JAB TAK HAI JAAN Promises to be Movie of the Year

Shahrukh Khan and Katrina Kaif dance and sing in this year’s likely movie of the year Jab Tak Hain Jaan

By Paula Henning

Everyone who is a Bollywood fan has waited impatiently for the next Yash Chopra directed movie—and it’s been a very long wait. Too long for fans at eight long years. But, as with all good things, Jab Tak Hain Jaan will no doubt be worth the wait. It promises much with A-list stars and the best director in the business.

Katrina Kaif is a stunning screen goddess as always, and promises to light up the screens at the release of Jab Tak Hai Jaan.

Superstars and a Legendary Director
Jab Tak Hain Jaan stars Shahrukh Khan (SRK), Anushka Sharma, Katrina Kaif—and these names alone are bound to make this a box office smash even in absence of great story and direction. Of course, with Yash Chopra, we expect both an amazing story and an spectacular film masterpiece. In other words, a near sure blockbuster.

SRK and Anushka Sharma in a dramatic scene from Jab Tak Hain Jaan. These two superstars, together with Katrina Kaif, make this an almost certain blockbuster, perhaps “the blockbuster” marking the return, after eight years, of Yash Chopra.

That “Unnamed Yash Chopra Movie”
Jab Tak Hain Jann, which original was “unnamed”—we called it the unnamed Yash Chopra movie—is scheduled to be released on the Diwali Day—13th November, 2012. Finally, with release of the name, we are treated to a short trailer of the much-anticipated romantic movie:

The King and Queen of Bollywood
Jab Tak Hain Jann is perhaps the first movie that went nameless in the pre-promotional build-up to release, perhaps part of it’s future legend. Also, promising future legend, is a film featuring romance between Bollywood’s king and queen, Shahrukh Khan and Katrina Kaif (that’s my opinion, anyway!). Anushka’s a beauty and talent in her own right, equally a “diva.”

A romantic setup featuring SRK with the two most beautiful Bollywood superstars, Katrina and Anushka, together with the sheer poetry of Gulzar’s lyrics and A.R. Rahman’s wonderful music—can there be a bigger mix of talents in recent memory?

Each frame in the upcoming release of Jab Tak Hain Jaan is carefully framed artistry, as demonstrated with this rather cool beach shot with Shahrukh Khan featuring a scruffy but sexy beard. Yash Chopra is in his finest form, it seems.

The official first look of Jab Tak Hai Jaan—Shahrukh with his guitar (Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge Style) and Katrina in her red apparel already teases fans unbearably. You can feel the romantic vibes full of life in every frame. And this is the prime characteristic of Yash Chopra films.

Each Frame Art
Each frame in the trailers is artistically framed (see some of the images in this story), from SRK on the beach by a fire, sporting a beard and looking lonely, to the “turn away” scene with the motorcycle. Craft and artistry is certainly promised in these glimpses.

Anushka Sharma looks stunning, even though her role is the “tough motorcycle girl” in Jab Tak Hai Jaan, the first movie from legendary Yash Chopra in years.

Latija the Nightingale Not Featured
Sources say that the nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar will not be lending her voice to this Yash Chopra movie. Lataji’s voice is one of the important characteristic of Yashraj films. Be it Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge or Veer Zara or any other movie, Lataji’s voice played a crucial role. Although fans have faith, this will be a different experience, a Yash Chopra movie without Lataji’s voice.

Even Yashji wanted Lataji to sing for his movie (according to sources). Some crew members felt that Lataji’s voice does not suit Katrina’s speaking voice. And so, if rumors are true, we may be left without the mesmerizing voice of Lataji.

Though the title of the movie was kept secret for such a long time, finally when it has been revealed, to me it is absolutely clear that the name was inspired, perhaps ironically now, by Lataji’s number, Hema Malini featured movie Sholay.

SRK’s Versatile Looks
Shahrukh shows up in trailers with his two looks—one bearded look hip look and a more traditional handsome romantic hero look. He plays the role of an army officer named Saman. Katrina is portrayed as the epitome of beauty—easily conveyed by her near-divine femininity. And Anushka is represented as a tough, gorgeous girl with a bike.

Movie of the Year
The person behind the awesome poetry of the movie is none other than Yashji’s son—Aditya Chopra.

A.R.Rehman’s music, Gulzar’s lyrics, Aditya Chopra’s poetry, Shahrukh’s signatory romance, Katrina’s breath taking beauty, Anushka’s charming personality and Yashraj Films—can there be any doubt that Jab Tak Hain Jaan will be the movie of the year (and yes, I include Ek Tha Tiger in my guess).

Starring: Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif & Anushka Sharma
In Cinemas: 13 November 2012
Director: Yash Chopra
Producer: Aditya Chopra
Music: A.R. Rahman
Lyrics: Gulzar

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