Movie Review: ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’

If you are content to simply bask in the company of a middle-aged Shah Rukh Khan and half-his-age Anushka Sharma, the two attractive leads who star as Harinder Singh Nehra aka Harry, a Punjabi, and Sejal Jhaveri, a Gujarati, then this romance is for you. Otherwise, you would be questioning your motive for sitting through this film.

Once again, it’s hard to put too much hate on a film that clearly tries hard to dazzle its fans, but the elephant in the room here is clearly the script. Yes, this is a wonderful film to gawk at as the locales in Europe are beautiful, but you will find that you are doing just that. The plot meanders on multiple occasions and the characters, especially Sejal, is given some of the most atrocious dialogues that make you chuckle inadvertently.
Sejal is a tourist in Europe, who at the airport on her way back to India, realises that she has lost her engagement ring. Disappointed, dejected and defiant, she opts out of the group to search her ring. She ropes in her tour guide Harry in her endeavour. The premise, albeit cliched, and the setting promise an entertaining romance. But alas, it is nowhere palpable.
Imitaz Ali’s latest oeuvre seems to be mounted on an outdated, perfunctory script packed with cardboard thin characters, silly conversations and a weak plot that lacks depth, drama and the seriousness of a heart-felt romance. This makes the entire narrative seem forced and pretentious, and loses connect with the audience.
Added to the anguish are the performances. Though both the lead actors are ace performers, Shah Rukh does not seem to get out of his comfort zone. His performance lacks lustre and freshness. Anushka matches Shah Rukh with her energy levels but together their on-screen romance lacks chemistry and chutzpah. Her accent is fake and inconsistent.
Aru Krishansh Verma as Harry’s friend along with Evelyn Sharma as his love interest has nothing much to offer. Chandan Roy Sanyal as Gas, the illegal Bangladeshi immigrant thug, does have his moments of on-screen glory.
Director Imtiaz Ali seems to have taken the easy route assuming that a film with Shah Rukh Khan will automatically work. The film sorely lacks drama, interesting twists and freshness. It trudges along on an even keel throughout. The first half is watchable as it establishes the setting and characters, but the post interval half drags needlessly.
The songs “Hawaayein” and “Radha” are melodious and well-picturised, but do nothing to enhance the experience.
The film expectedly boasts of good production values and the cinematographer captures the beauty of Europe with utmost sincerity.
Overall, good actors cannot uplift a poor script and a ‘When Harry Met Sejal’ suffers from that and a lot more. With low entertainment quotient this one fails to appeal. (IANS)
Our Ratings: **

Movie Review: ‘Happy New Year’ by Neha Ravindran

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Movie: Happy New Year

Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone,Abhishek Bacchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood, Vivaan Shah

Genre: Drama

With a Diwali night spent covering my ears with a pillow and holding onto my shivering dog (Iam neighbour to 50 year old ‘big boys’ who enjoy bursting loud-raucous crackers till wee hours of the morning), I woke up to Farah Khan’s Happy New Year. After a horrendous night, I forced a smile on face and a little jig in my step, as I hopped-and-skipped my way to see the touted block buster of the year. A glittering star studded cast, trailers screaming of peppy songs, Farah Khan’s enticing choreography, Shahrukh’s 6 pack abs (or was it 8?!), a promising plotline- this movie was to have it all. But then it’s the rule of life- you cannot have Diwali every day, but nightmares, oh! they follow you around mercilessly. So for me, it was jumping from the frying pan right into an iron hot pan!

Charlie (Shahrukh Khan) puts together a team of losers – Jackie (Sonu Sood) a deaf ex-army man , Tammy (Boman Irani) an expert safe cracker, Rohan (Vivaan Shah) a hacker and Mohini (Deepika Padukone) a bar dancer. They have to participate in a World Dance Championship because that’s their key into Hotel Atlantis in Dubai, where world famous diamonds are to be kept under the security of Charan Grover (Jackie Shroff). But it isn’t just about robbing the diamonds; Charlie, Jackie and Tammy have their personal intentions as well. Will these losers become winners? Because, you know, ‘kismat bhi badi kutti cheez hai…. saali kabhi bhi palat jaati hai.’

