Jab Harry Met Sejal movie review: An otherwise mild story with its own moments of glory

Directed By:Imtiaz Ali
Produced By: Red Chillies Entertainment
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma
Duration:2 hours 24 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 2.5/5

Akeli ladki khuli hui tijori ki tarah hoti hai, pata hain tumhare saath kya kya ho sakta hain?…” Remember this one from ‘Jab We Met’? With Anushka Sharma playing a kind of indecisive yet lovable Gujarati girl who tends to contradict her own traits at times and captivates her tourist guide (owing to being an akeli ladki in another country) to find her lost ring, this came a full circle.

‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ could easily be called ‘Jab Sejal Loved Harry’; since Imtiaz Ali, from the very beginning, weaves a cosy equation between the two and we can’t help but recall how, in his past films, the two protagonists have undergone brawny emotional storms but still managed to unite. The primarily unappealing thing, however, is the process of proximity. It offers you no new stirring treat.

Harinder Singh Mehra urf Harry (Shah Rukh Khan), who guides tourists throughout Europe, meets Sejal (Anushka Sharma) during one of her family trips. But the real encounter happens when Sejal has lost her engagement ring and seeks (or rather forces) Harry’s help in finding it. Harry is initially taken aback at hearing the task that sounds almost impossible. However, the two start touring through cities and visit every possible destination. Harry nurtures a suppressed loneliness inside, and tries to make up for it by lusting women. But can mere physical intimacy ever quench your thirst for love? It doesn’t.

Sejal, on the other hand, is confident on her commitment towards her fiance until Harry’s reluctant yet tender gestures get her weak in her knees. You can thank Imtiaz Ali’s insight into human characters as he perfectly injects small nuances of behavioural traits. Shah Rukh plays his A-game here, and brings the own sweetness of agony into life, while also being upfront, straightforward about his ‘cheap character’. Anushka, although she flows like a flamboyant, spontaneous and slightly troubled individual, is toned down by her heavy Gujarati accent which sounds unreal and forced. Having said that, we loved her deliverance otherwise.

If you’ve followed Imtiaz Ali’s work ardently, you’re likely to look forward to a rugged emotional journey. He probably understands unconventional love the best. ‘JHMS’, however, doesn’t fall into the category. It tries to come around with a lot of fun quotient, but flows slow. In terms of both reunion and separation, the film has its golden moment that give you a gasp or two. You’re familiar with the crisis. You were probably torn by the storm, once or twice in life. But, it hardly has any profound impact on you.

Ali, trapped between the dilemma of fulfilment and incompleteness, has made the second half too lengthy to bear. As we sit and look at two helpless lovers trying their best to cope with circumstances which are not in their favour, in our hearts we know what is going to happen. That is probably the reason why neither Harry’s unsung grief or Sejal’s unavowed misery fails to strike the perfect chord.

The film, however, is a delight to look at. KU Mohanan does magic with every frame, as he captures Europe to perfection and adds the smallest and the most beautiful detailing to Sejal and Harry’s own moments. Further, the film is shot at exotic locations, much to the viewer’s delight. Sonik’s background score is enhancing to the story, but Pritam’s songs are strictly situational. Two of them, in fact, seem to be popping up abruptly. Aarti Bajaj’s editing is mostly flawless.

Watch if you’re a Shah Rukh Khan fan, or if you’re looking for something not-so-intense!


'Race 3' Movie Review: This Salman Khan action-thriller is a paisa-vasool Eid dhamaka

'Race 3' Movie Review: This Salman Khan action-thriller is a paisa-vasool Eid dhamaka

Directed By: Remo D’Souza
Produced By: Salman Khan, Ramesh Taurani
Cast: Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Jacqueline Fernandez, Daisy Shah, Saqib Saleem, Freddy Daruwala
Duration: 2h 46m
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 4

A decade ago, the famous duo Abbas-Mustan had treated the masses with an extraordinary vision in their directorial ‘Race’. Produced by Ramesh Taurani, the movie had a complex plot with twist and turns in the narrative, good-looking men and their astonishing ladies. It had picturesque locations which added a lot more to a viewer’s theatrical experience than they may have expected. With the movie collecting over a hundred crores, it called for a sequel, ‘Race 2’ which released in 2012.

