The film’s opening 15 minutes set contrasting moods that persist throughout the story. Childhood sweethearts Kuku (Varun Dhawan) and Naina (Kiara Advani) rekindle their love when Kuku proposes by tattooing “Will you marry me?” on his abs. Years later in Canada, they appear in all-black attire, symbolizing the challenges they’ve faced from Patiala to Canada. Kuku, portrayed as a carefree individual akin to his previous roles, navigates family complexities, including his sister Ginni’s wedding and his parents’ marital issues. Kuku refrains from revealing his relationship issues to protect his sister’s happiness. Upon returning to Patiala, Kuku discovers his father also wants to separate from his wife Geeta. This prompts Kuku to reflect on his family’s situation and the ensuing events.
The film is reviving the “dramedy” genre. However, it notes that while the screenplay escalates comical sequences, it struggles to maintain a perfect balance between humour and emotion. The climax delivers melodrama but lacks the uproarious laughter seen in the director’s previous film, “Good Newwz.” Varun Dhawan successfully transitions between different emotional tones, while Kiara Advani delivers a powerful outburst scene. Anil Kapoor shines in his signature style, Neetu Kapoor’s portrayal of a traditional Indian wife is subtle, and Maniesh Paul brings comedy reminiscent of Govinda. Prajakta Koli’s natural acting is underutilized.
Director Raj Mehta attempts to combine two storylines, offering both content and a rushed feel. While the film remains engaging and avoids becoming boring, it doesn’t reach the level of uproarious laughter. The film’s music receives a mixed response, with some songs being forgettable and others providing decent entertainment.
In conclusion, “Jug Jugg Jeeyo” delivers light-hearted family entertainment as promised, but it doesn’t exceed these expectations.