Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma
Distributed by: Yash Raj Films
Yash Chopra's last labour of love was his dream ever since his last outing as a director with Veer-Zaara. His untimely demise three weeks before the release of his last film makes this film even more special for fans of Yash Chopra and now the title "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" (Till my last breath) captures the legend and his passion for cinema. This is Bollywood at its best! The film stars The King of Bollywood - Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, and Anushka Sharma. Music is by the Oscar-winning A.R. Rahman and produced by Aditya Chopra. (c) Yash Raj
Those who scour the fringes of movie houses to wade through countless slacker American indies, dour European art films, sappy Asian historical romances and all the assorted odd flotsam that washes up on screen do so hoping to find something rather like the new Indian film "Jab Tak Hai Jaan."
The film is directed by Yash Chopra, a towering influence in Bollywood filmmaking who died last month, and stars Indian superstar Shah Rukh Khan with music by A.R. Rahman. The film tells a tale of two star-crossed romances, one of a man (Khan) who must leave behind the woman he loves, the other the story of that same man being pursued by a younger woman 10 years later who forces him to come to terms with the unresolved feelings of his earlier relationship.
With retrograde amnesia, explosions, the Discovery Channel and a few catchy songs all part of its story, "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" isn't just a good movie, it freely pilfers from countless other good movies looking to become some kind of supermovie. A daring military bomb squad as in "The Hurt Locker"? Check. Spectacular dance numbers that rival the "Step Up" films? Check. A romance tinged with the metaphysical? Check that one too.
The structure even allows for two romantic interests for Khan, as he originally pines for a character played by Katrina Kaif, a regal beauty typical of Chopra's other films, as well as a character played by the spunkier, younger Anushka Sharma, whose modernity is frequently commented on in the story.
The film has a freshness that would never lead one to think it was directed by an 80-year-old while at the same time it has a sureness of tone, a certainty about itself even at its most audacious, that comes from the hand of a seasoned master. Featuring footage of the director at work during the end credits, "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" serves as a fitting tribute to the career of Chopra.