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Jab Tak Hai Jaan

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Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a romance that does woo you at times you least expect it. But for most parts it doesn't let you forget that it is after all a film.

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48 reviewers have given Jab Tak Hai Jaan an average rating of 3.3/5.0 (?)

23 yays
8 nays
17 so-so

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Thumbs up by Stefan S, A Nutshell Review ...Shah Rukh Khan once again shows why he's one of the leading men in Bollywood, with his fine all round performance in being a younger man who is full of zeal, hope and life, with the world ahead of him given his hard work, and yet balancing that out with a more sullen, serious look as the hardened military man with a death wish, nursing a broken heart and resigned to the impossibility of challenging god. ... full review

So-So by Aparajita Ghosh, Apun Ka Choice ...Anushka Sharma is a riot when she’s her breezy, chirpy self. But with equal ease she brings forth the vulnerability of her Akira. ... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ... it’s the second half of the film which actually gives you some of those emotions you were eager to see and then it again goes down to end on another mediocre note unexpectedly. ... full review

Thumbs up by Pooja Rao, Bolly Spice ...The somgs, composed by A R Rahman penned by Gulzar already well received, is magnified on screen. I am not a particular fan of the album in its entirety, but you can’t help enjoying the beats when ‘Challa’ plays (yes, plural!) or tap your feet at ‘Ishq Shava’, packaged very well with trick choreography, which surprisingly Shah Rukh pulls off quite convincingly. ... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...attention-grabbing from inception till conclusion. ... full review

Thumbs up by Reza Noorani, Bollywood Life ...Yash Chopra’s swan song is an ode to love, delivered in his own way, on his own terms... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...weak, soppy and derivative... full review

Thumbs up Daily Bhaskar ...After close to three and half hours in the theatre, when you step out of Jab Tak Hai Jaan, you realise his last film, at 80, wasn’t clearly his best. It would have been unfair to even expect that. But it did have shades of what we loved him for. ... full review

Thumbs up by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle ...The director’s youthful spirit is inadequately served by the mediocre, derivative screenplay co-authored by Aditya Chopra and Devika Bhagat... full review

So-So by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini ...You have to be a hardcore romantic to believe in the plot devices this film throws at you. ... full review

Thumbs down by Smita, Desi Martini ... Jab tak hai sense, avoid this nonsense...... full review

Thumbs down by Ankur Pathak, Desi Martini ...Old-school romance doesn't quite seem as classic as it ideally should.... full review

So-So by Kshitij, Desi Martini ...this one is a mixed bag of some soulful moments, great locales, decent acting, mediocre music & a very average story.... full review

Thumbs down by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...JTHJ suffers from the crucial flaw of having zilch for chemistry between the lead actors... full review

So-So by Shabana Ansari, DNA ...Katrina looks pretty and rocks a dance number with her sexy moves. If only someone would give her acting lessons!... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...That Namrata Rao may be the sharpest editor in the business, but her instincts are no match for self-indulgent cinema where every fake emotion is stretched in the hope it may look profound... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma steal the thunder from the landscapes of Kashmir, Ladakh and England. ... full review

Thumbs down by Piyasree Dasgupta, FirstPost ...In JTHJ though, what you get is a bit of Veer Zaara, only re-packaged with taller women with hotter legs.... full review

Thumbs up by Deepa Garimella, fullhyd.com ...JTHJ works not because the sentimentality and the mush sweep you off your feet, but because it is all bloody engaging to watch. ... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...The choreography is splendid, especially the dance track where Meera lets her hair down with Samar. Awesome. ... full review

So-So by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in ...It was quite a relief to see Shah Rukh Khan back to what he does best – Romantic melodramas – after a spate of over-hyped films. He does his part with total grace and conviction, even though its hard to digest him playing a 25-year old in the earlier portions, and later some minor issues with his Army get up, but not among his best for sure. ... full review

Thumbs up by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...despite the wobbly narrative, Jab Tak Hai Jaan works as an ode to epic romance.... full review

