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Jab Harry Met Sejal: Boring storytelling kills Shah Rukh Khan’s film

Written by: Samhati Bhattacharjya

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Jab Harry Met Sejal, one of the most anticipated Bollywood movies of 2017, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma has finally released today and it is nothing less than a festival for all the ‘Baadshah’ fans out there.

The Imtiaz Ali film was expected to be highly entertaining with the add-on magical essence by the ace director. But, somehow Jab Harry Met Sejal has failed to to give that magical impact, despite having certain quintessential Imtiaz Ali elements. The film has turned out to be a little less satisfactory than his previous works.

Anushka Sharma portrays the character named Sejal Jhaveri, who is a Gujarati self-claimed selfish woman. Sejal goes on a tour in Europe with her family and her faceless fiancée Rupen, who is seen only in the second half. During the tour, she loses her engagement ‘ring’ and having involved in a fight with Rupen, Sejal decides to stay back and search the ring.

Shah Rukh Khan a.k.a Harry or Harinder Singh Nehra is a Punjabi self-claimed ‘cheap’ and ‘womaniser’, who happens to be the tour guide of Sejal and her family. Eventually, Harry finds himself reluctantly stranded alongside Sejal in her quest to find the ring. On Sejal’s demand, the two decide to trace back the entire holiday and revisit all those places in hope of finding the ring. As the duo starts retracing the steps, they fall in love with each other amidst constant mushy fights over silly things. Throughout the film, the tagline ‘What you seek is seeking you’ plays as a constant reminder to its viewers.

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When it comes to making a romantic film, Imtiaz Ali is a class apart. His films are always realistic and he never focuses on fantasy-romance. One can always relate to Imtiaz Ali’s films as the director always keeps his story real. But, this time, it’s a lengthy, lumbering, baggy and pointless love story.

The first part of the film is pretty interesting with some interesting comic elements. The slow build-up in the first half provides Shah Rukh Khan sufficient time to showcase his typical ‘lover boy’ skills and the ‘King of Romance’ surely gets the viewers’ hopes high as they witness the dimensions of his character. But, alas, the eventful moment doesn’t last long and the second half of the movie proves out to be highly disappointing. Imtiaz Ali has simply dragged the second part of the movie that eventually feels like consuming the same wine served in a different bottle.

However, when it comes to acting the actors have done good job. Anushka Sharma is marvelous. Sharma is no longer the Yash Raj debutante anymore and she lightens up the screen, standing all in her own tower of talent. Over all, she has done justice to her character with almost perfect Gujarati accent. Shah Rukh Khan as Harry is funny and relatable because for once, he’s not playing the over-the-top romantic lover character unlike his other romantic films. The SRK fans will get to see his trademark sense of humor but it’s got a sarcastic edge.

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Music is one of the best things that you can expect from an Imtiaz Ali film. And, this film is not an exception. The songs titled  ‘Radha‘, ‘Butterfly‘, ‘Beech beech mein’, ‘Safar‘, ‘Hawayein’  have all topped the music charts within weeks of its release. But, when you see them together in the film, the songs simply come and go. They don’t really register unless you go with your lovey-dovey partner and it a let-down too. People have a lot of expectations from the music as well because Ali has always given us some fabulous songs which work by way of telling us more about the story, about the people singing those songs, about their motivations.

Lastly, the frames of this film are really beautiful. Be it the picturesque locations of Prague, Amsterdam and Budapest or the rustic beauty of Punjab, Imtiaz Ali has unfolded the scenic beauty brilliantly through the lens. If only the film had a story substantial enough to hold the construct together and drive it forward, Jab Harry Met Sejal might have been a good watch.

But, before ending let me tell you that if you’re a fan of Anushka and Shah Rukh Khan, you would love Jab Harry Met Sejal. But if you’re a fan of Imtiaz Ali, you will surely yearn for more depth in terms of story and screenplay. So, if you are planning to watch Jab Harry Met Sejal this weekend…go ahead but don’t go in with any expectations and you should have a whale of a time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jab Harry Met Sejal: 5 things to expect from Shah Rukh’s upcoming rom-com

Written by: Samhati Bhattacharjya

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Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma’s Jab Harry Met Sejal is all set to hit the theatres across the globe on August 4. Fans have been going gaga about the film ever since the makers launched its poster with utmost glory. But, talking about romantic films, Bollywood as an industry that thrives on romantic flicks and Jab Harry Met Sejal seemed to be nothing new till the trailer was released. Although, the short teasers or the ‘mini trails’ were not that impressive but, the trailer actually gives a breath of freshness giving the king of romance a degree of cool quotient.

