Director Raj Mehta’s Jagjag Jio is a delightful rom-com starring Varun Dhawan, Kiara Advani, Anil Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor. Our review states that the film has some flaws.
Jagjag Jio hit the theaters across the world on June 24.
- Jagjag Jio is a romantic comedy directed by Raj Mehta.
- The film was released in cinemas across the world on June 24.
- Varun Dhawan, Anil Kapoor, Kiara Advani and Neetu Kapoor are in lead roles.
It’s all about loving your family. But, in the case of Jugjug Jio, it is all about keeping the family together. Raj Mehta’s take on the challenge of keeping love alive in a marriage reminds you of the big family dramas of the early 2000s.
The five-year-old marriage of Kuku (Varun Dhawan) and Naina (Kiara Advani) is on the verge of collapse, while the former’s parents, Bhim (Anil Kapoor) and Geeta (Neetu Kapoor), are in a similar mood. Well. There is an extramarital affair and a parallel track about Kuku’s sister still in her pavilion for her ex. Lots of punches and jokes are thrown to keep the momentum going. When you have a large ensemble cast, the director’s challenge is not only to give equal opportunities to all his actors, but also to ensure that no one eats away at others’ moments.
The biggest strength of Jagjag Jio is that it is able to showcase the strength of its entire star cast in the best possible way. So, when Varun Dhawan goes goofy and seduces Kiara in the same scene, you know the director is playing to his strength. Making the most of Anil Kapoor’s versatility, Mehta gave him some of the best scenes and dialogues in the film. And the anxious and over-enthusiastic actor sets out to feed at this very moment.
Kiara and Varun’s chemistry is refreshing and unlike most rom-coms, she is nothing short of a prop and has some strong scenes that show a new side to her. Maniesh Paul is a natural when it comes to bringing up those lighter moments, while Neetu Kapoor is a delight to watch on the big screen. His scene with Kiara on the bench overlooking the lake is one of the best moments of the film.
Here is the trailer of Jagjag Jio:
On the other hand, the film is a bit lengthy and there is nothing new in it to show the fun side of a Punjabi wedding. Some scenes have been shot in such a way that they can make their way into Ekta Kapoor’s daily soap. The film has loud background music and dialogues that exceed normal decibel levels.
At its core, Jag Jug Jiyo is about saving a marriage and realizing that compromising and maintaining one’s self-respect are two different conversations. No matter how deep the themes are, director Raj Mehta has kept the proceedings light and engaging, using humour, satire and wit. Like all marriages, the film isn’t perfect and has its fair share of flaws, and those flaws are what make the film worthwhile.