Jab Tak Hai Jaan was the cinematic event of 2012 that got me back into being a full-time Shah Rukh Khan fangirl. Regardless of its faults (which are not as few as I’d like them to be) I love this movie and the photo recap that follows is intended to be a loving homage.
The biggest weaknesses of JTHJ are helpfully encircled in red.
Our hero is the strong, silent type. He defuses bombs, saves drowning girls and rides his motorcycle without a helmet.
Right after saving the girl, he rudely leaves her and rides off helmet-less on his motorcycle without so much as a “You’re welcome”. He doesn’t know that he has saved a young, curious and annoyingly spunky Discovery Channel intern (those are the worst).
Later that day, Akira, the intern, finds something interesting in his army jacket.
It’s our bearded hero! But without a beard! And in London! Shoveling snow in a church yard! And admiring a young NRI beauty!
In a somewhat idiotic speech, our young NRI beauty is thanking “Sir Jesus” for all the help in topping her exams and promising she’ll never eat chocolate in return. If you ask me, that’s an uneven bargain, Sir Jesus. Also, as I faintly recall, this same “bargaining with Jesus for gora boyfriends and good grades” thing was used in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. I guess plagiarism is acceptable if inane plot points are copied from one YRF film to another.
Basically, he’s in love.
By now we know that our hero’s name is Samar Anand, so I’ll start calling him that. Samar is an Indian guy, who tries to get by in London by working multiple jobs and busking his ass off. He’s easy-going, helpful and happy-go-lucky. One day, when he’s waitressing for a big engagement party, he comes across the NRI beauty again. Unfortunately, it’s her engagement party he’s waitressing for. She’s getting engaged to a gora!
NRI beauty recognizes Samar from his street performances. Samar implies she’s not that into her gora fiance. She denies it. Sparks fly! And then…
NRI beauty aka Meera asks Samar to teach her how to sing in Punjabi. Yeah. She’s a millionaire who can get certified Punjabi/singing/music tutors in 5 seconds and she goes to a waiter/street musician? Anyhoo…the naach-gaana lessons lead to a ghetto disco party.
Flirting and dancing ensue!
Our hero comes clean.
AND THEN SHAH RUKH KHAN TOTALLY IGNORES HIS “NO KISSING” RULE AND MAKES OUT WITH KATRINA KAIF!
Ahem. Samar takes a chance and kisses Meera. Chastely.