Jaadugar Movie Review: Magician Jitendra Kumar is there but the magic is missing

Director: Sameer Saxena

Jaadugar Cast:

Jitendra Kumar, Arushi Sharma, Javed Jaaferi, Manoj Joshi, Rukshar Dhilon, Raj Qushal, Raksha Pannwar, Shoan Zagade, Sandeep Shikhar, Rajiv Nema, Sameer Saxena

Release Date:

The film was released on 15th July 2022 on Netflix in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and English languages.

Jaadugar Review: Story, Performances & Analysis

We are introduced to Meenu, also known as Magic Meenu (played by Jitendra Kumar), a young man from Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh, whose only goal in life is to win the girl he loves. As a child, he fell in love with Kulfi and decided to become a Kulfiwala, but his mother warned him about the difficulties he might face in marriage if he pursued this path. Eventually, Meenu met magician Chhabra (played by Manoj Joshi), who left a lasting impression on him and inspired him to become a magician as well.

Meenu harbors a deep resentment towards football due to the tragic death of his parents, and he now lives with his retired footballer uncle, Pradeep (played by Jaaved Jaaferi), who is also the coach of a local football team. Pradeep's only goal in life is to win the Dhabolkar trophy, which was the dream of Meenu's father. However, the team is far from capable of winning a single match, with each defeat differing only in the margin. Each member of the team is more interested in everything else except for the game, but Pradeep refuses to give up.

Meenu falls in love with Iccha (played by Rukshar Dhilon) but never cares whether she loves him back or not, instead, he keeps himself busy impressing her with his magic and tricks. When he finds out from Lalli (played by Raj Qushal) that Iccha is getting married in Jodhpur, he cannot stop himself from going to the station to stop her. However, his actions embarrass Iccha's parents and ultimately lead to their breakup.

After the breakup, Meenu seeks help from his guru, magician Chhabra, rather than become a Devdas. He finds his next love in Dr. Disha Chhabra (played by Arushi Sharma), an ophthalmologist who is uninterested in him. But Meenu is not one to give up easily, and he keeps trying his luck with her, despite being rejected several times.

The story takes a turn when Meenu discovers that Disha is divorced, and he is further shocked to learn that his guru, magician Chhabra, is Disha's father. But there's more to the story, and we won't spoil it for you.

Jitendra Kumar's performance as Meenu is the standout in Jaadugar, and his portrayal of the character is convincing and outstanding. Director Sameer Saxena attempted to make a sports drama and romantic comedy that was extraordinary, but with too many subplots and an effort to add too many twists to the story, it becomes less convincing. The script could have been worked on a bit more to make the story more engaging and believable.

Javed Jaaferi delivers a noteworthy performance as Pradeep, particularly in emotional scenes. Arushi Sharma does a fantastic job as Disha, but a little more focus on her character could have made it more worthwhile. Manoj Joshi and Rukshar Dhilon provide able support with their respective characters.

In conclusion, if you're a fan of Jitendra Kumar and enjoyed his performances in Panchayat and Kota Factory, then Jaadugar is a must-watch.


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