Jaadugar Review | The Crowded Screenplay Struggles to Find the Right Balance

Magician, the new Netflix film with OTT superstar Jitendra Kumar as the lead character, has a story that is crowded and cliche. When the gallery starts singing in the film’s climax, you would expect it all to be a dream sequence. But unfortunately, it is not so, and it is one of the major issues in the writings of Vishwapati Sarkar. Trying to find his place in an exhausting long film brimming with magic, football and love, Sameer fails to impress Saxena the magician.

The film is set against the backdrop of a city named Neemuch. They have a local football tournament in which our hero Meenu’s father and uncle used to shine. After the death of Meenu’s parents, the team is weakened, and his uncle Pradeep is trying to get him the trophy his brother had dreamed of. How Meenu’s romance and love for magic come in the way of her uncle’s efforts to win the tournament that we see in Magician.

The plot congestion is the core problem that I felt with the film. The film starts to give us the impression that it is a film about a small town boy who wants to become a great magician. But then the football track comes in almost like a comic side track. After a point, romance comes into the picture, followed by the football that governs the story that follows. The rise of the underdog team is a blueprint we can all guess. And the moral dilemma that the film tries to impose on its central character didn’t quite achieve the complexity it wanted.

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Jitendra Kumar delivers the least impressive performance in his career. Perhaps a significant portion of that criticism goes into the writing. The self-oriented nature of the character is presented in a very one-dimensional way. We don’t sympathize with Meenu as her love for Disha and magic has always been superficial. Aarushi Sharma as Disha was fine in her role which was on the very attractive side. Javed Jaffrey as Pradeep gets a chance to play a role with many layers, and the veteran was fine in that character. Meenu’s teammates looked perfect as those characters. Manoj Joshi played his role as magician Chhabra.

The treatment given to this film is almost like that of the TVF series. There is an episodic nature to the packaging, which was not really needed. Many things that eliminate screen time seem irrelevant in totality. The aim is to find a balance between the three major tracks of the film. But sadly, the most predictable track dominates the screenplay, and it rarely gets you moving emotionally with its graph. The song Kya Khela Re was over the top, and the quality of the song saved the film’s climax from a crisis-fest.

Sameer Saxena’s film has the texture of the original TVF, which is positive. But it is unsure about its goal and wants to achieve many things. Magician is the kind of film where you would find it difficult to narrate it to anyone with complete confidence. The moral conflict they create in the film seems like a desperate attempt to connect two tracks running in parallel.

final thoughts

Trying to find his place in an exhausting long film brimming with magic, football and love, Sameer fails to impress Saxena the magician.

movie signal

Green: Recommended film

Orange: OK, Watchable, Experimental Movies

red: not recommended

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