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Movie is really nice

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Movie Review: Jab Tak Hai Jaan

It is hard not to feel upset while watching Jab Tak Hai Jaan, not just because it is the last film directed by the legendary Yash Chopra, but also because the movie borders on cruelty towards us, the paying audience. Packed with characters who all behave well below acceptable human IQ levels, Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a canceled TV soap opera crammed into 3+ hours of banal and lethargic plotting.

But how can an unbeatable formula that had been set in DDLJ possibly go wrong? It probably won't, because it will undoubtedly rake in hundreds of crores of rupees. Because in the land of the blind, the one eyed man is the king. And King Khan in Jab Tak Hai Jaan plays Guy Pearce from The Hurt Locker, shifts into Guy Pearce from Memento, hurls one-liners like Guy Pearce in Lockup, and looks like Guy Pearce in Prometheus. Mostly he plays a guy who gives piercing looks to the ladies on a motorbike to the backdrop of the music from Motorcycle Diaries. That's not to say Shahrukh provides the only unintentional laughs in the film ' Anushka Sharma's entry itself is funny enough to dislocate your lower muscles ' the opening shot is the camera lingering on her bum, after which it roves around to her crotch and then firmly affixes itself to her boobs. She then takes a semi naked dive into a lake in Leh, and then screams that the water is too cold. Perhaps she expected centralized heating in Ladakh lakes.

To complete the Bermuda triangle of accidental funniness, there is Katrina Kaif's character, who makes her entry in the 'white white snow, ek laal pari ki tarah', the sight of which makes Shahrukh stretch out his arms towards the sky and slow dance like Winona Ryder in Edward Scissorhands. Katrina's character is goody goody Diana Penty from Cocktail but is secretly Deepika Padukone from Cocktail. Shahrukh falls in love with the latter, and decides to 'free' her Deepika-ness ' a task that he achieves by bringing her to a nightclub where she suddenly drops all her inhibitions and starts doing a ghanerda favela dance.Shocked And just when you think things couldn't get any funnier or more ludicrous, the writers throw in ham fisted characters (Rishi and Neetu Kapoor) who justify women cheating on their loving husbands. And before you know it, Shahrukh fails to diffuse one of the bombs from the script and a macguffin explodes in our face 'a religious macguffin that involves a girl breaking up with a guy because she'd made a promise to Jesus Christ. Luckily the film wasn't set in Brazil or the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio would've facepalmed.

The biggest asset of Jab Tak Hai Jaan, apart from Anushka Sharma's legs is Anil Mehta's photography. Rahman's music is a disappointment although 'Challa' is hurled in again and again to keep the audience from flatlining. There is enough material in the film to make doctors, Indian army personnel and London police look stupid, but the most amusing gaffe is Anushka's character referring to herself as the 'makeout breakout generation', the new youth of India. The only agenda of this 'new youth of India' is apparently to sleep around and dump people. Well at least the film makes up for its condescending short sightedness by including a Pakistani character as SRK's London roommate.

But all the flaws could be overlooked had Jab Tak Hai Jaan offered the slightest hint of a decent romance. Sadly it neither caters to the hopelessly romantic nor the aforementioned new youth of India. Shahrukh breaks his rule like Jason Statham in Transporter and kisses a girl for the first time on screen. It doesn't help that he is the most unconvincing kisser in the long, sad history of unconvincing onscreen kissers, but what really sticks out as unromantic is the sex scene where we see a hairy toe rubbing against an immaculately manicured toe.

About as exciting as British food and as romantic as standing without an umbrella at a rainy bus stop in Croydon, Jab Tak Hai Jaan is stuffed with star power without an ounce of logic or heart. The only big takeaway from the movie is Anushka Sharma's character mirroring her own real self, who despite being more talented and charming, is sidelined in an industry that for no reason prefers Katrina Kaif over her.

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...Happy that Anushka is not sidelined. From the promos I had a feelingtna Anushka's role was more realistic with feeling. She looked so cute and I loved SRK when he was with Anushka. Good to see the negative comments on Katrina...high time people should realize hat she is there only for the BO which is an achievement. Leave acting for the

But how many kisses did she do in this movie????? One of the review said she kisses 'ore than she talks in the movie. is this correct????

Her no kiss policy change with directors...LOL...

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Jab Tak Hai Jaan celebrates romance

by Alisha Coelho last updated on November 13, 2012 at 3:35 pm

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With his last movie, Yash Chopra certainly doesn't redefine romance, but does celebrate it with big-budget pomp and glory. 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' is an easy watch and even though it doesn't tick every logical box, it's the sort of movie that will make you fall in love with love again.

