Jab Harry Met Sejal
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma
Director: Imtiaz Ali
There is a montage in Imtiaz Ali’s earlier film Love Aaj Kal in which Saif Ali Khan keeps crossing the same path, but his smile looks more forced everytime. Despite a career that is looking up, his inner frustration gets the better of him and eventually he begins to merge into the crowd. This was Imtiaz Ali’s way of showing the importance of love and the right partner in life.
Well, Shah Rukh Khan’s Harinder Singh aka Harry starts where Jai leaves. The frustration that this tour guide in Amsterdam carries within him is palpable but never truly explored.
Sejal Jhaveri (Anushka Sharma) is one of his clients who stays behind her tour group to find her lost engagement ring. A talkative Gujarati girl, Sejal has confidence issues and they can get problematic. For example, she thinks it’s fine if a goon kidnaps her and tries to take advantage of her, for such a person will find her worthy of his attention. She actually says, “Unko toh at least ‘waisi’ lagungi naa main.” By ‘waisi’ she means ‘hot’.
Shah Rukh Khan plays shades of multiple characters, but that eventful moment doesn’t last long and he gets back to playing to the gallery. He makes sure nobody misses those folded hands and slightly slanted forehead. Talk about the burden of being a superstar!
Anushka Sharma, on the other hand, is even more clueless. She desperately tries to look cutely silly whenever she is not mouthing dialogues like “Main waisi ladki nahi hoon jo apni engagement tod degi.”
At one point, she actually says, “Lonely feel nahi karna hai,” and thank god for that. Otherwise how would we understand her subtle signs!
That was a joke. Nothing is subtle here.
Jab Harry Met Sejal is absolutely banal with some hummable tunes. It’s a big disappointment to see Shah Rukh Khan returning to his comfort zone and yet not performing at the top of his powers.
Pritam’s songs can do some patchwork, but nothing can rescue this 143-minute of lethargic storytelling.