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'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' review: This one will be remembered… jab tak hai jaan!

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'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' review: This one will be remembered… jab tak hai jaan! Ananya Bhattacharya

That man taught a country of a billion the art of loving. Those subtle, nuanced, romantic sweet nothings that were engendered from the brain of that man, have always had a way with people – no matter how much they would want themselves to be impervious to that emotion called love. Yash Chopra, you made sure that you will live on and that your last film will be remembered - jab tak hai jaan!


The King of Romance behind the camera directing the Badshah of Romance in front of the camera. And a script that boasts of solid, undying love. No, there cannot be a better way to portray love on the silver screen. 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' has nailed that – at least for the immediate future. Shah Rukh Khan, you don't really need words of praise or adulation; but go ahead and take a bow! With Samar Anand, the actor has brought another Raj Malhotra alive on screen. And a newer, better, improved version at that. One who doesn't know how not to love; one who instills in every heart the hope to be able to love – love unconditionally, love that doesn't know its limitations. Sounds like I'm just out of a Yash Chopra movie? Yes, this had to be the one.

Major Samar Anand, stationed with the Bomb Defusing Squad of the Indian Army is a man who flirts with death at every step of his life. He has successfully cut short the lives of ninety-seven bombs and is on his ninety-eighth one when the film begins. Wolf-whistle from all corners of the theatre greets the stubbled, sunglasses-clad man in uniform; oh yes, and a lot of claps too.

Akira Rai (Anushka Sharma) is a twenty-one year old intern; a state-level swimmer, national-level tennis player etc. (pardon me if the order is wrong – this girl has a long list of accolades behind her name!), and is dying to get placed with the Discovery Channel. The girl dives headlong into the freezing cold waters of a crystal-blue lake with Major Anand sitting on the banks. She passes out in the water and a nonchalant Samar saves her, makes her wear his jacket and rides off on his Royal Enfield. Once in the room, off falls Samar Anand's diary from one of the pockets of his jacket; on to Akira's hands and the girl is transported back in time into the life of a twenty-five year old Samar.

Samar there, loves Meera (Katrina Kaif). A girl who detests 'brown, boring' Indians and dreams that someday she'll be married off to some gora. Fate, however, has other plans for her; and by a complicated turn of events that involves Meera learning music from Samar, both fall in love with each other. Hitch: Meera's already had her "arrangement" – engagement, in Samar's words. A series of promises to Jesus; some broken ones, some unbroken ones included; Samar goes off to the Indian Army. A tale of love; and love in its purest, most unadulterated form, ensues.

Speaking about Shah Rukh's performance is nothing short of belittling the consummate actor's skills. If as Raj Malhotra he had managed to woo half the population of the country; as Samar Anand, this man can make many more smitten by him. The slight stutter, the little hint of a tear in the eyes, the arms-outstretched pose – Khan knows how to make his ladies fall for him – be it that they are almost half his age! Katrina Kaif as the NRI Meera does a pretty good job of playing the girl who is torn between loves and promises; and her accented Hindi passes off as acceptable. Anushka Sharma acts well; however, she does dwindle to the extra-carefree attitude that she has been able to put her signature on in the last few films. But Shah Rukh, yes. He is, indeed, the man to watch out for.

Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh in an extended cameo make for a pleasant watch; and the scene where Neetu Singh meets Katrina is exceptionally moving. Anupam Kher as Meera's dad doesn't really have a lot to do.

Cut to direction. Only somebody like Yash Chopra could have made those mesmerising locales of Pehalgam and Ladakh come alive on celluloid. London, on the other hand, is beautiful – be it in winter, rain or summer. The film doesn't really have the sarees flying slo-mo in the air, but what it has is sheer, pristine beauty. However, the film appears a tad too long; at almost three hours, the 'impatient, newer generation' might have to stretch themselves a bit.

AR Rahman's music in the film somewhere seems underused. The songs 'Challa', 'Ishq Shava' and 'Saans Mein' are a delight to the ears. The Master Musician's 'Heer' is a beautiful song. The numbers are hummable, and nice ones; but just that. They aren't exactly exceptional. We've had better specimens from Rahman in the past, and will sure have better ones in the future.

