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A few lovely, honest moments; good performances but zero story doesn't work for this “boy meet girl” film.Read more
An engaged girl meets a boy on a Europe trip. She resists, he doesn't insist. Yet, the inevitable happens? Where have we heard that before?
From Anoushka Sharma's Gujrati accent to Shah Rukh Khan's supposedly non-chalant charm – everything seems annoying. There are a few refereshing lines that brought a smile in the trailer, but it feels like there won't be too many more of those in the movie.
This is a first time in a long time that I am extremely skeptical of a romantic film, that too an Imtiaz Ali one. I guess I am relating this more to Jab Tak Hai Jaan than to Jab We Met or Love Aaj Kal. Jab Harry Met Sejal doesn't seem to have the same texture or intensity as Tamasha, Highway, or Rockstar and I sincerely hope there isn't an attempt to touch When Harry Met Sally.
Jab Harry Met Sejal releases on 4 August, 2017.
- meeta, a part of the audience
The first half is uneventful but carries some charm. The second half is uneventful and is dull. Unfortunately, Jab Harry Met Sejal isn't one of those romantic films that let you enjoy the “nothing is happening” ambiance it carries. However, it has these moments between the lead pair that are honest - where they step back and warn each other; where they take an introspective look at themselves too. This honesty is so rare in romantic Hindi films that you could appreciate Jab Harry Met Sejal just for that.
The wedding song and the lovely duet, both seem so forced that they might as well have just started singing and dancing instead of trying to mask them with excuses to make them a part of the film.
Imtiaz Ali has the knack for writing a story that stands solely on its lead couple - the conversations they have, the chemistry they share. There are minimal extraneous characters, so you spend those two+ hours living, breathing, and feeling only what these two characters feel. So much so that when the side stories do come, they seem very out of place.
However, the situations this couple finds itself in as they travel from city to city are rather random. Aside from quaint Europe that can be captured beautifully, these situations seem to be written with the intention of exposing a little about the characters each time, and also why the other is falling in love with them. However, the broader stroke of “looking for an engagement ring that the lady has lost” is stretched too far. The metaphor that the search for the ring tries to underline with explicit dialogue also seem a far stretch.
What keeps the film alive is the snappy dialogue and the performances. For those of us who cannot handle the typical Shah Rukh Khan hamming, you will be happy to know there's very little of that. He has good control over the character. In fact, there were instances when it felt like he wanted to give an even better performance. But he remembered that he is Shah Rukh Khan who has an image to keep that would be shattered if he continued the good act. Very meta, I say.
Also, I have always liked this intensity with which he looks into the eye of the woman making her believe she is the only woman in the world. It always takes my breath away and transports me to the moment they are in. Jab Harry Met Sejal has quite a few of these and they don't get old. Unfortunately, Anushka Sharma's attempt to stick to the Gujrati accent, that her character supposedly needs, distract from her performance.
She does seem like that simple girl her character is making out to be – one who has maturely decided to stay innocent, even naive. So much so you wonder through most of the first half, “What is she playing at?” Harry too is trying to save himself from his supposedly misbehaving self. Characters with these contrasts are always engaging. The shift between their childlike chemistry to intense attraction flows smoothly too.
Jab Harry Met Sejal also evokes another part of a relationship that is rarely touched – the phase just before separation when the couple is together but start living the separation a few days in anticipation. The impending sorrow is brought into the present, marring today's togetherness. But, this finesse in writing is lost when it comes to the episodic situations and the overarching theme of one person completing another by making him/her a better person. “Loving someone as they are”, is for another film, I guess.
In fact, there were instances when it felt like he wanted to give an even better performance. But he remembered that he is Shah Rukh Khan who has an image to keep that would be shattered if he continued the good act. Very meta, I say.
That aside, Jab Harry Met Sejal is also one of those films that has great music which shouldn't have made it into the film. They reek of commercial considerations rather than having roots in the story. The wedding song and the lovely duet, both seem so forced that they might as well have just started singing and dancing instead of trying to mask them with excuses to make them a part of the film.
That work instead could've been used to shorten the film and keep the film from being underwhelming. The kind of underwhelming where you are wondering which type of clichéd climax you are headed for. The only reason then to watch this one in the theater if you want to watch a film for seeing Europe on big screen.
