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Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)
Jab tak Hai Jaan Review: 'Yash Chopra ends on a high, SRK at his best'
This one became more than just a film after the director, Yash Chopra passed away in October. It turned into more of a celebration and a tribute to the legendary filmmaker's last film, quite ironically titled "Jab Tak Hai Jaan". Furthermore, his combination with A.R Rahman and Gulzar for the first time also created both curiosity and anticipation. And also, not forgetting the pairing of SRK and Katrina for the first time on screen.
Without giving any story away, the film starts off at a slow pace. Not much occurs during the first hour but the great locations and chemistry of the lead actors keep your eyes glued to the screen. However, it may test the patience of some who are perhaps looking for the story to move forward quite quickly. But thankfully for everyone's sake, a crucial incident occurs after this time has elapsed, which takes the story to a whole new level. It takes off and stays steady, leaving the audience gripped right to the end. While it's not exactly a flawless script, it does have a few more twists and turns which makes it an emotional roller coaster ride. And because of these twists, the audience finds it difficult to predict the ending.
At the end of it, one can't help but admire an 80 year old's vision of romance in the modern era. He quite easily outclasses all directors younger than him as far as portraying modern relationships is concerned, whether it be in the form of dialogues, costumes, characters or direction. The man did it in the 1990s with Dil Toh Pagal Hai, which was also more youthful and modern than any other romantic film that released within the time.
Performances: Big B correctly described SRK's performance as his best since Swades. However, his performance in Veer Zaara and Chak De India was just as exceptional. While SRK can go over the top like he has in some films, here he is natural, intense and effortless just like he was in the films mentioned above. His energy in the "Ishq Dance" with Katrina is breathtaking and he doesn't look out of place even at this age. Katrina Kaif delivers her career best performance - a decent step up from New York and Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani. Anushka Sharma is brilliant as the full of life, "Akira". The special appearance cast don't get to do much - Anupam Kher, Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh are all wasted.
Overall, "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" is worth watching at least once. Watch it for the performances, music and the soulful love story. And of course, SRK! Rating: 3.5/5.