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Jab Tak Hai Jaan critic rating (Hindustan Times): 3
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Jab Tak Hai Jaan critic rating (Times of India): 3.5
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Jab Tak Hai Jaan critic rating (DNA India): 3

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Jab Tak Hai Jaan  (2012 - Hindi)

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Jab Tak Hai Jaan cumulative rating: 3.2 out of 53.2/5 (224 users)

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  • Jab Tak Hai ‘LOVE’, Yash Ji We Will Miss You….

    Jab Tak Hai Jaan rating: 6 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 13 Nov 2012)

    Any Indian Film Buff who crosses his teenage begins getting associated with one name i.e Yash Chopra. Each age group have their Yash Chopra fav Romantic films Starting with Waqt, Daag, Kabhi Kabhi, Silsila, Chandni, Lamhe, Darr, Dil To Pagal Hain, Veer Zaara and all many more from his banner inc Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. With every passing year, by it becomes tough for this Ace Director to cater all his fan that hail from every age-group and main thing is to make a film which has to be contemporary had cater today’s generation too. His last two films ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’ & ‘Veer Zaara’ were sort of Acid test for him as he was now in that age where earlier many leading directors like Dev Anand, Vijay Anand, Raj Khosla and Manoj Kumar, had totally lost their spark. Yash Ji however passed these tests with flying colors and now after almost a decade, in the times of instant love, he comes back with his latest offering ‘Jab Tak Hain Jaan’. Will he be able to satisfy his fans yet again, and most importantly, connect with today’s youth? Let’s find out.

    ‘JTHJ’ is story of Major Samar Anand {Shah Rukh Khan} who is a bomb diffusion expert working for Indian Army. He meets Akira {Anushka Sharma} a struggling documentary maker, who wants to make a documentary, on life of Samar. In the process, she comes to know the past life of Samar and his love Meera {Katrina Kaif}. What went wrong between these lovers and what happens next is what the entire film about.

    Story has quite a few shades from other Yash Chopra films like ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’, ‘Veer Zaara’, ‘Lamhe’ and also reminds at times of other contemporary love-sagas like ‘Rockstar’ etc. But on an overall basis, it succeeds in standing on its own and has a complete Yash Chopra flavour to it. (SPOILERS) There are several good moments like Shah Rukh – Katrina’s first meet followed by the whole teaching each other process, Shah Rukh – Katrina Dance in London Underground Streets, The whole Railway Station scene {Which might remind you of DDLJ}, Katrina’s meet with Neetu & Rishi {Yes it will remind you of Dil To Pagal Hai, but it’s one of best scene of the film}, The whole Twist in second half after Shah Rukh’s accident, Anushka interviewing Shah Rukh in London followed by Katrina-Anushka meet towards the finale and the End Credits consisting of footages of Yash Chopra. (SPOILER END)
    On the flip side, the narrative dips down a little post-interval after the engaging first half, especially with Anushka’s initial scenes while making documentary followed by her sudden revealing of love to Shah Rukh. Also towards the last hour of the film the film seemed to drag a lot {The length of this movie is almost three hours!!} and had lots of stuff happening around which diluted the whole pain and love element of the film. The finale scenes could’ve been much better. Camera-work by Anil Mehta, however, is top notch; all the locations {Kashmir, London, Ladakh, etc} captured in this film are fantastic. Editing is very good in first half, but the narrative really needed some serious trimming down in second half.

    Music by A R Rahman is good, but doesn’t count among either his own or Yash Chopra’s best works. People had lots of expectations with the Dream team of A R Rahman & Gulzar under the direction of Yash Chopra. Expectations aside, the music has its own merits and stands out as per the flow of the film. Shah Rukh’s rendering of ‘Jab Tak Hain Jaan’ is superb. ‘Challa’ is a catchy and popular number. ‘Ishq Shava’ is good, but the dance before that was mind-blowing. ‘Heer’ is one of best songs from the film having that much-needed Yash Chopra stamp. ‘Saans’ displays the romantic urge between the lovers followed by a foot-tapping number ‘Jiya Re’. The title track is used towards the end credits, with footages of Yash Chopra making it immortal.

    Yash Chopra’s name is enough for any Hindi Movie lover to go and watch this film. Though it’s not a quintessential Yash Chopra film, one will still find his soul underneath the film’s modern garb and narration-style. It’s his expertise which manages to hold you through out three hours in this film without any dull or bad moments. If only the second half was less cluttered, the pain or love angle would’ve grown more towards the finale. Sadly, it gets lost among too many things that happen all at once. Still, we salute and respect the film maker for this more than decent attempt.

    It was quite a relief to see Shah Rukh Khan back to what he does best – Romantic melodramas – after a spate of over-hyped films. He does his part with total grace and conviction, even though its hard to digest him playing a 25-year old in the earlier portions, and later some minor issues with his Army get up, but not among his best for sure. Katrina Looks gorgeous in the first half and particularly those dance sequences, and yet fails to connect in some crucial scenes, especially when pitted against Anushka in the same frame. Anushka lends to the film a great level of energy with her bubbly character and later as a silent lover, but her character should’ve etched with greater care and reasoning. Sharib Hashmi as Zehen is superb - watch him in the scene where Shah Rukh leaves money for him and few more. We have a new talent to watch out for. Anupam Kher and Sarika in their small appearances are fine. Rishi Kapoor – Neetu Singh are sweet and stand out in their solo scene (undoubtedly one of the best sequences in the entire film).

    So bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
    Total Dum hain in First half, Romantic scenes, an Entertaining screenplay, Soothing music and some decent performances. Yes the theme might not appeal to today’s youth as the dramatic portions are too heavy towards the dragging second half of the film, but will appeal to the die-hard Yash Chopra fans and people who like Romantic films. It’s not the best work of Yash Chopra or even near to any of his classics, but has his his auteuristic trademark stamp all over it. It’s a decent film for one-time watch and will remind you that – Jab Tak Hain ‘LOVE’, Yash Ji we will miss you.

    Ratings: 3.25/5

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