Movie Review - Jab Tak Hai Jaan

Ever wondered why is Shahrukh so popular with female audiences; because the Chopras and Johars deftly created the ‘perfect fill’ for the void in almost 99% of the females' life – the dream lover. So be it, DDLJ, DTPH, KKHH, KHNH, RNBDJ and a few lesser known movies I have missed in the list, Shahrukh, rather, the makers, keep selling this illusion to the ever buying female frat.

JTHJ caters to this illusion where an already engaged Meera (Katrina Kaif) is wooed by a ‘trying to make’ pounds, Samar (Shahrukh Khan).

The conflict in the plot is quite flimsy; the heroine has a habit to offer something to Jesus if her wish is fulfilled! So when Samar meets with his first accident, a wailing Meera promises God that she’ll never ever meet him again if He makes him live. God fulfills her wish and hence the break-up.

In such a scenario, the real heroics for a hero are to work towards winning back his love; but the hero goes on to join the Indian army and heads the bomb-disposal squad.

Enters a bright chirpy birdie, read heroine, Akira (Anushka Sharma) who is a wannabe documentary film-maker in skimpiest of shorts!

To get her film on Samar going, there is a pre-requisite to get Samar to London.

Samar gets hit the second time; amnesia, his memory goes back to the time of his first accident.

Akira who is in love with Samar by now, wants Meera to help Samar.

JTHJ has a breezy first half till the time a forced conflict puts it off track.

The film has got some really regressive scenes. Sample this, after their first night out, Samar asks Meera, "If I kiss you, will you slap me?". Then before Meera could answer, he says with a smile, "I don't think so" and proceeds to kiss her.

Or later in the film, when Meera asks him from abstaining from sex, he refers to the female doctor as lesbian. Really? How is the scriptwriter so sure lesbians are asexual!

Logically too, the film takes a lot of leeway. Are men eligible to apply in army at 28? Or can an army major diffuse a bomb without wearing the mandatory bomb-gear?

Shahrukh looks old in the first half, quite glaring in the dance leading to Ishq Shava song, he simply can’t match the anime like energy of Katrina; but as army major he is effective, as the character is closer to his age.

Katrina looks fab, just see her toned up figure in Ishq Shava number, if this is the teaser, watch the real thing in Dhoom 3.

However, it’s Anushka who steals the show, in spite of a half-baked character. She is chirpy and effective in her small role.

Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh leave a mark in a one scene role.

Quite frankly, this is not one of the best from the king of romance, but then, its much better a film to be remembered as Yash Chopra’s last film, than the imminently forgettable Veer-Zaara.