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    Vinayak Chakravorty New Delhi, November 16, 2012 | UPDATED 16:06 IST
    Movie review: Jab Tak Hai Jaan

    Movie: Jab Tak Hai Jaan
    Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma
    Direction: Yash Chopra
    Rating: [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    He yanks off his cool shades and gets going with the job of diffusing a bomb. He has done it 97 times before - the veritable Hurt Locker who has dared God to take his life, but that just doesn't happen. He survives every time.

    Shah Rukh Khan's bomb expert Major in Jab Tak Hai Jaan works wonders on a very different sort of bombs too. He is quite the Heart Locker, excuse the pun, who doesn't need much of an effort to woo the richie rich Barbie he spots floating across picture poster London scape, so what if he is just a snow shoveller (in an early scene when he is yet to become the Army hero). "Paree (fairy)", he sighs and, never mind that she owns an empire and is engaged, you know she will madly be in love with him within the hour.

    You ease into Yash Chopra terrain watching SRK play the field in his best romantic avatar yet, ready for the mush crackers.

    The girl is straight out of Planet Chopra, too. Stunning as only Katrina Kaif can be, and an obvious emotional wreck who habitually strikes divine deals in churches with the Almighty for anything and everything she wants. So much so, at a pivotal point she is actually telling God that she is willing to forget her lover forever if He saves his life.

    That's Jab Tak Hai Jaan for you, bringing back all the sweeping love, sacrifice and melodrama quotient that has ever defined the cinema of Bollywood's King of Romance. Watching formula at play all over again, it somehow feels all right as a mainstream maestro plays out his swansong.

    Few masala films become larger than they set out to be, possibly deserve to be. You sense as much could happen someday to this film as it plays out an exhaustive three hours of love triangle plus some twists. Yash Chopra's final feature is not just about itself or the story it narrates. It is about celebrating a fancy's flight that set the template for filmy romance over the decades (minus the heroine's chiffon-sari sway in the Swiss Alps, which was not to be). Jab Tak Hai Jaan becomes a final bow for mush in a way it may never come alive on the Bollywood screen again.

    Overwhelming as that sentiment can be for hardcore fans, the film has its flaws. The fact that it could have been a good hour shorter. Or, less evident in the story it narrates and maybe a bit more daring in exploring man - woman relationships.

    There is a moment in the film where that last-mentioned bit becomes glaring. The hero lies on a hospital bed suffering from retrograde amnesia. Recovery involves the heroine pretending to still be in love with him despite a past turmoil that wrecked their romance. No easy deal since, you have been made to believe immediately before, she is married and has a kid.

    It is a momentary spark... can a Bollywood heroine resort to adultery simply to save her first love? Will the film bend tested rules - like Silsila or Lamhe did in their times?

    Sadly, Jab Tak Hai Jaan doesn't dare taking any such risks. Too much is at stake for YRF, and its talismanic hero SRK. The film prefers remaining feel-good fare, a visual feast in every frame no matter the mood on screen - much like its heroine Katrina.

    She plays Meera, the classic YRF girl, and her love story with Samar - snow shoveller - turned - waiter - turned - bomb expert - will find its predictable end after ample highs and lows and via a triangle tangle involving the gutsy docu - filmmaker Akira.

    A snap report card would be clear - cut. The songs could have been better but the background score is grand. The cinematography is world - class but the editing cuts pace. The characters are weak but the cast is in crackling form. The film proves SRK is still at the top of his game, just as Katrina wows with irresistible screen presence. Watch her street dance gig and you realise all over again why she is Bollywood's best female dancer. While on Anushka, the girl will go far. Just give her a meaty role and watch her go.


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