However, this Imtiaz Ali’s new film started garnering a lot of criticism because of the title ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ that is similar to the American romantic comedy named ‘Harry Met Sally’. But, now that everything is going well and it’s only one week left to witness the magic of Imtiaz Ali clubbed with the romance of Shah Rukh Khan, here we are to share 5 things with you that you can expect from Jab Harry Met Sejal.

A pure love story

The trailer introduces the two lead characters named Harry and Sejal to us. For the first time in his 25-year-long career, Shah Rukh Khan will be seen playing a Sardar, while Anushka dons a Gujarati kudi avatar. The tagline of the film says, “What you seek is seeking you” and it goes without saying that this line binds the lead characters together.

Cheerful Characters

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Shah Rukh Khan has always been known for his quintessential lover boy image that comes as the legendary Raj and/or Rahul, spreading his arms, in most of his films. But, I guess now it’s time to meet the other side of the ‘Badshah of Bollywood’. In Jab Harry Met Sejal, Shah Rukh a.k.a Harry, a tour guide in his own words, is ‘cheap’ and is a womaniser. He doesn’t hold back from flirting with woman or staring at them. We have always seen Shah Rukh as a soft-hearted romantic guy who can do no wrong, but this time it will be interesting to watch him portray the character of a lover who is not perfect, who is flawed.

Coming to Anushka Sharma, the viewers will get to see Anushka as a geeky (yet sexy) newly-engaged Gujarati girl in Jab Harry Met Sejal. Given a fact that Anushka is almost like a ‘Queen of Accents’, she has successfully portrayed the character with a perfect Gujarati accent in this film. Anushka is usually known for her ‘bindaas’ characters but it looks like this film will showcase a different side of her as Sejal.

Enchanting music

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When, it comes to Imtiaz’s films, the music is one aspect that always of top quality. And, this film is not an exception. Ever since the release of the song titled ‘Radha’, the film’s songs were music to our ears and soothing for our souls. As per reports, ‘Radha‘, ‘Butterfly‘, ‘Beech beech mein’, ‘Safar‘ have topped music charts within weeks of its release. On Wednesday, one more song titled ‘Hawayein’ was released and as expected people have already started liking it a lot. Apart from the soulful scores, the fun and peppy music breathes life into the film and help us understand the characters of Harry and Sejal on a personal level.

The magic of Imtiaz Ali

When it comes to making a romantic film, Imtiaz Ali is a class apart. His films are always realistic and he never focuses on fantasy-romance. One can always relate to Imtiaz Ali’s films as the director always keeps his story real. The ace-director has time and again proved his mettle with films that will be remembered for years to come, including Socha Na Tha and Jab We Met. Although his last film Tamasha starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone failed to meet up the expectations. After films like Rockstar, Tamasha or Highway, Jab Harry Met Sejal is expected to bring the director back to the light-hearted genre with this upcoming family entertainer.

The trailer has already displayed a sea of emotions and some powerful dialogues that evokes humour with dark undertone. Both Harry and Sejal have a layer of shades in their characters that would surely create curiousness among the audience to know more about the two.

The sizzling chemistry between Shah Rukh and Anushka

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Shah Rukh and Anushka’s on-screen chemistry has always been appreciated be it Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi or Jab Tak Hai Jaan. The duo have been seen weaving amazing magic in their movies and this time the on-screen pair is back with Jab Harry Met Sejal. After the trailer, one can easily vouch for the sizzling chemistry between Anushka and Shah Rukh and hopefully it will not fail to meet up the expectations of the audience.

