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Nov 192012
 



Need I even say the obvious?

Well, if you schmucks insist I won’t disappoint you. You know how much I love you poppets.

* Indians are the most uncivilized, savage beasts around.*

I don’t mean just Indians in Mera Bharat Mahaan but in Amazing Amreeka too.

Look, these Shaitans in Amreeka have now given a ho-hum response to one of the classiest Bollywood films in recent times.

Yash Chopra’s last film Jab Tak Hai Jaan has raked in a mere $1.94 million at the U.S. box office.

Am I Mad!

Starring Shahrukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif, Jab Tak Hai Jaan is an endearing romance richly deserving of all the accolades heaped on it by discerning moviegoers.

Jab Tak Hai Jaan has an engaging story, decent acting, nice photography and pleasing songs.

Above all, the movie oozes class, something that’s anathema to most Indians.

Disappointed

To tell you the truth, I’m incensed that this fine film didn’t do better.

But then I’m not completely surprised either because savages a.k.a Indians generally have a deep-rooted aversion to anything classy.

As the wise SI has often intoned, the only difference between Indians and chimps is clothing.

Here’s how Jab Tak Hai Jaan fared at the U.S. box office in the opening weekend compared to a few prominent Bollywood films:

Yash Chopra's Jab Tak Hai Jaan U.S. Box Office Report - © SearchIndia.com

If you have yet to see Jab Tak Hai Jaan, I strongly encourage you to do so.

This is one of those rare watchable Bollywood films.

Related posts:
Jab Tak Hai Jaan Review – Don’t Miss It

  17 Responses to “Jab Tak Hai Jaan BO – Indian Savages Give Ho-Hum Response to a Fine Film”

  1. Just read the first part of the storyline. It said that SRK’s character was shown to be a struggling immigrant in London making a living washing cars, waiting tables, and singing Punjabi folk songs on the street.

    Kat’s character, who is a daughter of a rich NRI businessman, meets SRK and they fall in love. But then Kat promises God that she’ll never be with her lover again, and their romance is thwarted, and SRK returns home to India brokenhearted and angry and joins the Indian army.

    In 10 years, (believe it not) he is grown into a bomb disposal expert who has successfully defused 98 explosives without wearing any safety suits!! Katrina also learns punjabi just by singing one rustic ballad. Also read that he meets with a couple of accidents and loses his memory, and some genius doctor’s prescription is that SRK can be made well by his original lover (a prescription I’ve never heard of in the real world).

    Just reading this much of the story gave me chills down my spine! Do they ever explain in the movie why a rich NRI’s daughter falls in love with an ordinary waiter and car washer or how SRK got the skills of a bomb diffusing expert? Also how does an army, recruit a cook from London as a soldier who is well past the prescribed age in late 20s?

    Normally, you point out such flaws in the storyline. But it seems like Yash Chopra effectively covered these flaws with some good music, dances, etc.

    Anyways, did u see the movie 2nd time as you were mentioning before? I saw the song Ishq Shava and liked it!

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. It’s true that there are holes in the story and I pointed out one in the review (SRK’s character of the bomb disposal expert and the journalist (Anushka Sharma) are engaged in banter while he’s defusing a bomb under a bridge).

    Show me a movie without holes in the story (that’s why we have this concept called “suspension of disbelief i.e. 64-year-old Rajinikanth romancing 21-year-old Shriya Saran in Sivaji or 40-year-old Aamir Khan playing a 18-year-old college student in 3-Idiots) and I’ll stop swilling Beer.

    No, I couldn’t watch the film a second time this weekend since I had to go to NYC.

    But I most certainly will.

    Yash Chopra/Aditya Chopra papered over the logical holes with decent photography, story, songs and acting.

    2. Regarding your point about defusing “explosives without wearing any safety suits,” I too was uneasy and felt it weird when I first encountered the scene in the movie.

    But as the movie unfolds, there’s a plausible explanation for Samar (SRK) not wearing a safety suit.

    3. As I’ve said on more than one occasion, Jab Tak Hai Jaan is one of those rare Bollywood films where the whole is bigger than the sum of its parts.

  2. Got it! :-)

  3. “Starring Shahrukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif, Jab Tak Hai Jaan is an endearing romance richly deserving of all the accolades heaped on it by discerning moviegoers.” — I guess the audience is justified in ignoring the film because Shah Rukh Khan has already been involved in many endearing romance films, such as Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kal Ho Naa ho, etc etc etc……. SRK has reaped huge benefits in playing the romantic hero in “n” number of films and I guess people have finally got tired of such films and stayed away from this one.

