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JUGJUGG JEEYO | Family Drama With PUNJABI HUMOUR – Movie Review

A Bollywood GO-TO Dysfunctional Family Drama With PUNJABI HUMOUR was entertaining but not judicious to its critical subjects

What happens when the son (Varun Dhawan) who is set to divorce his wife (Kiara Advani) and end his five-year-long love marriage due to his male ego and jealousy of her success, finds out his father (Anil Kapoor) wants to end his thirty-five years of an arranged marriage with his mother (Neetu Kapoor)?

Director Raj Mehta wants to say that not alone love is necessary for saving a marriage, whether it’s a love or arranged marriage. Respect, trust, responsibility and understanding are some of marriage’s building blocks. But, I think he failed to do so. In some sequences, the movie normalises the male entitlement to being unfaithful to women and potency to be chauvinistic.

In order to present the complex and bitter subjects of society like the jealousy of a husband due to his male ego, the struggles of married working women who are self-made, and the infidelity in the marriage, the makers decided to take a saccharine and humouristic way and failed. The film is filled with jokes which make you laugh sometimes but dilute the complex subjects it was trying to breach.

The core story of a dysfunctional family seemed to be without rhythm. Varun Dhawan portrays the character of Kukoo, who marries his childhood love Naina (of course!) played by Kiara Advani. Kukoo’s male ego comes in between their relationship when his wife climbs up the stairs of success when he is left to be a bouncer of a nightclub. This makes him jealous and he feels inferior in their relationship.

Trying to divorce each other, they decide to act as a perfect couple to attend Kukoo’s sister Ginni’s (Prajakata Koli) wedding. When Kukoo tries to tell his father Bhim Saini (Anil Kapoor) about his decision to divorce Naina, his father explodes a bomb on his head by telling him that he wants to divorce his mother Geeta (Neetu Kapoor) because of the lack of romance as he describes Geeta as “Vegetarian Lioness”. He tells him about Meera (Tisca Chopra) who brought that romance into his life again and brings him to meet Meera. The scene itself looks forced comic.

The film didn’t discuss the patriarchal issues of the father and son but left enough time to discuss the invisibly justified reasons like a late hormonal surge for infidelity.

Keeping everything aside, Anil Kapoor did a good job in this movie and his comic sequences with Varun brought out some of the laughing moments in the movie. Neetu Kapoor’s performance was worth watching, trust me. She brought her character out of the paper in a composed and poised manner in contrast to everyone’s rave and rant. A strong woman who spent her whole life nurturing her family and is not afraid to leave his husband who broke her trust and faith. Her segment with Kiara towards the end of the movie where they share their difficulties and experience in the marriage with cheers was an emotional yet powerful scene. Kiara Advani’s performance as a wife who is tired to make her marriage work came to be good. One scene where she fights with Varun brought out the problems of working women in marriage in a raw manner. Manish Paul comes to screen with a background voice saying “Munda”, bringing a comical gesture to the movie did a fine job.

When all is said and done, I will not say “JugJugg jeeyo” to this movie, it will evoke a few laughs and entertain you heartily. But surely is not insightful and judicious to its complex subjects.

Source – India Today
  • Ratings: 7.5/10 IMDB
  • Lead Cast: Kiara Advani, Neetu Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Anil Kapoor
  • Time: 2 Hours
  • Release: 24 June 2002
  • Director: Raj Mehta
  • Genre: Romance/Drama

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