And, if these things are not enticing enough for guys then the lush locales of the film would surely excite you. Be it the picturesque location of Prague, Amsterdam and Budapest or the rustic beauty of Punjab, Imtiaz Ali has unfolded the scenic beauty brilliantly through the lens. So, buckle up and get your tickets to witness the amazing tale of Harry and Sejal. See you at the theatre!

 

Bollywood bets big on second half: Upcoming films of 2017

2017 started with a bang for the Indian film industry, especially Bollywood and all the credit goes to the big star releases. There were some good performances including Raees, Kaabil, Jolly LLB 2, Mom and Jagga Jasoos. But, when it came to the box office collection, Baahubali 2 clearly sweeped off all the other films with its collection of over 500 crores in Hindi version. Although, there were big releases by Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan and Ranbir Kapoor, but none of them managed to make it to the Baahubali club. However, it’s not the time to get disheartened as there are at least seven big flicks lined up this year that are likely to become box office hits. Here is the list:

Jab Harry Met Sejal

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Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma-starrer Jab Harry Met Sejal is one of the most awaited films of this year. This is the first time when Imtiaz Ali has directed SRK and Anushka Sharma. The makers of the film have already released mini trailers of Jab Harry Met Sejal and both the actors are looking amazing together, but quite different from the way they looked in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. In this film, SRK will be portraying the character of a Punjabi guide, while, bubbly Anushka will seen as a Gujarati lawyer. Releasing on August 4, the movie promises to be a roller coaster ride with lots of fun elements.

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha

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Akshay Kumar will take over the Independence Day weekend with Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. Apart from Akshay, the film will also portray Bhumi Pednekar in a different act. The actress, who shot to fame with her realistic portrayal of an overweight girl in small town India in the National Award winning 2015 film Dum Laga Ke Haisha, will be back to the big screen with Toilet: Ek Prem Katha after a a two-year hiatus. Slated to be released on August 11, the film highlights the importance of toilets and the problem of open defecation in India. The viewers will also see Akshay and Bhumi Pednekar pairing up for the first time.

Babumoshai Bandookbaaz

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui will be back as the lead actor in Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, an upcoming Indian action thriller film directed by Kushan Nandy. The film, scheduled to release on 25 August, 2017, will showcase Nawazuddin as a sharp shooter. Apart from Nawazuddin, the film will also star Bengali actress Bidita Bag in the lead role.

Simran

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Kangana Ranaut-starrer Simran is scheduled to release on 15 September. Although, the last release of the National Award winning actress, Rangoon did not do well at the commercial circuits, but, Simran is likely to bring the best out of her. In the film, directed by Hansal Mehta, Kangana will be seen in a character of a quirky, cute and notorious housekeeper.

According to reports, Simran is based on Sandeep Kaur, who is an Indian serving her jail term in the US, due to her notorious bank heists. After engaging in gambling and losing a lot of money, Sandeep’s inability to pay off the debts resulted in her resorting to robbery.

Bhoomi

After Sarbjit, director Omung Kumar will be back with his next Bollywood drama titled Bhoomi. The film will star Sanjay Dutt, Aditi Rao Hydari and Sidhant Gupta. ‘Bhoomi’ is an emotional and sensitive revenge drama that explores the relationship between a father and daughter. The film will release worldwide on 22 September, 2017.

Padmavati

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November will see Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period romance Padmavati, starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor, a film that is reportedly the most expensive in the country with a budget of Rs180 crore. The film has been in the eye of the storm ever since the filmmaker started shooting for the film. Although, the shooting of the film was disrupted and vandalised almost twice, but the film has been scheduled to release on 17 November, 2017.

The film is a dramatized account of the 1303 siege of the Chittor fort in Rajasthan. Alauddin Khilji, the Turkish ruler of Delhi led the invasion, motivated by his desire to capture the beautiful queen Rani Padmini, the wife of Rana Rawal Ratan Singh, the ruler of Mewar.

Tiger Zinda Hai

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The year will end with Salman Khan’s Tiger Zinda Hai, a sequel to his 2012 superhit film, Ek Tha Tiger. The film, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, the movie will bring back the hit pairing of Salman and Katrina Kaif and is expected to release on 22 December. According to reports, Salman is currently in Morocco for the shoot of the film with his leading lady, Katrina Kaif.