Shah Rukh Khan’s Jab Harry Met Sejal has received poor reviews from critics. The average rating is only slightly better than films like ‘Commando’, ‘Half Girlfriend’, ‘Sarkar 3’ and ‘Raabta’.
Jab Harry Met Sejal Review by Indicine
the film fails to move with its storyline and the plot related to the ‘lost ring’ is stretched beyond its elasticity. The second hour begins on a very average note and it is through these portions that the film begins to drag. The writing lets the film down big-time, which is surprising because most Imtiaz Ali films – Tamasha, Highway and Rockstar in particular – have improved in the latter half. The climax is the weakest link of the film, which also ends pretty abruptly.
Jab Harry Met Sejal Review by Bollywood Hungama
JAB HARRY MET SEJAL begins on a swift pace. No time is wasted in explaining Harry’s life – his enthusiasm as a guide, his moments of loneliness when no one is watching and his troubled relations with women are well explained in a few minutes in the song ‘Safar’. Sejal is also introduced in no time and the fun begins as they try to find the misplaced ring. The humour comes out very well and the first half moves at a breezy pace. The sequence where Sejal gets into trouble in a Prague bar and the scene thereafter stands out as the best and most exciting portion of the first half. The song ‘Hawayein’ is also played at a poignant and sweet point of the film minutes before the intermission. Post-intermission, the film becomes a drag. The makers seem confused as the narrative gets chaotic. The twist in the tale, related to the ring, might come across as stupid or unfair by a section of audience. At one point, one wonders where exactly the film is heading to. The finale also has a twist but this one is better than the first. The film ends on a predictable, clichéd note.
Jab Harry Met Sejal Review by Manjusha Radhakrishnan on Gulfnews
While it’s delightful to watch Khan in the first half, his intense love-lorn turn in the second half weigh the film down. Khan looks haggard too, making it difficult for us to buy into their love story. The climax isn’t ground-breaking and is studded with corny, saccharine dialogues between two lovers. However, the cinematography that highlights the beauty of a handful European countries is pleasing to watch. But we wish that all that energy and love was devoted to developing a cracking love story. Watch this film if you are strictly a Shah Rukh Khan or Anushka Sharma fan. Others will hesitate to put a ring on this romantic comedy.
Jab Harry Met Sejal Review by Manju Ramanan on Masala
The scene just before the interval, where the duo challenges each other that they won’t fall in love, raises hope of an Imtiaz Ali twist. Alas, there is none! Similarly, 20 minutes before the film ends, is a scene when the duo separates and you feel there will be an aha! moment, only to watch it slide into a predictable abyss. Jab Harry Met Sejal is a film you want to like but when you see the ‘Babe becoming Babita’ formula repeated yet again, you wonder why a filmmaker, known for his progressive, unusual films succumbs to clichés like this one.
Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
The beautiful locations are obviously eye-catching, but surely surface gloss, star power, lively music and sparkling cinematography can never turn a patchy and whimsical film into a convincing romantic drama about a pair of strangers thirsting for more than what their lives have offered them thus far. Harry is in search of true love. Sejal, too, is on a voyage of discovery. Do they get what they are looking for? Not a chance in hell. So flabby is this flighty film that it moves only in hops and skips. It never really gets off the ground. Jab Harry Met Sejal is cinema’s equivalent of a shiny bauble that glitters wholly in vain. Watch it only if you fancy a vicarious romp through Europe with a megastar trying hard to get going.
Review by Meena Iyer on The Times Of India
The script is wafer-thin and it’s been done to death by none other than Imtiaz Ali in each of his earlier films—be it Jab We Met, Cocktail or the recent Tamasha. It’s the routine girl is engaged elsewhere story but she discovers half-way through the film that she is actually attracted to someone else. In this case, Sejal is engaged to Rupen but actually ends up falling for Harry. What makes this film watchable though is the presence of Shah Rukh and Anushka both of who are in top-form in their Punjabi and Gujarati avatars. In fact, SRK is like old wine, the more he matures, the better he loves. But the chemistry between Anushka and him is not crackling for sure.
Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
Jab Harry Met Sejal is absolutely banal with some hummable tunes. It’s a big disappointment to see Shah Rukh Khan returning to his comfort zone and yet not performing at the top of his powers. Pritam’s songs can do some patchwork, but nothing can rescue this 143-minute of lethargic storytelling. I haven’t found what I was seeking, looks like you won’t either.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
Shah Rukh is still droolworthy. And he can still make you sigh. But then the bigger sighs are of despair. After the brilliant Raees, this looks like a pathetic excuse to holiday in Europe and ‘Chalo, let’s make some movie while we’re there!’
Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle
Undoubtedly, Imtiaz is a brilliant storyteller, but he seems to be detached with his characters in this one. Travel and self-discovery are the core issues of his films. Even his repetition of the storytelling has been ignored each time, but his latest offering has nothing to offer. Still you will be reminded of all his previous films. Being a Shah Rukh Khan film, you will also be reminded of Chalte Chalte.
Review by Sarita A Tanwar on DNA India
The film is devoid of a story or structure. Even the screenplay is amateurish. After a point, you want the film to engross you and not just the characters. But Imtiaz never manages to take that leap and after a point, the film just starts going downhill and fails to recover. The elements he adds to the screenplay have no relevance to the plot. Like the whole Bangladeshi immigrant angle and a gangster called Gas angle — totally unnecessary. Imtiaz has always risen over commercial film norms, without getting bound by success or failure. In this film, his work is below average as he treads on a confusing path. The film’s writing and direction are its two biggest disappointments.
Review by Tushar P Joshi on Bollywood Life
The pace does slacken in the second half and a couple of scenes that involve some immigrant goons and their involvement with finding Sejal’s ring, fall flat. Also a Punjabi track, that involves an engagement, felt forced and unnecessary. From this point onward the graph of the film goes downhill. Harry’s flashbacks to Punjab and his backstory deserved a better explanation. The music of the film is good, but only a few tracks, namely ‘Radha‘ and ‘Hawayein,‘ manage to stay. Jab Harry Met Sejal is all heart and deserves a watch for Shah Rukh and Anushka‘s crackling chemistry that takes the film to another level. Imtiaz Ali’s this journey is definitely worth the price of your ticket.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
This isn’t an Imtiaz Ali film or doesn’t seem like one at least. The maker who has transformed straight-laced stories into those of self-exploration and consequential epiphany, seems to be napping behind the camera here. With zero thought towards building on his characters, he barely furnishes circumstances or even plot points that would amount to any reflection. Pritam’s numbers are barely hummable but serve as a distraction from the dreary proceedings. As it happens in such films, one yearns for that magical moment when the lead pair ditches their inhibitions to lean over and lock lips — when everything seems perfect. In this one, it’s a happy occasion too, since it marks the end of the film.
Review by Ananya Bhattacharya on India Today
The story is peppered with so many songs that you lose count of them after a while. And stop caring. Harry and Sejal break into Main Bani Teri Radha when the sun rises. Before the sun is even visible on the horizon, you have them singing Hawayein. And then we move to yet another song from Pritam Music Manufacturers Pvt Ltd, where you can order in bulk. It wouldn’t have made any difference to Bollywood if Jab Harry Met Sejal wasn’t made. Shah Rukh, Anushka, Imtiaz – all have flop films and bad choices in their filmographies, but Jab Harry Met Sejal beats all of them together and by a huge margin. Maybe Harry should have stuck to his Safar-ka-hi-tha-main-safar-ka-raha stance. Meeting Sejal was not the best thing to have happened to the rest of us. Serendipity? ROFL.
Review by Ritika Handoo on Zeenews
The biggest twist towards the climax will make you wonder at how destiny binds two individuals together and it does have a very Paulo Coelho types feeling. SRK and Anushka’s chemistry is electrifying from shot one and their comfort level with each other is evident.
