Are you wondering if Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma's Euro trip (Jab Harry Met Sejal) is worth taking? Has Imtiaz Ali managed to reinvent Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma's chemistry and stoke fire into it? And is this movie worth your money? Well, Jab Harry Met Sejal has hit the screens and here's our review of the film...
What's it about
Jab Harry Met Sejal makes a reference to poet Rumi's quote, 'What you seek is seeking you.' The story of the film is as simple as this quote - two strangers, struggling to fill their lives with love, find each other and realise their bond, and their togetherness fills the missing pieces of the jigsaw of their life. Shah Rukh Khan plays the cocky, self-absorbed, womanising Harry, a tour guide who resorts to quickies and one-night stands to compensate for the lack of real love, while Anushka Sharma plays Sejal, a Gujarati girl who loses her engagement ring during a tour ride across Europe and hopes that Harry will be her accomplice in finding that ring back. The film is basic and devoid of any gimmicks or baggage. Imtiaz manages to keep the focus on Harry and Sejal from the first frame till the last, investing in their emotions and making their journey utterly relatable. As audience, you not only buy this idea of going on this unpredictable journey with Harry and Sejal but actually empathise and feel the connect with their situations. Sejal's predicament of not trusting Harry initially and his change of heart towards her are not just twists in the plot but complex character traits that Imtiaz sketches on his creative canvas. The climax and culmination of this journey might be predictable, but the ride along the way is worth every penny.
Shah Rukh Khan is the epitome of romance. He's made a career out of selling the notion of everlasting love, love that transcends age and every possible barrier, love that is pure and innocent. In Jab Harry Met Sejal, SRK reinvents himself in a way that will blow your mind away. It isn't just about the stubble, or his gaze, the way he looks at Anushka or that intensity when his eyes become moist, he's done all this and much more on the big screen. But one can tell that there has been some sort of a shift within him where he's managed to tap into places that none of his previous directors (Karan Johar, Aditya Chopra, Yash Chopra) believed existed. Imtiaz Ali's vision and SRK's passion for romance is truly a lethal combination that lights up every single frame of the film. As a performance, JHMS is perhaps his most intense yet easy role in recent times. He's stripped himself from any label, bracket or expectation, surrendering to his director with utmost sincerity.
Anushka Sharma hits the ball out of the park as Sejal. The trails and teasers did no justice to what a powerhouse performer she is in the film. It was a tricky role to play a Gujarati girl with inhibitions and apprehensions, but instead of cowering under the weight of its complexities, Anushka soars and delivers with the finest grace. Her mannerisms, accent, and even the way she bites her lips and quivers - everything is on point. Despite doing two films together (Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Jab Tak Hai Jaan) there is a strange freshness to Shah Rukh and Anushka's pairing in this film. There are scenes where these two create beautiful moments with just conversations and a stare, no theatrics or dramatics needed. Imtiaz's idea of romance is timeless and classic and his lead stars do full justice to this notion.
The pace does slacken in the second half and a couple of scenes that involve some immigrant goons and their involvement with finding Sejal's ring, fall flat. Also a Punjabi track, that involves an engagement, felt forced and unnecessary. From this point onward the graph of the film goes downhill. Harry's flashbacks to Punjab and his backstory deserved a better explanation. The music of the film is good, but only a few tracks, namely 'Radha' and 'Hawayein,' manage to stay.
What to do
Jab Harry Met Sejal is all heart and deserves a watch for Shah Rukh and Anushka's crackling chemistry that takes the film to another level. Imtiaz Ali's this journey is definitely worth the price of your ticket.
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