Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Katrina Kaif
Director: Yash Chopra
Length: 2.55 hours approx.
One has to agree that Yash Chopra have made this film with sheer heart. The sparkling moments that the film has got, says louder. He has two set of love stories in one film, and both has opposite texture- One is a larger-than-life, and another one is more of modern, contemporary which has a bohemian type girl who reflects today’s girls.
The film starts off breezily and has good moments. Some scenes between Shahrukh and Katrina are so good that you instantly feel for them. Specific mention about the scene on station, just after the “Ishq Shava” song. Although the film is predictable, it still manages to keep you hooked. But with every episode passing, the film’s length is realized and just there the film’s pacer also slows down. That goes against because when the film is getting longer, its essential for the film to be much engaging. But here the pace takes a halt. Add to those as many as four songs which surely work as speed breakers. But the 10 minutes before intermission, the film hits an all time high with a solid twist.
The second half starts well and the track between Anushka and Sharukh Khan works well within the atmosphere. The bubbly character that Anushka plays has emotions which are well brought. But soon as the film has another twist, we come across slow pacing yet again. These ups and downs keep JAB TAK HAI JAAN away from being complete entertainer. Also the ending will find two set of audience- one liking it, and the other not.
A.R.Rahman’s music works well. The “challa” song is excellently shot and the tunes of the song are well used in latter part of the film. But the best song has to be “Jiya re” which has energy like no song of this film. The background score helps to create stauncher impact, but at times the background score is overused. The cinematography is absolutely stupendous! Ladakh and London both looks beautiful. But, the film’s story is its major plus-point. Although the screenplay couldn’t do justice to the story because it sometimes confuses about the love story. ! Yash Chopra’s direction is good and it’s a pat on his back to bring such lively moments amidst its long-run time. The dialogues are good, but some countable ones are clap-worthy.
Shahrukh Khan is electrifying. He plays the two different characters with so much of energy. His expressions are just bang on. Katrina Kaif looks bit uneasy in second half of the film, but overall, it’s a good one! Anushka Sharma is excellent. She relatively has a lesser role, but she is effective. Rishi Kapoor and Neetu kapoor’s cameo also adds to the positives.
But if anything that looks like a major blemish, than it has to be its length. One could have easily chopped away 20-25 minutes of the film including at-least couple of songs. Also the pacing dips several times. Still, JAB TAK HAI JAAN is a decent love story which has few wonderful moments and amazing performances! Not the perfect one, but the better one!
Rating- 2.5/5 (Above Average/Decent)