Movie Review: Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)
Major Samar Anand, stationed with the Bomb Defusing Squad of the Indian Army is a man who flirts with death at every step of his life. He has successfully cut short the lives of ninety-seven bombs and is on his ninety-eighth one when the film begins. Wolf-whistle from all corners of the theatre greets the stubbled, sunglasses-clad man in uniform; oh yes, and a lot of claps too.
Akira Rai (Anushka Sharma) is a twenty-one year old intern; a state-level swimmer, national-level tennis player etc. (pardon me if the order is wrong – this girl has a long list of accolades behind her name!), and is dying to get placed with the Discovery Channel. The girl dives headlong into the freezing cold waters of a crystal-blue lake with Major Anand sitting on the banks. She passes out in the water and a nonchalant Samar saves her, makes her wear his jacket and rides off on his Royal Enfield. Once in the room, off falls Samar Anand’s diary from one of the pockets of his jacket; on to Akira’s hands and the girl is transported back in time into the life of a twenty-five year old Samar.
Samar there, loves Meera (Katrina Kaif). A girl who detests ‘brown, boring’ Indians and dreams that someday she’ll be married off to some gora. Fate, however, has other plans for her; and by a complicated turn of events that involves Meera learning music from Samar, both fall in love with each other. Hitch: Meera’s already had her “arrangement” – engagement, in Samar’s words. A series of promises to Jesus; some broken ones, some unbroken ones included; Samar goes off to the Indian Army. A tale of love; and love in its purest, most unadulterated form, ensues.