Is ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ worth giving a try? You could have multiple reasons in favour of it, like – it is an Imtiaz Ali film, the maker of Jab We Met and Tamasha and writer of Cocktail; that it is a Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma film, the duo in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Jab Tak Hai Jaan etc. etc. Yet are these reasons sufficient enough to back a film. Probably not! No doubts Imtiaz Ali films are an inward journey into soul searching, yet every film is unique and stands for its own worth and falls for its follies.
Jab Harry Met Sejal definitely qualifies for K U Mohanan’s cinematography; for the splendour of Europe captured in the reel; for the chemistry of SRK and Anushka, yet with this lightweight plot and a dwindling script, it is difficult to glue the audience to their seats for long.
A Gujarati girl (already engaged) and a Punjabi munda (a tour guide) eventually fall into the same track as many protagonists of forerunning Bollywood films of the same genre have; they find true love in each other while they are tied to their social strings elsewhere or to their consciences. However, they end up in confiding their secret feelings to each other but only when things have become quite complicated. In the meanwhile, if Imtiaz Ali’s characters are nearly always beings with strong inner rumblings, Harry and Sejal have failed to impress the audience with it.
Sejal, the Gujju girl touring Europe with her family figures out that she has lost her engagement ring somewhere during her trip and cajoles her tour guide to help her retrace her journey back and find her priced possession. When Harry finally agrees, he does not commend it as sensible and often gets irritated with her. However, eventually it dawns upon him that he has developed a liking for Sejal. Knowing that she is engaged, he keeps himself reined and misses his chance to reveal his love before she is gone. Once separated, the twitch in his heart is multiplied and he breaks all restraints to get to her.
Director: Imtiaz Ali
Producers: Gauri Khan