and Katrina Kaif, and 90 minutes less and a few less bomb diffusion and a few less accidents. Whew!
went through the torture that was Jab Tak Hai Jaan last night. It is
hard to believe that the director of movies like Lamhe and Chandni ...
could have given us this 3 hours of drivel packaged as a movie. Most
reviews have been muted in their comments I guess out of deference to
the just demised patriarch of YRF - Yash Chopra. Never mind - Yash
Chopra will be much remembered and loved for Trishul, Deewar, Lamhe,
Silsila, etc - and he would prefer not to be associated with JKHJ.
Khan spans ten years in the movie. It was an awful sight to see a near
naked wrinkled Shahrukh posing as a 25 year old in some of his risque
poses with Katrina. He looks (and acts) closer to his 50 years! Will
Shah Rukh be as delusional as Dev Anand and prefer to act the romantic
lead ( maybe give a new definition to the evergree hero) even in his
70s??? Hindi movie heroes really cannot age gracefully. The female leads
have made the transition. And play and look their age. Look at Rekha,
Madhuri, Juhi and of course the current darling Sridevi! And look at
Shahrukh and remember Amitabh in Mard and a host of other nineties
movie...till he returned as the patriarch. A Dabangg is ok in your mid
and late 40s - definitely not a crooning, mushy Jab Tak Hai Jaan.
Khan has the opportunity. He should have gracefully made the transition
4 years back after Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi or Chak de India. Even a Don is
It should be a rule in Bollywood not to give pretty
female leads who cant act, more than 10 minutes of screen time. If you
thought it was a torture watching Aishwarya for 3 hours - just wait till
you catch Katrina in JTHJ. She is pretty - that is granted. But putting
her histrionics skills under the microscope for more than 2 hours.
Please - I still shudder to remember last night's agony. She is
definitely NOT a Kajol, Vidya or Rani. More than 10 minutes of watching
Katrina's "acting" will definitely lead to indigestion.
like Saans from the AR Rehman group? WTF? Its like you go to a exclusive
do expecting caviar and end up eating tikka masala at a Punjabi
wedding. I have nothing against the music - but its like something you
have heard everywhere. There has to be some atrophy in the maestro's
repertoire if one song "Challa" had to be repeated 4 times (at least).
a few days back I was thinking that - thank God Hindi movies no loger
pair up a heiress with a rickshaw wallah. I was obviously wrong.
Heiresses can get paired up with beggars in Hindi movies - albeit in a
slicker package than in the eighties. And this brings to mind the
question - if Shahrukh had so much cash stashed away - why wasnt he
opening his own restaurant? After all the same cash enabled his slouchy,
lazy, inexperienced in the food business, definitely simple friend to
become a millionare. I have nothing against any class of people - i just
like to watch stories that remotely make sense...that's expecting too
much I guess.
If you go to a so called "family movie" with a
universal rating with 6 - 10 year olds - you definitely dont expect
dialogues like "i want to have sex with all accents of people (a very
bad translation of the actual dialogue , am afraid)." This from a girl
who is shown to be extremely cool. I mean... I am old fashioned and I
want my movies to be properly labelled. Jab Tak Hai Jaan definitely
deserved a PG - 13 rating.
Is there any reason to watch Jab Tak
Hai Jaan? Well 10-15 minutes of the film are actually worth watching.
One of them a dance. A few minutes of Shahrukh and Anoushka's perfect
dive into a freezing Ladakh lake. So just get someone to edit those parts and
put it on youtube. No need to go through torture.
Rating - 1/2 out of 5
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