Jab Tak Hai Jaan is mixed with lots of expectations and great feeling towards the legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra. One would look forward to watch this film because it has been directed by Yash Chopra itself, who had taught us the new definition of love, and one would also look forward because it has been unfortunately the last film of the legend. With great star cast, wonderful music and interesting promos, JTHJ tempts the diehard romantic lovers to enter into the cinema hall. Well, in the company of all these expectations and feelings, the makers and Yashji had blissfully delivered the viewers what they promised.
It's a story about Samar Anand (Shahrukh Khan) - a jolly-good fellow who works as a small-time labourer in London and loves to make people happy. One fine day he meets with a beautiful girl Meera (Katrina Kaif) - who is the daughter of a multi-millionaire industrialist (Anupam Kher) and hates desi Indian boy. Followed by some sweet and endearing moments, Samar and Meera have now fallen for each other, where the girl is already engaged to her dearest Britisher friend. Meera strongly believes in god, and when some unpleasant incident happens, she is now forced to leave her love. Samar decides a war against God and joins Indian Army, where after a gap of 10 years, he becomes a renowned Bomb Squad Officer.
Soon he meets a super-power girl Akira Rai (Anushka Sharma), who works as an intern in Discovery Channel and wants to make a documentary film on Major Samar Anand, after knowing his touching love story. On one side her documentary film got finished, and on the other side she fallen love with Samar. However the story takes a turning point when Samar somehow agrees to come in London to save the career of Akira, and met with the same mishap which he encountered 10 years back. How this mishap changes the life of Samar, Meera and Akira, forms the crux of the story.
Screenplay & Direction
Written by Aditya Chopra along with Devika Bhagat, the story is apt for the diehard romantic movie lovers and the screenplay is just perfect as one would expect from Yash Chopra's film. Jab Tak Hai Jaan not only has romantic and endearing moments between the characters, but also has an engaging and gripping storyline throughout. In today's world, where one witnesses quite modern love stories, it's quite delightful too see a complete romance saga. Well though this film is a treat for all the diehard romantic movie lovers, but for others as well it's quite an entertaining movie because of its spellbinding screenplay followed by lots of twists and tales throughout.
The first half focuses on SRK's and Katrina's love story with a glimpse of Anushka's part in it, whereas the second half partly focuses on Anushka Sharma's side which is then further followed by Katrina. How the climax is blend again with all the trios in it, is again a treat to watch. Every sequences in the movie is not cliched and is also not uninteresting, where on the other hand, it's filled with utter emotions and super engaging drama. Somewhere during the pre-interval one would find that now the graph would remain almost same, but just when the post interval begins, the graph simply rises and rises to its peak. While we're on the subject, the movie it's not like a typical love triangular story, but it's an ultimate Yash Chopra romance. In addition, one can slightly compare with Yashji's earlier movies like Dil Toh Pagal Hain and Veer Zaara, but only to some extent.
Sequences such as the interesting entry's of Shahrukh, Katrina and Anushka, instrumental sequence before the song Ishq Shava, SRK accident's sequences, SRK declaring a war against god before interval, the proposing sequence between SRK, Katrina and Anushka, Shahrukh's memory recovery scene at railway station, SRK and Katrina's last scene in Church before he goes back to Kashmir from London, and much more are worth watching and highly commendable.
However somewhere in the middle of the movie, and also after watching it completely, you would feel like something is missing. Proper justification in some of the sequences - such as of a rich girl (Katrina) getting suddenly a free bird was missing, love getting blossom in the heart of Katrina, Shahrukh and Anushka, Katrina's long-lasting wait for SRK, the climax of Anushka's love story, and much more - were missing and looking like half-baked. The feeling was there, but somewhere somehow that Goosebumps were missing.
Although there were few flaws, but the legend Yash Chopra's attention-grabbing and emotive storytelling wins the heart of everyone. His direction, his way of narrating the sequences, and his way of turning out a love story into a romantic saga, is a sheer case of brilliance cinema. Almost after a gap of eight long years, the late legendary filmmaker had donned the hat of director, and without any doubt and question, his last directorial movie is highly memorable one. It's a perfect finale film for the late director - Yash Chopra.
Music & Other Technicalities
Like in every Yash Chopra movies, every song in JTHJ comes after an emotional sequence and thus adds the charm in the movie and as well in the storyline. On the other side the trios - music maestro A R Rahman, veteran and renowned lyricist Gulzar saab, and the King of Romance Yash Chopra - had simply mesmerized the listeners and also viewers. Songs 'Challa' and 'Saans' are the complete winner and one will also recall it even after watching the movie. Background score is apt according to the given situations in the film.
Choreography done by Anil Mehta was first-rate, especially in the Ishq Shava song which is mind-blowing. Cinematography is remarkable and had captured both the countries (London and Kashmir) beautifully. Editing was good, just a little bit of trimming would be beneficial, bearing in mind the overall length of the movie. Dialogues written by Aditya Chopra were super impressive and highly praiseworthy, just pay attention in each and every scene. Simply beautifully written!
A special mention here about the casting. Yash Chopra is quite famous for casting actors in his films such as 'Silsila' and others, and the same was visible here. The ongoing tussle between Shahrukh and Salman is worldwide famous, and also the infamous love story between Salman and Katrina. Yash Chopra had made it sure to cast Shahrukh and Katrina together, and also lip-lock sessions between the couple, followed by SRK's first onscreen kiss in his so far career. Furthermore, it is also being said that Katrina was in a relationship with Ranbir too, after dumping Salman. And thus Yashji had also made it sure to cast Ranbir Kapoor's real life father and mother together (Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh), portraying as Katrina's mother and step father in the film. Kudos goes to the casting champ Yashji, and making the film more interesting by roping in the controversial actors.
The leading star cast were very much promising. Shahrukh Khan was perfect for the role of Samar, and the King of Hearts is back in his much-loved romantic films. He had enacted both the roles, as jolly-good fellow Samar Anand and as a Major Samar Anand, with ease and in a very commanding manner.
Katrina is the beauty and shines throughout. Though in couple of sequences she was lacking in giving an ideal emotive expressions, but in rest, she was mesmerizing. Watch her when she pleads to god for the life of her love in the middle of the road.
Anushka was as usual super energetic girl, and had performed in a likewise superb manner. Although her role was short, as compared to Katrina, but was absolutely integral. She was the perfect chosen one to portray the given character of a bubbly, cheery and fearless girl, yet sometimes emotional from heart.
Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor and Anupam Kher were charming in their respective cameo appearances. Sarika as Dr. Zoya Ali Khan was admirable and played an important part in the movie.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a gift to the late legend Yash Chopra from his song Aditya Chopra. Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a mark of respect to the filmmaker from the entire cast and crew of the film. And lastly, Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a standing salute to the director, who had taught us how to romance and fall in love.
It's a perfect Yash Chopra Romance and a must-must watch for the diehard romantic movie lovers, for the Yash Chopra movie lovers, and also for the ones who wants to know the meaning of 'Love'. Jab Tak Hain Jaan... Yashji's movies will touch everybody's heart, because he has, and he had, made the movies from his heart.