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Bollywood and culture in an emerging India

Jab Tak Hai Jaan: Unending romance


It is difficult to judge “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” solely as a movie. Like it or not, it is the swansong of one of the defining directors of the Indian film industry and you cannot help but think of Yash Chopra’s legacy as you watch his last film.

There are shades of “Kabhi Kabhie”, “Dil To Pagal Hai” and “Veer Zaara”, and as you watch Shah Rukh Khan kissing Katrina Kaif on a lush, green meadow, you cannot help but think that this man knew his romance.

The best parts of “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” are undoubtedly the scenes between Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif. This is about pretty people falling in love — not a hair out place and every scene straight out of a postcard.

These are people who are poor but own expensive guitars and designer leather jackets, and this is a world where even when someone throws away two coffee cups with reckless abandon, they land in exactly the same way. It might be unbelievable, but it is all very beautiful on screen.