Actors: Neetu Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Kiara Advani, Varun Dhawan, Maniesh Paul, Tisca Chopra and Prajakta Koli
Director: Raj Mehta |
Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)
A family drama that is full of wedding comedy but can’t adapt to any kind of rhythm, Jugjugg Jeeyo is the story of three marriages – one has lasted 35 years, another is five years old, and another third is a few days away to celebrate. Complications arising from mistakes, misgivings and accidents exacerbate all three.
If that sounds like a hysterical rigmarole with the potential to produce a riot of laughter, only a small fraction of it is tapped and realized. Jugjugg Jeeyoproduced by Dharma Productions and Viacom18 Studios, uses a striking set, loud music, high -pitched dialogue and bewildering screenplay in telling the story of a drifting marriage trap.
The confusing plot methods, if one is to be charitable, estimate the confusion faced by the characters. As they try to figure out the pros and cons of marriage, they seem unable to decide on the usefulness of the institution. Certainly avoid them – and the script.
That’s not the fate of the main actors – Neetu Singh (back in the industry after a long hiatus), Anil Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Kiara Advani and the big screen debut of Prajakta Kohli. They do well to keep up with films that have no room for pauses. As the story unfolds, the actors seem to enjoy the ride. Their constant joy occurs to some degree in the narrative.
Jugjugg Jeeyo, directed by Raj Mehta and scripted by Rishhabh Sharma, Anurag Singh, Sumit Batheja and Neeraj Udhawani, tells the story of an old man and his son. Their marriage is facing bad weather even though their daughter/sister is ready to get married. The family gathered at their Patiala home for an upcoming wedding with various secrets soon starting to be revealed.
One character tells the other: “Dabaa ke rakhna theek nahi – emotions and movements. ” Jugjugg Jeeyo take that suggestion to heart and walk with the advantage of almost anything that can be put into 150 minutes. That the film is too long is not the problem. It was a clumsy and excessive load that burdened him too often.
Raj Mehta’s previous direction, Good newwz (2019), also from Dharma Productions, is about a couple struggling to conceive a baby. Jugjugg Jeeyowhich has the same tone and texture as her debut film, is about two couples who work hard to maintain their marriage even though large family members don’t miss the opportunity to remind a younger married woman, which worries her deeply, that it’s time for her. to be a mother.
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham is about “loving your parents”, Jugjugg Jeeyo is about hating your partner. The wedding takes place in the first four sequences of the film. It’s handled without much grandeur (because of the low treatment: the film has a bigger and fatter wedding in store).
Cut to five years later. The couple, Kuldeep ‘Kuku’ Saini (Varun Dhawan) and Naina Sharma (Kiara Advani), who fell in love while the boy was still in underwear, have drifted off even though they continue to live under the same roof in Toronto.
The woman is a well -known HR professional in Toronto; the guy was a nightclub bouncer staring at a dead end. The first had his career all sorted out; the latter did not know what to bring the next day. Regret and accusation push Kuku and Naina to the brink of divorce.
The young couple agreed to postpone the announcement of their plans to separate until the marriage of Ginny’s ex -sister (Prajakta Koli) is not prevented. The girl, too, had an issue or two to resolve before she got stuck. And that’s not all. It turns out that their parents, Bheem Saini (Anil Kapoor) and Geeta (Neetu Singh), a happy couple in fact, are no better.
Laughter and emotion are the two main elements in Jugjugg Jeeyo, which, after a relatively quiet first half, entered a chaotic second half filled with exposure and concealment. Men blame women, women don’t suffer in silence, and confrontations, especially between young couples, turn into loud slang matches.
When a war of words erupts – the war between Bheem Saini and his vengeful son quickly becomes uncontrollable – arrogance is never far away. Jugjugg Jeeyo goes all over the pig with emotional overdrive and sends conflicting signals on the theme of male-female relationships within marital boundaries.
The secret that both the couple and the bride-to-be nurture each other caused the family of five to go into disarray, with good friends Kuku Saini and Gurpreet’s brother-in-law (Maniesh Paul) and the man’s math teacher. Meera (Tisca Chopra in a cameo) adds fuel to the fire.
When the crisis peaked in the second half, the screenplay turned out to be too difficult. Unraveling the web of lies and uncertainty is a long and tiring tedious and exhausting process designed not to let any Scientist – at least of all the misguided patriarchs – be seen in a bad light. Balancing action takes its toll.
Neetu Singh is the only cast member who is not called upon to rave and gossip. She wades through the film calmly, especially in scenes that follow the character’s realization that her marriage may be in jeopardy. In the midst of all the commotion going on around him, he seems to be in a different galaxy.
Anil Kapoor disguised as a man who takes it too easy can deliver a string of carelessness and emotional attacks with equal joy. The young actors around him, as usual, find it hard to keep up with him. Full marks to Varun Dhawan, Kiara Advani and Prajakta Kohli for trying.
A very broad shot is the stock in the film’s trade, which, of course, can have a huge impact in captivating a segment of the public. But don’t expect any nuanced ideas to flow out of this gender battle that disappears quickly in confusion. As a cinematic ‘pamphlet’ about marriage, Jugjugg Jeeyo for the age. Watching. You may find it entertaining. But visionary is certainly not.