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"Jab Tak Hai Jaan" (In English: Until my last breath) is film by the recently demised Bollywood legendary filmmaker - Yash Chopra who is also known as the king of romance films.
"Jab Tak Hai Jaan" tells the story of Major Samar Anand (Shahrukh Khan), a Bomb Defusing specialist from the Indian Army whom is a man who flirts with death at every step of his life, and is also known as 'the man who cannot die'. In comes Akira Rai (Anushka Sharma) a 21-years-old bubbly carefree spirited girl who is dying to get featured on the Discovery Channel. After saving Akira's life with her attempt to dive into the freezing cold waters at a nearby lake, Samar accidently leaves his diary with her, only for Akira to discover the younger days of Samar - a story that transports back to year 2002.
The young Samar is a street guitar singer/waiter who falls for Meera Tapar (Katrina Kaif), a girl who strongly believes in promises and also Jesus. However, fate seems to have other plans for them and with a complicated turn of events, Meera gets help with learning music from Samar and slowly develops feelings for him. As an accident takes place, Meera makes a promise to leave him. They then get separated and this forces the disappointed Samar to join the Indian Army.
As the story progress back to present, Akira decides to complete a documentary on Samar's life and along the way, falls head over heels for him as well. Unfortunately, Samar is still in love with Meera. When another accident takes place that causes Samar to lose partial of his memory, Akira tries to locate Meera again.
Will Samar's memory return? Will Akira find Meera? Will Samar and Meera be together again? No matter what ending you have anticipated for, do wait for the ending credits which shows the montage of making the film with the title song used as a background music - a feature that tributes to late legendary director Yash Chopra.
Speaking about Shahrukh Khan's performance is nothing short of belittling the consummate actor's skills. The slight stutter, the little hint of a tear in the eyes, the arms-outstretched pose - the King Khan knows how to make his ladies fall for him - even if they are almost half his age! Katrina Kaif does a pretty good job of playing the girl who is torn between love and promises; and her accented Hindi passes off as acceptable. Anushka Sharma acts well and gives a bubbly stellar performance, but its Shahrukh Khan indeed the man to watch out for. Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh in an extended cameo make for a pleasant watch as well.
As for the film, only somebody in stature like Yash Chopra with the help of cinematographer - Anil Mehta could have made those mesmerizing locales of Pahalgam, Ladakh and Kashmir come alive on screen. London, on the other hand, is beautiful - be it in winter, rain or summer. The film doesn't really have the traditional sarees flying in the air but what it has its sheer, pristine beauty within it. However, one may argue that the film appears a tad too long and the 'impatient, newer generation' might have to stretch themselves a bit. Otherwise, it is great.
The soundtrack by Oscar winner A.R. Rahman and lyrics penned by Gulzar was confined due to the fact they both tried very hard to follow Yash Chopra's tunes. "Challa" by Rabbi Shergill and "Saans" by Mohit Chauhan & Shreya Ghosal are a delight to the ears but the two tracks that are beautifully done is "Heer" by Harshdeep Kaur and also "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" poem recitation by Shahrukh Khan himself, written by Aditya Chopra. The film songs do lack the typical Yash Chopra's soothing, melodious love songs and the missing voice of Shahrukh's regular voiceover singer Udit Narayan as well.
Overall, "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" can't be categorized as a great love story nor a Bollywood Love Saga but perhaps it's the legendary director's vision on following the recent times with a new generation kind of love - of course with a mesmerizing love storytelling that never dies. Just like the film title conveys, one will definitely remember this film until their last breath. Rest in peace, Yash Chopra and may you entertain the Gods with your wonderful love stories.Cinema Online, 19 November 2012