Sigh! So I am going to list down a few things I didn’t mind about the movie and some other things I very much minded about the movie:

Firstly the things I didn’t mind, a) The songs are peppy and you will undoubtedly tap your feet along with the songs; b) The dance costumes are loud and colourful often brightening up the otherwise dull scenes (and as a dear friend pointed out, some of them are borrowed from brother Sajid Khan’s movie, Housefull. Now that’s what I call being economical!); c) Deepika is truly a treat to watch on screen. She is graceful, elegant and despite the director’s best efforts, saves her character from becoming a cliché’; and d) The entire robbery scene was exciting. Though a bit over the top and obviously impossible to execute, I personally found it fun to watch.

Now the things I very much (VERY MUCH) minded, a) This movie will be remembered for Farah Khan’s worst choreography till date. Though, initially the script demanded so, later even the supposedly good ‘performances’ were despicable. The best dance moves in the whole movie was Prabhu Deva’s 10 second cameo; b) For a good part of the movie, Shahrukh Khan looks painfully old with his rugged looks. And with a young and pretty Deepika romancing him, it just seems like she has a thing for old men; c) Most of the dialogues are twisted from other movies (supposedly to make them funny) and are not even worth a giggle; and d) Sentiments are pretty misplaced and scattered. Best was an untimely introduction of patriotism that had me go WT*!

Now, to be honest, the whistling and hooting crowd besides me seemed to be enjoying even though I looked visibly bored. If you are to take my word, Happy New Year fails to deliver on all its promises and is waste of your money. But as I know half of you will still want to see the movie; so go, watch and share with me your feedback. I just hope for a better Diwali gift from Bollywood next year.

My Verdict:**

First Look : Exclusive Trailer of ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’

The first trailer of veteran director Yash Chopra’s upcoming movie ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ has been released today. The movie featuring Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma is scheduled for November 13 release.

Showcasing Ladakh in the background this movie gives an impression an old world style of romancing. The movie has been filmed on many locations in Jammu and Kashmir and the UK. The music has been composed by AR Rahman and the lyrics are penned by Gulzar. Enjoy the first trailer of the movie.

Jab Tak Hai Jaan : Yash Chopra’s Movie Gets A Name

Veteran director Yash Chopra`s film starring Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma has finally got a name. The movie has been titled ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’. Today the name was announced publicly by the Yashraj Films banner by giving huge ads in leading newspapers of the country.

Before the name was officially announced by the banner many names were doing rounds like ‘ London Ishq’  and till yesterday ‘ Yara Sili Sili’  was being reported as the name of Yashraj Films latest venture.

The movie will hit theaters during Diwali vacations and it is the most anticipated movie of the year. Written by Aditya Chopra Tak Hai Jaan’ has songs penned by Gulzar and music maestro AR Rahman has composed music for the movie.

Shahrukh Khan Slammed For ‘Suttebaazi’

Anti-tobacco watchdog, National Organisation for Tobacco Eradication (NOTE) has taken a note of Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan’s habit of smoking in public places and expressed concern over his arrogant behaviour.

General Secretary, NOTE Mr Shekhar Salker in his statement said, “My main grievance is his arrogant demeanour with which he time and again decides to trample the law and smoke in places where he can be viewed and emulated by thousands of viewers when he can smoke privately,”

Salkar went further and blamed SRK for ‘his careless attitude towards his responsibilities as an influential personality.’

Wankhede Me Bakheda: SRK Defiant After Last Night Hungama

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Bollywood actor and IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan gave his version of ‘Wakhede Ka Bakheda’ issue to the media on Thursday trashing the reports that he was drunk and misbehaved with officials at the Wankhede stadium. He even demanded an apology from the MCA.

“They should apologise to me,” Shah Rukh said while parrying the questions pertaining to lifetime ban on his entry into Wankhede Stadium. He alleged that the security staff misbehaved with children including little girls. “It won’t change my life if I am not allowed into the stadium,” he added.

