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Movie review: High on romance SRK's 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' remains far from being a classic

A muddled screenplay and sluggish narrative makes this romance a dull one

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  • Sneha May Francis
Published Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Romance, we are told, can't be willed when we want it to. It has to wait its turn.

Yash Chopra's profound lesson in love is played out obediently by his lovers in 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan', who unquestioningly allow their emotions to be bottled and stored away for over a decade, patiently waiting for destiny to give them another chance.

What takes them over 10 years to discover, takes us three-long hours at the movie hall.

It's a tad tedious, especially when Aditya Chopra's screenplay sluggishly plods along with many inconsequential sub-plots thrown in, twisting fate and our patience tactlessly.

There's even a full-fledged medical drama that unfolds during the second half, only there isn't enough thought that's gone into authenticating it.

While Yash Chopra's signature take on love and passion are evident, it isn't backed by a meaningful, sensitive plot. There's mush alright, but concealed between numerous illogical situations.

Like this one-time when British police officers permit an Indian man to defuse a bomb on a cordoned-off London train without any ID inspection, only because they think "he knows what he's saying".

Aditya even attempts to legitimize infidelity in the most shocking and insensitive manner. Surely, no matter what age, a daughter can never really empathize with a mother for abandoning her father and her, not even if it's for love.

'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' centres around Aviator-clad, stubbled army officer Samar Anand, who turns bomb defusal into a daring, everyday stunt, because he refuses to follow protocol and wear the protective jacket while on work.

It's his way of teasing death, and in turn God, who he blames for taking his ladylove away from him.

And, while he isn't working, he's riding away into the wilderness on his bike, jotting down in his leathered diary or singing Punjabi folk songs.

His daredevil stunts, however, turn legendary, leading documentary filmmaker Akira into his life. She hopes his feats will prove to be her ticket to a place at the Discovery Channel, but soon gets distracted by his charm.

Despite being privy of his broken heart, and about how he still pines for a girl who walked out on him because of a promise she made to God, Akira unapologetically pursues the grumpy officer.

Meanwhile, destiny elbows her out and forces Samar back in time, to the city that introduced him to his first-love, the London-bred Punjabi girl Meera.

The two women, regardless of trying to woo the same man, engage in strange camaraderie, with each offering to willingly step away for the benefit of the other.

Samar, however, is more definite of his choice, and unflinching in his faith till the end.

And between all this talk of love and desire, London offers numerous hospital runs, a hotel to manage, a job to nail, and a bomb to defuse.

The dimpled, Shah Rukh Khan grins, kisses, scrunches his face, strums the guitar and even defuses bombs with panache, but he's unable to cover-up the flaws that appear in Aditya's story.

His Samar is a nave, rustic charmer during his initial struggles in London, but one who undergoes a grungy, military makeover after the romantic setback. Both times, Shah Rukh is at his charismatic best.

Katrina Kaif shows remarkable improvement, in diction and acting, but she's far from genuinely recognizing the complexities of a lover who seeks divine intervention for almost everything in life. Her Meera is unrelatable, never allowing the audience to appreciate her sacrifices, whether it's sweets, fur coats, cigarettes, or Samar.

As lovers, Shah Rukh and Katrina are unable to create magic on-screen. It all appears well-choreographed and designed, but not truly passionate.

Anushka Sharma, unfortunately, doesn't tip us in her favour as the cheerful Akira. In fact, she's so loud and over-the-top, that you'd want her to calm down. Even when she unabashedly proclaims her love for Samar, or when she prances around in high-security zones wearing shorts and carrying a camera, it's tough to take her seriously.

She plays her Delhi lingo with aplomb, one that she perfected in 'Band Baaja Baraat', but one that goes fairly unnoticed in this massive frame.

With all due respect to the legendary filmmaker, 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' isn't worthy of being in his list of classics, especially the ones that we've come to respect and applaud.



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I think the only reason why some of the critics are not blasting the film as wholeheartedly as they would have liked to is because of Yash Chopra's death...they might feel it is not correct to trash a film whose legendary director recently died!

The film, frankly is, terrible...Ouch except that SRK holds it together somehow, alongside Katrina (surpriseShocked)!
 
The music of the film is the worst for a YRF film...and it indeed comes as a shocker because the combination of Yash Chopra + SRK + AR Rehman was supposed to create magic...not mediocrity!
 
The script is downright idiotic, to the point of being laughworthy! Not that YRF films have ever been known for their great script-sense...but this one does have you going W*F in frequent intervals! Like for example, how come a 25-year waiter based in london end up wooing a millionaire business heiress?Confused Or more confoundingly, how did he ever end up becoming a 'Bomb Diffusion Expert' in a matter of just 10 years? And more idiotic, a modern, high-living girl, who has no qualms indulging in pre-marital sex, giving up on her love because of 'God'? Oh, come on!Dead
 
And many, many more stuff like that!
 