Thumbs up by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...The truth is that whether you agree with, or aren't a fan of Chopra's brand of love stories, he conveys them with complete conviction.... full review

Thumbs up by Alisha Coelho, In.com ...Go watch it to resurrect the hidden romantic in you. ... full review

So-So by Vivek, India Entertainment ...Yash Chopra is known for handling emotions competently even while staying within the confines of Bollywood’s conventions. It is precisely this treatment that invests seriousness and a delicate romantic intensity to the film... full review

So-So by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...what the title manages to say pithily takes the fllm nearly three very long hours, and the pay-off isn’t as sweet as it should have been... full review

Thumbs up by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...Aditya Chopra and Devika Bhagat come up with an impeccable screenplay that is well-etched to arrive at a strong interval point and is consistent enough to not lose steam till the very end. ... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ...a good one-time watch, a modern take on old fashioned love. ... full review

Thumbs up by Roshni Devi, koimoi ...The best performance of Shah Rukh Khan in the movie is when he has joined the army. As lover boy Samar, he’s just hamming it... full review

Thumbs down by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...Kaif is porcelain—cold and without texture. In the best scenes, she is an apparition in white. ... full review

Thumbs down by Janhavi Samant, MiD DAY ...The thing about JTHJ is that it employs all the Yash Chopra clichés the long conversations with God, the discourse on love outside of traditional relationships, the talk about unrequited love, the indecisive heroine with a golden heart but in a most dry un-Yash Chopralike style.... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...he man knew his love stories and the associated emotions and his master craft is on full display in his last flick.... full review

Thumbs up by Aakash Barvalia, MoviezADDA ...Written by Aditya Chopra along with Devika Bhagat, the story is apt for the diehard romantic movie lovers and the screenplay is just perfect as one would expect from Yash Chopra's film.... full review

Thumbs up by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ...The details are amiss and it doesn’t quite come together.... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...The film has enough simple moments of tenderness to offset the several not-so convincing heavy-handed twists. ... full review

So-So by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...Despite not having a saga like story, the duration of 3 hours given to the film is just too long.... full review

So-So by Lidia Ostepeev, Planet Bollywood ...One of the most striking pieces of acting in this film comes from a cameo featuring Neetu Singh. Such charisma in a short timeframe! If we’d had more of that, maybe the film could have been salvaged. ... full review

So-So by Kaushik Ramesh, Planet Bollywood ...The dialogues simply manage to serve the purpose; they are just average and a few are extremely typical. ... full review

So-So by Aseem Chhabra, Rediff ...The three lead cast members are all attractive looking and they glow under the watchful eye of Chopra and his ace cinematographer Anil Mehta. They dress nicely, and try to act well, although with varying degrees of success. ... full review

So-So by Raja Sen, Rediff ...Katrina is the film's big surprise, providing a solidly competent performance in a role that could well have been reduced to farce. The lazy screenplay makes sure she kisses more than she gets to speak, which isn't a bad thing because she turns out pretty good with the silent moments. ... full review

So-So by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...But for all its contrived elements and climatic predictability, Chopra Senior's swansong starts out with a spring in its step. Like in any film of this genre... full review

So-So by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...Enter the most irritating character you will encounter at the movies – Anushka Sharma, playing a documentary film-maker chronicling Samar’s story. Her over-the-top, shrill performance will set your teeth on edge. Her entrance also marks the downward spiral of the film. ... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ...Music maestro & Oscar winner A.R. Rahman's music to Gulzar's ever excellent lyrics reverberate in your mind, body and soul.... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Star Blockbuster ...It’s been long since we’ve seen an onscreen love this pure and intense. The film explores romance, the forgotten way.... full review

So-So by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST ...Yash Chopra gives a very smart character-sketch to Katrina Kaif for her restrained performance completely overshadows her shortcomings in acting department. Anushka Sharma on the other hand turns out to be far too chirpy or over the top much to the annoyance.... full review

