Yash Chopra’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan marks the end of an era of romance, love and happiness in Bollywood. With a dashing hero, two powerful female leads, bold romantic scenes and picturesque cinematography Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a truly a swansong for the film maker whose movies have been milestones in the history of Indian cinema.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan takes you through the fantasy lives of 3 lead characters. Samar Anand (Shahrukh Khan), a young boy from Punjab who begins his life doing odd jobs in London. Singing along in his happy-go-lucky existence he meets Meera [Katrina Kaif] and they both fall in love, almost instantly. The romance that follows is interrupted abruptly by a pact that Meera makes with God. Samar returns to India, hurt and losing his faith in love. Back in India, as a bomb disposal expert, Samar Anand acquires a reputation of being the man who cannot die. He meets Akira (Anushka Sarma), a young vivacious documentary film maker who wants to capture this death defying hero on screen. Love ensues and both Akira and Samar end up in London, where through a series of incidents Samar and Meera meet again.
The characters in Jab Tak Hai Jaan are the usual ingredients of a Yash Chopra movie. Shahrukh Khan holds fort as the handsome and daring army officer, leaving his female fans asking for more while narrating Gulzar’s beautifully written poems and strumming the guitar to Challa. Katrina Kaif’s Meera is the extremely feminine woman, whose beauty and willingness to sacrifice for the sake of love is an enduring theme in Yash Chopra movies. Anushka Sharma’s character of the excited and energetic modern day woman is step ahead from Meera, her independence making her a refreshing character.
In terms of storyline, JTHJ can seem predictable what with romantic triangles, London, Shah Rukh Khan’s Samar and memory losses. Shahrukh Khan rarely puts a foot wrong and Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif do justice to their roles. But JTHJ is not as much about the story as experiencing something old in a new way. Coming in at three hours though, the movie is definitely long with a slower second half. But whether you are an SRK fan or not, Jab tak Hai Jaan is worth a watch just to experience for the last time the work of a man who completely believes in the power of love and conveys it in as extravagant a fashion as Yash Chopra does. He lives up to his reputation and creates for viewers a dream world that is an escape from the harsh realities of everyday lives.