In case you still haven't, go watch 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan'. You can thank the Kings of Romance once you're done with the film… nahi bhoolenge hum, jab tak hai jaan!

Ratings: Four cheers for this one!

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Jab Tak Hai Jaan V Son Of Sardar Initial Report

 

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The opening of the Diwali releases across India has come in as follows. This is the opening in till 1 pm. There will be a drop in afternoon and early evening shows for both films.

 

Mumbai/Maharashtra

Jab Tak Hai Jaan - Excellent

Son Of Sardaar - Average

 

Gujarat

Jab Tak Hai Jaan - Excellent

Son Of Sardaar - Good

 

Delhi/UP

Jab Tak Hai Jaan - Excellent

Son Of Sardaar - Excellent

 

East Punjab

Jab Tak Hai Jaan - Excellent

Son Of Sardaar - Excellent

 

West Bengal

Jab Tak Hai Jaan - Bumper

Son Of Sardaar - Below Average

 

Bihar

Jab Tak Hai Jaan - Good

Son Of Sardaar - Good

 

CP Berar

Jab Tak Hai Jaan - Excellent

Son Of Sardaar - Good

 

CI

Jab Tak Hai Jaan - Excellent

Son Of Sardaar - Good

 

Rajasthan

Jab Tak Hai Jaan - Excellent

Son Of Sardaar - Excellent

 

Nizam/Andhra

Jab Tak Hai Jaan - Excellent

Son Of Sardaar - Below Average (Hyderabad and Andhra) Good (Marathawada)

 

Mysore

Jab Tak Hai Jaan - Bumper

Son Of Sardaar - Below Average

 

Indications

Bumper 95-100%

Excellent 80-95% plus

Good 65-80% plus

Average 50-65% plus

Below Average less than 50%

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...Yash Chopra is known for his handling of relationships, creating moments that defy logic yet speak to the heart. Cinematic liberties never seemed to rattle since the love was so strong you would root for the characters to meet despite all odds. JTHJ suffers from the crucial flaw of having zilch for chemistry between the lead actors, to the extent that you are least bothered when Meera "sacrifices" her love for Samar or when Akira is caught between her love and Samar's happiness.

For the sake of argument, even Veer Zaara was a hakneyed week script that was salvaged by the maestro to eternal glory aided by some lilting music. JTHJ sadly is one of YRF's worst scores in recent times. Rehman is totally out of his element, not one song is worth listening as a stand alone album, neither does it work in the movie. I am still recouping from the jarring soundtrack which seems to fill a lot of the movie

When Simran ran through mustard fields into Raj's embrace, When Pooja ran into Rahul's arms in Dholna, when Chaandini went into her Shona's arms in the alps, your heart skipped a beat. When Katrina runs across Londons streets to the music of violins on an overdrive, into SRK's arms, all one can do is squirm in his seat. For all of Katrina's charms and beauty she is just not capable of channeling the passion her role and the film required. Her Meera is quintessentially Yash Chopra, and Katrina can only manage to look all shimmy legged and beautiful.

Anushka on the other hand compensates for Katrina's lack of acting by hamming to the core. Her character is Band Baaja Baraati on meth, made so tomboyish to contrast her from Katrina's attempted coy girl act, that it is almost as if Samar turned gay for a man named Akira. She deserved better am sure.

This brings us to the man, SRK- desperately looking for a romantic ressurrection. SRK as Samar is a pale shadow of all of his past Raj Rahul acts, he looks smashing as Major Samar, too old for the act of a carefree Samar singing an obnoxiously voiced Challa, and is desperately trying to put in some fire in the scenes with Katrina. Given a better co star may be, SRK wouldnt have come out this as bad. For as things are right now, Badshah khaan looks as tired as the story itself.

