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Jaggu Ki Lalten

Jaggu Ki Lalten Movie Review

by rameshe

Critic’s Rating : / 5

Jaggu Ki Lalten Movie Review : A good plot throttled by average direction and below-par performances

Jaggu ki Lalten Story: ‘Jaggu ki Lalten’ is about a scrap dealer who, during one of his trips, meets Jaggu, a tea seller. A lantern at the shop that has been passed on for generations catches the fascination of the scrap dealer, who wants to acquire it at any cost.

Jaggu ki Lalten Review: ‘Jaggu ki Lalten’ will remind you of those one-hour telefilms that Doordarshan often aired during the 80s and 90s. The entire story used to be summed up in one hour. Having said that, stretching this story into a film was just not required. The film, after showing initial sparks, completely fizzles out. The film has a wafer-thin plot and a screenplay that’s predictable. The drama fails to entice viewers and, in the end, collapses.

This drama is about Harilal, a scrap dealer, who has made a fortune by the sheer dint of his hard work. Despite amassing huge wealth in his business, he remains a man of ethics. During one of his trips, an old lantern at a tea shop catches his fancy. The tea stall owner is Jaggu, and upon inquiry, informs the scrap dealer that the lantern has been passed on to him for generations and remains of sentimental value to him. Harilal even increases his initial offer from Rs 25,000 to Rs 7.5 lakh in order to obtain the lantern.

It’s a film that could have been so much better, but average performances by the cast and a dull screenplay play spoilsport. Raghuvir Yadav remains the only redeeming quality of the film. Neeraj Gupta as Harilal sometimes goes overboard and remains inconsistent in his performance. Vipin Kapoor has managed to pick a good plot for his film, but his direction leaves a lot to be desired. Aakriti Bharti, in the role of Jaggu’s wife, does provide an element of believability with her nagging attitude.

The comedy in ‘Jaggu ki Lalten’ is unintentional and, fortunately, it brings a smile to your face. It’s primarily the sequences featuring Raghuvir Yadav that manage to sustain your interest and keep you engaged. This drama is not a bad film per se – It has a good story hook, but a below-par performance by most of the cast and a lackluster direction kills any prospect.

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