Review by Sukanya Verma on Rediff
Jab Harry Met Sejal has the stars, the songs, the scenery and all the trimmings for a riveting romance. Alas, the writing is staggeringly sloppy, unoriginal and deviates from its premise involving a starry-eyed nitwit and skirt-chasing cynic to entangle itself in superficial complexities that made me judge instead of root for its oddball protagonists.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
Imtiaz Ali’s beaten down to death TAMASHA this time is constantly gasping for help but it’s far to be found. It’s a pity that Imtiaz Ali in JAB HARRY MET SEJAL fails to make the chemistry between such attractive peoples like SRK and Anushka tickling, curdling to the viewers giving them a mushy feel. It doesn’t work as the script, situations doesn’t generate the romance. It’s a boring date movie and on top of that it’s not even an Imtiaz Ali film in the end even after possessing all its known traits.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
As for the film itself, there is no doubt that Jab Harry Met Sejal is quite a pretty film, but it must be said that the love story is not so convincing. Sejal, who misses her flight and comes back to search for her lost ring, seems more interested in hanging out with Harry and prying about his life than looking for the ring. Had the film shown that the two grow close during the course of their adventure, it may have worked, but here, Sejal seems smitten with Harry from day one, even though she is happily engaged. Also, the way the two grow close to each other, doesn’t seem convincing at all and though the narrative is entertaining in places, it lacks conviction. Granted that there are a few beautiful moments in the film, but the overall story is too weak to touch your heart.
Review by Rajeev Masand on News18
Imtiaz, who has been frequently – and let’s face it, prematurely – described as the Yash Chopra of this generation, falters on account of an undercooked script. There is just not enough meat on the bones to keep you invested in the protagonists’ journey, or in their relationship, which feels clumsy and muddled but not in an interesting, honest way. It’s a pity, because Shah Rukh Khan breathes life into a character that could so easily have been a turn-off. His performance is one of the film’s few strengths. Despite the baffling, contradictory nature of Sejal, Anushka Sharma works hard to imbue her with genuine feeling. The two actors deserved a better film, and so did we.
Review by Mayank Shekhar on Mid-Day India
This is Imtiaz’s first film with SRK, and that’s the only novelty. SRK, in his 50s—although he doesn’t quite look it—plays Harry, which may be short for Harinder, or some such, since he hails from the pind in Punjab. Sejal is more the quintessential Imtiaz heroine—earthy, feisty—quite finely attempting the Gujju twang. She’s upset over the fact that even a womaniser like Harry isn’t interested in her. That’s funny. Harry can’t handle this woman who’s piled on to him, but he carries on nonetheless. This is bizarre. The on-screen alchemy between the two, no doubt, works in parts. What doesn’t, I suppose, is the movie itself, which lacks the soul, and clever subversion, before it inevitably begins to descend into the climax that you know it will. I’m not humming any track from the movie in my head right now either. Nor can I recall a moment that blew me away. Sure, there were some decent ones.
Jab Harry Met Sejal Review by Indiaglitz
Director Imtiaz Ali should have opted for more bolder or daring or enjoyable finale like he did in films like ‘Love Aaj Kal’ or ‘Jab We Met’. His die-hard fans will be highly disappointed. The screenplay should have been more powerful. Chandan Roy Sanyal, Evelyn Sharma and others are wasted. ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ will be loved by Shah Rukh Khan and will make them meet the romantic hero, again.
Review by Meeta on Wogma
Jab Harry Met Sejal is also one of those films that has great music which shouldn’t have made it into the film. They reek of commercial considerations rather than having roots in the story. The wedding song and the lovely duet, both seem so forced that they might as well have just started singing and dancing instead of trying to mask them with excuses to make them a part of the film.
Review by IANS on Sify
Jab Harry Met Sejal has a few genuinely ‘cool’ encounters between the lovers. But these are too spaced out and too far in-between to engage us in the couple’s destined marriage. What clutters the corridors of this posh- looking touristic ‘vilaayat-darshan’ are the winking flirty exchanges which lead nowhere. A big disappointment for both the fans of Shah Rukh Khan and Imtiaz Ali.
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