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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.Read more
All roads will lead to the theaters this Diwali to pay tribute to Yash Chopra.
Whether you like the film or not, it will just be an experience to watch his last film along with many cinema lovers. Interestingly, very little is known about the plot of Jab Tak Hai Jaan except that Shah Rukh Khan plays an army personnel. This seems only a backdrop for one of Yash Chopra's fortes - bringing romance alive on screen as Shah Rukh Khan romances Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma romances him.
Sure, it brings a cringe or two seeing him paired against women so much younger. But Shah Rukh Khan is forgiven for romancing women almost half is age for just the energy he brings to his dances. Just look at what he does here at 0:55 in this video.
Also, the otherwise lame choreography can be forgiven for that one step, no?
That besides we get to see Anushka Sharma exuberant and Katrina Kaif play a mystical beauty all over again. Despite these predictable elements, something about the promos and faith in Yash Chopra tells me that there will be enough moments created by the three lead actors for this Diwali to be a fond remembrance of the man.
Let's hope this is made up for in terms of dialogue and a solid display of relationships in a dramatic but rooted story - the things that we want to remember Yash Chopra by.
Milliblog - "Rahman brings his own sound to Yash Raj and the result is largely impressive."
Music Aloud - "7/10"
dunkdaft - "This, is one good, not great album that it needed to be."
Bollywood Hungama - "3.5/5"
Bollyspice - "3.5/5"
Apun Ka Choice - "3/5"
Happy Sing - "the trio of the greatest lyricist and musician of India with one great director comes out okay, but this is not what was expected of them. Hope things get a little better. But somehow I feel disappointed one year after Rockstar."
- meeta, a part of the audience
People do crazy things when they have faith - whether that belief lies in love, God or anything in between. And we shouldn't be surprised to have Yash Chopra explore this theme, when he has picked romance as the genre. Unfortunately though, only few times in the film do you want to change your belief that this is only a film, far far from reality. Very few.
Sure, it might not have aimed at being real at all. But it doesn't sweep you off your feet in a fairy tale like manner either. In my mind, it will stay as the last film made by the man who made films that had characters who were human, who had emotions like you and me, who had stories that absorbed me. Nothing more, and fortunately nothing less. Only unfortunately, this time around I have seen them too many times on screen. And they are telling me their story instead of playing it out.
Shah Rukh Khan doesn't let you forget that he is Shah Rukh Khan. So much so that you can predict the expression he is going to have as a reaction to whatever just happened. Yet, the way he looks at his woman is something only the rare woman cannot be charmed by. The rest of his body language though is as annoying as it has been in almost every other film.
Katrina Kaif too, doesn't allow you to think of her as a woman of great faith, like her character is supposed to be. Fortunately for her though, the rest of her character is something that we associate with her instantly, London-bred desi who has it all. Though that works for the casting bit, it doesn't say much about her acting skills or that of the writer's creativity.
Anushka Sharma plays her characters bit of chirpiness and forced seriousness. But then again her character must be the most superficially written. More like a representative of today's youth. More like a stereotype of today's youth – shallow, self-centered people waiting to be taken into the depths that real life is about.
You are spoonfed adjectives that you are expected to associate each character with. Samar (Shah Rukh Khan) is the stud, looks-at-death-in-its-eye, poet, romantic. Akira (Anushka Sharma) is the bubbly, exuberant, let-the-devil-care, woman of 2012. Meera (Katrina Kaif) is the enigmatic, guarded waiting-to-be-swept-off-her-feet, whose faith in her God is as unshakable as her namesake.
After this initial exposure, you are waiting to be completely sucked into their stories. But it doesn't happen. It shows promise every once in a while, but doesn't come through. The story itself is more or less predictable. And the theme of undying love is dealt with pretty much the same way.
Yet, it has a few moments of charm, a few moments of genuine chemistry between the characters. It has a couple of the quintessential Yash Chopra woman-to-woman scenes that I so admire, even if they are nowhere close to the ones in Silsila or Lamhe. Yet, it has the 'aawww' for the romantically-inclined. It has moments that make you want to fall in love for the first time , all over again. But they aren't taken through to the climax. I must say though that the runtime at 3 hours didn't bother me. That is a huge plus considering I start getting fidgety around minute 120.
One thing that bothers me though is that, in their attempt at making a story that rings true in today's time, the young and hip seem to define a lot of their love in terms of physical attraction. The sexual tension for those brief moments (before the camera angles and music all go melodramatic on us) while done well, seem pivotal to the relationships. This seems a little out of character in the film.
A bit of that might be brought back into balance because the film does seem to address the youth of today. It is indeed telling us all to believe. To believe in love. To have hope that it will come to everyone, when the time comes.
Yet, the only driving force behind recommending this film is as a tribute to the director. Something, I'd watch for the sake of completeness - that I have tried to see all his films. But, I'd still go back to a Trishul or a Deewar or a Kala Pathar or a ...
- meeta, a part of the audience
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
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, 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
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, 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 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 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
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
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 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 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
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
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 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 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
yuniii17: Touched By the film ... JAB Tak Hai JAAN :") @iamsrk http://twitter.com/yuniii17/status/269304147004751872/photo/1
Viivekaa: Jab tak hai jaan was directed to perfection! Yash chopra #genius ❤
vichun98: just watched jab tak hai jaan..i've never been this hungover from a movie in my life, ever...#omg #bestmovieever #bollywood
utkarshsinghh24: jthj dialogs are stilll in my mind... can't take them out..
UjalaBieber: Just got bak hme from the theatre. I watched jab tak hai jaan. #cutemovie
tnkswamy: i saw JAB TAK HAI JAAN..., simply n superb
SufiyanaSoul: #JTHJ Finally, My Review! Jab Tak Hai Jaan The Badshah Is Back http://anuradhagakhar.blogspot.com/2012/11/jab-tak-hai-jaan-badshah-is-back.html?spref=tw
srk_msd: Obviously. Many more times :D I've watched only twice. Beautiful movie :') RT"@igknightor: @srk_msd plz watch JTHJ for one more time"
SONALIBISHNOI: watched JAB TAK HAI JAAN ....it was an epic love story . loved SRK all the way.. rip yash ji......
SmitRUKHKHAN: I m goin to watch JTHJ 3rd time phir bhi @shahrukhismine shoutin at me.. : ( nai @iamsrk :P :D
Shubham31375192: Don't miss jab tak hai jaan or son of sardar
ShivamP07: Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a great great movie!
ShahrukhRahul: #JTHJ won the hearts all over the world ! must watch movie <3
sanufdutta: Watched Jab Tak Hai Jaan ! Awesome Movie... Major Samar - Meera - Akira #Superhit #jabtakhaijaan
SakshiGhai: #JTHJ, full marks to Yash Chopra and @iamsrk . Loved every bit of it!
rohanwekhande: Yash Chopra always had his way of story telling, he always believed to show emotions & the emotions seeped into audience #JTHJ
rishadahamed: jab tak hai jaan was nice
Realboxofice: Real ratings #JTHJ ,Yah chopra ,Shahrukh passed with good marks (4/5).,.,.
pratik_sar: WHAT A AMAZING MOVIE JAB TAK HAI JAAN..BEAUTIFUL PERFORMANCE BY SRK,KAT&ANUSHKA..NO WORDS TO SAY..... http://twitter.com/pratik_sar/status/269313104884670464/photo/1
prathameshr: a man who cannot die... #jthj rocks
pathfynderblogs: Yash Chopra is no more with us but his essence of Love is still alive in Bollywood. "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" hits Box... http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1613770&l=4148594ea9&id=171698472852843
pankajpal1985: #pankaj- Jab Tak Hai Jaan is gud luv story.....
