Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma.
Direction: Yash Chopra
Yash Chopra’s final film, “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” bombed my expectation. It did not pull the right chain anywhere. Question is wasn’t there any other plotline for the movie. The plot of the movie is thinner than my hair strand. I didn’t buy into the story, but I bought into the genuine show from all three – Shah Rukh, Katrina and Anushka. They were exceptional & dominant.
Why will an Army man’s documentary; featuring him singing folksy Punjabi numbers in London interest us. It is very daring of late Yashji to assume, Samar’s willing acceptance of a fate thrust upon him by Meera (Katrina); in a childish promise to god, would work.
A series of unimpressive story twists, a long-drawn-out flashback involving memory loss, pacts with God, a random bomb on a train , the waiter becomes a major in the army – a bomb-disposal expert, no less.
Shah Rukh is easily Hindi cinema’s most dashing army officer; he finally smashes his no-kissing rule. Would you believe that in a delightful career spanning over two decades, the man has never kissed a lead actress in any of his films? Even though running for previously committed ladies is his forte! And King Khan is back there once again.
This film has all the elements you would want in a Yash Chopra film – gorgeously shot locations in the UK and Kashmir, lavish songs and three naturally gracious lead characters who struggle bravely against their individual commitments.
Set in present-day Leh – Major Samar Anand of the Indian army’s bomb disposal squad at work knows no fear. He defuses IEDs without donning a bomb suit. He is known as “the man who cannot die”. Cut to “Done Done” London!, Samar Anand is a struggling Indian immigrant. He makes a living by strumming a guitar and singing folksy Punjabi numbers at tourist spots and doing odd jobs as a snow-cleaner outside a church, a sales boy in a fish market and a waiter in a restaurant. He falls in love with Meera, daughter of a wealthy NRI businessman (Anupam Kher). Circumstances keep them apart, a heartbroken Samar leaves for India and joins the army. In Kashmir valley, He meets another pretty girl Akira Rai (Anushka Sharma), an aspiring documentary filmmaker on an assignment to record the bomb expert and his team at work.
The music and the background score is overwhelmingly positive for the film, composed by A.R. Rahman, who teamed up with Yash Chopra for the first time.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan is very much jumbled. But like it or not, it is the swansong of one of the defining directors of the Indian film industry and you cannot help but think of Yash Chopra’s legacy as you watch his last film, which honestly requires enormous patience too.
Lots of courage & miracles in need for this not so simple love story, of a man, who died every day, every moment for his love.
SALT MANGO TREE: 2.5/5
SALT (chemistry): The best parts are undoubtedly the scenes between Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma.
MANGO (what’s fresh?): Gorgeously shot locations in Kashmir. Shah Rukh finally smashes his no-kissing rule.
TREE (strength): Yash Chopra’s legacy.