It is a phenomenal weakness of human-kind to smear, amalgamate and fuse sentiments, emotions, prejudices, bias and nostalgia with the content to be consumed. It is a pre-occupied idea that every dish served in a famous restaurant must be sumptuous. A fixation problem is retained among most of the members of audiences that Jab Tak Hai Jaan is the swan song of the late Yash Chopra, who established himself as a legend during his life time by virtue of his genre, totally his own. For more than fifty years, he had been contributing to Indian cinema with subject of romance as dominant. Yashji, from time and again, deconstructed himself for reconstruction. Here lay his magic that made him ever-green. From " Bhumi Putra" to " Waqt", from " Daag" to " Silsila" down to " Veer Zara" he had experimented with times. This is the signature art of Yash Chopra that made him a legend. Naturally, while visiting a theater to watch a Yash Chopra movie, we are before-handed provided with an invisible certificate that it would surely be worth of our salt. The matter becomes all the more serious, when this legend-image passes away with his final work to be brought to life. And this has happened with his last film " Jab Tak Hai Jaan". This is why, even when the night show is over at 12 O'clock, most of the audiences are still pent-up in the auditorium eyeing the visuals of Yashji talking, monitoring, directing, strolling and voicing "ACTION."
But, it becomes a hard nut to crack to get rid of the Yash Chopra Inertia, even when one is writing a review of his last film. But, a review has to be free of pulls and prejudices. While highlighting the negativities, one may feel something is sticking in the throat, while contemplating the content, a critique-soul will feel many things sticking in the throat. To pick up some of the bones one may find :-
1.A 28 year old chap costermongering, clearing snow, singing songs on streets and working as a waiter in a roadside eatery, happens to become an army personnel with the commissioned rank of a Major with expertise of bomb-disposal expert. 2. Meera is not the " Meera Bai" but a modern, educated, affluent and cultured society girl who quits her love Samar Anand ( SRK) for illogical, senseless act of pledging with Jesus Christ over his life against her personal sacrifice. This barter system does not hold good. The audiences are motivated to hold a notion that Merra's swear brings Samar back to life and hence she has to bid adieu to him who has to suffer a spiritual death by courting risks in life. 3 Samar consequently puts his life at stake , and defuses bombs without caring a fig of protection. This cannot be taken for nemesis. Unlike " Kala Pathhar", in which Capt. Vijay ( Amitabh Bachhan) seeks jeopardy is a clear case of nemesis. But, in JTHJ, Samar has been heightened to the level of a superman. 3. Akira Rai ( Anushka Sharma) is commissioned by a famous TV channel to get a comprehensive coverage of Samar, who is established as THE MAN WHO CANNOT DIE. In this serious job, the journalist is more flirtatious, showy, tomboyish and extrovert in the sensitive zones like Ladak and Kashmir than her vested assignment. 4. Every thing in the movie is predictable including the two accidents, case of amnesia, revert to 2002 and return to 2012. 5 Besides unnecessary stretching, there is appears an unbridgable gap between the two halves of the movie. 6 A.R. Rahman has failed to keep his proverbial impression. At times, back-ground music seems unwanted.