When one goes to watch a Imtiaz Ali’s film, one expects an unusual story mingled with insights while the protagonists take an unprecedented path to find themselves. In ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’, the story holds the same essence, but everything else is just a mess.
From script to characterization to songs, every damn thing looks unconnected and purposeless. The story has no direction, and characters are behaving in surprisingly weird ways. Why? How? Well, only Imtiaz knows.
The film starts with Harry, a self-confessed womanizer, trying to help a “neat and clean” Sejal in finding her engagement ring. Sounds interesting.
Let’s take a step back. Harry is a loner and a fucked-up tour guide in Europe who hates his job. In his words, he left his family in Punjab to become a singer. Then, why is he doing this job? No idea. Why doesn’t he go back to Punjab to be with his family? No idea. Actually, it seems that Imtiaz Ali selfishly planted him in Europe because the script demanded.
Anushka Sharma’s character, Sejal, lacks authenticity, too.
She is an innocent Gujarati, and just when she notices that Shah Rukh is a bloody womanizer, she suddenly aspires to impress him. I mean, WTF? Though she still has a fiance, she chases Harry in every party, only to prove that she is better than the ladies he has slept with.
Then, in the next moment, she says, “I am not the type of woman who leaves his fiance to run away with a tour guide?”
Now, I ask, why was she having those lovey-dovey moments in the first place?
Imtiaz Ali has taken two supremely talented actors and blended them in a film which moves with no logic.
Pritam has composed some beautiful melodies, but the way songs have been placed in the movie is another major disappointment because a great song needs a great scene to fill those emotions.
The best thing about the movie is the acting.
Anushka Sharma aka Sejal is the soul of the film. Leaving behind the flaws in the script, Anushka Sharma has played the role with immense passion and sincerity. Not for a second, she was out of her sweet character. Her every expression is subtle and adorable.
On the other hand, Shah Rukh Khan proved again that no one can love the way he loves. His transformation from a womanizer to a trusted lover will leave you swooning over him.
The message of the film: what you seek is seeking you, is another good part, and it somehow holds the film together. If you are an ardent fan of Imtiaz Ali, this film would be a disappointment because he has a legacy of creating unparalleled cinema, and this film didn’t reach that point.