Director: Raj Mehta
Cast: Varun Dhawan, Kiara Advani, Anil Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor, Maniesh Paul, Prajakta Koli
Weddings are divine and more of a festival in India and hence divorce often leads to conversations and evokes emotions that no one can verify. Raj Mehta tries to delve into the story of two divorces in the same family, but with a comedic twist in his writing. He sets up the plot by establishing how problems seep into the lives of childhood lovers Kukoo (Varun Dhawan) and Naina (Kiara Advani) after their wedding. After 5 years of marriage, they decide to separate, but the real conflict begins when Kukoo discovers that her father, Bheem (Anil Kapoor), also plans to leave his wife, Geeta (Neetu Kapoor), as he found love in Meera (Tisca Chopra). ).
Jug Jugg Jeeyo’s central plot and conflict is actually a drama, but Raj Mehta along with his writers, Sumit Batheja and Anuraj Singh, designed their script in a way that each heavy sequence is followed by something light. You reach the peak of the drama and then comes a phrase that is sure to bring a smile. While this is a subject that could easily be on the heavier side, it’s the writing that guarantees a mixture of laughter, emotion, and drama. Of course, Jug Jugg Jeeyo isn’t perfect.
The film’s central premise is, in fact, for the urban audience, without extending to cinema spectators. There is an episode in the pre-climax (details avoided by spoilers) that could have been avoided. It’s a bold step taken by the manufacturers, but the middle-class joint might be a little disconnected. The editing is good, which ensures a quick narrative. The cinematography is in full color and is exactly the kind of visuals that will create a craving for a big screen experience. Rishhabh Sharma’s dialogues are excellent. The lines written especially for Maniesh Paul’s character are sure to have the house roaring with laughter, while some of the emotional lines have the depth needed to tackle the film’s heaviest sequences.
The music is top notch, and blends in well with the narrative. Naach Punjaban’s placement in the second half increases the pace of the film, and it’s a wedding music experience we’ve been missing for a while on the big screen. One of Jug Jugg Jeeyo’s biggest strengths lies in the fact that it’s an original story, and so there’s an element of freshness, which makes us wonder how the conflict will play out in the end. The romantic sequences are really moving and the chemistry of two leads makes us want them to do a romantic comedy soon. There’s a highly dramatic showdown between Naina and Kukoo in the second half, and you’ll be amazed at how real the emotions feel in this sequel. It’s one of the best scenes in the movie.
Coming to the performances, Varun Dhawan is absolutely fantastic as Kukoo. He’s an underdog here and in between, you end up feeling for the character. He’s that bechara throughout the movie as everything he thinks backfires. While the trailer hinted at another boy-next-door character for VD, the film in its entirety requires Varun to show a wide range of emotions – from anger to frustration and, of course, some goofy sequences that evoke humor. This is among her most layered performances to date. Kiara Advani as Naina delivers what can be called the best act of her career. She’s great at the emotional and dramatic scenes, while the lighter ones come naturally to her. Anil Kapoor is brilliant as Bheem and it’s his vulnerability that brings the situational humor to the film. His comedic timing is brilliant, and there are instances where his antiquities are reminiscent of the mischievous Kishan from No Entry. Your pattern of shifting from being vulnerable to being emotional is unbelievable. Neetu Kapoor is back with the film and this performance is a sign of how polished she is as an actress to this day. Watch out for her emotional outburst with Kiara Advani in the second half. Maniesh Paul is a riot and gets some of the best catchphrases in the movie. His every screen appearance is an indication of some wacky humor to come. Prajakta Koli makes a beautiful debut.
Overall, Jug Jugg Jeeyo marries comedy with drama and emotions and is a complete package that will entertain audiences. Yes, there are some drawbacks, but at the end of the day, you walk out of the auditorium with a smile on your face, and isn’t that what you need these days? He’s an artist with his heart in the right place, and the credible performances of the entire ensemble make a dekho worthwhile.
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