I went to watch Jab Tak Hai Jaan with lots of expectations. Yash Chopra’s last venture… Katrina and Shahrukh Khan acting together for the first time… An AR Rahman musical… Lots of hypes… Tons of expectations… Interesting trailers… Good reviews… Blah blah blah…
Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a story of love… magic… heart break… waiting… and reinvention… It is a story of pure love that lasts for an eternity. It is full of drama and a typical Yash Chopra film.
Shahrukh Khan as Samar Anand is intense and romantic. He has portrayed the unflinching love in a very believable manner. Any girl would crave for a man like him; to be loved by someone like him. He succeeds there. Our eyes well when his eyes do… We smile when smile creeks in his face… We laugh with him and we get completely engrossed in him.
Katrina Kaif as Meera looks beautiful as always. Her groove just before the Ishq Shava song is sensual and scintillating. Her accent fits to the London background she has. Her character is supposed to be very complex, full of doubts and superstitions. But, she is unable to present the same before us. As a result, we feel bored, as if we have had enough of her. Her expressions seem monotonous. And hence, the first half seems to be never-ending.
Anushka Sharma as Akira comes as a breath of fresh air. She is full of fun and makes the audience sit up, from the boring movie and the sleep of course. Her dialogs are witty. She fits into Akira’s skin effortlessly. We empathize with her. She depicts today’s generation and her transition from a careless girl to someone filled with shades of emotions is amazingly enacted.
Neethu Singh and Rishi Kapoor have made a cameo and they stay in our heart. Anupam Kher is wasted, I would say.
The biggest drawback is AR Rahman’s songs. All the songs except Jiya re fails to stay in our heart. I could not believe that AR Rahman is capable of delivering such bad compositions. The background is very good though.
The movie would be a one-time watch because of the following two reasons:
© Because we all love Shahrukh Khan, the King of romance
© Beacause this the last venture of Yash Chopra, someone who has made great films
I say this because the scripting is poor. First half drags and we feel bored. Shahrukh Khan tries to inflict the air of romance. But, Katrina’s stony expressions ensure that we never feel the intense love which they claim to exist between them. The subject is not new either. It is a mix of Veer Zaara and Devdas.
Further, I have to admit that I felt disappointed. Thanks to the innumerous smooching scenes that involve Shahrukh Khan and Katrina Kaif; may be because I couldn’t see SRK doing that… May be because SRK doesn’t need to smooch to make a scene romantic… His one look is enough to woo any lady and the audience indeed. And don’t we have Emraan Hashmi, Ranbeer Kapoor and almost all others to do that?
Remember that scene in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai where SRK and Kajol dances in rain? Remember that scene towards climax in Dil Tho Paagal Hai where SRK describes the epitome of romance just by uttering “Aur paas” to Madhuri Dixit? Those scenes were charming and romantic. Compared to those, Jab Tak Hai Jaan would not stand a chance!
In short, the movie is a big time bore; but, anything for my favorite Shahrukh Khan, late Yash Chopra and budding Anushka Sharma.