Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a romantic saga which spans two ages. The first is set in 2002 with Samar Anand (Shah Rukh Khan) in his late twenties in London where he falls in love with Meera (Katrina). The second is set in present day with Samar now an army officer who meets Akira (Anushka), a 21 year old aspiring documentary filmmaker.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a romantic saga which spans two ages. The first is set in 2002 with Samar Anand (Shah Rukh Khan) in his late twenties in London where he falls in love with Meera (Katrina). The second is set in present day with Samar now an army officer who meets Akira (Anushka), a 21 year old aspiring documentary filmmaker. less
“Though it does not match up to his previous work, the old-fashioned romance, Shah Rukh playing the lover boy and the beautiful locales make it a one-time watch for Yash Chopra fans.”
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Inspired by Meera (Katrina) whose one lame promise to God paved way for nearly 3 hours of torture, I also made promise to 'Sir Jejus', that please end this ordeal and in return I would go back to writing movie reviews, again. Since The Almighty took his own sweet time in fulfilling my wish, I also took more than a week to pen my views on Yash Chopra's last directorial Venture - Jab tak hai BeJaan...ooopss Jaan!!
JTHJ proves yet again my theory on not-so-curious-case of the two Superstar Khans. Both SRK and Salman Khan love to repeat themselves in majority of their movies as its their safest bet. Shahrukh Khan became 'The SRK' thanks to all his romantic avtaars on-screen on which girls drool on, and JTHJ is no different. His dialogue delivery, the mannerisms, dances and everything else is exactly the replica of dozens film he enacted in last two decades.
Yash Chopra was always known for showcasing her actresses in the most beautiful way ever. With Katrina he had perfect ingredient to garnish a mouth-watering recipe, and he doesn't disappoint a bit. Katrina looks sexy and ravishing through-out ( barring in the emotional scenes OR to be more precise, whenever she tries to 'act') which might be the reason SRK has broken his self imposed no-onscreen-kiss protocol. Anushka Sharma plays a happy-go-lucky and carefree girl, a character - which is so very rare in Bollywood flicks (Pun intended). She plays her part well and incidentally gets few of the best lines of the movie; also provides a much needed witty relief.
Apart from these minor blemishes, the main culprit of this 'Jaan-less magnum opus' is its ridiculous story, hackneyed screenplay, unrestrained editing and surprisingly charmless music by the Maestro (except Challa and Heer to some extent). Very rarely I see Aditya Chopra's stories making any sense and JTHJ re-assures my (dis)belief in him. Talking about the screenplay and editing, though first half is comparatively better, still intermission arrives tad later in the day after missing at least three potential junctures. Post intermission, movies drags in a pace which would even put snail to shame. At the climax, Samar (SRK) asks Meera (Kat) - "Itni Der lagaa dii Samajhne me". Exactly my feeling - She should have understood atleast one hours back to save us the anguish.The end-credits takes even more time than 'eternity' to be rolled-off on screen, but you would surely waste no time in jumping out of the theatres.
HSR Verdict: Jab Tak hai Jaan is surely NOT the dream vehicle to bid farewell to the Legend Yash Chopra. Saying that, all of us surely have quite a few of his classics in our closet (read - hard disk); so avoid this Be-Jaan flick (if you still have saved yourself) and watch some of his old classics at home, instead.