Jab Tak Hai Jaan has blockbuster written all over it!

(As may be recalled, I have been saying this for months that both SOS and JTHJ will embark on a good start. I had even put up a survey regarding which film will do better in which circuit. The only point I disagreed with was Bihar leading or SOS in Bihar. The same has now been confirmed.The opening is more or less on expected lines).

Jab Tak Hai Jaan has blockbuster written all over it!

I checked out the film with a bunch of my students. And here are my views.

( I kind of agree with what Gorilla says)

The first half is stupendous. Highlight sequences :-

1) Katrina smoking sequence

2) The Challa Song

3) The dance sequence and the song Ishq Shava

4) Saans song

4) The SRK accident sequence and Kat’s acting

5) The Rishi-Neetu cameo

IInd half

1) SRK-Anushka bomb sequence

2) Jiya Jiya song (especially where SRK joins in)

4) Anushka-SRK under the bridge talks

3) SRK second time Challa sequence

4) Kat-SRK London scenes (in the house)

5)Anushka-Kat parting shot

6) Off course the super ending.

Where I found problems

1) The sluggish first part of the second half.

2) Anushka’s screen presence (not acting) fading in comparison to Kat, though GenX loved her tomboyish act (unlike me).

3) The climax can be shortened by about 5-10 mins.

4) More light moments in IInd half

Having said that, the above are not impediments in JTHJ becoming a blockbuster. And whenever I go to see a YC film, I am prepared for a slowish second half (though it tests my patience). Here the second half was not as slow as a DTPH & VZ, thankfully.

As a parting shot, all makers should see a tutorial on what cameo should be like. Seen it with Akki in DTPH & now with Neetu-Rishi. It should be impactful, like in YC films.

My rating : 8.5/10


  1. Gorilla
    November 14, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    Yes tango bhai…u were bang on.
    Always love reading your thoughts and u r amongst the most honest.
    I liked JTHJ and hope it becomes a blockbuster. Superhit to definite hai…movie deserves it.
    I hated the feedback provided on different sites by Utkal Mohanty, Rooney and loved what Kunal, Fenil and TOI reviewer said.

  2. shezad
    November 14, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    tango bahi , was waiting for your post.
    great that u liked it,
    i was a lot on net today, jthj looks like a good winner
    its releasing in france next week , will see it

    and have a good holyday
    i was in phuket in september, great place
    where are in going in phuket?

  3. shezad
    November 14, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    lolll tango sir.
    good i was in patong too, the best place for hoteling and sleeping,
    but patong beach will be full full
    wahan se aik chota scooter lo karai par ( very cheap ) aur phir dekna mazaa ahe ga, dont rent a car.
    in the main avenu, i forget its name, where there is christine massage you have some halal restaurant ( paki arabic ect…) dubai restaurant is good

    if you take the direction to hilton from patong, you will have beautiful place and beach

  4. assmasala
    November 14, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    abid bhai … aapne hamari munh ki baat chheen li hayyyy (Mohra style :P)

    awesomest review…

  5. jealous hater of srk
    jealous hater of srk
    November 14, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    @tango bhai good review 2 questions
    1> sos gt 2000 screens and jhtj got 2500 so wt was al the fuss creatd abt?
    2>how has been the public review is it good or very good?

  6. jealous hater of srk
    jealous hater of srk
    November 14, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    @tango bhai good review 2 questions
    1> sos gt 2000 screens and jhtj got 2500 so wt was al the fuss creatd abt?
    2>how has been the public review is it good or very good for jhtj?

  7. srk lover
    srk lover
    November 14, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    srk movies are always blockbusters in youtube, twitter, reviewers pages and overseas. Elsewhere it’s a different thing

    lets see if JTHJ is blockbuster in only these 4 places or in indian boxoffice as well

  8. deadmanwalking
    November 14, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    thats for the review hope the best for the film

  9. srk lover
    srk lover
    November 14, 2012 at 4:19 AM

    .movie has nothing to offer…almost fell asleep while the movie was half way… waste of 10 dollars for ticket, 4 dollars for lassi and 5 dollars for popcorn

  10. Beld
    November 14, 2012 at 5:58 AM

    lol @srk lover

    i wont get to see the movie until the thanksgiving break – so wont comment much on the movie. just some general thoughts

    am actually a little surprised at gorilla and tango’s reviews – the word i heard about the movie was that it was strictly average and too long. So i am not expecting to like it as much as they did

    It seems based on reviews and general comments here and elsewhere – this movie has got similar reviews and wom like ETT. So now this makes it an interesting comparison between SRK and Salman – all things being equal. i dont buy the excuses about genre of movie etc – coz both ETT and JTHJ are both typical hindi movies. And i am not going to talk about costs here as that again doesnt matter for the comparison I want to make

    A few years ag0 – prior to Dabaang – Salman was about 15-20 cr behind SRK in India and far ahead in overseas. Take for eg a veer vs MNIK or wanted vs OSO etc etc. Now things seem to have changed. Been a while since we could make an apple to apple comparison – though some salman fans would suggest that Ra-1 vs BG could be a comparison.

    So leaving all the past aside – lets look at it here. Both ETT and JTHJ are from Yashraj – both have the same press coverage – similar reviews – where no one hated it – but they didnt call it a 3 idiots either – wom has been mixed on the positive side …so far at least

    ETT nos.
    India – 190 (BOI has a little less and Taran/Komal have it a little more)
    Overseas – 10M USD (is this right?)

    So lets see how much JTHJ makes

    It should more or less break the overseas numbers I would think – lets see. India would be very interesting. Yes there is competition from SOS but I hardly see that as a factor given the holidays that are there and free run for 2 weeks.
    If JTHJ makes close to 175-180 – then one could give a benefit of doubt to it saying it may have made another 10 cr if SOS hadnt come – we can then equate a SRK and Salman in India
    If JTHJ makes 150 – then Salman has taken over and he has the plus 30 cr advantage in india
    If JTHJ makes 130 or less then Salman is in a different league in India and SRK has to reinvent himself

    How would one judge their stardoms if their worldwide numbers are in similar range but Salman has an advantage in India – as most suspect..?

  11. shabbira.1
    November 14, 2012 at 6:52 AM

    Indeed it has blockbuster written…..jthj truly stands on srks anushka performance and the climax…..this is surely will even make haters fall for srks performance and second best after chakde….
    Ranbeer nw has a tough competition…

  12. shabbira.1
    November 14, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    beld-go with wateva expectations,der r parts wic r amazing den boring and dis pattern follows thruout movie….bt i wud say even the boring parts ultimately are necessary to make a super climax….i wud say it is one of the best climax in any film industry,bcoz it has suspense and den an emotional outpour….
    Having said so much abt climax still wen u see u wont be underwhelmed…
    Only a la yash chopra cud have done this..

  13. jealous hater of srk
    jealous hater of srk
    November 14, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    seriously haters wil even like it and public review has been postive nt nly frm news channels or internet,twitter bt also my own friend who realy dnt like srk kind of cinema bt stil they said they loved it…
    I am damn sure haters in ng evn if they like they wil write post abt film as worst film ever seen.

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