It is not always that Bollywood has surprised me. This stands true since at least the last few years at least, where it has always been the same old rubbish nonsense thrown at audiences expecting them to lick the scraps presented in pretty boxes.
So imagine my surprise when I walked into the theatre to watch JugJugg Jeeyo, a film directed by Raj Mehta and came out having had an actually fun time watching.
The film starred Neetu Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Kiara Advani, Maniesh Paul, and Prajakta Kohli and is about 3 different generations, two of whom are married couple and the third one getting married herself.
JugJugg Jeeyo I would definitely say is something that almost any and everyone can watch, no matter your age, gender or whether you’re married or single. It is genuinely a well-made movie in a very pretty and good to look at package.
How Did The Movie Fare?
The story essentially revolves around Kukku (Varun Dhawan) and Naina (Kiara Advani) a couple who’ve known each other since childhood, progressed to being friends, fell in love and got married. Opposite to them are Geeta (Neetu Kapoor) and Bheem (Anil Kapoor) as Kukku’s parents who are often seen as this ideal couple that their children always strive to be in their own relationship.
However, the twist comes when Kukku and Naina after a few years of marriage are on the verge of divorce and when the son tries to tell that to his father he in turn drops a bomb on him that he is divorcing his mother. Then it is all about what happens next, do Kukku and Naina separate, do the parents separate, the pressures on Indian couples and divorce as a stigma.
From the writing perspective I will say its a very well written movie and there are many things that are not told, instead shown to you, the audience, through quick cuts or interesting camerawork and clubbing various POVs together.
I really liked the start of the movie that covers Kukku and Naina’s relationship from childhood to getting married and felt it was an interesting choice to do a lot of storytelling very quickly. It becomes interesting when you see how it contrasts with the next few scenes.
I have to give a round of applause to the cinematography of the movie, colour grading and the editing team. Even a good movie can become garbage if editing is done badly. But that is not the case here. The pacing of the movie is also excellent, I didn’t even realise when 2 hours passed and the interval came.
The colour grading by itself tells a lot about how the characters are feeling or what emotions audiences are supposed to be seeing. When Kukku and Naina are in Canada it all has slight filters of cold blues and whites, showing the couple’s internals problems itself. That is in stark contrast to the vibrant colours we see when they get to India and reach their home.
The way the locations in the movie have been used is also beautiful to see. I love the scene when Kukku and Naina are travelling to their house in Patiala, and we see them going over kache roads, crossing through beautiful fields. It led me back to my own memories of travelling on similar roads when I was a kid and would visit Punjab to spend summer holidays with relatives.
Another thing I thought they did a bang-up job on was the actual chemistry between the cast. I absolutely loved how they all actually felt like a real family and I’m really not just saying a line here. Kiara and Varun’s chemistry and the way they play off each other is just beautiful to see and makes watching their scenes a true joy.
Same for the rest of the cast of Anil Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor, Prajakta Kohli, and Maniesh Paul. You’d understand this better when you actually watch the movie, the small little gestures, the way they talk to each other is just, so familiar?! This could be exactly how those within a family would interact with each other.
It’s rare to see such good bonding and chemistry between a family cast where it all feels effortless and like a true family. There is no weird hesitation or discomfort during those scenes between the entire cast.
I also have to say that the dialogue writing is good for the most part, no overuse of random Punjabi phrases just to show that look this is a Punjabi family. Even the Avengers line wasn’t cringey, it sounded like something a group of friends would say in real life.
I will say I had my wariness due to the director’s last film Good Newwz that I just did not enjoy and found problematic on a lot of levels. But my god the director blew past all my reservations and gave a genuinely interesting and thought provoking film that deals with its characters and issues in a very sensitive manner.
I loved the ending. I liked that there was a kind of misdirect before that and thus the ending was even more perfect because it fit the characters and the message it all gave.
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