heart.
- 162 minute duration will be little distracting, but never mind! Pritam’s music will compensate and drive your boredom away!
Final Verdict: Everybody should go and watch Jagga Jasoos! At least for the sake of Disney, the production company of Jagga Jasoos which stood by this film during their testing time.
Photograph Review And First Day Box Office Expectations
Director: Ritesh Batra
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra
Rafiq (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is a street photographer who walks the streets of Mumbai trying to create special memories through polaroids. Into his frame walks Miloni (a CA, played by Sanya Malhotra.) However, while Rafi seems to think Miloni should definitely get a picture clicked, the latter is reluctant. Miloni finally succumbs to Rafi’s charms and persuasion skills and gets a picture clicked. The moment Rafi takes the picture, a conversation strikes up between Miloni and Rafi. The rest of the movie maps out to a family meeting on pretense and a slow romance in the works! With Miloni pretending to be Rafi’s fiancé Noor, the movie shows how the leads start getting closer even though they are playing a facade.
Despite being part of a world which is constantly obsessed with social media and staying connected, Ritesh Batra has created a setting similar to old school romance. As always, Ritesh Batra has breathed magic into every scene. Something as simple as a photograph (not a selfie, mind you,) is so powerful, it draws two strangers together. Who would have thought?
Photograph works for one basic reason. It pulls at the nostalgia strings of your heart! Miloni and Rafi realise they really do have a lot of things in common and these similar tastes and similar dislikes form the basis of a beautiful friendship between them, with hints of something more in the offing.
Like always, Nawazuddin’s acting skills are par excellence. With every line delivered perfectly and a perfect characterization of Rafiq, Nawazuddin delivers his dialogues with skills only a seasoned actor has. On her part, Sanya Malhotra also plays the role of Miloni really well. While in the beginning, she plays a reserved and slightly aloof character, Sanya seems to grow in a manner which shows her acceptance of the character she’s playing.
With some lines of resemblance drawn from Basu Chatterjee’s Chhoti Si Baat, Ritesh Batra has made quite a masterpiece with Photograph. All in all, with the cinematography and music adding a really fine feeling to the entire movie, this Ritesh Batra directorial is a delight. Watch it for the subtle nuances and the simplicity of the entire tale!
Badla Movie Review And First Day Box Office Expectations
Cast: Taapsee Pannu and Amitabh Bachchan
Director: Sujoy Ghosh
An almost direct adaptation of the Spanish film, The Invisible Guest, Badla tells an extremely gripping story. Opening to Naina (played by Taapsee Pannu) pleading guilty, the movie follows the story of how Badal Gupta (played by Amitabh Bachchan,) fights to protect her, no matter what. Naina is accused of killing her boyfriend, Aryan and Badal’s biggest challenge lies in proving how Aryan was killed by someone from outside the house, despite the police finding no external footprints or break in evidence! With the story in itself being so hard hitting, the movie progresses and through every twist, new skeletons are revealed!
Fast paced and quick to the very end, Badla works really well because of the way the story is rendered. Starting with how the story unravels, to moving forward and showing the multiple layers of the different characters in the film, the quick cuts and the multiple transitions between each scene keep you hooked to the very end.
What makes this movie such a treat to watch is how both Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu fit so well into their characters. Furthermore, the way Sujoy Ghosh narrates the entire story, makes Badla an extremely compelling watch. With the way the songs pull the film forward and the way the scenes are done brilliantly, one can really can’t help but marvel at the brilliance and effort which goes into directing a movie like this!
Known for directing other amazing films in the past (like the Kahaani series,) Sujoy Ghosh has once more proven, in order to tell a really great story, there is a certain way to get your message across. All in all, with the storytelling being what it is and the entire cast putting their best foot forward, Badla makes for a very entertaining watch!
Luka Chuppi Review And First Day Box Office Expectations
Cast: Kartik Aaryan, Kriti Sanon, Aparshakti Khurana, Vinay Pathak and Pankaj Tripathi
Director: Laxman Utekar
Luka Chuppi starts off like pretty much every other romantic comedy. Guddu (Kartik Aaryan) and Rashmi (Kriti Sanon) meet and pretty soon, end up falling in love with each other. However, just when you think things are going to move toward the marriage side of this story, Rashmi decides she wants a live in relationship first and only if it succeeds, a marriage. While Guddu is okay with the idea, parents on both the sides are definitely not. While the love birds are settling into their live in relationship, things start getting complicated. Guddu’s parents decide to live with them! What follows is a series of extremely hilarious events, taking one on a joy ride of what happens when people do the unexpected!
Set during a time where parents want to accept their children’s choices but are sceptical about the fact that the latter are not living with their partners in holy matrimony, this movie is all about situational comedies. From the very word go, both Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon bring their A games to the table.
While Kartik Aaryan seems to be a tad bit too polished as the small town character, he seems to fit into his role just fine as the film progresses. Kriti Sanon does her part well also, flitting from coy to strong, depending on what the scene demands. However, while both Kriti Sanon and Kartik Aaryan do not have a strong chemistry going for them, you tend to start falling in love with their story.
