Jab Harry Met Sejal Review
The makers of Rabta thought taking their film to Budapest would save their ridiculous plot about reincarnation. Imtiaz Ali thinks Budapest is going to save this 'Desperate Gujju woman seeks lost ring by paying Tour Guide then falls in love with him'. Alas, his hopes are going to be dashed.
Not even Shah Rukh, who plays Harry the guide can save this Euro trash movie. Anuskha Sharma wants to be the bride yet again after her Ghost-who-lived-on-tree act in Phillauri. She lost her ring somewhere during the trip and wants to find it. She drags Shah Rukh through all the beautiful cities, retracing her steps to find the ring. Stupid as this may sound, the film should offend business savvy Gujarati people. They would never send a daughter on such a hair-brained trip. With a father who is a diamond merchant, they would have easily replicated the ring and made it with better quality diamonds at a lesser price than what it costs their daughter traipsing through Europe.
Anushka Sharma speaks in this ghastly gujarati accent which stereotypes her so much it grates on your nerves. You expect her to channelise her inner Daksha Virani (Ketaki Dave in Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi) and say, 'Aa ra ra ra!' every time she opens her mouth. It is supremely unattractive. Kareena Kapoor was a much younger person and way more attractive as a Bhatinda ki Kudi in Jab We Met. Here Anushka Sharma and Shah Rukh just look too old to be going to nightclubs and pretending they were 'girlfriend-boyfriend'. Who are they kidding? If Sejal is just desperate to get laid before she starts a boring life with her boring Rupen, we would understand. But it is the pretense to innocence that is puke-worthy. No matter how much Shah Rukh says, 'I'm a dirty old man!', he doesn't look it. He looks like he is made for romancing women, not use them and throw them.
So what's there to like in this asinine film? 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!'
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