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p.s. I had the most amusing and amused person sitting next to me in the theater. She was laughing so loudly through the first half that I changed seats during interval. Almost like Janice from the TV series F.R.I.E.N.D.S, I exaggerate not.
Also, she couldn't stop saying, “Oh my God, so haaawt”, “so sexy” every time Shah Rukh Khan or Anushka Sharma came on screen. Though I changed seats, I was just so happy to see how much she was enjoying herself. She had come to have a blast and she made sure she did.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Smita Vyas Kumar , Desi Martini : ...JHMS is a good entertainer at the end of the day and that is what counts. Go with a loved one, share your Coke and popcorn and sigh over finding both love and lust at the same time. Can take kids (even though the last sentence has lust in it!) ... full review
Thumbs up, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...HMS is a happy romantic comedy that you can sing and dance along with. Pritam's music is a stand out feature. The performances are really strong. The film's dramatic soul rests in Imtiaz Ali's usual Sufi belief where the story and characters tell you that the universe transpires to make lovers meet. That what you're looking for is looking for you. If romance excites you, this one's got all the right notes.... full review
Thumbs up, by Umesh Punwani, koimoi : ...Jab Harry Met Sejal is a film where I wanted to give out few spoilers so you should read and go watch the film. But, I can’t. Take this as a sign and don’t miss this beautiful journey of life with Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Ritika Handoo, Zee News : ...Your jaws will drop towards the end but I am not giving away the biggest spoiler! Go watch a light, fun romance drama this weekend. It is seeking you! ... full review
So-So, by Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini : ...Every now and then, Harry and Sejal keep asking each other “yeh kya ho raha hai”. Precisely what I was asking through the films two and half hour running time. That is not an Imtiaz Ali film I wanted. ... full review
So-So, by Zinia Bandyopadhyay, Desi Martini : ...The film is definitely not one of the best Imtiaz Ali films. It would be disappointing for ardent fans to see Imtiaz not focus on the screenplay and to leave so many points where the film could have been elevated. But nevertheless, this is a good entertaining film that will make up for a decent watch this holiday weekend! You should definitely give this film a watch once! ... full review
So-So, by T J Reddy, fullhyd.com : ...And that sums the film up. While everything in it is beautiful - the sadness is beautiful, the loneliness is beautiful, the actors are beautiful, the shots are beautiful and so on - these beautiful aspects are not organic. The film's scenes feel as if they are separate sections, and rarely ooze into each other. While each section of the film has its highs and lows, the movie on the whole loses its narrative flow. ... full review
So-So, by Manjusha Radhakrishnan, Gulf News : ...However, the cinematography that highlights the beauty of a handful European countries is pleasing to watch. But we wish that all that energy and love was devoted to developing a cracking love story. Watch this film if you are strictly a Shah Rukh Khan or Anushka Sharma fan. Others will hesitate to put a ring on this romantic comedy. ... full review
So-So, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...If you are a fan of Imtiaz Ali, we suggest you revisit his Jab We Met and Highway instead of risking this film. However, if you are a SRK fan, the movie may be total ‘paisa vasool’ for you... full review
So-So, by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror : ...This isn't an Imtiaz Ali film or doesn't seem like one at least. The maker who has transformed straight-laced stories into those of self-exploration and consequential epiphany, seems to be napping behind the camera here. With zero thought towards building on his characters, he barely furnishes circumstances or even plot points that would amount to any reflection. Pritam's numbers are barely hummable but serve as a distraction from the dreary proceedings. ... full review
So-So, by Meena Iyer, Times of India : ...The journey from Netherlands to Nur Mahal treats you to an opera, pole-dancing and SRK in every frame. Despite it all, you’re tempted to tell the filmmaker that the script of this travelogue that seems to have gone missing, could perhaps be languishing in his own backyard. Go search… ... full review
Thumbs down, by Anna MM Vertticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...Jab Harry Met Sejal is occasionally funny, but not half as funny or cute or ruminative as it clearly thinks it is. Hats off to Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma for managing to raise the Centigrades in this otherwise pakau disaster. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...The film is generic as well. Maybe after three “heavy” dramas – Rockstar, Highway, Tamasha – Imtiaz Ali just wanted to kick back and take a foreign vacation. But even such an outing can be written well, and the biggest surprise of Jab Harry Met Sejal is the utter lack of Imtiaz Ali “moments.” The songs seem misplaced.... full review