    For heaven’s sake, isn’t it high time that heroes in Bollywood start deviating from the overbeaten track of romance and concentrate on other roles, which suit their present age and experience. Perhaps stars like SRK and Sallu can take a cue from actors like Pierce Brosnan, George Clooney etc on how to transition into roles that suit their age…. No one is going to believe in 45 year old actors playing a 25 year old anymore, no matter how young they look.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. You write: For heaven’s sake, isn’t it high time that heroes in Bollywood start deviating from the overbeaten track of romance and concentrate on other roles, which suit their present age and experience.

    I suspect the vast majority of moviegoers in India ‘come’ only upon seeing junk like Dabbang, Thuppakki, Rowdy Rathore etc.

    2. I have seen Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kal Ho Naa ho, etc but they’re not in the same league as Jab Tak Hai Jaan.

  4. Off-topic :

    High time for another Incredible India post

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Shame-2-girls-arrested-for-harmless-online-comment/articleshow/17286105.cms

    Btw, also read the below link

    http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/current-affairs/katju-writes-to-cmgirls-arrest-for-fb-update_784752.html

    A girl arrested for posting her views on fb.. and another for liking the status… INCREDIBLE ~sigh~

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    I know…saw that two days back.

    All for a fascist who made no secret of his admiration for Hitler! A city of 20 million comes to a standstill and all normal life paralyzed for 48-hours merely because one person passes away!

    India’s rulers are becoming highly intolerant.

    Control over information is a favorite weapon of tyrants.

    The policemen who arrested the two girls should be sacked.

    But the people are too busy watching Thuppakki,Poda Podi, Jab Tak hai Jaan, Son of Sardaar to bother about their civic duties and civil liberties. :(

    • And who knows, you might be booked for writing this comment, SI might be sued for publishing it, and I might be raided for replying it.

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      All kinds of nonsense are possible in Incredible India!

      • “I have sworn upon the altar of god eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”

        – Thomas Jefferson

        Just felt like posting it.

        SearchIndia.com Responds:

        You’re the right person for an interesting idea I have in mind….I’ll send you an e-mail in a little while!

      • “And who knows, you might be booked for writing this comment, SI might be sued for publishing it, and I might be raided for replying it.”

        Ha ha. You’re right. After all, this is incredible India..

        SearchIndia.com Responds:

        I hope they sack the Maharashtra Home Minister R.R.Patil but that ain’t gonna happen.

  5. Hola SI,

    How are you?

    For you, http://mumbaiboss.com/2012/11/15/the-vigil-idiot-jab-tak-hai-jaan/

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Hello Sweetie,

    Am I the last (ex)Indian with any sense of taste?

    I’m giving up on the desi philistines, forever worshiping at the altar of trash and giving the cold-shoulder to a fine movie.

  6. We went to watch the movie with high expectations last Friday, primarily based on the positive review here (barring Saawariya I couldn’t remember any Hindi film recommended by SI and disliked by me/my family).

    We came back thoroughly disappointed.

    The story seemed like a rehash of the Veer-Zaara storyline in its basic structure.

    And throughout the movie we were left wondering what has gone wrong with Rahman’s music in the recent years.

    The only song we liked mildly was “Challa” and that was because of two reasons – they played it enough times to make the tune stick in our heads for a couple of hours, and Rabbi Shergill renders Punjabi songs beautifully (check out Bulla ki jaana and Tere Bin).

    The prelude to Ishq Shava was good, but the song itself made no impression. Neither did any of the other songs in the movie.

    All in all we felt that people somehow felt obliged to applause for Yash Chopra’s trendsetting career rather than this movie by itself.

    While moderately better than the “Rahul-Anjali” style romances that SRK pioneered from 1995 to 2005, this movie doesn’t seem deserving of all its plaudits.

    This very year there have been several movies better than this – Kahaani, Vicky Donor, Agent Vinod and Barfi come to mind immediately.

    As a parallel from an altogether different league, this was reminiscent of Al Pacino receiving the Oscar for “Scent of a Woman” while having been lost out for much more deserving performances.

    Basically the AMPAS honoured him for his superlative career rather than this particular movie, where his performance wasn’t bad, but definitely wasn’t in his top 5. SRK and YRF have minted money from crappy movies over the ages, but critics haven’t always been gentle.

