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Jab Tak Hai Jaan!

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Picture this: Shah Rukh Khan riding a bike, sporting a scruffy look and wearing the Army uniform. And then there’s the poetry playing in the background in his voice. Of course, how can I forget the backdrop of Ladakh. Need I say more? Well, I just described one of the opening scenes of the movie. If you are a hard core SRK fan then this means something. Needless to say, I am one of those many countless fans around the globe.

The plot of the movie is pretty convoluted and hard to digest. Somehow is far from reality and even movies these days usually refrain from such representations where audience is meant to believe something as ludicrous as this. And the second half of the movie is a tad long. Clearly, there’s a huge disconnect. But having said all that, it is SRK that carries off the movie on his shoulders single handedly. There’s nobody who romances like him. And even though he has acted in this genre after a long break, it is here that he belongs. Indeed. He still has that old school boyish charm and charisma which melts your heart. Even when he isn’t talking it is his eyes that speak to you. Loud and clear. The high point of the movie other than SRK is this musical dance off that they off right before they break into one of those songs. It is a nice peppy beat to dance on but my only grudge is that wish they had choreographed it well. The beats and the steps were a huge mismatch for Katrina & SRK. Something was definitely amiss.

This movie plays like a sequel to Veer Zara and as if they realized wasting 22 years of life for lost love (Veer Zara) was a stretch so they shortened it to 10 years. Anushka is surprisingly a breath of fresh air with her upbeat and zealous spirit and outstanding dialogue delivery. The music definitely doesn’t feel like A.R. Rahman’s and the feel of the movie isn’t a typical Yash Chopra signature as well. Like I said if this movie works it is because of SRK and his acting acumen.

And other than SRK if there’s something else that resonates with you long after the movie is over, it is the song “Heer”. So poetic and such beautiful lyrics that I still haven’t stopped listening to it one week since.

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Skyfall!

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I am a Bond fan. There, I said it. Every time a bond movie releases, my excitement knows no bounds because I know there’ll be new gadgets to drool over. And then there are these things that Bond does and get away with, which is completely out of bounds for any other actor for any of their movies. James Bond is always classy, suave and such a womanizer. He even kills with such ease and panache.

But this movie left me disappointed and wanting for more. Not that I’ve liked the previous Bond movies ever since Daniel Craig became James Bond. There’s a distinct disconnect or let’s just say I haven’t yet found that one thing that’d connect me with him. And in this movie the lack of gadgets didn’t help either. In the recent past, if I recall well, Batman seemed better equipped with his tech-savvy toys than the Bond. This movie can’t boast of anything extraordinary.

There’s a scene in the movie where Bond is chasing the bad guy and he has to jump onto the moving train to keep following him. The first thing he does after jumping is adjust his cuff links. That’s so Bond like and only he can carry it off. And for that I have no qualms. But at the end of the day, you are James Bond and you ought to have your gadgets with you to show off.

However, I did enjoy these lines from Tennyson’s poem “Ulysses” which M spoke in the movie. The words connect at so many different levels and had long forgotten them but the movie reminded them to me again.

 

“Though much is taken, much abides; and though

We are not now that strength which in old days

Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;

One equal temper of heroic hearts,

Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will

To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield.”