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

  • Good to see Indicine’s honesty and Honest Review… Ab mujhe Indicine pe shak nahi but phirr Indicine supports srk more than others…

  • Lol means it wont cross 100 crores so first disaster for srk after long time CONGRATS srk for choosing bad script as always

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  • Akshay Kumar released song Toilet Ka Jugaad in the very perfect time this one is awesome move by Akshay Kumar now after crap review of JHMS and this song Toilet Ka Jugaad released buzz of TEPK is on sky

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  • haha european chor director RoXXx . These chor and influenced from foreign cinema directors are like a disease for the industry…!

  • LMAO… plz don’t give us excuse of Rom Com coz even YJHD with Ranbir kapoor (he wasn’t what srk is) crossed 19 crs on working day and grossed 170 crs overall…. so plz keep exxuses aside… and accept that film is mahacrap and gonna be a flop

  • Thank you to all those who watched this crap and helped me to save my money and keeping me away from this crap. 😂😂 now I will save my money for toilet.

  • The writing is on the wall. There were ominous signs from the very time this movie was announced. Imtiaz ali is a flop director. When the tentative title was “The Ring”, you could start feeling negative vibes. Then suddenly there was a news that title is changed to Rehnuma – sigh of relief…pleasant title, maybe the movie would also be pleasant…simple earthy love story between a tour guide n a tourist. Then the first look arrived- O O…foreign locales , urban look , alien treatment…YASRC ( yet another shitty rom com) shot abroad feel…then finally the official title announced- Jab Harry met Sejal….phussssssss….what ? When Harry met Sally? Jab we met? Haven’t the audience heard similar titles before…was Rehnuma not 10 times better than this? From there on, things started going only downwards…the mini trails, the sex n intercourse dialogues…some not so gud songs…some more songs…too many songs…one more song just the day before release..which was the crappiest of the lot…then the city tours, banarasi paan, all the frills….by now it was clear to all n sundry that this is just YASRC. Come Friday morning and the pre-release experience of the audience clearly reflects in the theatres…they are empty !! Sorry, all those frills are not enough to sell this YASRC to smartened audience. The writing is on the wall.

  • My comment as RahulRaj is my last comment on Indicine wish everyone peace and happiness in their lives.Take care of yourselves.
    And it was always a pleasure to read all the amazing articles on Indicine.You are the best :)

  • @SRK’s JABRA FAN: Where is this guy?? He was hyper active at the time of tubelight release.. where he has gone now?? What happened now?? Looks like JHMS might not even cross 100 cr… when salman delivered just one failure in 7 years you qtnd his stardom, commented so ridiculously and badly.. Now what u call ur star who is delivering flops one after another since past 8 yrs(except 1or 2 hits). “KARMA HITS BACK”

    Its better if fans like u realize atleast now. It is not the problem of star power. Its just matter of time and the kind of films that the star is doing. Salman or SRK still have that boxoffice pull which even amir can is envy of(yes i am sure, if aamir delivers 2-3 back to back flops i bet his next film won’t even get a good initial. However it won’t happen, bcz he is a genious and truely mr.perfectionist) . They just need a right film that satisfies millions of their fans and common audience.

    So Bolly fans plz don’t spread negativity among ur stars and make other film industries destroy ur own films. I am saying this as a south indian, who loves to see all indian films working.

  • very bad movie, boring I don’t like srk movie LYF TyM Collection::: 89 crr.super Bumper Flop Flop Flop
    I am very happy I don’t like SRK Movie ss

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