Thumbs down, by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice : ...A big disappointment for both the fans of Shah Rukh Khan and Imtiaz Ali. They both need to think about what to do next. In separate rooms, please.... full review
Thumbs down, Bollywood Hungama : ...K U Mohanan’s cinematography is stunning. The locales of Europe and its bylanes are very well captured. Aarti Bajaj’s editing could have crisper and smooth. The way the song ‘Beech Beech Mein’ begins all of a sudden immediately after the intermission confuses audience. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Rohit Bhatnagar, Deccan Chronicle : ...On the whole, it is nowhere close to an Imtiaz Ali film. Watch it only if you are an SRK fan or you want to see Europe for the worth of your ticket price. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Rahul Bharadwaj, Desi Martini : ...I wish I could give a zero star but half is the lowest Desimartini will allow, so enjoy half the star dear Imtiyaz , given the content value of this movie even that is an undeserved bonus ! ... full review
Thumbs down, by Anna MM Vertticad, FirstPost : ...Jab Harry Met Sejal is occasionally funny, but not half as funny or cute or ruminative as it clearly thinks it is. Hats off to Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma for managing to raise the Centigrades in this otherwise pakau disaster. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...Imtiaz Ali’s first film with the King of Romance was expected to be something else but it’s not. SRK’s status as numero uno at the Box Office has taken a serious beating in the recent past with Dear Zindagi, Raees and Fan turning turkey.... full review
Thumbs down, by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com : ...Otherwise things are disappointingly lost in JAB HARRY MET SEJAL, the touted rom com turns out to be a bore com, romance goes surprisingly 'Phurr' along with director Imtiaz Ali in this flick. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times : ...Jab Harry Met Sejal is absolutely banal with some hummable tunes. It’s a big disappointment to see Shah Rukh Khan returning to his comfort zone and yet not performing at the top of his powers. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Suhani Singh, india today : ...t's a further letdown when Ali is unable to weave songs seamlessly into his narrative. There are too many of them, placed awkwardly including the otherwise infectious disco track Beech Beech Mein. The last-minute introduction of a supposed bad guy, unfortunately named Gas, is of no significance. Ultimately Sejal's fiance Rupen sums it up best: "Ek angoothi ke liye itna drama?"... full review
Thumbs down, by Ananya Bhattacharyal, india today : ...Watch Jab Harry Met Sejal if you have no one to meet and have a lot of time and some money to waste. Jab you see, tab don't tell us we didn't warn you.... full review
Thumbs down, by ANISH MOHANTY, Kia Gia : ...While it is perfectly fine to have a certain approach or style in the way you tell your stories but a film should have some novelty value. It should have elements that distinguish it from the filmmaker's earlier work and should offer something new to the audience.... full review
Thumbs down, by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint : ...Imtiaz seems to have settled into a comfort zone of his own. The cult of Ali the Incurable Romantic will only grow with films like these. But Ali the Director might need to branch out soon. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY : ...This sucks, given this film is from a mainstream director with very strong sense of notes and visuals, who's used a star mainly as a tool to drive home his point about pain, loneliness, and love. Screw the story. That's not what we go to movies for anyway. It's okay if we've seen all of it before. Did I feel anything at all? Nope. Damn. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com : ...So what's there to like in this asinine film? Shah Rukh is still droolworthy. And he can still make you sigh. But then the bigger sighs are of despair. After the brilliant Raees, this looks like a pathetic excuse to holiday in Europe and 'Chalo, let's make some movie while we're there!' ... full review
Thumbs down, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ...And so it's only befitting when Sejal begs him in her best fangirl face to train her fiancé in the art of affection -- 'Meri life ban jayegi.' I only wish it's for a better love story... full review
vishwas33648948: romance+comedy+good story=jab harry met sejal shahrukh sir and anushka Sharma u just nailed it
ViniGeance: Jab we met >> Jab Harry Met Sejal proves its important to focus on ourselves than on others. #JHMS #HappyFriendshipDay
ultchittayeol: Just saw Jab Harry Met Sejal! It was really good, they even stopped in Portugal after they won the euro cup lmao
tranquil_glow: Jab Harry met Sejal.. what a waste of time and money :-(
sunilsa08484109: Watched jab harry met sejal . . . It is a brilliant movie . . . Great performances by srk and anuska. . .
snowflakes_01: Just watched Jab Harry Met Sejal and I loved it! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️@iamsrk @SRKUniverse
shambhavi_rp: Loved each and every part of the movie Jab Harry met Sejal!!
