Jagga Jasoos Trailer!!!

This is the first of 3 trailers that came out today, and they are all so important I am giving them each their own post!  This is the first one to put up, because I think it is the one there is the most to say about.

First thing to say, is that the trailer is only available on the Hotstar website.  But not in America.  WHO DOES THAT?!?!?!?  It’s a TRAILER!!!!  It’s an ad for your movie!  Why would you try to limit access to an advertisement?!?!?

Anyway, for now, here is a semi-illegal version from youtube:

 

I don’t know…..  I’m getting Shaandar vibes.  It feels like it is so mannered it may have lost track of the emotions of it.  Great editing, great pacing, all of that is good.  But was there ever a moment, besides right at the opening when little Ranbir fades into grown up Ranbir, that felt like it gave some real emotion?

Also, a bit extreme in the “safari adventure” kind of thing.  Maybe the thinking is that the family audience will enjoy all the running animals and this that and the other thing.  But personally, I just find it boring.  I don’t want a nature program to suddenly invade my Hindi movie.

Generally, based on the minimal information currently available, I am voting a strong “No!”.  But, once I see a song trailer and get more info and actually go watch it on April 7th, I could always change my mind.

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19 thoughts on “Jagga Jasoos Trailer!!!

  1. Also, confused by the trailer. Visually, I guess it’s interesting, but is he really a teen! detective? I’m getting more of a Barfi vibe and that scares me more than the Shaandaar vibe. (I rewatched Shaandaar this weekend and I love it more every time I see it. There’s something about its surrealism and snarky humor that I found kind of unique in modern Hindi films.)

    And the Disney involvement could be a big plus or big minus…it worked in Khoobsurat. I know Bombay Velvet was a failure, but Ranbir Kapoor really needs to stop doing these kind of roles and try things with an edge!

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    • What a great comment! I literally agree with every word that you wrote. I’m so glad to discover that someone else loved Shaandaar. I thought it was fantastic! I had read so many negative things about it, so I guess I went in with zero expectations. It blew me away. I loved the fantasy elements, the songs and over-the-top characterizations. It seemed magical. I thought it hit all the right notes. I am definitely due for a rewatch.

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      • Yay, for more people loving Shaandaar. I kind of hope it becomes a cult classic somehow. Magical is a great word to describe it, a truly beautiful “fractured” fairy tale! I also think it has some Arrested Development absurdist comedic element to it that didn’t work for some people, but did for me.

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        • I should go back and try it again. I had 3 big problems with it, all of which may seem less big on a rewatch:

          1) The “body-shaming” message really didn’t work for me, because so far as I was concerned the problem wasn’t that her fiance wasn’t attracted to her, it was that her family was forcing her into marrying a guy who wasn’t attracted to her. And his family too. It’s not like he was picking some random person on the street and making fun of her size, it’s okay to say “I personally am not attracted to this person and therefore would prefer not to marry her.” Oh, and also, “body-shaming” is like problem number 50 that needs to be addressed regarding women in India, so that felt like a huge waste. Skin-color shaming would have been more appropriate, or, you know, actually dealing with the fact she is being forced to marry someone who hates her!

          2) I don’t know if you caught it, but there was an incredibly powerful and huge real world thing the plot barely dealt with. Shahid’s parents were killed in the 1984 riots, which killed between 2,500 and 8,000 Sikhs (the higher figure is partly because so many bodies were burned or otherwise destroyed so completely that the people are just listed as “missing” not confirmed dead). This is still a major issue for the Sikh community world-wide, and it is one of those hot button topics that films try to avoid. At least, mainstream Hindi films. I am thrilled that a film in any way tried to deal with the whole thing, but it also kind of ruined the rest of the movie for me, because once Shahid told his story I got caught up in the “thousand brutally killed” part of it and had a hard time taking the light wedding plot seriously after that.

          3) It felt really strange to me that they were in a European castle and using all this European iconography in an Indian film! I mean, in a fairytale kind of Indian film. Why not put it in an Indian castle and make them Indian royalty (like Khoobsurat)? What’s this need to make it into a Western style?

          Okay, that makes it sound like I really hated the movie! But I only saw it once, maybe on a re-watch these3 things will make more sense to me. I did really like the performances and some of the look of the movie, and I thought Alia and Shahid were great together.

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          • As always, a very insightful and well-written analysis/rebuttal (love that you can do this on the fly and keep up with such frequent blog posts, too!)