After the magnificent success of the last venture, Taurani took a risk by taking the franchise forward with a number of changes in the star cast and the director too. This time around, having Remo D’Souza on board with A-list actors, the producer promised that the film will be x5 times better than its previous parts. Among the ones who were lucky to catch Salman Khan’s action bonanza days before its release were we, and now let us share our experience of watching this almost 3-hour-long action thriller in 3D.

Salman Khan’s latest outing, ‘Race 3’, offers a dhamakedar package including glamour and style with A-listers, who surpass our expectations with their power-packed performances. The extravagant locations, beautiful locales, the mesmerising songs, the electrifying Chase and sizzling chemistry make for an international movie experience.

The movie is based on the story of a family that deals in borderline crime but is ruthless to the core. We are introduced to everyone’s real face as they change with a blink of an eye. Further, we realise that we are in a delusion as the things are not the same as they seem. Moving ahead, we come to know that Sikander (Salman Khan) and his family is on the verge of self-destruction or maybe it is some outsider’s plan to destroy them.

All in all, the movie is an A-rated piece with not just glam but also substance. The best part of the storyline is that the writing of Shiraz Ahmed is complete with a number of surprises and turns. It would be demeaning to point out nooks in the film, as it had everyone’s eyeballs hooked to the screen from the minute it started. The one thing which is worth applauding is that every actor has been given enough screen space. The unique selling point of this extravaganza is that each character has grey shades; they indulge in dangerous games making it an exhilarating cinematic experience.

Ayananka Bose, the man who has made this film larger than life with stunning locations which take your breath away, deserves accolades as well. No one can doubt this man’s cinematography skills. The beautiful localities of UAE are captured brilliantly by DOP. The high-octane action sequences are top notch with thrilling chase scenes which are neat. Talking about the music, it is very soothing, especially ‘Selfish’, which has been shot in serene place of India, Leh Ladakh. Coming to the dialogues, they are ‘Seeti-Maar’.

Moving on to the performances, each actor has fairly done justice to their character sketches. But it goes without saying that Salman Khan is the soul and treasure of this action-thriller. The actor gets into the nick of his character and gives a hard-hitting act on-screen. Anil Kapoor is ‘jhakaas’ as always while Bobby Deol delivers a power-packed performance in his comeback film. Jacqueline and Daisy’s action sequences are a sight to behold and their stunning outfits lured me to connect to their designers right away.

On the whole, Salman Khan’s ‘Race 3’ is a perfect Eidi for everyone. And at the box-office, the movie is bound to rake in 100 cr over the weekend considering it is a festive one.

Watch the trailer here:

Veere Di Wedding Movie Review: Get ready to raise a toast with your Girl Gang!

Veere Di Wedding Movie Review: Get ready to raise a toast with your Girl Gang!

Directed By: Shashanka Ghosh
Produced By: Rhea Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor, Nikhil Dwivedi
Cast: Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Swara Bhasker, Shikha Talsania, Sumeet Vyas
Duration:2 hours 15 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 4 stars

Bollywood has given us friendship tales which are still etched in our memories. Be it ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ or ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’, the films have not only touched our soul but have also made us realize how important it is to value and cherish our relations with friends. Unlike the other two which focused on Male friendships, ‘Veere Di Wedding’ is an ode to all Girl Gangs out there.

Based on the lives of four BFF’s Kalindi (Kareena Kapoor Khan), Sakshi (Swara Bhasker), Meera (Shikha Talsania) and Avni (Sonam Kapoor), The story introduces you to these four characters and sheds light on their complexities. Not getting into explaining both halves of the movie as it is one hell of a ride.

Movie’s plot not just revolves around the girl gang but also explores the relationship between a parent and child. Kalindi, who is on the verge of getting married to her boyfriend (Sumeet Vyas) for 3 years, calls it quits with a doubt that it won’t work just like her parent’s relationship. On their way to resolve Kalindi’s love life, the gang goes through loads of ups and downs, supporting and sticking to each other no matter what.

From the gorgeous outfits to their dialogues, these Veeres have nailed it! Watching them having fun and emotionally supporting each other at the same time, will remind you of your Veeres.

Overall, with peppy soundtracks which make you groove there and there, some crazy humor and a perfect balance of emotions and fun, Veere Di Wedding is an out and out stunner!

So Yeah! To know, how this Girl Gang survives through it all, you gotta call up your Veeres and watch Shashanka Ghosh’s film right away!

Watch the trailer here: