Just back from Jab Tak Hai Jaan. A bunch of us , 11 in all, 4 men and 7 women, ages ranging from 12 to 56, went together to see it at the 1.40pm show. We thought if we delay it , and the movie was bad, the bad word of mouth may make it impossible for us to catch it ever. And we can kind of sit through it if it was bad as long as we were in a group.
I did see it before reading any review. And I am writing this before readinga single review.
Well, I did have a suspicion it would be bad , but even in my dreams I could not think it would be this bad.
Cliché piled upon cliché, it was impossible to believe Yash Chopra actually made it.
Poor struggling young man falling in love with a rich mna’s daughter, whose father wants her to marry another young dude. Promise made to Jesus. Memory loss and memory regained. In this time and age? For god’s sake, how could you do this to your own legacy, Yashji?
And all this desperation on Sharukh’s part. Mouth to mouth kiss. Lovemaking scenes. And dancing salsa. This Khan just can’t. Why does he even try? And Katrina, who w s showing some signs of learning bit of acting, has regressed ten years in this film. The songs are dated and boring. Not one leaves a mark. Though Katrina was wonderfully spicy in her Ishq Shava number. But the sequence was stretched way too long. And Shahrukh spoilt it with his pretense that he can dance.
The only this that made it somewhat tolerable as Anoushka’s perky presence. Her performance as faultless.
But in the end , even the scintillating company of ten could not ameliorate he boredom.
The script and the direction is so bad that I don’t want tow waste any more time writing about it after wasting 3 hours on the film.
If a film could be senile and puerile at the same time this is it.
( And from among the eleven of us, nine hated it outright and two found it tolerable.)