Jab Tak Hai Jaan is the rare Bollywood movie that leaves even discerning, querulous moviegoers like yours truly with a smile.
Note to Serial Whiners like SI – Be warned now, there’s not much to complain about with this film.
A Classy Entertainer
A grand finale to the late Yash Chopra’s decades-long Bollywood career, Jab Tak Hai Jaan has an engaging romantic story at its core that’s sure to find favor with most viewers.
Like a lot of movies made by Yash Raj Films, a significant portion of Jab Tak Hai Jaan is set overseas (London, in this instance).
When you throw in fine music and decent acting by the key protagonists Sharukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma into the romance khichdi, the film easily turns into a compelling watch.
A beautiful love story, beautiful stars and beautiful music – Hey, what more can you ask for in a Bollywood movie!
A key reason Jab Tak Hai Jaan stands out amidst the endless deluge of raw sewage from Bollywood is that this is a rare instance of a script with a lot of layers and depth.
Director Yash Chopra’s elder son Aditya Chopra wrote the story and shared screenplay credit with Devika Bhagat.
Love Thwarted and Reunited
The centerpiece of Jab Tak Hai Jaan is young love thwarted in London, a decade-long suffering and the ultimate reunion of the two pining lovers Samar Anand (Shahrukh Khan) and Meera Chopra (Katrina Kaif) on a Ladakh bridge.
But if the 2-hour 55-minute movie were merely a paean to love, it’d be a tediously long romance.
Deftly woven into the story is our hero Samar Anand’s post-separation career as a bomb disposal expert with the Indian Army and the introduction of a spunky, ambitious girl Akira Rai (Anushka Sharma) with aspirations to make big documentaries.
It’s been a long while since Shahrukh Khan turned in such an impressive performance.
Romance is, and has always been, SRK’s forte.
Thanks to the magic of makeup, Katrina Kaif looks angelic and alluring. Not a hair out of place.
You most desperately want a big bite of Katrina, believe me. 😉
It’s the nature of well-made movies that even small roles don’t look small.
Rishi Kapoor and wife Neetu Singh make their presence felt despite little screen time.
Sure, there are a bunch of silly things like the banter between Akira and Samar when he’s defusing a bomb underneath a bridge. Thankfully, they are small minuses in the big picture.
In a testament to the writing quality, Jab Tak Hai Jaan is one of those exceptional Hindi films that are not predictable.
Beautifully photographed in London, Ladakh and a bunch of other places, Jab Tak Hai Jaan reminds us yet again of something most of us have long forgotten – At the end of the day, movies are a visual medium that rely on the power of dazzling images to knock us out.
Ishq Shava, the item-like dance number in the London tunnel, was so beautifully, tastefully executed it took my breath away. Shahrukh Khan and Katrina Kaif were a sight to behold.
Even more impressive was the four-minute dance by a medley of performers preceding the Ishq Shava song.
What’s an excellent Bollywood movie without catchy music to keep up the tempo.
A.R.Rahman’s pleasing music is strongly supported by superb picturization of every song.
I just purchased the Challa and Ishq Shava tracks on iTunes and have no doubt that I’ll be listening to them again and again and again.
The background score of Jab Tak Hai Jaan which keeps repeating throughout the movie is a hauntingly beautiful melody in sync with the mood of the film.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan – Go for It
Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a first class entertainer and SearchIndia.com has no hesitation in strongly recommending this sweet Diwali treat.
It’s a shame the movie’s director Yash Chopra passed away just weeks before the film debuted.
But then such is life.