After successful film Good Newwz (2019), once again director Raj Mehta brings on screen a bunch of Punjabi people, this time from Patiala. In JugJugg Jeeyo, everybody you see on screen, wears designer clothes. There’s blingy jackets, suits and lehengas. Unapologetic Punjabi humour triggers some genuine laughs. Marriages are divine and more of a festival in India and hence, divorce often leads to conversations and evokes emotions that none can ascertain. Raj Mehta tries to dwell into the story of two divorce in the same family, but with a comical twist in his writing.
The film begins with a childhood love story in school between Kukoo Saini (Varun Dhawan) and Naina Sharma (Kiara Advani) with Naina's brother Gurpeeet (Maniesh Paul) unknowingly playing the wingman. There's a scene where Kukoo proposes to Naina with a temporary tattoo on his six-pack abs that reads: Will you marry me - Yes or No? And soon, through a lavish wedding and song sequence, we are introduced to Kukoo's Punjabi family — dad Bheem (Anil Kapoor), mom Geeta (Neetu Singh) and sister Ginny (Prajakta Koli). Cut to five years later, we are told Kukoo and Naina, who now live in Toronto, Canada, have fallen out of love and want a divorce. But one last time, they agree to pretend they are a happily married couple for the sake of Ginny's wedding back home. While the two are contemplating separation, they’re in for a bigger shock as senior members of the family, too, wanting out of their bad marriage. The movie throws light on numerous issues softly, and always with a sense of humour. Raj Mehta’s flawed and real characters and their problems are relatable. The whole narrative is a roller coaster ride of relationship issues that aren’t easy to be resolved.
The main plot and conflict of Jug Jugg Jeeyo is a drama, but Raj Mehta along with his writers, Sumit Batheja and Anuraj Singh, have designed his 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 that's definite to bring a smile. While this is a subject that easily could have been on the heavier side, it's the writing that ensures a blend of laughter, emotion and drama. The editing is fine, which ensures a fast paced narrative. The cinematography is vibrant and it's exactly the kind of visual that will create the desire for big screen experience. The dialogues by Rishhabh Sharma are brilliant. The one-liners written specially for Maniesh Paul's character is sure to bring the house down with laughter, whereas some of the emotional ones have the depth that's needed to tackle the rather heavier sequences of the movie. The music is melodious, and blends well into the narrative.
About the performances, Varun Dhawan is unquestionably amazing as Kukoo. Varun Dhawan exercises commendable restrain in an all-out family drama that uses comedic respite to come out of every difficult situation. Kiara Advani as Naina delivers her career best performance. Kiara Advani looks stunning in every frame and pulls off a fine performance. Anil Kapoor is brilliant as Bheem and he is the absolute life of the party here. The role is tailor-made for him as he makes you root for him despite all his eccentricities. His pattern of switching from vulnerable to someone emotional is unbelievable. Neetu Kapoor makes a comeback with the movie. She is extremely endearing and likeable and fits the role beautifully. Maniesh Paul is a riot, and gets some of the best one-liners in the film. YouTuber Prajakta Koli makes a confident debut.
Film Jug Jugg Jeeyo marries comedy with drama and emotions. It is an absolute family entertainer that talks about choosing relationships over self-interest and while doing so, there's nothing preachy about it. There's aren't any vulgar jokes or slapstick humour to infuse laughter and that makes JugJugg Jeeyo a clean comedy drama.
Overall, Jug Jugg Jeeyo is worthy to watch once due to its entertainment quotient.