When asked whether he was at his abusive best last night he confessed, “Yes, I was abusing as they were insulting me. I will not deny the fact that I abused, was provoked when someone abused me in Marathi.”

Shah Rukh Khan on Thursday faced a lifetime ban from entering the Wankhede Stadium after allegedly turning up drunk at the ground and misbehaving with security guards and cricket officials.

The incident took place on Wednesday night after his team beat Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League match at the stadium.

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Shahrukh Khan’s Tenuous Link With ISI Chief Exposed!

ISLAMABAD: (PTI)  Pakistan’s new ISI chief, Lt Gen Zahir-ul-Islam, is the nephew of Indian National Army hero Shah Nawaz Khan and through him, shares a tenuous link with Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan.

Islam’s father served as a brigadier in the Pakistan Army and Shah Nawaz Khan, who was a major general in the INA led by Subhas Chandra Bose, was his uncle, leading Pakistani defence analyst Ikram Sehgal told PTI.

“One son of Shah Nawaz Khan went with him at the time of Partition, while another, Mahmood Nawaz, stayed on in Pakistan and became a full colonel. In fact, Mahmood Nawaz went and met his father only after retirement as he could not travel to India while he was in service,” Sehgal said, providing details of the new ISI chief’s extended family.

Shah Rukh Khan’s late mother Lateef Fatima was the adopted daughter of Shah Nawaz Khan, according to the Bollywood star’s biography on several websites.Islam, who was yesterday appointed the new head of the powerful spy agency by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, comes from a military family and was born in the garrison city of Rawalpindi. It could not immediately be ascertained whether Islam had ever met Shah Nawaz Khan, who died in 1983.

Shah Nawaz Khan was himself born at Kahuta and served in the British Indian Army during World War II. He was captured when Japanese troops overran Singapore in 1942 and then joined the INA. He subsequently fought alongside Japanese forces against the British in Burma (now Myanmar).

Shah Nawaz Khan was captured by the British and put on trial with other INA officers in 1946. They were convicted for treason but were discharged due to intense pressure from the public. He later joined the Congress party and was elected to the Lok Sabha four times. Before Islam’s appointment as the ISI chief, some media reports had suggested that Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan’s uncle Maj Gen Isfandyar Ali Khan Pataudi, a deputy director general in the spy agency, was in the running for the top slot. However, sources told PTI that Pataudi was never seen as a serious contender for the post of ISI chief.

Shahrukh Begins Shoot For Yash Chopra’s New Film

Filmstar Shahrukh Khan has begun shooting for Yashraj Films next production in the UK. This Wednesday he was seen shooting in London. He is paired with Katrina Kaif for this typical yashraj love story. Sources have informed the ‘Filmi Files’ that Anushka Sharma has also been roped in for an important role in the movie.

Although the name of the movie has not been finalized but the shooting schedule of 35 days has already started in the UK. It seems Shahrukh is trying to go back to  his romantic image after trying out other shades.

Cinegoers have seen Shahrukh Khan trying out different roles in his movies like ‘Chak De India’, ‘My Name is Khan’, ‘Ra.One’ and of course ‘Don’ but he has not been able to create magic like the way he used to do back in 90s and the first half of  the first decade in 21st Century.

We hope YRF comes up with something exciting to project SRK in a romantic lead otherwise the movie will not find enough takers because the times have changed.

SRK Plays ‘RA1’ in Real Life, Slaps Filmmaker

Shah Rukh Khan allegedly assaulted Farah Khan’s husband and filmmaker Shirish Kunder at Sanjay Dutt’s bash on Sunday. The argument apparently started when SRK confronted Shirish about his nasty remarks on RA.One. During RA.One’s release, Kunder had tweeted: “I just heard a 150 Cr firework fizzle.” 

Farah Khan confirmed the incident. “Shirish, my husband, was beaten up by Shah Rukh and his three bodyguards in Sanjay Dutt’s party. Shah Rukh asked Shirish why he had tweeted against him… There was no provocation from our side. He had screamed at Shirish telling him that he would destroy me as well,” the choreographer-director told Headlines Today.

