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Film: JugJugg Jeeyo
Director: Raj Mehta
Featured cast: Kiara Advani, Varun Dhawan, Anil Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor, Maniesh Paul and Prajakta Kohli
Bollywood Bubble Notes: 3.5/ 5 stars
JugJugg Jeeyo Movie Review:
“Rishta tootne ki koi ek wajah nahi hoti, bohot saari adhuri ladai ki thakaan hoti hai. – Geeta”, isn’t that a pretty deep sentence? In the age of divorce where couples fail to fight for their relationships, where they so easily give up on their relationships, comes a family entertainer like JugJugg Jeeyo who tells us the importance of any relationship let alone marriage. Nowadays, marriages have become so fragile that the couple end up divorcing because words like understanding and compromise have been scratched from their dictionary. JugJugg Jeeyo tries to convey an important message supported by humor.
It is the story of two couples from different generations – Kuku and Naina, Bheem and Geeta. The couples are tangled around post-marital issues and have decided to end the drama by divorcing their better halves. Couples are brought together for a wedding and even though they have differences with their partners, they try to show a happy smile in front of others. The drama begins when everyone learns about the divorces. But will they understand the importance of marriage? Will there be a happy ending? Keep reading JugJugg Jeeyo’s review.
Varun Dhawan tries out the role of Kuku who works as a bouncer at a club in Canada. His constant struggle is to prove his worth to his wife who is much more successful than him. Her character learns slowly and takes time to understand the other side of the story. Varun is quite entertaining. Considering his comedic timing is just too perfect, Varun shines in the comedic scenes as he does a fair job in the emotional scenes, especially the confrontation scene with his wife and parents. His emotional vent was well projected.
Kiara Advani tries out the role of Naina who is a successful businesswoman. She is strong, defends herself and is quite ambitious. But there’s a side to her that wants a little love from her husband and will keep her family above her career. It’s a pleasure to see Kiara in the film. Her presence is more than what I saw in her previous hit movie, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2. Kiara is definitely the rising star as she delivers quite a captivating performance. There was a scene before intermission where she collapses in frustration in front of hundreds of people, Kiara leaves me speechless with her expression and character arc. She was a sight to behold throughout the film.
Anil Kapoor plays the role of Varun’s father, Bheem, who is a wealthy businessman. He loves his family but keeps his happiness above all else. His character is quite problematic but quite endearing. He fully understands the meaning of love but on the other hand, he won’t regret cheating on his wife when he thinks his marriage is a dead end. Anil is the star of the film as he effortlessly outshines his co-stars. The transformation of his expression from happy to serious is absolutely lovely and will leave you in the wide gap. Plus, Anil deservedly claims all the attention with his timely comedic number.
Neetu Kapoor plays the role of Varun’s mother, Geeta, who is sweet, simple and a devoted housewife. Geeta is a woman who lives for her husband, then her children, then for herself. There is a sense of vulnerability in her character that makes you feel her plight. Although Geeta invested her life for others, she will make you cheer when she stands up for herself. Neetu is mostly seen in the second half and will surely leave an impact with her subtle yet powerful performance. Neetu Kapoor is making a return with JugJugg Jeeyo and I’m thrilled to see his charm and magic return to the screen. She looks breathtakingly beautiful.
Manish Paul tries out the role of Kiara’s brother, Gurpreet. He still lives his life to the fullest. A true friend who may not give you the best advice of your life but will be part of your mess or help you with all the drama. Besides Varun, Kiara and Anil, the other who completely stole the show was Maniesh. From his cliché-laden one-liners to his comedic timing, Maniesh is quite entertaining.
Prajakta Kohli plays the role of Varun’s sister, Ginny, who only marries because her future husband is a settled man. Despite having limited screen time, Kohli leaves no impact. His emotional scenes will make you laugh. Kohli needs a bit more work on his acting while actor Varun Sood who also makes a special appearance in the magnum opus is a waste of talent. Apart from sulking in the corner, there is nothing to learn from him. I would have liked to see him more in the film.
Raj Mehta brings entertaining and wholesome family drama with JugJugg Jeeyo and does a great job. I like how he tried to tell the aspect of a relationship, no matter how good, bad or ugly. Raj could have easily made the movie a little tighter because it makes you lose interest between the two. The premise merges the generation gap beautifully, and I love how Raj makes a unique point about love, but with humor galore.
JugJugg Jeeyo will find a deal with you as Raj tries to keep things raw here, whether it’s the emotions of the person or the dynamics of the relationship. There are no offensive Force jokes or unnecessary double-meaning jokes, which was a delightful change. I won’t deny it, there are some jokes that made me cringe while others just seem like WhatsApp attackers.
Special mention to a scene where Kuku and Naina confront each other and express their inner issues and fears. The confrontation scene was very well written and executed. It is so real in today’s world that it makes it relevant on many levels.
Since this is a Dharma Productions film, elaborate dance sequences and big Indian weddings were projected beautifully. The sets look quite enchanting and show a larger than life side.
Overall, JugJugg Jeeyo is a wholesome family entertainer who is buoyed by heartwarming emotions. Director Raj Mehta’s venture delivers the perfect blend of humor and sentiment. While the crackling chemistry of Varun, Kiara, Anil and Maniesh makes for a fantastic watch.
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