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


  • Now ONE thing is sure
    There will be another BO CLASH in 2018 DECEMBER……
    Yet again SRK failed ……
    Poor fans will cry now m…….

  • I had expected the same
    Let’s see how far this movie goes onn.. ..
    Best of luck SRK for your choices of movies in the future ..

  • Very negative review I must say, is there still hope for SRK? When he was on top the other 2 khans were flop, now the other khans are in a position SRK can only dream of, such is life. And age is not on his side, SRK should wake up and choose a better script, he should take anands scripts to amir to help him evaluate. Otherwise he will be the first khan to bow out of bollywood, salman with even bad script can survive if he sticks within his genre, cos his fans are loyal. Really bad time for SRK.

  • My msg is to those srk fans jab clash tha kaabil k sath tab bohot 40% bolke upar udhe the…Hrithik has given his best performance with kaabil..but ab kya??? MD k waqt tum logo ne support nhi kiya ab kya dil pe laga na…Failure of JHMS proves that audience ka taste ab kuch aur hain…nd no star is bigger than public. Sayad wo badhshah ho ya bhaijaan…No offence…

  • Srk is the best in romance but not in this age.
    He is 51 who romances at the age of 51 with a girl 29 years old Anushka is 22 years younger then Srk she is like your daughter how can you romance with her.
    You can romance with some one like Madhuri dixit but not anushka or katrina or any young actresses.
    Lastly a girl with age of 29 never falls in love with an unmarried 51 years old man.
    Man what type of movie are you making do you think ppl are mad they will watch this garbage srk you are the best but don’t do these type of roles plzzzz.
    Srk if you want to romance go and romance with someone who is at least 46 years.

  • One word FLOP ..

    I predicted this idiotic rom-com wont cross 50 Cr nett.

    Duniya ka subse buddha actor …. lol

  • Currently No 1 Heroine + Pritam & his chartbuster Music + Romantic Genre + Successful director + One Week Open Run


  • As a die hard fan I am really fed up with the film choices of SRK. At this stage of life he should do content oriented film with full of social messages. why this meaningless romantic comedy? A total waste of his acting skills. sorry to say, from 2012, his only film I loved was dear zindagi

  • Forget finding ‘Ring’ audience were looking for ‘Zing’ which was missing big time !!!!!!!! ROFL

  • The reviews by almost everyone are between 1 and 3 stars..I am yet to read a 4/5 star review…Now there is a possibility of the movie doing less than 110 crores which is a very poor number for the biggest superstar ever (according to his Fans)…

  • Harinder Singh Nehra had the potentials of Ved Vardhan Sahni from Tamasha, but unfortunately…..
    This one liner is awesome…

  • The fact is for years Srk has taken his audience for granted…People are not fools to spend their 1500 bucks for. family of 4 or 700 if they are couple and still end up getting bored…If the reviews could hurt Salman who is much bigger star than Srk will fall flat

  • Some idiots predicted 200 Cr & 300 Cr …
    Forget about those numbers 100 Cr is now UPHILL task


  • So reveiws are as bad as tubelight didn’t expect this from imtiaz lets hop wom is good then reviews doesn’t really matter

  • The will to watch this movie keeps decreasing and disappointment keeps increasing after reading each review. Will watch the movie tomorrow though.

  • Bhai Srk tu kar Kya raha hai? There was a time when u did the veer-zara, and several other mind blowing flicks like chak de, devdas, swadesh, my name is khan,

    Ab kyu ghisi piti script le raha hai…

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