Failed marriage attempts and a long, drawn out family feud form the crux of Utekar’s movie. What makes Luka Chuppi, all the more entertaining is that it isn’t just the leads who play their roles well, even the supporting cast put their best foot forward, leaving you with a sense of fulfillment toward the end of the movie!
While the film has its funny moments, it seems like the seriousness of the issue, which is parental acceptance, gets lost along the way. However, with some truly seasoned actors in the list, Luka Chuppi has turned out to be quite a laughter riot. All in all, for a first time film, this movie has come out quite well and is a delightful one time watch!
Sonchiriya Review And First Day Expectations
Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Bhumi Pednekar, Manoj Bajpayee, Ashutosh Rana
Director: Abhishek Chaubey
Sonchiriya, an Abhishek Chaubey directorial, tells the story of a group of dacoits who fight battles, both externally and internally. Set in the Chambal Valley during the 1970s, this movie takes a closer look at what makes these dacoits do what they do. While some seem to be happy with the dacoit way of life, there are others in the group who are desperate to break free. With realism rooted deeply into the very essence of this film, Chaubey has managed to tactfully bring to the fore the struggles of people who aren’t born into the “right caste or religion.”
Raw and multifaceted, Chaubey’s Sonchiriya is a hard hitting film. Travelling through all the hidden nooks and crannies of Chambal, the film follows the exploits of the dacoits as they lead their lives from day to day. With a mixture of both television and film stars, the movie really appeals to the visual senses.
Through the movie, one gets a sense of the different kinds of emotions people feel. With a slew of talented actors on his team, Chaubey has definitely managed to give authenticity to the era and the story. While most parts of the film see the dacoits going about their business, there are also shades of unease and discomfort.
The film rests on a central premise. The powerful feed on the weak. Those who kill people, also end up getting killed. Showing the harsh realities of the caste systems, the discrimination and the rampant rigidities of the social system at the time, Chaubey has brought forth an important question. What gave birth to the dacoit culture? Was it the caste system?
From nailing the dialect, to the imagery and to the costumes, Chaubey has pretty much done complete justice to the period in which the film has been shot. Even the cast, Manoj Bajpayee, Sushant Singh Rajput, Bhumi Pednekar, Ashutosh Rana, Ranvir Shorey, Jatin Sarna, Harish Khanna and Sanjay Shrivastava, have played their parts really well. All in all, Chaubey has proven his worth yet again as a director. Watch Sonchiriya because of the inner struggles, attention to detail and the depiction of a different era.
Total Dhamaal Review And First Day Box Office Expectations
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Madhuri Dixit, Anil Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Riteish Deshmukh, Javed Jaffrey, Sanjay Mishra, Sanjay Dutt, Johnny Lever, Esha Gupta, Crystal The Monkey, Aftab Shivdasani, Rajpal Yadav, Boman Irani
Director: Indra Kumar
The story of Total Dhamaal (the third installment of the Dhamaal series,) tells a pretty simple tale. A dying man reveals a secret, a Rs. 50 crores booty he stashed away in a forest in Janakpur, India. The hope of finding this life changing amount of money sends a group of crazy people literally on a wild goose chase to the remote jungles. The group includes a constantly fighting couple (Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit,) greedy siblings (Arshad Warsi and Javed Jaffrey,) local villains (Ajay Devgn and Sanjay Mishra) and a police commissioner (Boman Irani.) The dying man pulls the trigger on the search for a crazy treasure and this leaves us with a serious question. Do they finally find the treasure or is it just another search for the pot of the gold at the end of the rainbow?
Cars ramming into trucks, roaring tigers, a crazy monkey and bridges falling through half way in the movie, Total Dhamaal is one long ride into the unknown. As a director, Indra Kumar has left no stone unturned when it comes to creating a crazy Indian adventure. While the beginning parts of the movie set the scenes for a pretty exciting adventure ride, the beginning gives away most of what is happening.
Despite the plot being slightly weaker than the bridge which falls half way through, the film pulls through because of the impressive star cast. Opening to the highly hyped and pumped up title song which introduces the cast, Total Dhamaal progresses toward a slightly weird turn of events.
However, even though there are certain holes in the script and the story lacks luster, the cast does a brilliant job. Anil Kapoor is his usual comic self. Madhuri Dixit sheds off her charming look for a slightly negative role and the Arshad Warsi – Javed Jaffrey duo, brings their ‘A’ game to the table. Boman Irani plays an extremely convincing cop, with Ajay Devgn playing his character to perfection, like always!
Although the film could have been written better, there are more than a few hilarious moments. With the first two parts of the Dhamaal series being brilliant, this third part falls a few steps short of something really amazing. A comedy of errors, this movie had all the trappings of a truly brilliant adventure, director Indra Kumar just doesn’t hit the nail on the head. Although seemingly drawing influences from movies like It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World and the Hangover Series, this movie could have given us more than just a handful of laughs but fails to deliver what was promised. All in all, Total Dhamaal is a one time watch at best.
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