Movie Review-Jab Tak Hai Jaan

15 Nov

Being a die-hard Shah Rukh fan, not seeing the much-awaited Jab Tak Hai Jaan on its first day of release was hardly an option. So, I went with my entire family consisting of 19 people across different age groups, from 80 to 16, to watch the much-publicised film.

The movie begins with Major Samar Anand, member of the Bomb Disposal Squad, Indian Army doing what he does best-diffusing a bomb in a busy Leh market. He’s called “The Man who cannot die” with a record of successfully diffusing 98 bombs till date. His path crosses with rookie intern at Discovery Channel, a spirited Akira who happens to get hold of his diary and takes the liberty of reading it. The movie then goes into the past and introduces Meera, the angelic beauty who is a successful business-woman on one hand and a god-fearing devotee on the other.  She falls in love with the then part-time musician cum waiter, Samar and what happens next forms the main premise of JTHJ.

One just wished the movie was a tad shorter as it tends to drag, especially in the second half. A couple of scenes, for instance the hospital scene or the scene where Meera welcomes Samar into a make-believe house with an aarti ki thali are ridiculous, way too cliched and I daresay boring. A.R Rahman disappoints and the music is nothing to write home about, with “Challa” and “Saas” being the only two hummable songs in the whole gamut.  There are no memorable dialogues in JTHJ, which is in stark contrast to other movies from the Yash Raj stable and even the climax leaves one asking for more.

But inspite of all this JTHJ works! The movie looks magnificent on-screen, with the breathtaking locales of Leh, Ladakh and London adding a distinct flavor. The King of Romance, Yash Chopra has shown the relationship between each of the chief protagonists brilliantly. All those SRK fans who have missed him in romantic roles will not be disappointed.  Surprisingly, he has even indulged in a lip-lock with leading lady, Katrina, something he has abstained from all these years.  Apart from the lead actors, “Sir Jesus” plays a pivotal role forming the back-bone of the movie.

As far as the performances are concerned, Katrina looks stunning to say the least. She’s good in the happy scenes and has worked very hard in the dance sequences. But she lags behind in the emotional and romantic sequences. Anushka Sharma, one of the favourites of the Yashraj camp, shines as the flamboyant Akira and has proved that she’s here to stay. With her natural acting skills and good looks, coupled with intelligent choice of movies, there’s nothing that can stop her from getting into the big league. But the movie undoubtedly belongs to Shah Rukh Khan, who proves that he’s not called the Baadshah of Bollywood for nothing.  Sporting a cool stubble, army uniform and an attitude to match, he carries the entire film on his shoulders effortlessly.

With the passing away of the legend Yash Chopra, you’ll probably never see romance portrayed this way again. In a way, this film marks the end of a fabulous era where films were primarily about human emotions. I would rate it a 3 out of 5. My 80-year-old grandmother didn’t care too much for it. My aunts and uncles found it bearable and my cousins enjoyed it. Make sure you watch it and let me know what you think as well!

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