This is not the first time that a pair in love has enthusiastically signed a film only to find that love has gone out of the window. Jagga Jasoos, that strange-sounding film about a boy-man detective was a project beleaguered from the beginning.
The story of how Jagga Jasoos (JJ) got itself into a deadlock makes for a great movie script. When the film was announced two years ago Ranbir Kapoor-Anurag Basu-UTV were seen as a super-winning team after Barfi. Basu was on top of the world. He suggested another out-of-the-box venture, this time minus Priyanka Chopra, but with Katrina Kaif playing the female lead instead.
When JJ was announced love between Ranbir and Katrina was at its acme. Who was to know it (love) would evaporate in no time at all? What would remain is a residue of bitterness and coldness. But that came later.
When the project was put together Ranbir who had since his debut in Saawariya acquired a reputation for unorthodox stardom, grabbed at the opportunity to do a detective flick that would take him from age 18 to age 40. Ranbir Kapoor even turned co-producer with pal Anurag Basu.
So far so good. Then the team got even more ambitious. They decided, why not do a full-fledged no-holds-barred musical, like The Sound Of Music and My Fair Lady where the characters converse in music. After 30 percent of shooting the team decided the musical format was not working.
So hear this. They undid the entire shooting. Scrapped what was shot and re-shot, this time in the normal format.
It is significant to note here that Anurag Basu’s Barfi with Ranbir too had undergone a substantial stint of re-shooting. Finally though, it all came together in Barfi. Not this time, though. Jagga Jasoos has gotten itself into a serious mess. Now with the fall-out between Ranbir and Katrina the project is on the verge of collapse.
Reveals a source in the know, “Ranbir and Katrina have tried to be professional about it. But the shooting is not working out. The biggest loser in this whole tangle of the personal and professional are UTV who have already invested a substantial amount of money in this project. They stand to lose close to Rs. 30 crores if Jagga Jasoos is shelved. With two back-to-back under-performing films Tamasha and Fitoor, this a financial blow that UTV could do well without.”
Jagga Jasoos is not the first project to suffer because of a fall-out between the lead pair. K Asif’s Mughal-e-Azam went through a similar crisis after Dilip Kumar and Madhubala fell out. But that’s another story.
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