Sambuddha_RK2: My top3 films so far of 2017 1 Hindi Medium 2 Jab Harry Met Sejal 3 Badrinath
samartaqvii: jab harry met sejal 10/10 just don't watch with ur dad lol
Rubensprotector: Jab harry met Sejal is ahead of its times ..like most Imtiaz Ali films ..its very good ..and Shahrukh Khan @iamsrk so good &so underrated
RockstaRanjana: WATCH JAB HARRY MET SEJAL ONCE AGAIN IN THEATERS. SRK LOOKS SO HANDSOME
rhysnik: #JAB_HARRY_MET_SEJAL my final verdict except the STORY the film is AWESOME!
rahulnsingh: I watched Jab Harry Met Sejal and it's a good movie. Don't understand the negative reviews &quite undeserved. 3.5/5 #JabHarryMetSejalreview
Pasadenx_x: jab Harry met sejal is such a cute film I LOVE SHAH RUKH KHAN
mawrarmeena: Loved Jab Harry Met Sejal!!
ManaliK13: Jab Harry Met Sejal is one refreshing movie. Yes, indeed the one you are seeking is seeking you. Absolutely lovable movie. And SRK
ksoosjawline: ok jab harry met sejal was cute
kashmiradayal8: Hrithik ,go and see Jab Harry Met Sejal,great movie I saw it with my family on Saturday, Love,Kashmira Dayal
ItsMeMobashira: We're living in 21st Century and it's 2017. We need simple stories like Jab Harry Met Sejal. Thank you @iamsrk for JHMS ❤ #JHMSWithFriends
imshabanalam: Had a great time with #jab_harry_met_sejal great work done by @iamsrk #sir @AnushkaSharma #lots of love keep entertaining us #thank_you
IamP00ja: JAB HARRY MET SEJAL ALBUM IS AMAZING, SOULFUL. Jee Ve Sohaneya and Yaadon Mein are superb, Safar best che ekdum.
deryatonkin: Jab Harry Met Sejal was so good
Nid0_0: For All Movie buffs Watched Jab Harry Met Sejal last Night Review: Good Movie 7/10 I Would Recommend it to all.
igknightor: Enjoyed Jab Harry met sejal ( without any bias ) good one time watch 3.25/5 .Theater was 80% full most of the audience liked it
FthaHssn: 6/10 for jab harry met sejal
dharmesh569: Jab Harry Met Sejal was okay je. 6/10
Aryanbs11: Jab harry met sejal. Not wow, not bad. Average.
vasundharagupta: Not only did they name the movie 'Jab Harry Met Sejal' but also forgot to make it interesting. #WastedSunday
vasu_1001: Prime Minister to announce a compensation of Rs. 1 lac to the ones affected by disaster called Jab Harry Met Sejal.
vaayaadippennu: Jab Harry Met Sejal ----below average movie #myopinion
urstrulyRadhika: Jab Harry Met Sejal review: Anushka Sharma lost the ring. Imtiaz ali lost the script. Shahrukh Khan lost the reputation. :/// #JHMS
tu_13dekh_: Jab Harry Met Sejal is average. People who are saying Rockstar ke baad Imtiaz bekaar hogaya. Rockstar bhi bakwaas hi thi if not for music.
tsoftserv: Jab harry met Sejal Don't go to watch Maha bakwas movie
Thoughts_ByP: Jab Harry Met Sejal is the second-worst disaster to have hit India. First being, Happy New Year. #HarryMetSejal
Sohrabamaan: Jab harry met sejal, they shit together.
