JTHJ is two hours of a good movie & one hour of a bad one – 3.0/5.0
Bollywood has become obsessed with violence lately. I grew up on the Bollywood which was obsessed with love. With Jab Tak Hai Jaan, it is is back to those three hour sweeping romances. It is back to time and fate being the pre-requisites of a good old love story. Shah Rukh Khan is also back in his element. Not playing a superhero or a don but a lover. Two arms raised and it’s done.
Although, Jab Tak Hai Jaan is not about SRK or what Bollywood means to you or to me. It is about Yash Chopra. The King of Romance, the man who gave birth to the big-budget Bollywood blockbuster. His tragic demise before the release of his final film will and must affect the way you see this film. Why not? After all, a film is made by someone. Then again, for those three hours it is about what you see on screen. What you see on screen must be worth it. Is Jab Tak Hai Jaan worth it? Yes it is. As far I’m concerned, I came out pleased. I tried hard to be objective and my objectivity will only take me so far. Yes, the film isn’t a triumph. It has its negatives but not enough to tarnish my experience. It also helps when Shah Rukh Khan diffuses some of those negatives.
AR Rahman’s music plays out better when heard while watching the film. Challa and Saans which didn’t do the trick for me earlier but ended up making me swoon now. The Ishq Dance sequence is terrific. It’s hard to keep your eyes off of Katrina and SRK actually keeps up with her moves. This reminded me of the Dance of Envy from Dil Toh Pagal Hai (which was better than this, I know). Ishq Shava is also a great song and Heer is just so goddamn beautiful. My favorite song from the album is the title song and it saddens me that it was never filmed. This was my only disappointment with the film.
Yes, it is clear as day that this isn’t the Yash Chopra swan song we hoped for. But why burden a man to give out a masterpiece on his way out? I’m happy with his oeuvre and don’t really need another great film to call him a great filmmaker. His last movie is his last and I’ll take it just the way it is.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan is two hours of a good movie and one hour of a bad one. Those two good hours are brimming with an old-fashioned Bollywood romance, great music, funny moments and all three leads doing what they are best at. Shah Rukh is charming and romantic, Katrina acts for the first time (only in two scenes) and Anushka plays Anushka again. That one hour of a bad movie is when the plot goes astray. The romantic reunion gets lost in the mess of memory and longing. This is not a bad movie at all and definitely the film you should be watching this Diwali but don’t expect the most moving love story ever made and you would come out pleased.
By: Nikhil Arora