Is JTHJ a total washout? Perhaps no, cause SRK has nary looked as good in recent times, he is enough eye candy to get die hard fans walking into the theatres. Sadly, there is nothing more to hold them engaged once inside. One wishes Yash Chopra hadnt called it The End so soon, for we definitely would have liked to remember him by with a better film. This one just aint worthy his swan song



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Review: Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a winner

Vintage Yash Chopra film that proves cinema is worth loving

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Review: Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a winner

Director: Yash Chopra

Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma, Anupam Kher, Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor

Words will not do justice to the swan song of a great filmmaker, but one has to try. So here it goes. Some people really know how to make a film. Jab Tak Hai Jaan (JTHJ) is Yash Chopra's last film as director and it's a film rich in philosophy, poetic love and honest emotions. Like any piece of commercial cinema, it has its cinematic liberties and plot holes. But the sum of it is an old school love story that weaves its magic on the tender hearts of die-hard romantics. The King of romance lives up to his epithet.

JTHJ is the love story of Samar Anand. And as fate puts it, he comes across two women who love him equally. The film starts off in London where Samar is a desi lad desperate to earn an honest living in a foreign land. He runs into the ravishing Mira who entrusts all her faith in Jesus. Samar helps Meera get over her pent up anxieties and in the process they fall in love. And just when you think the film's running into the oh-we've-seen-that-before territory a twist separates the lovers. SRK's forced to move to India where he runs into the boisterous Akira. Akira's daredevil personality and spirit impresses Samar. But of course she's alive and happening because she loves him.

Yes the structure of the story seems like a run-of-the-mill love triangle but there's more to their dilemma than just the obvious. You don't have melodramatic and unreal sacrifices or two women competing to woo their man. Instead you get a mature sense of camaraderie between the characters. And some master class writing where the same-old same-old "yadaash kho jaana" is crafted in the form of retrograde amnesia.

On the subject of writing, one of JTHJ's commendable features is its real and uncomplicated dialogue. You don't have characters being theatrical in expressing love. Instead they say it casually and in underplayed tones. And then there's the core philosophy of faith and time that sets JTHJ apart from Bollywood's regular fare of romances. The film says destiny and time can be the most important factors in a love saga.

That the actors look as beautiful as the exotic locations they're in is a trademark feature of Yash Chopra's films. JTHJ is no different. Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma steal the thunder from the landscapes of Kashmir, Ladakh and England. Shah Rukh Khan even in his grungy avatar as the army man lends to the authenticity of his part. (Save for a handful of amateurish make-up instances during the early London sequences).

But JTHJ is so much more than its flawless visual appeal. AR Rahman's music and background score adds a touch of magic to the proceedings. It complements the actors' performances perfectly. Shah Rukh Khan makes a stunning entry, he owns the screen space and he weaves his charisma into a net that holds JTHJ together. Especially effective are his scenes as the reserved army officer. Katrina Kaif is just a thing of beauty. That she looks stunning is a given, but she manages to give one of her career's finest performances as Meera. Her underplay is the perfect contrast to Anushka's lively and bubbly act. Anushka lightens JTHJ with energy, while Katrina anchors it with firm emotions.

At a gracious 3 hours runtime, JTHJ feels like an epic love story. And it is just that. JTHJ is the perfect adieu to a hallmark career. It is the best romantic film made in this generation.

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A big LOL at the above review(desimartini one).. ROFL Firstly SRK was not "desperately looking" for  a "romantic resurrection" he was at his natural best. The movie had witty comedy not the senseless one . There was so much of subtlety in the relationships shared . The entire hall was clapping by the end . The above critic had a fixed idea about the movie that it will be all chiffon sarees and mustard fields.. and honestly in this age expecting all that just doesnt make sense. A romance is romance even when the heroine isnt running around hills in sarees 

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Movie Review: Jab Tak Hai Jaan
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Monday, November 12, 2012

Movie Review: Jab Tak Hai Jaan

Cast:Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma
Director: Yash Chopra

Tiding over the logical incongruity of an ageing superstar playing a twenty-something lover boy who matches steps with a vivacious actress half his age might take some doing. But once you manage to get that mental holdup out the way, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Yash Chopra's last film, is a perfectly fitting finale to an eventful life and career.

The screenplay by Aditya Chopra and Devika Bhagat is by no means flawless but, for the most part, Jab Tak Hai Jaan is watchable, if somewhat emotionally manipulative.

Beautifully shot in easy-on-the-eye parts of London and Ladakh, the film, in the best traditions of a Yash Chopra romance, sees the world primarily through a tried-and-tested "love is life" aperture. The view that it provides is generally likable, if not always completely persuasive.

