SRK & Kajol has done it again….
Shah Rukh is stupendous. He never once loses grip on his character, despite the mannerisms, the awkward body language and the distinct speech style. Some may find his way of talking monotonous, but Shah Rukh inculcates that aspect in his character well enough for you to stop minding it after a while. Khan is endearing and restrained and makes it very hard for you not to lose your heart to him. He never turns the Aspergers-afflicted Rizwan into a caricature, using his peculiarities to warm up to you instead. Notice how he repeats his lines over and over again, or jumps in to correct someone when they've mispronounced his name, or how he hides his face and blushes when Mandira asks him to marry her. The performance of the real-life Khan is real enjoyment. To state that this is his best work so far would be cutting short the praise he truly deserves. In fact, no amount of praise can do sufficient justice to his portrayal of Rizvan Khan, who has Asperger's syndrome. The only compliment that I can think of is, SRK has a new screen-name now.
Kajol is mesmerizing. With the actor pitching in such a restrained act in one of the most difficult scenes of the film, she simply blows you away. Kajol is immensely likeable as Mandira, using her eyes to convey volumes, topping the performance off with a powerful breakdown scene that literally puts her through the wringer. But how you wish she wasn’t the bubbly, ‘cute’, loud woman she has already played in previous Johar films. In scenes requiring her to display emotional and intense histrionics though, she is at home. Watching the two performers in their element together after a long time will be cherished by fans of films the duo appeared in through the 1990s. She is pure dynamite and casting her for this character was the most appropriate decision. No other actress could've matched SRK in histrionics the way Kajol has. In fact, SRK and Kajol compliment each other wonderfully well and this film only proves it yet again. It's a powerhouse performance from this supremely talented actress.
4 / 5