What's it about?
Major Samar Anand (Shah Rukh Khan) is an Indian army officer with the bomb disposal unit, who's gained a reputation for being the man who cannot die, defusing explosives without a protective suit. He rescues documentary maker Akira (Anushka Sharma) from drowning and accidentally leaves behind his diary. Akira reads it and discovers that the real reason behind Samar's devil-may-care attitude is his lost love, Meera (Katrina Kaif). In a flashback, Meera and Samar's love story in London is told, and Akira is inspired enough to make Samar the subject of her new documentary. Several twists of fate force the three to cross paths, and love stories, old and new, are tested to their breaking point.

Khan is in his element, sweeping his leading ladies and women in the audience off their feet, with intense stares and memorable monologues. But the man certainly can't kiss. His lip locks with Katrina Kaif in the film look awkward and we've seen him blow air kisses to fans with more feeling. Anushka Sharma lights up the screen in every one of her scenes. Her chemistry with Khan has grown ten fold since 'Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi' and she delivers a likeable and confident performance.

The real problem with 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' is china doll, Katrina Kaif. She's pretty as a picture but has the emoting skills of a block of wood. Her dialogue delivery is affected and her weeping looks as real as Koena Mitra's nose. The movie's also ridden with plot holes, particularly in Samar and Meera's love story. While we can let some slide citing creative license, others require an inhuman leap of logic and with a running time of nearly three hours, your patience is bound to wear thin.

What to do?
Still, 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' has its heart in the right place. Go watch it to resurrect the hidden romantic in you.

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Screen count: #JTHJ close to 2,500 screens, #SOS around 2,000 screens.

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Box-Office Report: Jab Tak Hai Jaan Sets the Ticket Window Buzzing

November 13th, 2012 by MKS

The Shah Rukh Khan starrer Jab Tak Hai Jaan has set the ticket windows buzzing and had an excellent opening across India with 70% occupancy and went even housefull in some part of India.

Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif in a still from Jab Tak Hai Jaan Movie

Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif in a still from Jab Tak Hai Jaan Movie

The movie performed excellent in Mysore and West Bengal and took a bumper opening in Noida. JTHJ may even manage a record opening day total in Mysore. But, the single screens, though are showing strong opening indications, are comparatively earning lesser than the Multiplexes. The multiplexes are doing quite a good business.

However, the collections might see a drop in the late afternoon and evening shows due to Diwali Puja's.

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MOVIE REVIEW - Jab Tak Hai Jaan: Unending romance

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Still from the movie ''Jab Tak Hai Jaan''.

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By Shilpa Jamkhandikar

Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:18pm IST

It is difficult to judge "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" solely as a movie. Like it or not, it is the swansong of one of the defining directors of the Indian film industry and you cannot help but think of Yash Chopra's legacy as you watch his last film.

There are shades of "Kabhi Kabhie", "Dil To Pagal Hai" and "Veer Zaara", and as you watch Shah Rukh Khan kissing Katrina Kaif on a lush, green meadow, you cannot help but think that this man knew his romance.

The best parts of "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" are undoubtedly the scenes between Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif. This is about pretty people falling in love -- not a hair out place and every scene straight out of a postcard.

These are people who are poor but own expensive guitars and designer leather jackets, and this is a world where even when someone throws away two coffee cups with reckless abandon, they land in exactly the same way. It might be unbelievable, but it is all very beautiful on screen.

Khan and Kaif are Samar and Meera, the picture perfect lovers in this three-hour saga. Their story, a huge chunk of the first half, is the best part of "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" and Chopra makes sure he gives it enough screen time. It also helps that the chemistry between the two leads is crackling. Kaif brings a softness to her character that makes it difficult to take your eyes off her.

So far, so good. But then comes a plot twist flimsier than a chiffon saree on a Yash Chopra heroine. Meera, a rich London girl who is prone to making "deals" with God (giving up smoking, or wearing fur if God grants her wishes), makes the most ridiculous deal of all when Samar meets with what appears to be a minor accident, promising that she won't meet him again if God saves his life.

Samar leaves London and goes from being a waiter to leading a bomb disposal squad in the Indian army. Goodbye reality, hello suspension of belief. He metamorphoses into "The Man Who Cannot Die", disposing bombs without any safety gear. Enter the most irritating character you will encounter at the movies - Anushka Sharma, playing a documentary film-maker chronicling Samar's story.

Her over-the-top, shrill performance will set your teeth on edge. Her entrance also marks the downward spiral of the film. Hackneyed plot devices like memory loss, a random bomb on a train, and some corny dialogue mean that the film degenerates rapidly and while Katrina's re-entry does provide some relief from Sharma's Cheshire cat grin, it doesn't do much for the pace of the film, which takes its own sweet time getting to the end.

Samar does get the best lines in the film and Shah Rukh Khan carries it off with trademark style -- strumming a fake guitar, or defusing a bomb with equal aplomb. He carries off the rather flimsy script admirably and shows why he is best at romancing women.

