A round-up of reviews: Jab Harry Met Sejal

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This is the Bollywood take on the hugely popular When Harry Met Sally. How well does Imtiaz Ali tell the story in the film with Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma in the title roles? Read what the critics are saying.

Ananya Bhattacharya in intoday.in

Jab Harry Met Sejal is predictable to the T like most Bollywood movies are. Yet, some manage to entertain. Not this one. Tour guide Harry (Shah Rukh Khan) makes a living by tagging along with Indian groups on holiday in Europe. He clicks photos for them and hopes to find that elusive something that he is missing. What is this ‘kami’? By the time director Imtiaz Ali and his lead actor gives us the answer, we are fast asleep in our seats.

Shubhra Gupta in The Indian Express

What you need in such films with their flimsy one-line plots, is the magic and mystery of love blossoming between two people. And full-blown wonder. All in short supply in Jab Harry Met Sejal, which comes off as a same-old mix of Ali’s older films, in its flashes of Jab We Met, Tamasha and Love Aaj Kal.

Swetha Ramakrishnan in firstpost.com

Shah Rukh Khan as Harry is funny and relatable because for once, he’s not playing the over-the-top romantic lover character. He has the Delhi twang in the way he talks: ‘skyoooz’ for excuse, gaalis galore, and the works.

Meena Iyer in The Times of India

The plot is wafer-thin and it’s been done to death by none other than Imtiaz Ali in each of his earlier films—be it Jab We Met, Cocktail (writer) and Tamasha. It’s the routine girl is engaged elsewhere story but she discovers half-way through that her soulmate is someone other. In this case, Sejal is engaged to Rupen but actually ends up falling for Harry. Let’s give the devil his due, Imtiaz’s films do coax and cajole you to take a journey inwards instead of just doing the peripheral one. But in this film, the soul-searching bits between the leads don’t quite add up.

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