Movie Review::Jab Tak Hai Jaan

Waqt, Silsila, Trishul, Kabhi Kabhie, Chandni, Lamhe, Dil Toh Paagal Hai, Veer Zaara are easily some of the highly rated movies in the romantic genre which had the vision of the ultimate showman of Bollywood, Mr.Yash Chopra. Jab Tak Hai Jaan(JTHJ) his latest and sadly his last offering was the most anticipated movie this year mainly because it marks the return of Shah Rukh Khan to the roles which he can dream-walk after his career went through a mini-crisis with his outings like Billu and Ra.One. Lets get back to the red hot topic this diwali and analyze Jab Tak Hai Jaan.

JTHJ speaks about the journey of 3 characters, Samar Anand, Meera and Akira(SRK, Katrina and Anushka) as how they are intertwined, how their lives are unseemingly complicated and not to forget how each of them are right in their own way. Samar an aspiring musician/cook/waiter and a perfect Yashraj hero falls in love with the ambitious yet confused Meera. Just when all things seem to go right Samar forces himself to go back to India to deal with things which might take his life/jaan on any given day(bomb diffusing squad of Indian Army). Why did he do so? Reason- Not convincing enough from my point of view! He then meets Akira a free spirited young documentary film-maker who dances around in shots and tees in the Army Camp holding the daaru ka bottle. Ultimately the pehle sex fir love kinda girl(as she puts it in the movie) falls for the Samar. oops sorry Major Samar Anand. What lies next is how the story progresses(at a snails pace) with some chirpy yet candyfloss dialogues like Itna pyaar mat karna ki tum paagal ho jao. Yahaan pe sirf ek paagal hai aur woh main hoon. Revealing anything beyond this will certainly be a spoiler.

Story-wise JTHJ is an absolute no-brainer. Aditya Chopra gets it all convoluted and wrong. The length of the movie(185 minutes) makes matters worse for the movie-goers. Add to it there are bloopers aplenty. But taking all this into consideration we need to realize it is infact a Yashraj movie! Now moving on to the performances. SRK puts his heart into the role but somewhere I feel he has lost the charm he had in movies like Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, DDLJ, Pardes, KKHH and even Veer Zaara. He tries his best and even succeeds in a few scenes but I somehow felt his pairing with Katrina was not as scintillating as expected. Ofcourse JTHJ marks his first on screen kiss!! Katrina Kaif plays the YRF heroine to the core. Although someone like Madhuri and Sridevi in their days would have sealed this role with elan. The ultimate performance comes from Anushka Sharma. Her mannerisms, dialogues and even the climax, she is simply electrifying.

On a whole JTHJ is a slightly above-average movie considering the illustrious career of Yash Chopra mainly due to its weak stroyline. Watch it just to make sure you would say “I saw the last movie directed by Yash Chopra”.

-Ashwath

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