Jab Harry Met Sejal Review

Rating: 3/5

Critic Rating: (3/5)

Movie Name Jab Haary Met Sajal
Movie Cast Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Evelyn Sharma
Director Imtiaz Ali
Music Director Pritam Chakraborty, Diplo, Hitesh Sonik
Production Company Red Chillies Entertainment
Release Date August 4, 2017

Well anyone who has watched all the Imtiaz films would observe that there are some key elements he like to touch in different contexts, time and space. One key element is the self-discovery and the other one is the impact of that, which is character transition. Also, he makes sure he picks two contrasting leads, where one can express to every detail and the other listens but doesn’t really share his thoughts, and is succinct. Jab Harry Met Sejal, unsurprisingly consists of these key elements again.

SRK in Jab Haary Met Sejal
SRK in Jab Haary Met Sejal

Harry (Shah Rukh Khan) is a tour guide in Europe, busy in taking tourists from one beauty spot to the other. He is seeking solace amidst his loud, chaotic daily business. Sejal (Anushka Sharma) is a tourist who loses her engagement ring and forcibly takes Harry to find that. Sejal is a Gujarati who is now on a mission to find the ring along with the Punjabi Harry. What happens to their inner conflicts and outer conflicts as a result of their journey together is Harry and Sejal all about.

First and foremost thing about Jab Harry Met Sejal is, the writer doesn’t romanticize the problems. He keeps it real and makes the protagonist grounded. This creates a subconscious connect to the viewer and empathizes the journey. Harry is no Raj, who tries hard to impress or even intends to. Harry has his own problems to deal with himself. He is no achiever sorts and fears commitment. The trailers are slightly misleading in terms of the expectations, but the movie eventually offers much more and make you enjoy their travel. However the movie gets boring at times, for the viewers who are looking for progress in terms of the story. Objectively, there it might not be going forward at desired speed.

Anushka and SRK in JHMS
Anushka and SRK in JHMS

Shah Rukh Khan is marvelous as Harry, as he seemed to understand the intricacies of the character explained by Imtiaz. Despite having his style of mannerisms, he could play Harry like no one else. He is totally different in the film, as we never heard him making fun or degrading his own character, say in the dialogueslike “Main cheap hoon cheap”. Some credit goes to Imtitiaz also for daring to present SRK in an avatar that will surprise you. Anushka, on the other hand also impresses with ease. Her heavy Gujarati accent might look overboard at times, but he manages with her natural performance. Totally on par with SRK, Anoushka balances her act well.

The locations are splendid and the cinematography is equally matching. Pritam’s music however disappoints. When names like Imitiaz Ali and SRK are associated, you ought to give something extra ordinary, but JHMS music was barely ordinary. It could have compensated for the slow pace.

On the whole, Jab Harry Met Sejal is a typical Imtiaz film where SRK is on a self-discovery journey. However, one should have an interest for such a genre. If you have it then Jab Harry Met Sejal is definitely for you.

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