In his last film, Yash Chopra makes some references to the new generation's ideas of romance, throwing around words like "sex" and "relationship" rather carelessly, but it is obvious that old-world romance was his forte. For a man who gave us "Kabhi Kabhie" and "Silsila", "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" is certainly not a fitting swansong, but it is a reminder of why his brand of romance always worked.

(Opinions expressed are those of the author)

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Jab Tak Hai Jaan: Yash Chopra's immortal love story

The writer has posted comments on this articleBy Gaurav MalaniGaurav Malani, TNN | Nov 13, 2012, 04.39 PM IST
Jab Tak Hai Jaan: Yash Chopra's immortal love story
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Director: Yash Chopra
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma

In contemporary times when, love stories have more or less turned into instant make out and instant breakup escapades and in a generation where sex comes before love, it's heartening to see a full-blown romance saga which has good old values and yet a very modern outlook. Like most love stories, even Jab Tak Hai Jaan has sacrifice and sanctity at its footing yet at no point is it depressing or disheartening. And thereby, the immortal filmmaker Yash Chopra celebrates the true spirit of life.

Shah Rukh Khan continues his cinematic legacy of wooing girls who are already engaged to someone else. So Samar Anand (SRK), a smalltime labour in London and Meera (Katrina Kaif), a millionaire fall for each other. And just when everything seems to be going hunky-dory, a mishap separates the star-crossed lovers, with each longing for the other. Years later, a documentary filmmaker Akira (Anushka Sharma) meets Samar, now a bomb-squad officer in Kashmir. And when Samar comes to London for Akira's film, another fortuity changes his life drastically.

The film starts in a regular romance zone where the lover-boy goes guitar-strumming on London streets, the girl seems confused about her engagement, they cross paths, he teaches her to live life to the fullest, she says she had the best time of life with him and cupid strikes. So far so trite! But the actual story initiates thereafter with faith for God coming into picture and changing the fate of humans. That forms the core-conflict of the film and Yash Chopra brings out the dilemma in the lead pair convincingly enough for you to feel for both and yet not blame either for their outlook.

Aditya Chopra and Devika Bhagat come up with an impeccable screenplay that is well-etched to arrive at a strong interval point and is consistent enough to not lose steam till the very end. With Samar's return to London in the second half, things could have taken a convenient route by unswervingly bringing the ill-fated couple together in some way. But with its layered writing, the narrative takes a different twist altogether. Thereby, like a rich wine, the story takes its time to mature but only gets better over period. At times, the multidimensional narrative might seem spread out but it never wanders aimlessly.

Structurally, the film reminds of Yash Chopra's earlier venture Veer-Zaara where the lead couple is separated by circumstances and another woman is instrumental in bringing them together. Thankfully the inclination to induce a love triangle here isn't taken too far either. When it comes to a love story, Yash Chopra weaves such magic that a mere hug causes more applause than a mass-appealing heroic entry. While the love story is essentially desi at heart, the filmmaker has shown advancement with times in making the chemistry between the lead couple sexier and scrumptious. Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif are simply sizzling!

At the same time the film also has a very progressive point of view. It strongly endorses to have faith in love over fear of God. It puts love before the Lord. The conflict that separates the lovers is so potently plotted initially that there seems to be no antidote to it in the screenplay. Aditya Chopra's well-worded dialogues come to the rescue and make things easier. Also through the sensitive Rishi Kapoor - Neetu Singh cameo, the film spreads the message to set love free. Appreciatively the Kashmir army milieu is only employed for a bomb-diffusing backdrop and not exploited beyond necessary.

Technically the film, like any Yash Raj production, is proficient. Anil Mehta's cinematography is strikingly beautiful. While we have seen enough of lovely London landscapes on Indian screen, it's the pristine Kashmir that catches your eye here. A.R. Rahman's music is pleasing and, like always, takes time to grow on you. In an era of shorthand cinema, the three-hour runtime does seem long enough. But the film's full-scale romance justifies it to an extent.

Shah Rukh Khan is in absolute comfort zone and the audience is as much comfortable in accepting him as the romance king. With a constant smirk on his face, he is charming and more persuasive than his recent wannabe escapades. Yash Chopra gives back the SRK that he had introduced to cinema. Katrina Kaif is not only sexy and stunning but also comes across as a pleasant and convincing actress. She glides effortlessly through her character and scorches the screen with Shah Rukh. Anushka Sharma as the bindaas girl gets kinda over-expressive at times but otherwise has good screen presence. Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh appear in graceful cameos.

Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a sublime story about love and life. They don't make them like that anymore. Yash Chopra will live forever...

Verdict: Very Good

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