It’s been a while since Bollywood delivered a light-hearted family comedy. Varun Dhawan, Kiara Advani, Anil Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor deliver just that with JugJugg Jeeyo that released in cinemas this Friday. Mounted on a big scale with catchy songs and relatable characters, director Raj Mehta will definitely bring the families back to the theaters with a film that is tailor-made for a big-screen experience.
Varun Dhawan’s Kukoo is married to his childhood sweetheart, Kiara Advani’s Naina. After living in Canada for 5 years, the couple mutually decides to part ways but vows to keep it a secret until Kukoo’s sister’s big fat Punjabi wedding.
The two fly out to Punjab’s heartland Patiala only to realize that Kukoo’s father Bhim, played by Anil Kapoor, is already on the brink of leaving Geeta, Kukoo’s mom for another woman.
How our lead pair tries to reveal the news about their marriage while simultaneously trying to save their parents’ relationship forms the rest of the narrative.
Director Raj Mehta worked wonders in the Akshay Kumar-starrer Good Newwz back in 2019. This time around, he tries to explore complex topics of marriage, infidelity and family drama by turning down the comic genre and amping up more drama. Raj has carved his own niche in narrating stereotypical issues with quirky dialogues.
From nosy aunties wanting to hold a puja by a renowned godwoman to bless the couple with a child, to a young girl getting married to a guy of her family’s choice only to get settled, Raj highlights these typical issues in a light-hearted manner.
The first half is balanced with a blend of comedy and drama, making the film reach its interval before you notice. But as soon as the movie progresses towards the second half, comedy takes a backseat for all the emotional drama to unfold. Both do click well with the audiences. The humor is injected in regular intervals to make sure you don’t get too caught up with the drama.
The runtime of the film however, is problematic. At about 2 hours and 30 minutes, the movie seems stretched towards the second half.
Varun Dhawan charms his way through in the film with his multi-layered act.
Kiara Advani gets better with every film and makes a strong impression in the emotional scenes. Varun and Kiara’s chemistry is refreshing and both of them balance each other well.
Anil Kapoor is undoubtedly the heart of the film and leaves you in splits every time he comes on screen.
Neetu Kapoor gets her time to shine towards the second half of the film and will remind you of her Do Dooni Chaar act with her solid performance.
Maniesh Paul’s impeccable comic timing adds to his charm onscreen as the over the top Punjabi ‘Munda’.
Prajakta Koli delivers a promising debut as one to watch out for.
Tisca Chopra as ‘Meera Mam’ is decent.
With chartbuster songs, music was already a strong aspect of the film. ‘The Punjabban Song’ stands out and pumps the right amount of energy into the theaters.
JugJugg Jeeyo balances drama, comedy and emotions well and comes across as a nicely-made family-entertainer. Even with its flaws, this family entertainer, with its twisted yet relatable characters definitely makes for a one-time watch this weekend.
JugJugg Jeeyo is now streaming in theaters.