Shah_RukhShafiq: the best part of the new SRK movie Jab Harry Met Sejal was "The Interval". :D
SaqibTanveer: Don't waste your money on Jab Harry Met Sejal. Good acting and expressions but no story whatsoever. Drag.
sanj9: Jab Harry Met Sejal Flop Movie of 2017 Flop flop flop
Sabiyaah_: just watched jab harry met sejal and ngl but it was SHIT
saaddon00723: jab harry met sejal reviews ghtiya 3rd class movie srk kesi movies kr rha ha bus paisey bnane ka shoq ho gya ha neend ana lg gai thi
RohitJainWorld: Jab harry met sejal is disappointing.
rajdeepkumar789: jab harry met sejal big flop
QweenOfHells: Blue Whale Challenge no. 3 Watch 'Jab Harry Met Sejal' in theatre and come back alive coz suicide is challenge no. 51
puneetgujar: Jab Harry met Sejal is so bad that govt should ban it immediately, blue whale can wait!!
piquant_prose: Jab Harry Met Sejal has zero substance. Which might have been fine if it were incredibly entertaining, but it;'s not even that.
pal_ween: Jab Harry Met Sejal is a total waste of money+time
nohjustshutup: Jab harry met sejal is a very stupid movie
NamkeenJalebi: Watched Jab Harry Met Sejal. Missed Jab We Met way too much.
MrALiKhanAK: Salman Khan: TubeLight - FLOP ShahRukh Khan: Jab Harry Met Sejal - FLOP
MiraFakhoury: Jab Harry Met Sejal left everyone unhappy. A solo SRK release happened after Fan but it failed to encash his superstardom. #JHMS
KaushikDevyani7: Jab Harry Met Sejal is a Disaster
kanikafor: Super flop movie# no story# jab Harry met sejal
JustAQuick87: Jab harry met sejal was boring, cliché... had to leave the film before it ended...
HoneyBeing_: Wen superstars are mkng crap films like Tubelight & Jab Harry Met Sejal,original actors like Kejriwal sud switch to movies nd save cinema.
HaramiParindey: A friend went to watch Jab Harry Met Sejal and posted a few scenes on his Snapchat. I had to give it 1 star there too.
govindksaji: Jab Harry Met Sejal, I lost 144 important minutes of my life.
DuaSid17: Worst movie of the Year Jab harry Met Sejal @iamsrk
DigviajayPrasad: Is prime minister releasing funds for Jab Harry Met Sejal victims?
cmxxv: i watched jab harry met sejal the other day and honestly i can't believe i had to sit thru 144 min of an emotional affair being romanticized
caamitkulkarni: Plz never lose ur engagement ring.Else u will make the whole country suffer. #Jab_Harry_Met_Sejal @SammarthRaiker @guessmeguys @kiran_uppar
BeingIAshish: One of the shortest reviews of #JHMS goes like "When you watch jab harry met Sejal, You wish they'd never met" !
baigyriders: Worst srk movies that i have seen in a theatre...Paheli,Jab harry met sejal,kabhi alvida na kehna,dear zindagi,jab tak hai jaan.
Avengineer18: Very sensless movie jab Harry met Sejal. Ghatiya picture don't go to it save your hard earned money.
anil_bisane: Jab harry met sejal ....unimpressive.....completly boring movie..by imtiaz.....he lost a chance with srk to big ...rom com...drama...
Andec_Tanker: Ram-Jaane, Trimurti, English Babu Desi Mem, Chaahat Dilwale, Fan, dear zindagi, jab harry met sejal The 1990s were decidedly better anyday!
Anamika_Mudgal: Friends spend ur hard earned money on ursel/buy gifts 4 ur near n dear ones,bt pls do not spend on "Jab Harry Met Sejal".SRK must retire nw.
amberliuve: i don't know why anyone thought of making jab harry met sejal it was horrible
AmarAmbani: Jab Harry met Sejal is just a new age "Raja Hindustani" in Europe! Harry has no head and Sejal has no tail. Waste of time and money.
amanjainking: SRK- Jab Harry Met Sejal SALMAN- Tubelight Disappointing Both
ajsunboxed: Jab Harry met Sejal... Okay! कशाला भेटले? गरज काय आहे?
AjayJhalani1: ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ Review: One of the worst movies of SRK
agarwal9599: Jab Harry Met Sejal worst Srk & Anushka movie ever. #JHMS @iamsrk @AnushkaSharma #boriyat
Agarwal_Piyushj: Watched Jab Harry Met Sejal for 80 bucks. Completely worth 150 mins of sleeping.
afaaq_soomro: SRK rusty in 'Jab Harry Met Sejal' Watch this film if you are strictly a Shah Rukh Khan fan. Others will hesitate to put a ring on it
AayanIqbal: jab harry met sejal is the stupidest movie i have ever watched
_f01n: I watched Jab Harry Met Sejal today. I don't know why I watched it.
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