It’s about loving your family. But, in JugJugg Jeeyo’s case, it’s about keeping the family together. Raj Mehta’s challenge of keeping love alive in a marriage reminds you of the great family dramas of the early 2000s.
Kuku (Varun Dhawan) and Naina (Kiara Advani)’s five-year marriage is on the brink of collapse, while the former’s parents, Bhim (Anil Kapoor) and Geeta (Neetu Kapoor), are in a similar frame of mind. Okay. There is an extramarital affair and a side track about Kuku’s sister still in her ward for her ex. Lots of punches and jokes are thrown to keep the momentum going. When you have a large cast, the director’s challenge is not only to give all the actors in the cast the same opportunities but also to make sure that no one eats up the moments of the others.
JugJugg Jeeyo’s greatest strength is that he can showcase the strength of his entire star cast in the best way possible. So when Varun Dhawan goes dumb and seduces Kiara in the same scene, you know the director is playing to his strength. Making the most of Anil Kapoor’s versatility, Mehta provided him with some of the best scenes and dialogue in the film. And the anxious and overzealous actor is about to feed at this very moment.
Kiara and Varun’s chemistry is refreshing, and unlike most rom-coms, she is nothing short of a prop and has some strong scenes that show a new side. Maniesh Paul is a natural when bringing out those lighter moments, while Neetu Kapoor is a delight to watch on the big screen. The scene of him with Kiara on the bench overlooking the lake is one of the best moments in the movie.
On the other hand, the movie is a bit long, and nothing new shows the funny side of a Punjabi wedding. Some scenes have been shot so that they can make their way into Ekta Kapoor’s daily soap opera. The film has loud background music and dialogue that exceeds normal decibel levels.
At its core, JugJugg Jeeyo is about saving a marriage and realizing that committing and maintaining self-respect are two different conversations. No matter the deep themes, director Raj Mehta has kept the proceedings light and engaging, using humour, satire, and wit. Like all marriages, the movie isn’t perfect, and it has its fair share of flaws, and those flaws are what make the movie worth watching.