    With this movie it seems like the critics have decided to turn a blind eye to the film’s massive shortcomings and applause nonetheless.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. Et tu, Kreacher. :(

    2. Listening to Bulla ki jaana. Very pleasing. Good picturization.

    3. Glad you liked the prelude to Ishq Shava song. That seems to have won over even the carping folks.

    4. You write: This very year there have been several movies better than this – Kahaani, Vicky Donor, Agent Vinod and Barfi come to mind immediately.

    We did review Kahaani, Agent Vinod and Barfi favorably (did not see Vicky Donor).

    But tremendously let down to see multiple instances of lifts from diverse Hollywood/Foreign films in Barfi.

    Kahaani too had its ending lifted from the Angelina Jolie film Taking Lives.

    Of the three, Agent Vinod did not do that well.

    We can’t help but notice that of the few Hindi/Tamil films (JTHJ, Saawariya, Agent Vinod, Ayirathil Oruvan) that have found favor with SI over several years, most have not done that well compared to drivel like Ek Tha Tiger, Bodyguard etc that have been eagerly lapped up. I must be drinking something different!

    5. Much as I hate to fall back upon de gustibus non est disputandum, because it gives a free pass to all trash in the domains of art, culture, literature and movies) in this instance I shall reluctantly do so.

    Update:

    6. We went with no expectations but others who read the reviews likely went in with heightened expectations, anticipating a masterpiece! ;)

    • Yeah, Et tu, Kreacher ?! (a.k.a Did you also fall for SI’s prank) ;)

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      You’re getting tiresome!

      Now, let me get back to my Life of Pi (3D) review.

      • You like Ang Lee and Life of Pi, so I guess it will be a positive review.

        SearchIndia.com Responds:

        You’re right.

        It is a positive review but…….

        I should be posting the review in a few minutes.

    • //Kahaani too had its ending lifted from the Angelina Jolie film Taking Lives.//

      Lifted?? Have you seen Taking Lives??

      The only thing similar was the two leading ladies were faking pregnancy.

      If this alone makes the ending a copy then the ending of The Lord of the Rinks – Return of the Kings is copied from Terminator 2. In both movies the evil thing is thrown into a stream of fire.

    • “We can’t help but notice that of the few Hindi/Tamil films (JTHJ, Saawariya, Agent Vinod, Ayirathil Oruvan) that have found favor with SI over several years, most have not done that well compared to drivel like Ek Tha Tiger, Bodyguard etc that have been eagerly lapped up. I must be drinking something different!”

      Well, maybe because you’re one among the very few with some semblance of sanity and a taste for good movies unlike most of the clowns here.

      As far as 2012, the big movies were a disappointment (except for thupakki, going by the box office results here) but some small budget movies seemed to have gained favor. Pizza and Vazhakku enn 18/9 are examples. I haven’t seen both so I don’t know how good/bad they really are.

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      If that piece of shit Thuppakki is indeed a hit, there’s no hope for Tamil cinema.

      Crude piece of trash…but some people find their salvation in trash. Such is life. :(

  7. Btw, just heard the much-hyped Nenjukkulle song from Kadal.

    It’s good but ARR has done even better in the past.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    If ARR farts, there’ll be a million “Likes” on Facebook, a dozen teasers on YouTube and incessant talk of a Grammy! :(

    • Indeed. That’s what happened with, for ex, endhiran.

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      And people went ga-ga over it! :(

      When God created Tamils, he forgot to endow the majority of them with a sense of good taste.

      How else can you explain the supposed ‘success’ of vomit like Thuppakki!

      Since these ‘fans’ just don’t care to watch the better films from Europe or Hollywood, they have no frame of reference except trashy Tamil garbage!

      As long as the idiots lack an alternative frame of reference, Tamil movie-makers can continue to rake in millions by churning out trash.

      I fear things will never change in my lifetime!

      • Pls don’t even get started on Endhiran’s music. ARR totally lost it.

        “Since these ‘fans’ just don’t care to watch the better films from Europe or Hollywood, they have no frame of reference except trashy Tamil garbage!”

        Not as simple as that. It’s a bit more complicated. I’ve seen people who’ve enjoyed movies like Shawshank Redemption rave about Endhiran. How do you explain that?

        Btw, I totally agree with your last sentence.

  8. Read in one of your comments that you are planning to watch JTHJ again. Do not.

    DVD is available in Netflix on 12/25..

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Good!

    12/25 can’t come soon enough!

    Want to see a decent quality print of the Ishq dance and song!

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