Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma
Director: Yash Chopra
There will be no more films by Yash Chopra. This is a glaring fact as you finish watching “Jab Tak Hai Jaan”, his last film before he passed away on 21st October, 12.
Let’s begin the film review now. I will quickly pass through the bad and end up with the good because there was lots of it.
The film starts with a bomb diffusion in progress and the scene is straight of Hollywood blockbuster “Hurt Locker” and unfortunately every time there is another such situation like this it looks exactly taken from the same film.
The other annoyingly ridiculous fact is the ages of the star pair or shall we say trio. Shahrukh Khan looks easily 40 and let’s be real he can’t be playing 25 year olds, so the age should have been 30? Katrina Kaif doesn’t look 21 any more and Anuskha Sharma was the only safe person playing 21.
There is no more bad for me and now turn for the good.
Yes, it is a simple love story but a grand because it was written by Aditya Chopra and directed by Yash Chopra so there are bound to be some out of this world situations. Major Samar Anand is Shahrukh Khan and is carrying a broken heart where the love of his life, Meera Thapar who is Katrina Kaif leaves him to keep a promise she makes to God. Yash Chopra brings out a beautiful moment of a conversation that Meera has with God, or as she calls him ‘Sir Jesus’ and the tradition of church scenes seems to be inspired from Aditya Chopra’s “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”.
This promise costs Samar and Meera their love and in the way comes a test of time during which a bubbly and daring Akira Rai who is Anuskha Sharma appears. Akira is unstoppable and falls in love with Samar and just for a moment you feel that there is a possibility that they will fall in love. This is the brilliance of Yash Chopra that you can never tell the end of the story and step by step he tackles relationships and their conversations as if that is how they should be or maybe could be?
Anupam Kher’s appearance is short just like that of Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh but they touch a chord. There are high chances of this being the best ever performance by Katrina Kaif so far and swooping the Best Actress awards. Anuskha is strong too and could easily take the Best Supporting Actress. But the real hero is Shahrukh Khan and it is no doubt that he has been nicknamed “the King of Romance”. He is charming, sincere and a winner! Director of Choreography Vaibhavi Merchant scores a 100% in the song “Ishq Shava” and generally the music of the film is better after watching the film. The lyrics by Gulzar and the tunes by A R Rahman were a suitable match, could it have been better, peppier or happening? Perhaps not. Get ready to fall in love with London, fall in love with Samar and fall in love with life, as he titled this Yash Chopra Romance- “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” (till you have life).