MyWorldSabya: Meera, Akira Rai , and the one and only, The Man Who Cannot Die - Samar Anand. What magic on screen! Amazingly Beautiful <3 #JTHJ #OnMyMind
mohamadsufyan1: jab tak hai jaan is the best movie in the world
misspinkyy: Jab tak hai jaan was amazing!! @iamsrk i loveeee uu!! You've done it again .. :) :) :)
melvinchacko2: jab tak hai jaan is a superb movie hats off to srk
MehtaNikhil05: Watchd JAB TAK HAI JAAN Its a... WWWWAAAAAAAAAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWmovie..!
mefrickstein: I watched the movie Jab Tak Hai Jaan n it was really interesting and rellay a romance.
lovesrk4: #JTHJ!! ❤ A hardcore..intense..passionate..Ramantic flick!! ❤ @iamsrk U were as usual d best thing in d movie Shonaa!! hotness flooded!! :*
krjrocks: Epical story by Late yash ji.JTHJ Hat's off... Aisi shakhshiyat ko awam ka salam....
kgk1501: Watched Jab Tak Hai Jaan last night. A wonderful movie. Extraordinary performance by Sharukh. Katrina is looking beautiful and awesome music
KatrinaRocks2: "Jab Tak Hai Jaan...enjoyed it..Katrina surprised me with commendable performance. Her dance was superb in Ishq... https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=304667426309902&id=134291653347481
josephine_amber: Jab tak hai jaan was amazing! <3
indra27i: Diwali Bekaar..jisne dekh liya Son f sardar (me included)..:P Sorry yàar, Diwali Bejaan bina Jab Tak Hai Jaan..... :)
imsaayan: Will go again for #JTHJ with my Frnds :) a #YashChopraRomance Classic Love storyyy
iamsouravroy: Watched #JTHJ for the second time last night :) truly an awesome experience :)
iamLoveKingKhan: NO matter how much money will #JTHJ make .. what matter for me is that...... #JTHJ already won my Heart.. >>>>>> @iamsrk u r theeeee best..
iamark13: YASH Chopra and SRK are not the reason why i loved the film.It has a SOUL!! #JTHJ
i_amlanp: saw Jab Tak Hai Jaan last night. Best romantic movie seen since ages. Thank you Yash Chopra
HarishRev: It is wonderful to watch how God uses His people, mysteriously, to do His will and man just follows. JTHJ is a classic example of Gods work.
HAK_YPR: Watched Jab Tak Hai Jaan again, I swear amazingg ass movie<3
hailo22: So glad I watched JTHJ as early as I cud, or wud have2 wait for another(who knows how long) for my pretty eye to heal to see my @iamsrk agn
GalaxyTabHacks: #JTHJ, at a runtime of 177 minutes, is more interesting and intriguing than SOS (runtime of 152 minutes)..
freekyvj: #jthj has a feel good feeling....a very different movie in the time period of mindless south remakes
Freakologics: Well done #SRK #JTHJ
forg0dsakeniall: Jab Tak Hai Jaan <3
Fahad_1981: #JTHJ is great and classic movie that the stupid people will never understand the meaning of love and can't compare it with #SOS at all ppl
erin_sohal: Really enjoyed jab tak hai jaan.. Could have been alittle better but overall it was great!
dhyani3: And i fell in love with @iamsrk all over again!! #JTHJ <3
DennyBabu: #JTHJ… well ! The storyline have lots of bloopers which is HIGLY unbelievable BUT @iamsrk has done it again! Overall 3.5/5 star...
DebaratiRoy_: Jab Tak Hai Jaan .......is a beautiful movie :)
calamur: good TP - could have been 30 minutes shorter ... but entertaining #JTHJ cc @neetakolhatkar
beingshane: Jthj wonder full
beingbanarasi: Saw #jthj .cult moovie.classic of yash jee.a must watch moovie for all.
Beeros75: Watched #JTHJ again last night. Lost myself in the Magical scenery of Ladakh, My soul To the intensity of @iamsrk 's eyes & My Heart to His.
