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An Open Thank You Letter to Anurag Basu and Ranbir Kapoor.
Dear Anurag Basu and Ranbir Kapoor,
First of all, I want to thank you for Jagga Jasoos, I usually write reviews and opinions on movies but this time around I want to write a thank you letter and you know why? Let me tell you. We live in a strange country where same masala mediocre cinema is what the mass loves, they don’t have the concentration level to understand the beauty of complex screenplays with no taste for art. We live in a country where loud films become big hits and still you guys dared to make this film. Hats off to you Mr. Basu, people are saying you tried to make the Indian Tintin but what’s wrong in it? I am an author and I get inspired by the books I read and you can see the hint of Shakespeare’s Sonnet No. 55 in my first novella too. Trust me no work of fiction in this world takes place without inspiration.
The Media is against your film, some dual faced Indian critics are saying being a true musical is a short coming and the same people loved La La Land, Into The Woods and Beauty And The Beast. There’s one critic who mocked the film because it commented on war, seriously? It’s an adventure mystery dealing a case related to illegal arms supply in the world and they have every right to comment on war, and they did, what’s wrong in it? Some cried over the length of it and the same clapped like crazy when a never ending ear-tearingly loud Bahubali: The Conclusion came. The state of film reviews in the country is a laughing stock. Well, I also had issues with a couple of scenes but in front of an overall wonderful magical experience that is nothing and no art piece is perfect. The film might not get success at the box office but don’t worry, you have to move ahead with your head held high because you have made a great film. A true musical adventure with heart. And never compromise in the pressure of earning money, just follow your heart and make visionary films like this and I guarantee you the horizon of your niche will definitely increase with time. This movie took me into the world I wanted to see as an artist, gave me the kind of high which I had after watching Tim Burton’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, even I saw a glimpse of Burton’s cult classic Big Fish in Jagga Jasoos.
Mr. Basu I know there are many like me who loved the film and you have raised the bar of Indian Cinema. I also want to say Thank you to Ravi Varman who painted the vision of Basu on celluloid and every frame of the movie is sensational. I want to hug Pritam too, who when got an opportunity of a lifetime to showcase his talent has pushed the envelope in the best way possible. Thank you for casting Saswata Chatterjee and giving him an opportunity to deliver a superb performance. Thank you, Katrina Kaif, for being a part of this beautiful and brave film.
And now, at last, Thank you, Ranbir Kapoor, for being the artist you are. Which actor of our generation has the guts to act and produce a film like this in an industry where people and trade write off the actors only after a single flop? He knew he is not Aamir Khan, the only mainstream actor, and Superstar whose experiments are loved and accepted in the country almost every single time yet Kapoor acted and dared to produce this risky venture. Since your debut, you have been the different one and tried hands to do movies which were unusual. Be it the lovely Rocket Singh: Salesman of the year, Rockstar, Barfi, Tamasha, Wake up Sid or even Bombay Velvet (I just loved your portrayal of Johnny Balraj, didn’t like the film though). You are the next Aamir Khan, mark my words or I would say the first Ranbir Kapoor. Here nobody will praise the efforts you guys have made to make this film but do not worry. This movie will find its cult in the times to come, Thank you again for Jagga Jasoos.
Irrespective of its box office Jagga Jasoos for me is a success, and it is bigger than the box office because it is Cinema’s success. After the pre credit tease scene, I badly want to see a sequel but I know no one will come out to back the project but if possible make a Netflix sequel without the worry of the bloody competitive box office.
A Creative viewer,