Direction: Yash Chopra
Actors: Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma
Music: A.R. Rahman
Not in my worst dreams I ever thought I will dislike SRK’s movie to this extent. I was never a diehard fan of all Yash Chopra’s movies but I do like the dreamy feel , love and its intensity, the breath taking locations, beautiful heroines and if I tell in brief too many elements in the movies always made it tough to dislike them even if they are unrealistic at times. Be it Veerzaara, Dil to paagal hai or the legendary Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge to mention a few. You can never get bored by these movies as there are too many interesting elements like dance, Madhuri, the nativity, family bonds, unending romance and last but not the least our dimpled charismatic SRK!
Jab Tak Hai Jaan being Yash Chopra’s last one I thought it would be his best or may be at least a jumble of all his gems but sadly as it turns out it didn’t even stand at 2 on the scale if you rate the best Yash chopra movie at 10.
If there is one pit fall you may ignore but the story has gone to toss and the routine beauty born with silver spoon who travels in a Bentley and who is rich enough to get a print space in magazines falling in love with a pauper like SRK who works in markets or shovels snow or sings to earn extra money is not new in a Yash chopra movie but the blunder lies in how unreal the roles are. Specially Katrina’s who asks for some boon in church and sacrifices something linked to her in return every time. Seriously? Did he think audience will be moved by this? Sadly I could only see audience moving in and out of the cinema hall!
Thankfully SRK is at ease with his in-built romantic charishma who even at the age of 47 maintains that unmistakable deadly gaze at her girl and woos her effortlessly. The choice of girls is the next biggest blunder. Anushka with her stereotypical chirpy delhi girl image bored me beyond limits. She is definitely a good actress but she can do tons better in different roles! Meera (Katrina) has some stupid sentiment which doesn’t suit her pardesi attitude. The moment where I seriously wanted to come out of the theatre was the same stinky sentiment repeating in the second half which makes the movie more elastic with an extra 40-50min!! There are neither great punches nor noteworthy dialogues by the ladies other than the one where Anushka says she is an Instant make up break up kinda girl who thinks of love later..
SRK was tempting in that military uniform with the skill to diffuse any bomb any time anywhere but the way the skill is described by Anushka the discovery channel reporter / documentary film maker in the end worsened the movie to me.
It’s dooming. SRK whose enticing charm never failed to mesmerise me failed the very first time in my life, the major reason being the leading ladies on whom the charm was targetted, the story line which has gone to toss , the long 180 min movie which will make audience yawn , the expression less Katrina who along with looking as stunning as in Slice-amsutra ads should learn some acting too now that she is on the toppers list of bollywood giving a miss to that constant pout, Anushka Sharma and her repeated dialogues about her being a supergirl and careless bitch and her fake tears.
The whole movie is a failed attempt to show intrinsic passion which becomes purely artificial. Second half was like a competition between Kat and Anushka as to who can be more fake and the winner is Kat. The root cause for the movie to be a bore is Anushka and Katrina sans the Yash Chopra factor unlike the naturals like Sridevi, Madhuri, Kajol and so on. The elegance and the radiance missed here how ever heard Katrina tried wearing a white salwar or chiffon saree. There are few hot making out scenes and SRK’s first lip lock kiss but even they just become lukewarm in the king-dumb of boredom.
Music: A.R. Rehman definitely was sleepy when he did this. Other than the title sequence (poem), Challa and Heer nothing else is engaging.Kat looked ravishing in Ishq shava though. That’s the best she can do which is looking gorgeous!
Lastly on a lighter note hoped Katrina to turn to a ghost for a twist whenever she wore black or white. Wished SRK did not do this movie! Dreamt Yash chopra’s last one to be an intense love story like a veerzaara or to be much more dreamy and magical .Only tempting thing is Leh-Ladakh, the scenic locations and may be Katrina’s trinkets and bracelets if the expressionless face is ignored and last but not the least SRK’s gaze and the look in second half but sadly his killer looks, shades, the well-built body in 2nd part have gone wasted. That’s the best way I can put it. All in all, highly disappointed!
If you love SRK like me you may enjoy few bits and pieces or if you want to go watch Yash Chopra’s last, well do watch it for the sake of his great love stories till date!
My Rating: 2/5