Director: Raj Mehta
Cast: Varun Dhawan, Kiara Advani, Anil Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor, Manish Paul, Prajakta Kohli
Rating: 3.5 / 5
Weddings are divine parties and more than a festival in India, therefore, divorce often leads to conversations and evokes feelings that no one can be sure of. Raj Mehta tries to delve into the story of two divorces from the same family, but with a comedic twist in his writing. He sets up the plot by outlining how problems seep into the lives of childhood lovers, Coco (Varun Dhawan) and Nina (Kiara Advani), after their wedding. After 5 years of marriage, they decide to separate, but the real conflict begins, when Coco finds out that his father, Fahim (Anil Kapoor) is also planning to leave his wife Geeta (Netu Kapoor), in which he finds love. Mira (Tiska Chopra).
The core plot and conflict in Jug Jugg Jeeyo is actually a drama, but Raj Mehta along with his writers, Sumit Bhattija and Anurag Singh, designed the film’s screenplay in such a way that each heavy sequence follows with something light. You reach the climax of the drama, and then you come up with one streak that is sure to bring you a smile. While this is a topic that could easily have been on the heavier side, it is the writing that ensures a mixture of laughter, emotion and drama. Of course, Jug Jugg Jeeyo isn’t flawless.
The basic premise of the film is already directed at the urban audience, without extending to the cinema intended for viewers. There is an episode in the pre-climax (details avoided for spoilers), which could have been avoided. It’s a bold move by its makers, but the middle-class junta may be a bit disconnected. Editing is good, ensuring a fast-paced narrative. The cinematography is colorful and is exactly the kind of visual that will create the desire for a big screen experience. Rishabh Sharma’s dialogues are excellent. The single lines written specifically for Manish Paul’s character are sure to make the house laugh, while some of the emotional elements have the depth needed to tackle the film’s somewhat heavier sequences.
The music is top notch, and it blends well into the narration. Putting Naach Punjaban in the second half raises the pace of the film, a wedding song experience that we missed out on for a while on the big screen. One of Jug Jugg Jeeyo’s biggest advantages lies in the fact that it’s an original story, and thus, there is an element of freshness, which makes us wonder how the conflict will unfold in the end. The romantic sequences are actually heartwarming, and the chemistry of the two threads makes us want to do a romantic comedy soon. There’s a very dramatic showdown between Naina and Kukoo in the second half, and you’ll be touched by how real the feelings look in this sequence. It is among the best scenes in the movie.
Coming to shows, Varun Dhawan is just as cool as Kukoo. He’s an underdog here and by the time you break, you end up feeling the character. He’s that guy who buys up throughout the movie because everything he thinks about, is counterproductive. While the trailer suggested another boy next door to VD, the movie in its entirety requires Varun to show a variety of emotions — from anger to frustration to some goofy sequences that elicits of course. This is among his most layered shows to date. Kiara Advani as Naina offers what could be called the best work of her career. She shines in emotional and dramatic scenes, while light-hearted scenes come to her naturally. Anil Kapoor is as witty as Bheem and his weaknesses are what bring the film’s situational humor. His comedic timing is great, and there are instances where his masterpiece reminds you of naughty Kishan from No Entry. The pattern of his transformation from weak to emotional is unbelievable. Neetu Kapoor returns with the movie and this performance is a sign of how polished she is as an actress even today. Watch out for her emotional outburst with Kiara Advani in the second half. Manish Paul is a rioter, and he gets some of the best characters in the movie. Each of his on-screen appearances is an indication of some weird humor to follow. Prajakta Koli makes a great debut.
All in all, Jug Jugg Jeeyo marries comedy with drama and emotions and is a complete package that will entertain the audience. Yes, there are some flaws, but at the end of the day you leave the hall with a smile on your face, isn’t that what one needs right now? He is an artist with a heart in place, and the reliable performance by the entire group makes him dekho worthy.