Jugjugg Jeeyo Rating 4.0/5 & Rating
When was the last time a serious topic like divorce was juxtaposed with a lot of humor in a Hindi film? In general, most storytellers take the safe route: the estranged couple bury the hatchet and move on in life as a couple. All’s well that ends well.
KRUG JUGG JEEYO – directed by Raj Mehta – follows a parallel path. We got a glimpse of its plot from watching the trailer, but there’s more to this family saga than romance, laughter, heartbreak, and heartbreak. Sure, the problems are very, very real, but the climax is also very unconventional. More on that later.
Also, JUG JUGG JEEYO isn’t one of those traditional movies with an orthodox view of relationships, although the characters are very desi at heart. That’s one of the reasons why JUG JUGG JEEYO works. Now let us give you an overview of its history, without spoilers of course.
JUG JUGG JEEYO is about two couples who find themselves in unusual situations. Kuku [Varun Dhawan] and Naina [Kiara Advani] are children’s favourites. They marry Kuku’s family – Father Bheem [Anil Kapoor]Mother Geeta [Neetu Kapoor] and sister Ginni [Prajakta Koli] – are also in a party mood.
Five years later, Kuku and Naina, who have relocated to Toronto, Canada, are close to breaking up. They fly to India for Ginni’s wedding and decide to let the family know about their plans [of divorce]after the wedding celebrations are over.
The story takes a dramatic turn when shortly after Ginni’s wedding, Kuku learns of his father’s plans to divorce his mother. What happens next?
Marriage failings and legal breakups have been portrayed umpteen times on the big screen, but the writers of JUG JUGG JEEYO offer something special this time: The goings-on are filled with humor despite the inherently serious nature of the subject matter.
The graph of history, on the other hand, does not follow the well-trodden path. The authors pepper plenty of humor and witty lines in the first hour, even if uncomfortable and awkward situations crop up every now and then. It’s the point before the interval when the wheels start turning and things get serious.
The fireworks are reserved for the middle act just after the interval. Four episodes in particular, which occur one after the other, bring the film to a dramatic climax:
*The family reunion in the temple.
*The heart to heart conversation between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law [Neetu Kapoor, Kiara].
*The massive showdown between the young couple [Varun, Kiara].
*The celebrations when parents renew their vows [Anil Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor] and the consequences.
Writing is undoubtedly the soul of JUG JUGG JEEYO. Aside from the sequences mentioned above, a few moments in the narrative that are not limited to the dramatic ones stand out. The humor also splashes out at regular intervals – especially the sequences with Varun’s brother-in-law [Maniesh Paul] – will surely bring down the house.
It’s the finale, however, that will have mixed opinions. Will conservative audiences – especially in the heartland – accept it? Was an easier way out, a more conventional finale, the order of the day? It will be interesting to see the reactions once the film is released.
Raj Mehta’s direction is top notch. GOOD NEWWZ , his directorial debut, was about two couples in an unusual situation. JUG JUGG JEEYO is in the same zone but the pairs are related and that makes it even more interesting. Its execution is simple but effective.
The soundtrack is one of the film’s USPs. “The Punjaabban Song” is enticing. “Rangisari,” played in the credits, is soulful. “Dupatta” works because it comes at a crucial point.
Jugjugg Jeeyo – Official Trailer | Varun Dhawan, Kiara Advani, Anil Kapoor, and Neetu Kapoor
The services are at a high level. Varun Dhawan formulates his part with precision. Watch him engage in dramatic altercations, you’ll realize he’s come a long way as an actor. Kiara Advani looks stunning, but that’s not all. She gets the opportunity to make a strong impression in sections that show her mastery.
Anil Kapoor is flawless. Balancing the dramatic highs and lows like a true veteran, he pulls off a brilliant performance. It’s wonderful to see Neetu Kapoor back on the big screen. she is brilliant After DO DOONI CHAR this is another film that stands out in their repertoire.
Maniesh Paul is in great form, his comic timing is spot on. How one wishes to have seen more of him in films. Prajakta Koli is lovely and an absolute natural. Check out her heartbreaking moment with her family before the finale, she’s awesome. Tisca Chopra is delightful in a cameo.
Overall, JUG JUGG JEEYO is a winner. It works for several reasons, the main one being that it seamlessly balances drama, humor, and emotion. The strong emotional quotient, especially in the second hour, is a factor that will draw families in droves. Check it out with your loved ones, this one is worth recommending.