Jab Harry Met Sejal Review

In the recent times, Bollywood has seen some of its most accomplished filmmakers failing to live upto expectations; Dilwale, Tubelight, Befikre are examples of big-name directors failing to excite the audience. With ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’, filmmaker Imtiaz Ali known for classics like ‘Jab We Met’, returns with two of the biggest names in the industry; Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma. Will the director deliver a romantic classic that lives upto the hype? Does Shah Rukh Khan still have something new to offer in the romantic genre? Let’s find out!

Story: The story of ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ is about Harry and Sejal’s journey across Europe. Harry (Shah Rukh Khan) takes visitors on a tour across different European countries. He’s a bit aloof, rude and finds it difficult to maintain long lasting relationships. Sejal (Anushka Sharma) is a tourist who has taken the services of Harry along with her entire family. She gets engaged during the trip to Rupen. Her engagement ring goes missing and she refuses to go back to Mumbai until she finds it. She compels Harry to help her find the ring and he agrees to do so.

Jab Harry Met Sejal Still - Shahrukh, Anushka

Jab Harry Met Sejal Review – Shahrukh, Anushka

Review: ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ starts well with some good interactive fun between the lead pair, which does remind you of some of Imtiaz’s earlier films. The proceedings in the first hour are fairly well-paced with some ear-pleasing songs like Safar, Radha and Parinda. A special mention to the episode leading upto the Hawaayein song as it brings Shah Rukh Khan back to his romantic roots.

However, 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.

The only silver lining in this otherwise disappointing tale of Harry and Sejal are the performances. Shah Rukh Khan delivers a likeable performance, but is let down by a film with a wafer-thin plot line. Harinder Singh Nehra had the potential to be Ved Vardhan Sahni of Tamasha, but unfortunately the same hasn’t been explored by Imtiaz Ali during the last hour. With all due respect to the legend and the evergreen ‘King of Romance’, after having achieved everything and more in the romantic genre, it’s time to do roles with more substance at this stage of his career. His legacy and stardom deserve better films than this.

Anushka Sharma is excellent as Sejal, she plays the role of a Gujarati girl to perfection. The supporting cast comprising of actors like Chandan Roy Sanyal takes the graph of the film down. In fact, the movie would’ve probably worked better without the whole ‘Illegal immigration’ angle involving him which fails to raise any laugh and ends up making the film feel longer.

The music is pleasing with good cinematography thrown in even when the screenplay doesn’t require songs. Radha, Hawaayein and Raula (the unreleased Diljit Dosanjh Punjabi track) are the songs that stands out. But too many songs, as many as eleven, can test the viewer’s patience.

On the whole, even though Jab Harry Met Sejal travels through 6 countries in those 145 minutes, the film fails to take you on an emotional ride that you expect from an Imtiaz Ali – Shah Rukh Khan film. The charisma and acting prowess of the lead pair make the film watchable, but ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ is a romantic film that lacks soul. When you don’t feel for the characters or want the lead couple to fall in love and be together, it makes the whole film pointless.

‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ is one of the biggest disappointments so far this year.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

What works in Jab Harry Met Sejal:

  • Performances by the lead pair
  • Some good songs
  • Visually beautiful

What doesn’t work for Jab Harry Met Sejal:

  • Lacks soul, all style with little or no substance.
  • Imtiaz Ali’s direction
  • Poor second half
  • Some dialogues and scenes that can make you cringe
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199 Comments

  • This is JHMS for you. Didn’t expect anything from it anyways. Lifetime will remain below 100 cr. It’s a FLOP already.

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  • ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ is one of the biggest disappointments so far this year.

    PRESENTLY SURPRISED…….

    WAIT till XMAS

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  • the way indicine is giving excuse rofl ..
    indicine bhakt of Hr and srk..

    Now again akki will save this trade people the way he saves every time
    and this trade people do asslicking of khans but still akki saves this fucking theatre owners distributer exhibitors ..
    I don’t have a hate for khans but atleast give credit to akki what he deserves. releasing 3/4 movies per year is not a joke..
    khans also tried this but failed .

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  • The old man is nothing without chopras and johars . He has poor script sense. He should be thankful to johars and chopra s that bcoz of them he is still surviving and dominated the industry for some years. Without them he is as big as saif ali khan.

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      • Beta, Filhaal to Tere Criminal Khan ke favourite Director ke baawzud aur Apni AUQAAT Eid ke baawzud biggest disaster de di Usne…
        Itna uchhal mat, Beta…
        Khud ki jhhank pahle, Eid Made Star ke chamche…

  • Watched it and I whole heartedly agree it wasn’t a great film – but you rated a thrash movie like ‘Half Girlfriend’ 3/5 – after that any rating given by Indicine seems pointless.

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  • its really frustrating and disgusting movie.I walked out of the theatre in the middle of second half. I bet u will not watch it completely even on ur tv sets or online. its ridiculously so BOARING.

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  • Absolutely spot on. Anushka overacts to the point of numbness. Post interval starts with a pointless song, followed by another pointless wedding song. Her character is a confusing mess. She keeps teasing srk with cheesy and corny lines, even does a covered booty tease but in the next scene says i m not that kind of girl who leaves fer fiance and elopes with a guide.

    There is no depth, meaning, conviction of a single character.

    One word for this movie is absolute disaster

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  • srkians made fun of S26,baby,gabbar,brothers ,SIB ,airllift ,rustom lifetime .
    karma hit back in form of dilwale ,fan ,raees,jhms.
    srkians made fun of akki opening
    after 2013 .(till 2012 akki movies used to take excellent to bumper opening)
    karma will again hit back wait for some more craps by srk .
    if srk will do as much movie as akki do per year ..
    srk will be out from this industry.

    global star my foot.
    Srk film opening depends on Hit song , top heroine ,good trailer,high ticket price ,corporate booking of 3-4 cr ,good promotion( 2-3 month promotion ) ,srk presence.

    akki film opens on akki presence , good trailer and 1 week promotion.
    still give 13 -14 cr average opening 3/4 times per year .

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  • This time srk won’t even get avg or semihit it seems.it needs more than 160 CR’s to get hit .now what will be the reaction of some srk fans like sayar,jab romance met sejal who were celebrating tube lights failure n bashing akki.

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  • Jeez, I hope this is not the end of the road for SRK, you wouldn’t even know what the Indian audience wants, he experimented with fan and failed, now back to his comfort zone same thing. The audience are the problems.

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  • Same problem again – won’t sustain after weekend and will crash badly like all Srk films in recent years…Bad reviews will hurt JHMS badly…Let us wait for Monday to see a single digit number and the film finished by next Thursday

    I go with 110-115 crores for this movie …shocking and disappointing for industry

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  • As expected…. Bollywood is making crap films every now and then….
    Superstars are signing crap films which their lack of maturity of mind..
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    Any how I am waiting for TOILET-EPK

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  • Absolutely agreed. Watched it FDFS (just like all other SRK films) and was highly disappointed with the film.

    There was no story to tell in the second half. The movie was being dragged for no reason. Have never felt so bored in any other SRK films before.

    And now the next SRK movie is 1.5 years away. :(

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  • SRK is known as king of romance so all his fans love to see him in these kinds of movies.SRK here is in his comfort zone as he known for doing romance on screen…he should be able bring his fans to theatre atleast on first day so it is time to see his star power(which his fans were screaming since the time of Tubelight)

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