Jugjugg Jeeyo (2022) Review!!

Synopsis – Two couples from different generations confront their issues after marriage.

My Take – With his directorial debut, Good Newzz (2019), which told a story about two couples struggling to conceive a baby and mishap which happens later on, finding immense success both critically and commercially, director Raj Mehta firmly established his ground in the family comedy drama genre.

A template with which he further expands on his sophomore effort which sees two couples, a generation apart, struggling to hold on to their respective marriages. In order to do that he also employs the Dharma Productions staple consisting of a good looking cast, colorful sets and chart-busting musical numbers, all neatly packed around a far-fetched screenplay, that never fails to entertain.

Right from the first scene the 150 minute long film maintains a steady pace that keeps you constantly engaged in the fictional family’s interactions. Laced with enough emotional and hilarious situations to leave one teary eyed from either crying or laughing. Even in the most emotional scene, you see flashes of humor that doesn’t look misplaced or force-fit.

But most importantly, the Rishhabh Sharrma, Anurag Singh, Sumit Batheja and Neeraj Udhawani written film has characters that are immensely relatable and root able. Resulting in a likable family entertainer that is filled with heartbreaks, laughter and celebrations.

The story follows Kuldeep aka Kukoo (Varun Dhawan) and Naina (Kiara Advani), two childhood sweethearts, who had a textbook romance that began in school at a very young age in Patiala, continued right through their teenage years well to their marriage.

But five years into the marriage, now living in Toronto, the two have formed a strained relationship. While Naina is a hotshot HR professional with a sorted career that is rapidly growing, Kukoo is stuck in a dead-end job as a nightclub bouncer were he has no idea what the next day is going to bring. And as regrets and recriminations only keep piling on, on their wedding anniversary, the two finally decide to call it quits.

An announcement they agree to put off from telling their loud and emotional families until the wedding of Kukoo’s sister Ginny (Prajakta Koli), back in Patiala, is out of the way. But while Kukoo is soon pressurized by Naina to at-least bring his rather casual father, Bheem (Anil Kapoor), into the fold, instead he is shocked to discover that Bheem himself has been planning to leave Kukoo’s mother and his wife of 35 years, Geeta (Neetu Kapoor) as he seems to have found love in Kukoo’s previous Mathematics teacher, Meera (Tisca Chopra).

Seeking the help of Gurpreet (Maniesh Paul), his best pal and brother-in-law, Kuku is left with no option but jump into finding a solution to the complex situation before all complications, mistakes, misgivings and mishaps are all out on the table.

Though set up intends to seem heavy handed, the film throws light on these issues softly, and always with a sense of humor. The core plot and conflict of the film is actually a drama, the men blame the women, the women do not suffer in silence, and the confrontations, especially between the younger couple turn into shrill matches, but director Raj Mehta and his writers have designed the screenplay in a manner that every heavy sequence is followed up with something light. You reach the peak of drama, and then comes a one-liner, especially from Maniesh Paul‘s Govinda-isqe character Gurpreet, that’s sure to bring a smile.

But most importantly the film’s flawed and real characters and their problems are relatable. The entire narrative is a roller coaster ride of relationship issues that aren’t easy to be resolved, but handled with enough tact to never make this film a tedious watch.

The music too is top notch, and blends well into the narrative. The placement of Naach Punjaban in the second half lifts the tempo of the film, and it’s a wedding song experience that we have been missing for a while on the big screen.

Sure, the runtime is slightly problematic and contains a whole load of content to wrap your head around, but then most of it is rushed because of duration control. But what really draws you in are the quirky dialogues and powerful performances.

As the tale hurtles along, the cast seems to be having a blast on the ride. Anil Kapoor is the absolute heart of the film as the veteran is in top form as the loud and colorful family patriarch Bheem. His comic timing continues to be brilliant and even manages to sell a believable vulnerable side to his character. Varun Dhawan is absolutely fantastic and exercises commendable restrain. His role required him to show a wide variety of emotions, ranging from anger to frustration to of course, some goofy sequences that evokes humor, and Varun excels in it all.

Neetu Kapoor, who makes a comeback after decades, is extremely endearing and likeable and fits the role beautifully. Kiara Advani, not only just looks drop dead gorgeous in every frame, but also aces the emotional and dramatic scenes, whereas the rather comedic ones come naturally to her.

Maniesh Paul is a riot, and gets some of the best one-liners in the film. Every appearance of his on the screen is an indication of some wacky humor that’s to follow. YouTube personality Prajakta Koli makes a confident debut. In smaller roles, Tisca Chopra and Varun Sood are effective. On the whole, ‘Jugjugg Jeeyo‘ is an engaging family entertainer that ensures a complete blend of laughter, emotion and drama.

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Starring  – Varun Dhawan, Kiara Advani, Anil Kapoor

Rated – PG13

Run Time – 150 minutes

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