Directed by: Imtiaz Ali
Produced by: Gauri Khan
Written by: Imtiaz Ali
Screenplay by: Imtiaz Ali
Story by: Imtiaz Ali
Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Evelyn Sharma, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Aru Krishansh Verma, Paras Arora
Music by: Pritam and Diplo
Background score: Hitesh Sonik
Cinematography: K.U. Mohanan
Edited by: Aarti Bajaj
Production company: amit studios
Distributed by: amit motion pictures
Release date: 4 August 2017
Running time: 150 minutes
Storyline: The story revolves around Harry and Sejal’s journey across Europe. A search for Sejal’s engagement ring makes Harry understand love and relationships better. Sejal experiences new found freedom, security and solace in Harry’s company and in between all of this – there is love, life, lies, thrill, fantasy and the search for the voice within.
Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Imtiaz began his career directing TV programs including “Kurukshetra” for Zee TV and Imtihaan for Doordarshan. He moved on to Bollywood films. In 2005, he made his directorial debut with “Socha Na Tha” starring Abhay Deol and Ayesha Takia. He quoted, later in a talk, that it took him three years to make the film. Despite its box office failure, the film won critical acclaim.
His second film, “Jab We Met”, starred then real-life couple Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, and became his first box office success. His next film, “Love Aaj Kal”starred Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone, and emerged as his biggest commercial success to date. Ali’s next film “Rockstar”,starring Ranbir Kapoor, did well at the box office despite mixed reviews.
He founded his film production company, Window Seat Films; whose first release was “Highway”. Starring Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt, the film was well appreciated by critics. His next production film, “Tamasha”, starred Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles and was released to mixed reviews on November 27, 2015.
My Gut Feel (MGF) and comments:
“Cinema is the ultimate pervert art. It doesn’t give you what you desire – it tells you how to desire.” ― Slavoj Žižek (Slovene sociologist, philosopher, and cultural critic)
Unlike his experimental and unconventional work that we have witnessed in the recent past, this time it appears that Imtiaz Ali has chosen to stroll down the path of mainstream love story.
“Jab Harry met Sejal” seems to be a typical love story with light hearted narration from an intelligent writer cum director Imtiyaz Ali.
This film should be a sweet treat for Anushka and Shahrukh fans. One can expect a decent lighthearted love story. I feel that nowadays as an audience, we all accept a fast paced cinematic experience. Hence it would have been a daunting task to weave a two and a half hour long story that could keep the audiences hooked on to their seats without feeling worn-out.
Going by My Gut Feel (MGF), I am giving this movie 3 out of 5 stars four days before the release. 2.5 stars for Shahrukh’s tried and tested style of cinema and point five star additional for Imtiaz Ali’s write up and direction which should given an edge to over all look and feel of this film.