            1) I think watching so many Hindi films about people being unhappily forced into marriages has desensitized me to that part of the plot here (but, of course, it’s awful!). I just like that in this one Sanah Kapoor’s character didn’t reclaim her self-esteem because of the love of some dude, but because she just plain had enough and, despite the crazy matriarch of the family and her mom, she did have a strong family support system in her sister, uncle, and father. The scene before the wedding with Pankaj and Sanah where he told her she didn’t need to compromise was beautiful, not least because they are real father and daughter, as was the song where Shahid’s character is trying to cheer her up for the same reason. I think if I had to pick a favorite filmi family, it might be this small but mighty one! I do also think that this kind of body image story along with the strong portrayal in Dum Laga Ke Haisha of a woman with similar issues but more innate confidence (since she’s actually pretty comfortable with who she is…she just wishes she wasn’t married to an idiot!) can lead to more topics being discussed like the skin-color issue. I think the success of Pink and Parched will lead to more films taking on some of these topics.

            2) I think that’s a legitimate flaw in the story that this major event in the character’s past was so casually dropped into the screenplay and then didn’t go any further. It was jarring on repeated viewings as well. Of course, this would be a whole other movie, one like Soha Ali Khan’s October 31st instead. But it does explain his close relationship with his grandmother which is a plot point as well. What I think the knowledge that he is an orphan with this traumatic event in his childhood does for the viewer is to subtly link it to his own insomnia and makes his immediate connection with the insomniac Alia (also “orphaned”) that much more understandable and sweet.

            3) The setting didn’t bother me. Khoobsurat was a beautiful Indian fairy tale setting, indeed, as Paheli had it’s beautiful sets for the folk tale setting and there are plenty of Hindi films that capitalize on the beauty of Indian architecture. Of course, these two wealthy and wacky families would have a destination wedding for no particularly good reason, especially because neither side could afford it. It added to the absurdist quality of the film.

            And in the end, the absurdist element of the film is what won me over. And everyone looked really, really good doing what they were doing, especially the costumes for Pankaj, Shahid, and Alia and the choreo and even the animated segments.

            I think that many who were disappointed by this next film by Vikas Bahl forgot how there was kind of a “magical” fairy tale element to Queen, too. The fairy godmother (Lisa Haydon’s character), the prince charming (Italian chef dude), the villain (her fiance) and you even have a kind of “seven dwarfs” stand in with the three guy friends she makes. And of course there’s the modern twist on the fairy tale tropes in this one, too.

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          • Thank you for putting up such interesting comments for me to respond to! It was a little treat waiting for me when I got into work.

            for point 1., I watched Dum Laga Ke Haisha with a woman who was living in India in the late 90s/early 2000s, the time when the movie was set, and she had a really hard time with it, because she found it so unrealistic! She talked about how, at that time, billboards for Rani Mukherjee movies would have to be painted over to make her appear to have a fuller figure, that especially in smaller towns and rural areas that were less Westernized, the larger woman would have been considered more attractive. Maybe not quite as big as the heroine in Dum Laga, but closer to that then to the wife of his friend that was supposed to be so “pretty”.

            Anyway, it’s a small thing, but the concern with this kind of body-shaming based on size just strikes a strange chord for me in Indian films, like they are trying to be Westernized, or are just completely out of touch with the majority of the country (where female size really isn’t much of an issue). Like if they threw in a big conversation about, I don’t know, Neutral Milk Hotel versus Guided By Voices (those are hipster bands, right?). It’s something that the people in cities, and the overseas audience, might really care about. But it’s an odd thing to put in the mouth of of your character, and an odd thing to think that the majority of your audience will actual care about.

            For point 2), yes! “Jarring” is it exactly! I hate to say that an Indian film should avoid a political topic, but it might have been better for the narrative as a whole if they had just had his parents die in a car accident or a fire and left it at that.

            That is a fascinating way to look at Queen! I LOVE it!!!! Oh, that is brilliant!!!!!!

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        • You both have made such excellent points that I will pay particular attention to the next time I watch Shaandaar. Thanks! I watched it so early in my Hindi film fandom, it should be interesting to watch it with a fresh set of eyes.

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    • What I have seen of this role and Barfi and Ajab Prem Gazab Ki Kahani and Saawariya and a few others makes me think he is trying to slip into his Grandfather’s “Awara” persona, the innocent tramp who is also kind of streetwise and clever and romantic. But I don’t think it works for him AT ALL. His biggest hits, Bachna Ae Haseeno and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani have been when he played a sort of modern flirt and a bit of a dog.

      Both Khoobsurat and ABCD2 felt like they were a natural fit between Disney and Indian film, you know? An innocent romance with family involved, that’s totally both Disney and Indian. And a teen romance with a lot of dance and fun, also Disney! But this, I just don’t know. For one thing, I find Ranbir and Katrina way way too old! ABCD2 had a similar “teen” feel, but the lead pair were still in their early/mid 20s, so I could believe it. But Ranbir and Kat I just want to shout “act your age!” when I see them in this trailer.

