Movie Review from the desk of Adnan Ashraf
Despite its huge hype, Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif starrer Jagga Jasoos fails to deliver the reckonings of a Bollywood block-buster. The musical comedy (MusCom) film narrates the story of a young detective and his mission to uncover details of his father’s mysterious life.
Though the director dropped Manipur as shoot locale, a subplot of the film is about insurgents in Manipur. After shooting in Cape Town and Thailand, shooting shifted to Darjeeling and Manipur was quietly dropped as a location.
Earlier, the director of the film Anurag Basu, when asked about his shooting schedule had said,
“Shooting in the jungles of Manipur will be grueling considering there are no luxurious resorts there. It’s going to be tough for everybody.”
Talking about Manipur, insurgency in Manipur is not similar to other insurgent groups in the country. The insurgency problems in the state are much more complex; which combines elements of a national liberation war besides an ethnic conflict. The director Anurag Basu cuts the complex problems to a set of misguided youths in the film, which form terrorist groups in the state.
Besides Manipur, our local media’s uproar about the Bihu dance in the film has taken the expectations of Assamese people to another dimension. But what we’ve got to watch is merely a glimpse. Katrina only trod one or two steps of Bihu in the beginning of a song, not even wearing the proper ‘pat-muga’. Speaking of Bihu, we’ve also got to hear the tune of ‘Pepa’ (the hornpipe instrument) in the same song, but it was completely distorted.
As a whole, the inclusions of different cultural elements of North-East like Cheraw dance of Mizoram, Bihu of Assam and many more have made the film more colorful and vivid.
But Manipur or we can say North-East have once again lost the exposure via a big budget Bollywood film. A much more satisfactory portrayal of North-East India would boost the tourism and economy and definitely reduce the gap between mainland India and the Northeast India.