Thumbs up by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...Anushka Sharma is easy on the eye and an ideal fit in the motor-mouth parts. She has the perfect 10 figure but frankly she is saddled with an unsatisfying role.... full review

So-So by The ThirdMan, Upper Stall ...the songs are a little heavy in their poetry and use of Punjabi that makes comprehending their meaning a little difficult for normal audiences but it's still better to have songs with some deep poetic thought in them rather than much of what passes off as lyric writing today... full review

Thumbs up by Ananya Bhattacharya, ZEENEWS.COM ...Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh in an extended cameo make for a pleasant watch... full review

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Comments (10)

Rachit Gupta:

In your parlance... Even the keen wait for DVD... I was pleasantly surprised to see Anushka Sharma outshine both SRK and Katrina in the movie... The only time the movie engages you when she is on screen and she does light up the 70mm... For the two other leads they can do such roles in their sleep... SRK as the brooding lover and Kat as the UK bred who ultimately falls for a desi... I guess other reviewers are being kind to the movie since its his last... There is nothing new in the movie but visually it strikes a very elegant pose... Just wish there was more substance to the story!!!

meetu:

Yep @Rachit! I agree :D

Simy Mathews:

Spot on with the review Meeta. Anushka was the saving grace for me and SRK of course wins me over with his brooding looks every time. I just do not get Katrina acting as UK bred with her American accent! No chemistry with SRK whatsoever, as wooden as always, cannot figure out the fuss over her. But yes I went to watch it so that I could see Yash Chopra's swan song so to speak!

guddu:

SRK the icon and king of romance steals the whole show. Holy God give him more years so that he continues to entertain us. Meetu your entitled to give fair review and unbiased , we as audience sometimes get so much immerssed in the character that we overlook the fundamentals of filmaking. This was one such film . I encountered nostalgia while watching this film, i was reminded of the by gone romantic films which Shah Rukh immortalised with his charismatic performance and dialogue. Once again the King earns the respect and loyality from his fans with this film. As for the ladies i can hardky think of comparing them with Kajol and Rani,. .

meetu:

@Simy Thanks! However, I can't say the same when he acts as if he's angry or wants to kiss... :P Just when he wants to convince his woman, he loves her...that look! That one is what I guess makes him a romantic hero...

@guddu well, I don't know about that really...

Suman:

Direction: 2
Story: 1.5
Lead Actors: 2.5
Character Artists: 2.5

Dialogues: 2.5
Screenplay: 2
Music Director: 0.5
Lyrics: 2

Story line and screenplay was weak as compared to new generation movies. SRK looked ODD with beautiful KAT. Katrina's acting needs to improve but i guess she doesn't need that because of her beauty. Anushka Sharma was good. The first 20 minutes of the movie was ok but fails to impress after that. Below average music not up to par with yshji movie.

meetu:

@Suman yes, yes and yes :D

Simy Mathews:

Meeta, I waited for 2 decades to watch SRK do an on-screen kiss and then he finally goes and kisses that plastic Katrina, what a waste!!! How I wish it was Anushka he had kissed on screen.....ah well, hopefully this will be the beginning of many more 'the script demands it' on screen kisses from SRK :-)

Guddu:

Stop saying katrina "plastic" , she performed very convincing and never looked effortless. Atleast better than the skimpy clad anushka who wears tinest shorts and shortest tops when its winter in jammu. :P

meetu:

@Simy I didn't think it quiet worked. He seemed to stiff when it looked like he wanted to kiss. Not to mention, the direction didn't help. All that slow-mo, those long pauses and the dialogue-baazi surrounding the kiss(es) just killed the spontaneity. I have little hope of seeing a decent kiss from any of our "stars"!

@Guddu Well, Katrina was in short dresses in the winters of London. But, anyway, that is the director's call, hardly the artists'. And for me Katrina was just the usual, nothing close to what she can do like say she did in ZNMD or even in Mere Brother ki Dulhan.

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