If you plan to watch ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ with huge expectations, I’d suggest don’t, for there is nothing extraordinary about the film as such that will leave you awestruck. Except that JTHJ is a typical Yash Chopra film that is bound to touch your hearts and the ‘happy ending’ that leaves you with a smiling face.
Once again, it was a great script for Yash Chopra’s favourite muse Shahrukh Khan and it indeed was a comeback for him. Being a die hard SRK fan, I can say this without much of a doubt. Portraying a soldier (Samar Anand) in the Indian army and playing a romantic 20 something hero, it’s tough to ignore Shahrukh Khan’s screen presence that dominated the screen throughout the length of the movie.
Contrary to how Yash Chopra heroines have been usually portrayed so far, ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ has tactically replaced the chiffon saree clad heroines with hip and chic starlets. Watching Katrina Kaif (Meera) was actually a surprising treat. With acting par excellence, it looked as it she was made to do this role. Needless to mention Katrina proved once again that she is Bollywood’s best import till date. Desi girl Anushka Sharma (Akira Rai) was no less either when it came to being at her chirpy and quirky best. The trio as a whole created an enigma that just managed to hold on to the movie lovers, even if they didn’t wish to sit till the end.
Predictable story yet narrated in the most interesting way, JTHJ catches on minute details that eventually turn out to be high points of the film. Capturing the streets of the London in the most beautiful way and switch to picturesque Ladakh, the transition in the film was something that caught my eye. Each angle shot with a thought to make it look as larger-than-life as it can be. Something that only Yash Chopra could have done. The music might sound a bit unusual for a Yash Raj Film, still it manages to strike a chord with music buffs.
To sum up, I surely would say, ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ came as an ultimate tribute to veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra and directing this film has been the best gift that he could have given to his fans before he walked his way to heaven. Thank you Yash Ji…