BeeJassal820: #JTHJ @iamsrk beautiful....simply beautiful. Shah Rukh, truly you are amazing. Loved it!
balkirangill: jab tak hai jaan, best movie ever! #lovedit
ayeeshakanji: Jab Tak Hai Jan.............Yash Chopra you are always with us, the absolute best movie, no movie compares to... https://www.facebook.com/ayeeshak/posts/10152253915325635
asif199007: Jab tak hai jaan very nice movie
arman_priyo: Jab tak hai jaan rocks...@priyoarman @iamsrk
AnushkaInamdar: Just watched Jab Tak Hai Jaan .. @iamsrk Honestly have no words ... Amazing movie, amazing acting <3
Ankush1501: #JTHJ Again today!! :):):)!!
Akshay_dace: Jthj is simply awesome hats of to kings of romance:)
akankshav143: The ones who liked Jab Tak Hai Jaan are human beings and lovers. The ones who didn't, are being humans and haters ! #JTHJ is an Epic movie..
abiramiramesh: Ytd.. #JTHJ .. slow.. But the chemistry btw srk n kk was amazing!! anushka's role awesome
abi3009: First time in my life my dad looked so happy in seeing a srk film!!! What an experience thanks @iamsrk #JTHJ #jthj
AanchalMiglani: Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a love saga. Loved every bit of the move and loved @iamsrk more both as a charming singer and tough army officer.
10ABHISHEK: JTHJ is awesome movie. SRK rocks..THUMBS UP to him...#SRK #JTHJ #Yashrajfilms
_mgill: Jab Tak Hai Jaan....absolutely amazing
vivixhere: Although its a gud muvi, you shud really hav a big patience to watch #Jab_Tak_Hai_Jaan. Complete romantic wit Yash ji's magic in it.
simreetah: If you're not a sucker for cute love stories, then you won't enjoy Jab Tak Hai Jaan.
najeemthajudeen: Yeah .... Reviews about jab tak hai jaan ...... was a moderate watch .. nothing biggie about the movie but not a waste of money also ...
GauthamNanban: #JTHJ Jab Tak Hai Jaan - Romantic - My #Rating - 6 / 10 - Verdict - Hit - Drags But Still Hit For Yash Chopra
connectaditya: 190 mins of runtime and nonsense script Jab Tak Hai Jaan a strict watch for SRK fans only! Read my review here - http://connectwithadi.blogspot.com/2012/11/jab-tak-hai-jaan-review.html #JTHJ
Annisrk: Watched jab tak hai jaan yesterday.....Stars: 3/5
younus257: Jab Tak Hai Jaan is tat pretty girl which your friends warned you about.. And yet curiosity get the worst of us.. ;)
vishalpratham3c: SRK ne hardwork me kami kardi, jab tak hai jaan me....dis film need more hard work thats sit rest everyhing is good.wo feelings touch nahi..
vinayakagarwal9: Jab Tak Hai Jaan would have been better if atleast one of the three would have died in the movie and best if all died in the beginning......
unhappygh0st: (In fond memory of Jab Tak hai Jaan) Teri woh haklaati hui awaz... Tera woh bakwaas Romance.... Tera woh... https://www.facebook.com/Unhappygh0st/posts/298881103564140
Ubunta: Logic is the biggest casualty in Jab Tak Hai Jaan but @sosthefilm loved the movie because least bothered about Logic :-)
thenattoo: From a snow mowing labourer to an electronic genius of the army's bomb defusing squad ! Ten years of YRF change everything..DAMN #JTHJ :/
Soberdooky: There is no WAY #JTHJ can get 3 stars.. or can even be called a remotely good movie.. Shame on you money hungry critics..
shreyadhal: Major editing is needed in #JTHJ ...the movie just goes on and on and on...liked it till the interval...the kissing was really eww though!
scgandhi: JTHJ & SOS - Both makes dull movies & fights over the success of the same at d cost of audience. We must boycott both till movies r on TV.
RUPAMplify: JTHJ is a lackluster movie. All the business happened because of the sudden demise of YC. Also cause it was his last directed movie. ;)
RhubyDooby: But if you've always liked typical Bolly love stories, then you'll probably love it. I'm just not a fan. Not convincing at all. #JTHJ
Ravikajal2: son of sardar and jab tak hai jaan, both movies does not entertaining people as per they are expecting, flop shw
PoonamAhuja12: Jab Tak Hai Jaan - Headache, torturous, too lengthy!!! P.S. If you have not seen it till now, please avoid.