The mushy moments at the heart of the love story might feel a tad pulpy at times. ButJab Tak Hai Jaan leaves a soothing afterglow.

You have seen it all before, notably in Dil To Pagal Hai and Veer-Zaara. Yet, Jab Tak Hai Jaan exudes a surprising degree of freshness. It stems from the quirky new-age twists that the screenplay throws into the mix.

One half of the film is a variation on the legend of Mirabai – the heroine, a prim and propah London girl, is caught between her unshakable faith in Jesus Christ (who she believes will never let her down) and her temporal love for a charming street musician who sweeps her off her feet and tempts her to "cross the line".

A substantial part of the second half presents another face of Eve in the form of a gutsy Delhi girl who is proud to belong to the "instant make out, instant break-up" generation.

The feel-good romantic mnage a trois plays out in two divergent settings ten years apart. The plot twists are simple and often rather facile, especially when the film hurtles towards its rather predictable denouement.

That apart, Jab Tak Hai Jaan resorts to old-school tropes like road accidents, a head injury, a protracted case of retrograde amnesia and a neurologist who recommends some playacting to help the victim regain normalcy.

But when it comes to emotional layering, which was always Yash Chopra's forte as a storyteller, the director is in complete control. The film has enough simple moments of tenderness to offset the several not-so convincing heavy-handed twists.

The opening sequence – set in present-day Leh – introduces the audience to Major Samar Anand of the Indian army's bomb disposal squad at work at work. He knows no fear. He defuses IEDs without donning a bomb suit. He is known as "the man who cannot die".

Through the pages of his diary, the film cuts to London and goes back in time. Samar Anand is a struggling Indian immigrant. He makes a living by strumming a guitar and singing folksy Punjabi numbers at tourist spots and doing odd jobs as a snow-cleaner outside a church, a sales boy in a fish market and a waiter in a restaurant.

He falls in love with Meera Thapar (Katrina Kaif), daughter of a wealthy NRI businessman (Anupam Kher). Circumstances contrive to keep them apart although they develop the deepest feelings for each other.

A heartbroken Samar leaves for India and joins the army. In Kashmir valley, the musician-turned-soldier meets another pretty girl Akira Rai (Anushka Sharma), an aspiring documentary filmmaker on an assignment to record the bomb expert and his team at work.

But the London lass still haunts Samar and he is caught between the woman who inspired his music and the bubbly young girl who livens up things around the brooding loner.

Akira confesses to being "totally, completely, madly" in love with Samar, but the latter spurns her advances.

Though the focus of Jab Tak Hai Jaan is on the male protagonist, the two women in his life aren't mere mannequins. They are full-on Yash Chopra heroines, blessed with both grace and intelligence, besides the ability to speak their minds and hold on to their beliefs.

Therefore, despite the lovey-dovey nothingness that drives the plot, Jab Tak Hai Jaan has more substance than most romantic films that come out of Bollywood.

Shahrukh oozes charm and chutzpah and ensures the character remains in the realms of believability.

Katrina plays the grounded Meera with assurance. In the moments when she is egged on by Samar to let her hair down – especially in the sequence with the underground dancers – the actress lets herself go and makes an impression.

But it is to Anushka Sharma that Jab Tak Hai Jaan really belongs. Turning in an infectiously energetic performance, she breathes life into the somewhat flaccid second half.

Surprisingly, one aspect of Jab Tak Hai Jaan that isn't quite up to scratch is the musical score. The AR Rahman-Gulzar combo that never fails to yield a cracker isn't quite in its elements here.

The love ditties sound nice while they play on the screen, but they do not stay with you after the hurly-burly is done.

Watch Jab Tak Hai Jaan not just for the obvious sentimental reason but for the fact that it shows, for one last time, what Bollywood will miss now that the undisputed master of romantic sagas is no more.

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But it is to Anushka Sharma that Jab Tak Hai Jaan really belongs. Turning in an infectiously energetic performance, she breathes life into the somewhat flaccid second half. 

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At multiplexes, #JTHJ is outstanding. At single screens and several mass centres, the biz of #SOS is mindblowing.



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