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If you are con­tent to sim­ply bask in the com­pany of a mid­dle-aged Shah Rukh Khan and half-his-age Anushka Sharma, the two at­trac­tive leads who star as Harinder Singh Nehra aka Harry, a Pun­jabi, and Sejal Jhaveri, a Gu­jarati, then this ro­mance is for you. Oth­er­wise, you would be ques­tion­ing your mo­tive for sit­ting through this film.

Once again, it's hard to put too much hate on a film that clearly tries hard to daz­zle its fans, but the ele­phant in the room here is clearly the script. Yes, this is a won­der­ful film to gawk at as the lo­cales in Europe are beau­ti­ful, but you will find that you are do­ing just that. The plot me­an­ders on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions and the char­ac­ters, es­pe­cially Sejal, is given some of the most atro­cious di­a­logues that make you chuckle in­ad­ver­tently.

Sejal is a tourist in Europe, who at the air­port on her way back to In­dia, re­alises that she has lost her en­gage­ment ring. Dis­ap­pointed, de­jected and de­fi­ant, she opts out of the group to search her ring. She ropes in her tour guide Harry in her en­deav­our. The premise and the set­ting prom­ise an en­ter­tain­ing ro­mance. But alas, it is nowhere pal­pa­ble.

Imi­taz Ali's lat­est oeu­vre seems to be mounted on an out­dated, per­func­tory script packed with card­board thin char­ac­ters, silly con­ver­sa­tions and a weak plot that lacks depth, drama and the se­ri­ous­ness of a heart-felt ro­mance.

Ad­ding to the an­guish are the per­for­mances.

Though both the lead ac­tors are ace per­form­ers, Khan does not seem to get out of his com­fort zone. Anushka matches him with her en­ergy lev­els but to­gether, their on-screen ro­mance lacks chem­istry and chutz­pah. Her ac­cent is fake and in­con­sis­tent.

Aru Kr­is­hansh Verma as Harry's friend along with Eve­lyn Sharma as his love in­ter­est has noth­ing much to of­fer. Chan­dan Roy Sanyal as Gas, the il­le­gal Bangladeshi im­mi­grant thug, does have his mo­ments of on­screen glory.

Direc­tor Im­tiaz Ali seems to have taken the easy route, maybe as­sum­ing that a film with Khan will au­to­mat­i­cally work.

The film sorely lacks drama, in­ter­est­ing twists and fresh­ness. It trudges along on an even keel through­out. The first half is watch­able as it es­tab­lishes the set­ting and char­ac­ters, but the post in­ter­val half drags need­lessly.

The songs Hawaayein and

Radha are melo­di­ous and well-pic­turised, but do noth­ing to en­hance the ex­pe­ri­ence.

With low en­ter­tain­ment quo­tient this one fails to ap­peal.

Stills from Jab Harry Met Sejal

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