Movie Name: Jab Harry Met Sejal
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Evelyn Sharma, Sayani Gupta, Chandan Roy Sanyal
Director: Imtiaz Ali
Release Date: 04 Aug, 2017
Duration: 2 hrs 30 mins
Imbd rattings : 9.1
We know instantly that the aim of Harry meeting Sejal is to kick-start a romance between two unlikely individuals which is meant to grow gradually, skirting a curve here, ducking a bouncer there, till it locks in, into a glorious forever after.
But Imtiaz Ali’s latest, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma, touches those high points only very intermittently, making it a sadly missed opportunity: given Ali’s propensity to create mood and perky dialogue, and the fact that SRK and Sharma have worked well together in their previous pairings, this should rightly have been a knock-your-socks-off rom com.
Harry aka Harvinder is a travel guide in Europe. Sejal (Anushka Sharma) is in search of a lost ring. And when they meet, nothing happens very slowly. Good Gujju girl Sejal is loud and clear about her rights, and lets Harry, the dissolute, raffish rolling stone, know what’s what in no uncertain terms. But there really is nothing going on between them: it’s only talk, no frisson.
What we get is a trip through beautiful European spots, and Harry and Sejal trying to find what they are looking for. The ring is, of course, just a metaphor. Both are, of course, searching for the other.
The songs come and go, and except perhaps for a couple, they don’t really register, which is a let-down too, because Ali has given us some absolutely fabulous songs which work by telling us more: about the story, about the people singing those songs, about their motivations.
Finally, it comes down to counting the momentary pleasures of this disappointing film: a bit of the sparring between Harry and Sejal, the breathless awareness that the other exists, and the realization that without the other, it’s simply not worth it.
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.