OfficialOjas: Boredom > JTHJ
naveenvyas1991: I never watch this kind of movie again. Jab tak hai jaan..... Jab tak hai jaan....
NaghmaS: Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a story of Courage. You need courage to sit through the @%#$$ movie !!! #JTHJ
nageshkumar_cs: Jab tak hai jaan: the script happened ,'accidentally' and the film is a bomb!
naaz_ismail: Did i tell twitter how disappointing jab tak hai jaan was?
n0_ovid: Jab tak hai jaan main phirse kabhi nahi dekhoonga 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' #SRK #Katrina #JTHJ
melittlepixie: Jab Tak Hai Jaan is one long, never-ending yawn.
mauveblue2020: both not GREAT... Jab Tak Hai Jaan #jthj is OFT REPEATED story drags for 3 hrs & Son of Sardaar is quick TIMEPASS...u choose!
massiveflux: I wish I had retrograde amnesia, just to forget the past 3 hours. #jthj
kissrama: yesterday i saw JAB TAK HAI JAAN it was quite boring....!!!
Kashish4u: DEAR SHAHRUKH KHAN, Teri Bakwas Slow story, Teri boring love story, Phir Nahi Dekhunga Mai, Jab Tak Hai Jaan Jab... http://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=300136463419675&id=112763005490356
justabhii: I am still taking disprin every half an hour to come out from the trauma of #JTHJ
Harpartapsays: Pakaoo movie #jthj i m leaving the show..
GroverNeeraj: Watched "jab tak hai jaan": The movie should be renamed, "Religion and Love". Packed with loads of rotten cheese and crap.
GetRanjaned: Jab Tak hai jaan is so fucking cheesy that it might make you puke.... What a bull shit movie!!
GenuinelySid: Also found common in viewers of JTHJ RT@SatanBhagat: I bet most of the youth in Asia know nothing about assisted suicide.
G2knows: About Jab Tak Hai Jaan, lets just say I have come to know the dial of my wrist watch pretty darn good!! #JTHJsucks #whyadichoprawhy
FirWahiBaat: SO JTHJ-TURNS OUT 2 B A FUSKI DIWALI BOMB
DivyaBakshiG: #jthj sucha 2 kaudi ki muvi doin business on Yash Chopras name, mediocre music by #Rehman, kat=mannequin @kamaalrkhan.. #angermanangement
DesiiBoy07: Its a waste. "@_moniCAsharma: Heard so many bad reviews about Jab Tak Hai Jaan :|"
deejomain: "Jab tak hai Jaan" was pathetic
Bharatpunglia: nai maaf karunga mai ... #jthj #jthj #jthj @iamsrk #srk
ashutoshbodha: Ye mere 3:30 ghante waste hona kabhi nhi bhulunga mai...... Jab Tak Hai Jaan Jab Tak Hai Jaan
amit_das: Jab Tak Hai Jaan - Bachaa Ke Bhaago http://amitdas.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/jab-tak-hai-jaan-bachaa-ke-bhaago/ #JTHJ
_faizak: Jab tak hai jaan was too over hyped.
Not Interested in Watching, by Uma Dixit : Another corny, syrup-smeared SRK+Yash Chopra flick.
Yay! Thumbs Up, by amitdhimana : 100
Yay! Thumbs Up, by guddu : SRK is d best
Yay! Thumbs Up, by SIDDHARTH GORE : da muvie was awsum!though a bit lenghthy!!!srk's acting was superb!!
So-So, by Rachit Gupta : Take Anushka out and the movie may become unbearable
So-So, by Simy Mathews : Worth a watch just for SRK and Anushka - still the King of Romance!
So-So, by Suman
So-So, by Sunil : SRK getting old. Could not match his dance steps with Katrina. Anushka was awesome. Kat was so so.
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