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Movie Review: Jab Tak Hai Jaan

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by Hera AshrafUniversity of Southern Indiana

Jab Tak Hai Jaan has everything one would expect a Yash Raj film to have: Shahrukh Khan, a gorgeous heroine, a dramatic climax, beautiful songs, and a happy ending. However, the romance, the biggest part of any Yash Raj film, was missing. Allow me to explain.

This film starred Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, and Anushka Sharma. The film was essentially a love story between Khan and Kaif. Yash Chopra did a fantastic job in direction and portraying the story. However, the flaw was in the writing and story. Aditya Chopra, who’s been known to direct many classic Yash Raj films, such as Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, wrote the story of Jab Tak Hai Jaan. Expecting a classic storyline, I was left very disappointed. There was not much character development in the film so I didn’t get emotionally attached to any of the characters. Khan and Kaif seemed to just happen to fall in love, but the movie didn’t show us how or why they fell in love. Because of this flaw, the chemistry was really weak between the two. The audience was left with no understanding of the love between the two characters and because of this, the rest of the film seemed unnecessary. Emotions were high in this film, but I couldn’t bring myself to feel empathetic with the characters.

That being said, performances were pretty good. Individually, Khan and Kaif did a great job. Khan looked great and definitely did not disappoint his fans that were expecting a comeback of the romantic, charming actor. Sharma’s character brought laughter to the film and she executed it perfectly.

The music was beautiful and definitely fit the dramatic nature of the film. The A.R. Rahman and Gulzar combo did not disappoint. Not the best track of the duo, but it worked beautifully with the movie. My favorite tracks have to be Saans and Ishq Shava.

Speaking of Ishq Shava, that scene had to be my most favorite scene in the whole movie. It was brilliantly shot and choreographed (by Vaibhavi Merchant). If anyone had any doubts of Kaif’s dancing, they would all vanish with this number. She proved herself to be one of the best dancers in the Indian Film Industry today.

All in all, Jab Tak Hai Jaan was mediocre and disappointing in terms of story. It doesn’t make the list of classics that I’d watch over and over. However, if you’re a big Shahrukh Khan fan or a Yash Chopra follower, you will be satisfied.

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