Jab Harry Met Sejal review: Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka's chemistry sparkles in Imtiaz Ali's ode to love

FP Staff

Aug,04 2017 13:25 40 IST


Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma star in Imtiaz Ali's Jab Harry Met Sejal. JHMS is a big-budget cross-continent love story that involves travel, profound human experiences and a sometimes humorous exploration of emotions. Image via Facebook


The film begins with a dive into Imtiaz Ali's most revered trait: showing the loneliness of one character through music. Shah Rukh Khan plays Harinder Singh Nehra, a tour guide in various parts of Europe: Prague, Amsterdam and many other cities. He sees all the beautiful sights in the world, and he's a charming guide. But when he's by himself, he's lost and lonely. Image via Facebook


Anushka Sharma (Sejal) walks into his life as a tourist, but just as she meets him she tells him that she's lost her engagement ring and won't leave until she finds it. Some quick background: she visited Amsterdam with her whole family, got engaged and has somehow misplaced her ring. Image via Facebook


Sejal speaks to Harry like any of us usually speak to someone who provides us a service (which is unintentionally rude) and they get off to a bumpy start. However, Harry agrees to help Sejal find her ring. Image via Facebook


This is a different Shah Rukh Khan from the one we're used to seeing on screen: he has his trademark sense of humor but it's got a sarcastic edge. He's as urbane as it gets, and yet you feel at home (at least a Delhiite would) hearing him talk. One could say Shah Rukh Khan is playing to his strengths in the role of Harry. Anushka meanwhile, is just downright hilarious as Sejal. She's unabashed, high strung, confrontational, and extremely endearing. Image via Facebook


Anushka and Shah Rukh have a comfortable (and therefore funny) chemistry between them. The film gives us two widely different personalities: Harry's sardonic, hesitant and sometimes mysterious demeanour, versus Sejal's determined, 'jugaadu' and hilariously positive attitude. You just want to keep watching these two fight! Image via Facebook


You do feel like the songs could have been given lesser screen time, only because watching Harry and Sejal interact is the best part of the film. Image via Facebook


Sejal helps Harry get rid of a scorned ex-lover, with some surprisingly logical legal advice, and you can see them becoming better friends: He laughs more earnestly, her body language changes from stiff to comfortable around him. Image via Facebook


Jab Harry Met Sejal is very different, be it in its characterisation, picturisation or dialogues. So much so, that the anticipation of a commercial, lovey-dovey ending is made us nervous! Image via Facebook


Imtiaz Ali finds a way to make you root for the lead pair — and for love. The kind of love that ultimately finds its way, against all the odds. Image via Facebook


If you're a fan of Anushka and Shah Rukh Khan, you will love Jab Harry Met Sejal. But if you're a fan of Imtiaz Ali, you will yearn for the depth he showed in Tamasha and Rockstar. Image via Facebook