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  2. After the erudite discussion of Shaandaar, I went back to see if I’d actually seen it. I did. At the time I thought it was a cute “time-pass” but not really worthy of either actor. I suspect the body shaming has spread everywhere. Look how different Kajol looks now from how she look even in DDLJ. I read a lot of Indian magazines and the emphasis on thin, and diet etc are all there.

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    • I hate that the Western body views have gotten into Indian pop culture, especially since it is always termed as being “healthy”. Like, “look how educated and wonderful and good it is that we are talking about diet and exercise, we are all so ‘healthy’ now.”

      Although, one thing to remember is that the people who are reading the magazines, especially the English magazines, would be a very small part of the population. The literacy rate in India is still only about 75%, and there are some questions as to the validity of the reporting methods for that. And then the English literacy rate would be much lower than that.

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      • Do you follow viralbhayani on Instagram? He is one of the “paps” and is everywhere they are clicking away.He showed a picture of vandanasajnani and asked why she thought she needed to lose weight. He said, “She looked so hot and wonder why she wants to.loose more weight. Skinny chicks were never hot here in India maybe in Paris.” I liked him before, but now I REALLY like him.

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        • I just remembered why I was just talking about this! Have you read the Byomkesh Bakshi stories? It’s a little hard to get them in America, but not impossible (may not be at your library, but you can buy them cheap on Amazon). And they are super fun! Anyway, there is a whole thing about how Byomkesh’s wife is beautiful to him and strong and wise and all of this. But also “unusual” looking, because she is so small and skinny. Not the “typical” Indian beauty.

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          • I saw the movie but have not read the stories. That’s next (after I finish your book and the new Chabon [which I highly recommend as well]). Always like when the “zaftig” woman is lauded.

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          • The stories are very fun, very Sherlock Holmes/Agatha Christie kind of feeling. Now I am trying to remember, I don’t think they necessarily laud the “zaftig” woman, it’s more the way they describe Satyavati like she doesn’t have the ideal beauty, but all the words they are using to describe her are what would be the ideal beauty now. It’s kind of the same as in the LM Montgomery books! Anne always feels ugly because she is so skinny and tall, instead of plump short Diana.

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      • It seemed like Parineeti fell victim to that, and sort of got pushed into losing weight. When I first saw her in Shuddh Desi Romance, Dawaat-e-ishq and Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, I thought she was one of the most naturally stunning women that I had ever seen. Absolutely beautiful, head to toe. I was shocked to hear people referring to her as ‘chubby’ or ‘flabby.’ I mean, seriously? She was a regular size woman and there was nothing wrong with that! She took the year off to get ‘fit’ or ‘healthy’ and she’s toned up. It’s fine if that’s what she wanted to do but it seemed like the industry pressured her into it. It irks me a bit now when interviewers and such speak about her as though she was on the edge of morbid obesity or something. Some of the interviews I’ve seen since her ‘transformation’ are a bit uncomfortable. She looked great before and her ‘girl next door’ look actually set her apart from a lot of other actresses.

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        • I hate the “fit” and “healthy” language used for weight loss! Both in India and Western press. Because it makes it sound like somehow they are morally superior or a better role model now that they are skinnier. And, of course, a lot of the time they were actually healthier when they had a fuller figure than now that they have lost the weight.

          What bugs me about the Indian industry in particular is that the pressure all seems to be coming from within the industry. Like, I’m not seeing the box office receipts going up or down for anyone’s movie based on their weight. It’s not something the ticket buying public necessarily cares about enough to consider it as part of their purchase decision. But I guess producers and directors are beginning to care about enough that actresses are beginning to feel the pressure.

          And yes to her losing some of her uniqueness. It kind of reminds me of Jennifer Grey and Barbra Streisand. You know how Streisand refused to be pressured into getting a nose job and it doesn’t seem to have had any affect on her career? And Jennifer Grey did get one, and if you see her now, she looks like a remarkably pretty woman, but she doesn’t look like the actress we all knew from Dirty Dancing and Ferris Bueller, and her career kind of stalled after that.

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  3. I liked the trailer! It seems very wacky and magical! I do agree that both Ranbir and Katrina seem a bit old for their roles, I feel like Varun and Alia would fit this world perfectly. This seems like such an ambitious movie though and I’m sure that the budget is very high. So far Jagga Jasoos has two weeks of a free run so I think it might run well even.

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    • Oh, good thought! Alia would be wonderful in a children’s movie, she’s got such a baby face, it would be a perfect kind of role for her. The other comments have been talking about Shaandaar, that was a big advantage to it, having two leads with such innocent faces.

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