‘Jagga Jasoos’ took three years in the making, but still, the final product wasn’t satisfying enough. In the movie, Basu’s tireless efforts were visible, his brave attempt to create a unique and a beautiful world is laudable. But this musical drama needed an easy-going storyline. And that is where the film lost it.
Now, the outspoken Rishi Kapoor has attacked Basu’s slow filming process which hampered the movie. According to him, the director was too immersed in creativity, and he neglected other key factors i.e time and money.
In an interview with mid-day, Rishi Kapoor opens about why Anurag Basu’s unprofessionalism angers him:
I saw the film on Thursday, only a day ahead of the release. Till Wednesday, Anurag Basu was still mixing the film. Can you imagine that? Pritam [composer] probably delivered the music only a week before. What can you say? You (here, Basu) don’t take an opinion from anybody. Today’s filmmakers are doing this with everybody. They don’t show their films before release to take opinions, and treat it as though they’re making a nuclear bomb. I totally agree with Ekta [Kapoor] when she threw him out from her film. He had problems with Rakesh Roshan while working on ‘Kites’ (2010). He’s such an irresponsible director that he doesn’t complete the film. It was supposed to release three times in the past two years, but it kept getting delayed.
He further asked Basu’s justification for removing Govinda’s scene in the movie:
You may be the biggest director in the world but nobody would like to work with you because you are irresponsible. There is somebody else’s money involved in this. I trusted you, and this is what you give us? Ranbir hasn’t held back on spending money on it. You even threw Govinda out of the film. If you don’t want Govinda to work in your film, why did you ask him in the first place? Iss sab mein Ranbir ka naam toh kharaab hoga, aur kya? Mera kharaab hoga!
A few weeks back, Ranbir had apologized to Govinda for removing his part, and he even took the blame for it. But certainly, Rishi Kapoor didn’t appreciate his move.
He stated that the film would have profited more if Basu had released it on time:
It did not release in Singapore because you have to deliver it five days in advance. It did not release in the Gulf on Thursday because it was only delivered to them on Thursday. This is unreasonable and irresponsible. You may be thinking you are making the Taj Mahal, but you are supposed to make it ready on time. Even Pritam delays his submissions. [It was later promoted as] a kids’ film. But, a kids’ film also has to release at the right time, like during the school vacations. At that time too, Anurag Basu wasn’t ready.