Jab Tak Hai Jaan: A Review

The movie Jab Tak Hai Jaan is essentially a love story, with all its drama. The movie is the journey of Samar Anand (Shahrukh Khan), and we follow him through different phases of his life, wherein he meets two very different women; Meera Thapar (Katrina Kaif) and Akira Rai (Anushka Sharma).

Yash Chopra’s (the director of Jab Tak Hai Jaan) love for Switzerland is well known. In most of his romantic movies there are scenes shot in Switzerland. Yash ji wanted to shoot some scenes in the Swiss Alps, to be added in the title track of Jab Tak Hai Jaan. However, due to the tragic demise of the legend, the scheduled shoot was cancelled.

Though the sarson ke khet (mustard fields) are not present in Jab Tak Hai Jaan, but the movie is full of Yash Chopra magic. The exotic locations make the movie all the more worthwhile to watch. Kashmir has been depicted in all its beauty, highlighting the picturesque quality of the state. London too has been shown with all its glamour and charm.

As in all Yash Chopra movies, Jab Tak Hai Jaan has scenes that leave you awe-struck and also scenes that tickle your funny bone. Though the story seems to be stretching a lot towards the end, it ties all the loose ends neatly. The movie came out this Diwali and is predicted to be a great hit.

The poem “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” is absolutely brilliant and has been wriiten by Aditya Chopra. He had previously written “Quaidi Number 786” for Veer-Zaara (2004). Both poems are exceptional pieces of work and have often been mistaken to be written by Gulzar. However, the songs have been penned down by the legendary lyricist.

The music is given by A. R. Rahman. The songs are refreshing and make you hum along with them. The theme of the movie is the most striking one; it leaves us a little gloomy and yet strangely manages to light a ray of hope somewhere.

As always, Yash Chopra teaches the world how to love and how to live life, and shows what it is to have passion in you. In his last directorial venture, the man triggers every emotion that one could feel; love, hatred, anger, happiness, joy, passion, sacrifice and even, envy. Yash Chopra yet again brings to the big screen a love that is larger than life, a love that sustains all hardships of life and a love that makes you want to love and be loved in that way. Jab Tak Hai Jaan is an enchanting story with a surreal feel to it that gives you sheer bliss to be a part of Yash Chopra’s last movie ever.

Kunjika Rawat

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