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jaadugar (2022) stars Jitendra Kumar, Javed Jaffrey, Arushi Sharma and Manoj Joshi, among others. The Netflix Hindi film is directed by Sameer Saxena and written by Biswapati Sarkar. The 166-minute film features music composed by Nilotpal Bora.

The synopsis reads: “A small-town magician with no interest in football must lead his local team to the finals of a tournament if he is to marry the love of his life.”

Netflix India Film Jaadugar Review contains no spoilers

The history of the Netflix film jaadugar takes place in the town of Neemuch in Madhya Pradesh. Every year there is a local football match between teams from two different areas. Adarsh ‚Äč‚ÄčNagar’s Sikandar’s always failed to win every match.

Meenu (Jitendra Kumar) is not interested in soccer. His interests are more towards magic and love (chasing girls). His uncle (played by Javed Jaffrey) does his best to get Meenu interested in playing soccer. But nothing helps. However, it is love that changes Meenu’s mind. To win the love of his life, Meenu must learn soccer and help his team reach the finals.

We grew up with “Haarke jeetne waale ko Baazigar Kehte hai” (The one who wins after losing is called Baazigar). But in the Netflix film, the dialogue is completely twisted. I’ve tried to make peace with that. I know I shouldn’t have done it. But I thought the plot would get better. Unfortunately not. I was confused with the premise and the time it took to make sense.

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Perhaps the writer-director would have thought that bringing together the story of football, magic and love would create something exciting. Maybe it looked exciting enough on paper. But as a film overall it struggles. It’s hard to keep up with a simple story that isn’t even complicated but spans 2 hours and 47 minutes.

It’s not that jaadugar didn’t have any funny moments. There are scenes where the players of Sikandar soccer team make you laugh. Jitendra Kumar tries his best to bring out the romantic side. But it looks cartoonish. It’s hard to take the love angle and its motive to learn soccer seriously.

Another problem with jaadugar are the songs. Is it also a musical? I believe it isn’t.

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Jitendra Kumar made a good impression with his performance Panchayat Season 2. Watching him try to act out the scenes that didn’t live up to his potential was deeply disappointing. The same goes for Javed Jaffrey who is such a talented actor.

Netflix’s Jaadugar Review: Final Thoughts

Overall, the Netflix film not only fails to capture the essence of a small town story, but it also fails to deliver an entertaining plot. The running time is a big lag as not everyone wants to watch a boring 160+ minute movie while sitting comfortably in their room.

The film is now streaming on Netflix.

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