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‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ Review: Imtiaz’s latest film is both hollow and pretentious

Apart from 2-3 good songs, the picturesque locations and Sharma’s funny accent there isn’t much to write about. It’s a half baked story and I’m...


I went for this movie with a lot of expectations. After all, it was it was a collaboration of Imtiaz Ali and Shah Rukh Khan, two men who weave love on celluloid like no one else (women would understand). I wish I had one good thing to say about the movie but I have none (apart from the fact that both the lead actors look good on screen together, but movies and acting aren't about looking good).

The problem starts with the writing. It isn’t Imtiaz’s world or his characters. His characters have depth, they are flawed, they make mistakes and they unapologetically stare at you with such intensity that you end up finding a part of yourself in them. His world is a journey (just like each one of us is undertaking) which is a self-revelation for his characters. Of course, it is predictable but yet speaks to us because of the honesty that it imbues. Whether it was the feisty Geet and meek Aditya; the muse Heer and the passionate lover Janardhan Jakhar; the man child Jai and confused but brave Meera; the clear headed Tara or the stuck in the routine Ved they all carry parts of us in them. 

Sadly neither Harry nor Sejal have that Imtiazesque quality to them. Harry is a womanizer because he is missing something in life (a caricature which Bollywood has been feeding us since the Stone Age). He has these flashbacks and I swear I was praying till the end that the movie might redeem itself by giving us an insight into his character (Spoiler Alert – there is no bruised past, he just leaves home to become a singer in Canada). Sejal, on the other hand, is a half baked character. She is cute with a funny Gujarati accent who tries way too hard to prove to a tour guide that she can be much more than just being cute and silly. 

Long story short they fall in love, in between Harry keeps warning the engaged Sejal that they should stop their hunt for a ring as the end might not be too glorious for them. To this Sejal replies “Mere fiancé ko bhi romance krna sikha do” or I am your girlfriend on this tour (Logic can rest in peace for this one). But we know they are going to be together 30 mins into the movie. The ending is even bizarre as compared to the entire movie. 

Apart from 2-3 good songs, the picturesque locations and Sharma’s funny accent there isn’t much to write about. It’s a half baked story and I’m going with 1 out of 5 stars.

P.S. – Miss this one and forgive Ali and team for coming up with this. 

By- An ardent and passionate lover of SRK and Imtiaz Ali

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