Farah Khan also SMSed reporters: “Shahrukh has always told me that physical abuse is the worst way 2 sort out a problem, n that its means the person who’s hitting has either a personal or professional crisis going on, n it saddens me 2 see him doing the same (sic).” When things got out of hand, Sanjay Dutt had to intervene to stop the brawl. Later, Dutt and Sameer Arya (brother-in-law of filmmaker Goldie Behl) reportedly escorted SRK out.

After  this news report flashed in media  social networks are busy cracking jokes on Sirish, Farah and Shahrukh. Sample these jokes.

@MTVIndia: Dear Shirish Kunder, Kha.One Regards, Shah Rukh Khan.

@fayesalins: Shahrukh should be scared. Farah Khan looks like she can slap really hard!

@mohit_ak: So wait did Shirish Kunder say “thapad se dar nahi lagta sahib, farah khan se lagta he”

@mesushovan: Magnitude 6.3 earthquake shakes Peru. Seems Ra.One 2 n #Don2 3’s shootings have begun together there. After Farah Khan’s hubby was caressed.

@9XMHaqSe: Farah Khan ‘s Joker gets slapped by @iamsrk . Silly says >> The Real Tees Maar Khan please stand up please stand up;) #bollywood

@Varun_G_10: Shouldn’t SRK trend as well! After all he made the effort to slap Shirish Kunder i.e., Farah Khan’s wife oops i means husband 😉

@GulabiAakhien_ I’ve always felt that Farah Khan was the man in their relationship. Kal yeh baat prove ho gayi. Husband slapped, wife registers case.

@chin80: Shirish Kunder was bored of the tag “Farah Khan’s husband”. So he allowed SRK to slap him. New tag: “The guy who was slapped by SRK”

@Sinhageet: Farah Khan’s next Film to be realsed-: TAPPAD KA RAAZ

@Stylee_Icon: even on twitter Shirish Kunder is trending as Farah Khan’s __ u can fill in d blanks..poor guy… Noone knows him 🙁

@Deepakpal: Shahrukh Khan slapped Farah Khan’s husband Shirish Kunder for some god knows why reasons. I think it is nice if later slaps former!!!!!!!!

@DonnQP: Shah Rukh Khan beats up Farah Khan’s husband: An irritated Khan then allegedly pinned Shirish to a sofa and punched and abused him.

@sanghamitra24: Ok now Farah Khan’s is also trending – high time, after all Shirish Kunder is more famous as Farah Khan’s husband than anything else!

@prashant_dracus: This is the only way Shirish Kunder, Farah Khan’s Husband, could have trended on twitter! Getting a slap from SRK! Dumb guy seriously. LMFAO

@kamaalrkhan: If I can understand via news and statement of Farah khan ji then SRK and Sanju Baba ne milkar bechare Shirish Kunder ko peeta hai.

@diogeneb: With his swollen face, Shirish Kunder will now come out with ‘Being Hanuman’ t-shirts

@CilemaSnob: After two back to back duds, Shirish Kunder finally has a Hit. Congrats. You have arrived!

PC Kicks SRK’s Butt At Award Function!

Priyanka Chopra and Shahrukh Khan are not only one of the most successful movie stars in India but they are also alleged to be very close and intimate with each other.  If the media reports are to be believed then King Khan and PC were so charged up for their Zee Cine Awards assignment that they continued rehearsing till 3 am in the morning.

The amount of ‘hard work’ they put in together was clearly visible in their performance at Macau where the Zee Cine Awards function was held recently. Priyanka kicked some serious butt as she aimed at SRK.

When the media asked Shahrukh about his reaction to his ‘bonding with Priyanka Chopra’ he said, “I’m happy she’s around. I can take the advantage of calling her and asking her to do a three-day shoot for me, where all she’s doing is hanging from a rope. And she does it for me. She shoots on her birthday. It may be beyond professionalism, but that’s what friends do. The process of work becomes beautiful when you share that kind of relationship. I read what’s written, think about it, but it won’t come in the way of what we feel for each other. ”

Pictures Taken @ Zee Cine Awards 2012