Galloping on the same TAMASHA of journey, self discovery, jaw-dropping locales, Imtiaz Ali's JAB HARRY MET SEJAL starring Bollywood 'King of Romance' - Shah Rukh Khan and the infectiously charming Anushka Sharma is a nice, long, love letter to your valentine, filled with roses, wine, picturesque postcards but sadly the feeling of love, romance is missing.
A proven hand in churning Bollywood romance, Imitaz this time had a dream pair to helm his best take on relationship but ends up delivering a bad, plagiarized mash up of his previous scripts that fails to 'ring' the bell.
Sejal (Anushka) while boarding back after her Europe tour with her family and fiance realizes that her engagement ring is missing. Sejal hires the tour guide Harry (Shah Rukh) who took them along Europe to fetch her ring and what happens in between is everybody's guess.
This self indulgence comes with a shocker in the character of Sejal (Anushka Sharma) which initially shows traits of a good girl from a good family in her innocence and curiosity starts exploring the dark side of life (SOCHA NA THA, ROCKSTAR) but her strange and sudden flirting with Harry by asking him whether she is that 'layak' (means physically attractive enough) like those firangs who Harry dates with is unconvincing.
More shocking is to find such shallowness from Imtiaz who designed the fabulously unforgettable Geet played by Kareena Kapoor in JAB WE MET. Here we are forced to ask WHY SHE MET. And why Sejal has to be a Guajarati with that flawed accent? Because she is from Mumbai . got it.. na. forget it.
Shah Rukh Khan - the king of romance who for many can still romance a stone with his charm, has his share of moments in his rustic avatar as Harry, sporting a tattoo which is partially visible, SRK looks haggard but shines in moments like the morning when he wakes up to find Anushka lying beside him, when he shares his past and when he shouts her name. Romance has been SRK's kingdom and when he looks into woman's eyes its magic as ever. But sadly the required overall sweep is missing and this is his own domain...that's worrying.
Ghyasuddin Mohammed Qureshi (Gas) played by Chandan Roy Sanyal may have been included to give the movie a different tone for a while which was now boringly showing Harry and Sejal hopping around the jaw-dropping locales of Amsterdam, Budapest, Prague etc in Europe and doing bhangra/ garba at their will but without any beat in this lethargic hunt. This quirky attempt disastrously fails.
Imtiaz Ali's beaten down to death TAMASHA this time is constantly gasping for help but it's far to be found. It's a pity that Imtiaz Ali in JAB HARRY MET SEJAL fails to make the chemistry between such attractive peoples like SRK and Anushka tickling, curdling to the viewers giving them a mushy feel. It doesn't work as the script, situations doesn't generate the romance. It's a boring date movie and on top of that it's not even an Imtiaz Ali film in the end even after possessing all its known traits.
Full marks to K.U. Mohanan's jaw-dropping cinematography and production values which is top rate.
Otherwise things are disappointingly lost in JAB HARRY MET SEJAL, the touted rom com turns out to be a bore com, romance goes surprisingly 'Phurr' along with director Imtiaz Ali in this flick.
I conclude by beginning with these words expressed by Anushka to SRK which goes like 'High Hopes ha' yeah we had high hopes but its lost like the 'ring'.. tring tring Dear Imtiaz one suggestion - please bring back JORDAN and GEET in your next Bollywood 'preet' (read rom com), romance will be met.