But forgetting that, the film does redeem itself via SRK and Katrina also! She is not bad and that for her, is a compliment!LOL Though in no way is she a classic Yash Chopra heroine, save for that, she too wears white in a song! This film is SRK's best till date (even better than Swades and Chak De...and that is a big deal!) and the irony isn't lost on anyone that this film is Yash Chopra's worst till date!Ouch 
 
SRK gives his all to play the character...both as the happy-go-lucky, guitar strumming lover-boy Samar, and then as the strong, silent, brooding Major Anand! SRK is made for romance and he proves it by lifting this extraordinarly mediocre film by just the strenght of his acting and ofcourse, his legendary on-screen charm! Its hard not to feel bad for him that the best performances of his two decade long career comes in a film which is so brainless and badly put-together!
 
Katrina doesn't do too badly, especially in comparison to Anushka, whose character has to be one of the worst written for any female lead in a long time! You want to throw your shoe or bag at her everytime she comes on-screen!Angry She is completely OTT and so irritating, that there are no words to describe her super-annoying presence! Katrina's character and performance in comparsion is so much more mellowed and likeable! After Namaste London, she gets a character that 'suits' her and she does a decent job of it!
 
Overall, a very disappointing film. Not that I was expecting it to be a classic...but somehow, one always associates a story well-told and decently presented by a banner like YRF, especially given that the doyen himself was heralding this one...by Yash Chopra truly disappoints with this one! (I am no critic or member of the film fraternity, so I don't have to show any false sentiments in favor of the departed soul. What is bad is bad...and nothing can change it!)
 
 
 
 


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CI And Rajasthan: Jab Tak Hai Jaan v Ra.One

Wednesday 14th November 2012 09.00 IST

Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network

The collections of Jab Tak Hai Jaan and in CI and Rajasthan have come in lower than Ra.One released last Diwali. The opening day collections in CI and Rajasthan for Jab Tak hain Jaan and Ra.One are as follows.

CI -

Jab Tak Hai Jaan - 33 lakhs

Ra.One - 37 lakhs

Rajasthan

Jab Tak Hain Jaan - 56 lakhs

Ra.One - 72 lakhs

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Jab Tak Hai Jaan And Son Of Sardaar Circuit Figures

 

Wednesday 14th November 2012 10.00 IST

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The early figures from some circuits for Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Son Of Sardaar are as follows.

 

CI

Jab Tak Hai Jaan - 33 lakhs

Son Of Sardaar - 36 lakhs

 

Rajasthan

Jab Tak Hain Jaan - 56 lakhs

Son Of Sardaar - 61 lakhs

 

Nizam

Jab Tak Hai Jaan - 79 lakhs

Son Of Sardaar - 38 lakhs

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Film: Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma
Director: Yash Chopra
Rating: ***

This one is for the romantics who can sit through Bollywood's version of eternal love, or the die-hard fans of Shah Rukh Khan who believe that at 47, he can effortlessly and convincingly woo women half his age. For the rest of us, Jab Tak Hai Jaan has very little to offer.

Granted that the film tries to take a fresher look at love in the times of 'instant link ups and break ups' — the lead pair sleeps together before tying the knot, a young woman admits that her generation has sex first and thinks about love later and a mother abandons her husband and teenage daughter to follow her heart.

But these moments are few and far in between, as we are mostly treated to old-fashioned filmi regression and melodrama – the rich girl cannot marry the poor boy because she doesn't have it in her to go against her father's wishes. The hero nurses a broken heart for years and all through this, he joins the army and learns to diffuse bombs. A decade later, when he is just about to run into the woman of his dreams, he gets hit by a car and loses his memory. Thus, the storyline meanders on and takes a really long time to come to the point.

Katrina looks pretty and rocks a dance number with her sexy moves. If only someone would give her acting lessons! Anushka plays the same girl she has played in all her previous films — bindaas, chirpy and over-the-top. Why can't filmmakers give this talented actor a hatke role to play? Anyone listening?

In his army fatigues and well-toned body, King Khan looks dishy as the heart-broken hero whose lady love leaves him after making a deal with God! (Strange but true!) Shah Rukh even locks lips (for the very first time) with one of his leading ladies and there are a few bedroom scenes which are often missing from mainstream Hindi films.

