Jab Tak Hai Jaan

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By Sunil Kumar

In a Yash Chopra world; everything is punctuated by love, reality is in a distortion field and everybody lives in grand castles; or something similar. We all know that truth can be rather different, but there is no harm in a dream. The movie name was ironic; as it turned out to be his last outing. Despite a few critics; ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ is a fitting end to the Yash Chopra saga.

Meet Samar Anand(Shah Rukh Khan); a character straight from Mr. Chopra’s storybook; a musician and waiter who is in love with a rich heiress, Meera Thapar(Katrina Kaif). Now, Samar possesses the capacity to charm anybody and everybody; and has a heart of gold. If we could more people like this in real life, I would indeed be very happy. Samar promises to teach Thapar a Punjabi song, and wants to learn the Queen’s English in return.

Hindi film stereotypes abound in the conversations with God; Jesus here to be precise. A freestyle dance sequence was one of the best parts of this movie, in my opinion. Made at a budget of a paltry fifty crores; a little less by contemporary Bollywood standards, the movie has blockbuster locations such as  Canary Wharf, Ladakh and the great English outdoors. The pacing is a little stilted at times; and the music from Rehman is not as great as expected from him. Gulzar should learn a trick or two from Javed Akhtar to make the lyrics a little palatable for current audiences.

In the beginning, or the middle. Samar suffers a knock on his head and we learn that this is the reason why we met the intense brooding Major in Ladakh, who likes to sing Rabbi Shergill songs for stress relief. The Discovery channel photo-journalist Akira(Anoushka Sharma) has been treated to the inner life of Samar Anand courtesy his personal diaries. As her future hinges on the documentary being produced on him; she invites him to London again.

Twist here; Shah Rukh again suffers a bump on his head. Some of the screenplay elements defy commonsense, but movies are meant to be make-believe anyways. Before I give the whole story away, people who want to watch it can book a ticket. As a swansong for a great director, Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a mixed bag.

Aglaia Rating : 3 points….

 

 

 

 

 

 

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