Movie review: Jab Harry Met Sejal.
by Valeed Shahid.
Given the hype surrounding this week’s big release, Jab Harry Met Sejal, I had booked my tickets in advance, like many others, and I won’t really say it was a mistake. Jab Harry Met Sejal, like many guessed by the name, seemed like a movie in the Jab We Met series, and it sure was. The basic storyline was similar in more ways than one, but obviously a different treatment and cast gave it a whole new flavour altogether.
Harry (Shah Rukh Khan) is a tourist guide/travel agent working in Amsterdam. One of the tourist groups allotted to him by his company has Sejal (Anushka Sharma) with her family. Just when she is about to leave Amsterdam along with her parents and fiancé, she realises that her engagement ring is missing. Since it was her fiancé’s family ring, it was very important to him, which is why she decides to stay back and find it.
That’s where the trouble starts, as the family had travelled to not one but many different cities in Europe, so you should be ready to witness a lot of breathtaking locations. At one point, they even have to go to Portugal to look for someone who might know something about the ring. A world tour in 144 minutes isn’t quite a bad deal, is it?
All through the first half, one really stays involved in the movie, because it is spent in exploring the two characters. Anushka’s character specifically, was unwrapped really well during the first half, mainly because you want to find out more about this ‘unconventional, modern on the outside but a pure Gujrati at heart’ girl. Shahrukh Khan’s character is fully reminiscent of his previous roles, but we won’t say he doesn’t experiment with his roles, proof: Raees. Also, he looked super fit and nothing close to his age, for which we give the actor all the credit he deserves.
Like Deepika Padukone in Chennai Express, Anushka Sharma also adopted her character’s accent and speech, and at some points, Sejal might also remind you of Rani (Kangana Ranaut) of Queen.
Having said that, the second half drowns you into sheer boredom, as nothing new happens in the story, and almost no new characters are introduced. In fact, it got a little boring seeing the two of them in every single frame, talking about exactly the same things.
The movie could’ve been more interesting, had there been some scenes without Harry and Sejal too. When we walk in to the cinema to watch an Imtiaz Ali film, we do so with a lot of expectation, and at least for me, it wasn’t met. JHMS is Shah Rukh Khan and Imtiaz Ali’s first ever collaboration, and the latter’s most stretched/worst work till date. Probably the director also got star struck like we were (in the first half only), and by the second half he wasn’t even sure what he was doing to these two superstars.
Both Shahrukh Khan and Anushka Sharma left audiences pleasantly surprised with their respective recent releases, Raees and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, which is why probably the bar was set way higher than before, but sadly it wasn’t reached. In my opinion, the lead pair’s chemistry has nothing to talk about, they just looked really detached on the screen the whole time.
The music is also a major problem with JHMS. Quantity is very much there, but quality, hardly. Apart from Radha and Beech Beech Main, all the songs by Pritam sounded the same, basically because there were just too many of them. But yes, Sunidhi Chauhan’s comeback with Radha had us swooning, and we thank Pritam for giving us such a beautiful song by our favourite singer.
PHURR ft. Diplo is going to leave you really, really confused. We know SRK movies are generally obsessed with foreign singers, Ra One, for instance, but PHURR didn’t serve any purpose, not even that of pleasing your hearing or seeing senses, except probably Anushka trying to twerk in Pj’s at one point.
Imtiaz Ali has given us stuff like Rockstar, Jab We Met, Love Aaj Kal in the past, and all of these are iconic movies in their own rights. Finally, when he made a movie with two of our favourite actors, it was more than a disappointment. Rockstar made Ranbir Kapoor, Love Aaj Kal made Deepika Padukone, Jab We Met gave Kareena’s career a whole new life, but JHMS funnily seems to be an attempt to ruin two of the biggest stars in a movie as impact less as itself.
Basically, if you really can’t afford to miss the movie, like us, make sure you walk out before the second half starts, because nothing that you should wait for is going to happen in those 72 minutes.