Jab Harry Met Sejal

‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ movie review By G9 Divya Solgama

Expectations:

Romance is one of the biggest genre in our Hindi films. Right since the Raj Kapoor days till today we have witnessed several film makers like Yash Chopra, Kamaal Amrohi, Shakti Samanta, Nasir Hussain, Karan Johar and many more enhancing this genre to a different level. Imtiaz Ali is one such director who has managed to establish his special mark among the list of these films makers. Right since his first film, Imtiaz has tried to present love stories in his style. Some films like ‘Socha Na Tha’, ‘Rockstar’, ‘Love Aaj Kal’ were path breaking, there were films like ‘Jab We Met’, which managed to satisfy the box office collections. ‘Jab We Met’ was also one of his most popular film followed by ‘Love Aaj Kal’, but with ‘Rockstar’ this maverick filmmaker ventured into the intellectual zone. These films were loved by the classes and are among the list of finest films from our country but sadly, they failed to do wonders at the box-office. Every film of his has been judged on the basis of ‘Jab We Met’ or ‘Rockstar’. His latest film ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ has been presented in ‘Jab We Met’ style and that too with India’s superstar Shah Rukh Khan. The king of romance is also back into his forte after a long time, thus raising the expectation levels to its peak. So, let’s find out whether ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ will manage to hit the right chord with Imtiaz and Shah Rukh Khan’s fans who love romantic films or might end up being a product based film trying to celebrate the collaboration of these two creative people from the world of romantic cinema.

Story:

‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ is a story of Harinder Singh / Harry (Shah Rukh Khan), a tour guide for European cities. Harry hates his job and keeps pretending to be sweet and charming in front of his clients. His life takes a drastic change with the arrival of Sejal (Anushka Sharma), who has lost her engagement ring on her European trip which was conducted by Harry. Harry tried to avoid Sejal but fails miserable and sets out to find the ring in various European cities. The trip also explores the inner side of Harry and Sejal, by developing a new bond between them. What happens next is what the entire film is all about.
Screenplay & Technical Details:

The basic story idea is one liner and rides highly on the screen moments. The movie is highly predictable from the start. The first half is engaging, interesting as well as entertaining. The contrasting mannerisms of Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma manage to establish their various characters. There are many enjoyable scenes such as Anushka pressurizing Shah Rukh Khan to help her find the ring followed by Shah Rukh tying to fool her by sharing his problems with girls, Anushka trying to woo Shah Rukh in a pub followed by her brawl in a different pub, Shah Rukh pretending as Anushka’s lover, Shah Rukh warning Anushka over falling in love with him, Anushka firing Shah Rukh’s ex girlfriend, Anushka’s happiness over Shah Rukh finding her sexy, Shah Rukh remembering his love and screaming names over the sea side, Shah Rukh talking about the importance of Anushka in his life and few more. These scene work as the key element for the film. Some of these scenes along with few scenes where Shah Rukh and Anushka gradually come close to each other, work as the finest moment in the film. There is a scene where Shah Rukh requests Anushka for a hug, this scene has the mark of Imtiaz Ali all over it. Sadly, such scenes are very less in the film as a romantic film like ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ demands more such moments. There are minimal happenings in the screenplay and in the second half it goes on a repetitive and stagnant mode. The last hour of the film has been stretched to the fullest leading to a typical Bollywoodish kind of climax. The bonding between Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka demanded more detailing and more conviction. Presence of Anushka in the finale scene was a bit cliched. The makers have used Roman Hindi in subtitles, which fails to connect with its viewers. Nevertheless, barring these negative points the movie is a good romantic film which has been mesmerisingly shot in various cities like Amsterdam, Prague, Budapest, Lisbon and other places.
Music:

Music director Pritam returns back in Imtiaz Ali’s camp after a long time. He shines out in songs like ‘Radha’, ‘Phurr’ and ‘Beech Beech Mein’. ‘Hawayein’ and ‘Safar’ are among the finest work in this film. The lyrics by Irshad Kamil in these songs manage to work as additional screenplay in the film. ‘Butterfly’ could have been omitted. The background music is great and goes well with the flow of the film.
Direction:

Director Imtiaz Ali comes back to his safe zone on the lines of films like ‘Jab We Met’. His die-hard fans of ‘Rockstar’ type of films might get bit disappointment but will still find some gem scenes which has Imtiaz’s stamp all over it. As for all those ‘Jab We Met’ type of fans, again they too might be bit disappointment as the movie fails to surpass the madness presented in that film. Still, they will be entertained, especially in the first half and would come out from the cinema hall with a better feeling. This movie might look as Imtiaz’s simple or safer work but on the contrary is quite complex and a tough job as he had to match up to the humongous expectations of his and Shah Rukh Khan’s fans. The pain, love, loneliness and togetherness is well presented in the movie, which will be more than enough for all his fans to cherish. Wish, he would had opted for more bolder or daring or enjoyable finale like he did in films like ‘Love Aaj Kal’ or ‘Jab We Met’.

Performances:

Its good to see Shah Rukh Khan back into his forte of romantic films. The moment he pretends as Anushka’s fiancee and the one where he comes quite close to her will rejuvenate all his fans, who love him in such romantic films. He looks great in some scenes but one cannot miss the aging side in few scenes. Anushka Sharma’s Gujju accent looked terrible in the trailer but you will love her and her mannerisms in the film. She is fantastic with her innocent and naive expressions. Shah Rukh talking to himself and Anushka’s goofy talks are highly enjoyable. Their bonding works in the favour of the film. Chandan Roy Sanyal, Evelyn Sharma and others are wasted.
Final Verdict:

So on an overall basis ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ is like blending platonic worlds of Imtiaz Ali and Shah Rukh Khan. The efforts might not be as magical as expected but manages to display a well made film with some good moments attached to it.

Rating – 3/5 [Source – Bollywood Times]