In Jab Harry Met Sejal, a woman loses her engagement ring, and a tourist guide man sweeps the carpets of Europe in search of it.
Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma Director: Imtiaz Ali India release date: Aug 04, 2017 Genre: RomCom Language: Hindi Rating: U/A Duration: 144 mins
“As you leave the hall, carrying this template of intense, passionate romance, the image of SRK, screaming or simmering, lingers. As does the feeling that what you have is not enough. That you need a Harry, too. Damn you, Shah Rukh Khan.”
“The titular characters wander aimlessly from one place to another from inside a bubble, holding on to a dream that’s playful yet unreal, surprising but hollow… What’s commendable though is how even after so many years SRK makes falling in love with a woman about to marry someone else look like it’s happening to him for the first time. Truth is he’s no longer practising romance. He has become it.”
“At 51, after 25 years of cementing his image as this generation’s most popular romantic star, he’s finally transformed into the sort of sexy, dangerous ‘bad boy’ who might actually sleep with the girl. It’s true!… This time, oozing sex appeal and brandishing machismo evocative of Amitabh Bachchan and Vinod Khanna in the seventies, he’s the guy your father warned you against. Which is why it’s such a shame that he’s trapped in a film that pussyfoots its way around intimacy.”
“Two unlikely individuals… trying to find what they are looking for. The ring is, of course, just a metaphor… At this point in his career, Shah Rukh Khan is ripe for a great, old-fashioned but modern-day romance. This one is not it.”
“This sucks, given this film is from a mainstream director with very strong sense of notes and visuals, who’s used a star mainly as a tool to drive home his point about pain, loneliness, and love. Screw the story.”
“The film unites Hindi cinema’s preeminent maker of love stories with the biggest romantic superstar since Rajesh Khanna… Imtiaz Ali gets his biggest star yet, and he’s made his most underwhelming movie.”
“I could write a column on how Khan’s on-screen crying is the cinematic equivalent of emotional demonetisation… in the restroom… boys stride in and look at the mirrors. They all seemed to be visualizing themselves in white shirts and blue jeans, with NRI breeze blowing through their naturally dark locks… all of them thought they were Shah Rukh Khan… I just felt like slapping all of them.”
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