Jab Harry Met Sejal (2017) : Movie Review
Jab Harry Met Sejal : You will agree Imtiaz Ali follows a standard template for all his films : 1) Boy meets girl (preferably in some exotic location), 2) The two come together and travel, 3) There is an existential crisis for one of them, 4) They fall in love, 5) Climax can either be a happy ending or an intense tragedy.
Anyways, lets go through the template one by one and see where Harry met Sejal fits in.. :
1) Boy meets girl in an exotic location :
Tour guide Harry (Shah Rukh Khan) tries to help Sejal (Anushka Sharma) find her missing engagement ring across Europe. If you liberally excuse this supremely flimsy plot, you will be happy to take a virtual free trip across the best locations in Europe for the price of a multiplex ticket. Cinematographer Mohanan, take a bow!
2) The two come together and travel :
The search for the ring leads them to quite a few situations – some of them are interesting (like the club party showdown) while a few don’t make any sense (Chandan Roy Sanyal playing a Bangladeshi criminal called Gas). Oh please…
3) There is an existential crisis for one of them :
While it was Ranbir Kapoor in ‘Rockstar’ (2011) and Alia Bhatt in ‘Highway’ (2014), Imtiaz Ali isn’t able to develop the characters of Harry and Sejal to that extent so as to justify their rebellious streak and unconventional actions. Maybe cos there is no proper background given to their characters. Why Harinder Singh left his black and white toned sarson ke khet in punjab to become Harry guide in Amsterdam is never explained.
4) They fall in love :
Well, this aint really, a spoiler, is it? The good news is SRK and Anushka’s sizzling chemistry is the USP of this film. They both rock together! Anushka looks charming and bubbly getting the Gujjuben accent right. SRK, back to his core competency i.e. romance, doesn’t disappoint.
5) Climax can be a happy ending or an intense tragic drama :
Ofcourse, I am not telling you that. What I can disclose is that Jab Harry Met Sejal is certainly not the best of Imtiaz Ali’s works – neither it is SRK’s best performance – but yup, it still meets expectations. Provided you keep them low.
Ratings on some key aspects :
1. Acting: 4/5 (Anushka and SRK)
2. Direction : 2.5/5
3. Music : 3/5 (Radha and Safar)
4. Story, Screenplay and Dialogue : 2/5
5. Cinematography : 4/5
6. Production Quality : 4/5
7. Action : NA