If you must, watch Jab Tak Hai Jaan for Shah Rukh, who can still convey love and passion in a fleeting look or a dimpled smile; and for Yash Chopra who gave us some of the most enduring romances of all times.

http://www.dnaindia.com/entertainment/review_review-jab-tak-hai-jaan-is-for-the-romantics-bollywoods-version-of-eternal-love_1764308

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  • 'Jab Tak Hai Jaa' and 'Son Of Sardaar' 1st Day Results: Tough fight in Overseas
  • By Taran Adarsh
  • Jab Tak Hai Jaa, Son Of SardaarThe two biggies, JAB TAK HAI JAAN and SON OF SARDAAR, had a *limited release* in some international markets on Tuesday, 13 November [Diwali]. However, a midweek release is unconventional for the international markets, hence the business is not at its optimum. We at Bollywood Hungama bring you the EXCLUSIVE DATA from those markets where the two films have opened…

    USA:
    The day [Tuesday] hasn't ended yet, hence the figures will be updated as soon as possible.

    UK:
    • JAB TAK HAI JAAN [Tuesday]: 34,623 from 25 locations [Rs 30.21 lacs]

    • SON OF SARDAAR [Tuesday]: 5,569 from 16 locations [Rs 4.86 lacs]

    AUSTRALIA:
    • JAB TAK HAI JAAN [Tuesday]: A$ 77,334 from 24 locations [Rs 44.39 lacs]

    • SON OF SARDAAR [Tuesday]: A$ 55,125 from 22 locations [Rs 31.64 lacs]

    • THUPPAKKI [Tamil]: The film was released slightly earlier. The total stands at A$ 23,487 from 5 locations till Tuesday [Rs 13.48 lacs]

    NEW ZEALAND:
    • JAB TAK HAI JAAN: Hasn't released in New Zealand. Opens today [Wednesday].

    • SON OF SARDAAR [Tuesday]: NZ$ 5,116 from 5 locations [Rs 2.30 lacs]
     

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    Jab Tak Hai Jaan

    Rating: 3

    November 13, 2012

    Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma, Anupam Kher

    Director: Yash Chopra

    Now who'd have thought that a simple promise made to God would become a deal breaker in a relationship? Yash Chopra, in his latest and last film Jab Tak Hai Jaan, serves a missive halfway through a frothy romance between Samar (Shah Rukh Khan) and Meera (Katrina Kaif). Just as we're buying into their princess and pauper love story, Meera makes a promise that will separate the two, and frankly drag down a film that's coasting along smoothly until this point.

    Fortunately, despite this difficult-to-swallow conflict, Chopra and his leading man lend Jab Tak Hai Jaan an indelible charm. It's that charm, coupled with the filmmaker's trademark freshness, passion, and tenderness, that still keeps you invested in these characters and their star-crossed romance.

    As a struggling immigrant in London, our hero Samar makes a living washing cars, waiting tables, and singing Punjabi folk songs on the street. Cupid strikes when he meets Meera, the daughter of a rich NRI businessman, but their romance is thwarted when she makes that fateful promise to Jesus. Samar returns home to India, heartbroken and angry, and joins the army. In ten years, he's grown into a bomb disposal expert who has successfully defused 98 explosives, and is dubbed "the man who cannot die". Intrigued by his story, aspiring documentary filmmaker Akira (Anushka Sharma) attaches herself to his unit and travels with them to shoot Samar at work. Predictably, the feisty Akira is drawn to Samar's brooding intensity, and pretty soon finds herself hopelessly in love.

    Jab Tak Hai Jaan has the novelty of modern treatment, seen during Samar and Meera's courtship where they make out in phone booths or cavort in bed. Which is why then that the regressive and old-fashioned bits stick out like a sore thumb. It's a bit of a stretch to take in typical tropes like an accident that happens not once, but twice to the same character, a spot of amnesia, and that tired routine of having long, loud exchanges with God. The other quibble you'rre bound to have with Jab Tak Hai Jaan is the indulgent, leisurely storytelling that drags its feet in the second half.

    The truth is that whether you agree with, or aren't a fan of Chopra's brand of love stories, he conveys them with complete conviction. The two female protagonists in this tale are intentionally different – Meera is the classic, Yash Chopra heroine (albeit a modern one who smokes and curses), while he introduces a new kind through Akira, described best in her own words: "I belong to the instant make out, instant break-up generation." Katrina Kaif looks ethereally beautiful, but her emotions are limited under the shadow of a shaky, unrealistic character. Anuskha brings a spark to the film and has dialogues that stand out with her punchy, spirited take on them. But Jab Tak Hai Jaan rests with Shah Rukh Khan, and we see a subtly magnetic performance that is both charismatic and intense. The actor looks vibrant and so much younger, delivering a terrific turn as Samar, hopelessly devoted to his love.

    I'm going with three out of five for the late Yash Chopra's Jab Tak Hai Jaan. Despite its many script problems, it's a consistently watchable film that oozes with feeling and real emotion. A fitting swan song.

    (This review first aired on CNN-IBN)

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