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Jab Harry Met Sejal Movie Review: Shah Rukh-Anushka's chemistry wins heart but storyline falls flats, movie earns Rs 14.25 crores on Day 2

Jab Harry Met Sejal Movie Review: While the whimsical plot fails the star cast, Shah Rukh Khan Anushhka Sharma outlive Harry and Sejal

Reshu Manglik Reshu Manglik Updated on: August 11, 2017 19:05 IST
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  • Movie Name:Jab Harry Met Sejal
  • Critics Rating: 3 / 5
  • Release Date: 04-08-17
  • Director: Imtiaz Ali
  • Genre: Romantic Drama

Jab Harry Met Sejal is a romantic-comedy drama written and directed by ace filmmaker Imtiaz Ali. It has Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma in lead roles. Ever since the teaser came out, expectations were soaring high around this SRK-style rom-com film. After all, it’s been years since Shah Rukh Khan has donned his full-fledged romantic avatar in his films. No wonder his fans were waiting for him to make a comeback in the genre he has expertise in-Romance. Above all, fans were anxious to see what magic Imtiaz Ali spells on his audience this time after giving worth-remembering movies like Highway, Jab We Met, Love Aaj Kal and Tamasha. So the film finally hit the theatres on 4th August. Let’s see if this new Imtiaz Ali venture and Shah Rukh-Anushka romance managed to floor the audience. The movie received mixed response from the critics around the country. 

Jab Harry Met Sejal Box Office Day 3 Collection 

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Jab Harry Met Sejal Plot

Jab Harry Met Sejal is a romantic comedy carrying to lead character Harinder Singh Nehra and Sejal. Harinder aka Harry is a tourist guide in Europe who has no place to call his home. Sejal is a docile Gujarati girl who has cloaked her desires with her ‘adarsh naari’ guise. After losing her engagement ring on a Euro trip, she decides to stay back and look for it. Harry becomes her ally in the mission. Having the contradictory personalities, Sejal and Harry find their refuge in each other. But things are complicated right from the beginning. Sejal is engaged to a Gujarati guy back in India and is scheduled to marry him the same year. Harry, on the other hand, is a drifter. After leaving his home in India, he never stood at one place. Will Sejal call-off her marriage just to spend life with a tour guide? Will Harry let her go for the sake of her better future? 

Jab Harry Met Sejal Movie Review 

The beginning of the film gives the audience the kind of adrenaline rush you get before bungee jumping. Shah Rukh Khan makes the grand entry in a never-seen-before style. He’s a bilious tourist guide who’s fed up of his fast-paced life. During the first few sequences of the film, there were hooting for SRK’s spot-on Punjabi accent. Sejal’s entry is lesser grand than expected. Perplexed, clueless and distressed Sejal seeks Harry’s help to find the ring, a glimpse that we already saw in the trailer. The hotel room conversation between Harry and Sejal is slapstick and it’s Anushka Sharma who’s stealing the thunder from King Khan in that very sequence. Her Gujarati accent never stumbles at any instance throughout the movie. 

Audience will have to be patient to see Shah Rukh Khan in his complete starry-eyed form for few moments in the movie. But the wait is worthwhile. The moment when Harry realises his love for Sejal is spectacular and amazingly filmed, kudos to the makers! With the soothing number ‘Hawaayein’ in the background, Anushka Sharma and Shah Rukh Khan scattered love all around. The exchange of love-loaded glimpses between Harry and Sejal will give you butterflies. The film has its moment when you spot the Imtiaz Ali touch in the scenes. The ace filmmaker and the maestro of subtle romance gives you the kind of love story the world has forgotten. 

Jab Harry Met Sejal’s first half is eventful and action-packed. You will get the most of the film in the first half itself. Stuffing the first half with too many moments is what led to the slow asphyxiation of the second. Right at the intermission, you’ll see the impending end and with utmost ease, you can deduce what’s going to happen in the climax. Redundant incidents jam-packed in the second half makes the movie a drab while its approaching its end. But it’s Anushka Sharma-Shah Rukh Khan’s sizzling chemistry and scenic beauty that keeps your eyes glued to the screen. There’s no surprise element in the script as the movie buffs could easily deduce the happenings in the movie. 

Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma's Performance

I would like to talk about Anushka Sharma first as the actress has totally nailed the Gujarati girl character like she was living through it. Her accent, childlike instincts and go-with-the-flow demeanour is totally relatable. In the first half, the movie was going all about Sejal and a tour guide totally smitten by her unobtrusive ways. Comparing her to the last role she played, that was in Phillauri, Anushka is seen in delightfully new form. The actress has been experimenting a lot for past few movies and Jab Harry Met Sejal is a successful one on her part. 

It’s a visual delight to see Shah Rukh Khan back in a lover boy form again. The hooting were self-explanatory when Shah Rukh Khan took deep breaths while glancing shakily away from Sejal in the movie. The actor had the moments when he floored the audience with his trademark eye-to-eye conversations. The way he transcends from a slightly-bipolar tour guide to lovelorn ‘Sejal Ka Harry’  is commendable and no one other than SRK could have pulled out these two roles with such a finesse. 

To watch or not? 

If you’ve ever been an Imtiaz Ali fan, you’ll have high hopes from the movie with his magnum opus ‘Jab We Met’ in your mind. But take my advice and drop your expectations as the movie somewhat failed on the screenplay part to live up to the hype. Needless to say, people have been expecting a lot more from Imtiaz Ali, the great filmmaker who gave us marvels like Jab We Met, Highway, Tamasha and Love Aaj Kal. 

If you’re going to watch the movie, drop all your preconceptions about it and experience the romance with an open heart. If romantic movies are close to your heart, you’re surely going to adore Jab Harry Met Sejal.