Jab Tak Hai Jaan (12A)

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Time Out says

Wed Nov 14 2012

Bollywood’s biggest release of 2012 is a sumptuous if rather soulless love story. In present day Ladakh, explosives expert Samar (Shah Rukh Khan) defuses a bomb without the defence of protective gear. In an extended flashback, we learn that Samar has lived in London where he had a rich British-Indian girlfriend Meera (Katrina Kaif) – a Christian. When a bus hits Samar, Meera makes a bargain with God: if He saves Samar’s life, she will do as her father wishes and marry her childhood friend Roger. Samar survives and Meera keeps her promise, while Samar returns to India and becomes ‘the man who cannot die’. Ten years later, faith conspires to bring the pair together again.

Fans of Yash Chopra’s trademark ‘chiffon saris set against a Swiss backdrop’ formula may be disappointed with this tepid, soapy romance. That said, the first two London-set hours are Bollywood bliss. Khan and Kaif ignite the screen with their good looks and dirty dancing to Oscar-winner A R Rahman’s disposable ditties. We buy into Chopra’s customary corny dialogue (‘be true to yourself’, ‘if you are not happy, you cannot make others happy’). But there’s a preposterous plot development in the last hour and the reunion ending fails to invoke the intended tears.

Chopra, Bollywood’s most respected director, passed away a month before the film’s Diwali release, leaving an incomplete film. It shows. The catchy ‘title’ song was not filmed and is tacked on over the end credits. Chopra’s taste for gloss fails this time to detract from the gaping holes in the script and the inconsistent characterisation. Nevertheless, the film’s universal message is to be applauded: ‘Stay true to your religious beliefs, but not at the expense of your personal happiness.’

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12A

UK release:

Tue Nov 13, 2012

Duration:

176 mins

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Jooce

very good review, sums up the almost 3long hr film. I did like the film but as you said could have been much much better. I felt the ending was really spoiled.

Zarco

Every time before we set out with the company to the cinema complex, we’ll have a quick look at the top ten of TimeOut London. Many were the times where we have been misled by bad reviews. This one though, has automatically reached at the top of my list with the most honest and up to the point a.k.a. best reviews ever! The movie was definitely not a masterpiece, nevertheless far too enjoyable and easy to watch.

Michelle

TimeOut would be just another directional sign for the sheep-masses if it wasn’t for critics with the quality and temperament of Anil’s. This is a very realistic review for a quite entertaining and lighthearted film. Pas mauvais.

Aziz

It's true that this film is not Chopra's best and the plot is weak, but still I found it a good film. Yash Chopra's films will be cherished forever by the hindi film industry lovers and this one should not be missed as we will never see such films again

Shalu

Excellent film shariah khan has power of romance it doesn't matter how old he will get the romance will stay with we'll done sharukh

Shalu

Excellent film shariah khan has power of romance it doesn't matter how old he will get the romance will stay with we'll done sharukh

shashi

ThePlesant,modern/old combo romance.Not Chopra's best but definitely YRC style heart tickling romance comment you type in this box will appear on the site

Himmy

I agree with corny dialogues, they could have also smoothed the storyline a bit. I don't know if Indian Army started recruiting average Joes as bomb disposal experts. In that case I want to become a brain surgeon

saq

Wow go SRK ur the king of romance! Money and time spent well

rani

i cant wait to watch the movie im a massive srk fan and reviews have helped looks like another hit from the king of romance

rani

i cant wait to watch the movie im a massive srk fan and reviews have helped looks like another hit from the king of romance

abhay

After reading Anil's review,I am really looking forward for this super movie.

Veron

Thanks for the insight. Reviews like these will influence my opinion on the movie

Khushi

This sounds like film making by formula by me. Chopra Senior has made some of Hindi cinema's greatest classics but his son's influence is obvious in his more recent films... not always for the better.