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Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 13 November 2012 (India)
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A woman is made to realize that her prayers and sacrifice to save her boyfriend's life may have led him to a fate worse than death.

Director:

Yash Chopra

Writers:

Aditya Chopra (story and dialogue), Aditya Chopra (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Shah Rukh Khan ... Samar Anand
Anupam Kher ... Meera's father
Katrina Kaif ... Meera Thapar
Anushka Sharma ... Akira Rai
Sharib Hashmi ... Samar's Friend
Rishi Kapoor ... Imran
Andrew Bicknell ... Frank
Paul Blackwell Paul Blackwell ... Police Officer - BTP
Lee Nicholas Harris ... Builder / Tramp / Police Officer
Vic Waghorn ... Party Guest
Neetu Singh ... Meera's Mother
Julia St John Julia St John ... Catherine (Akira's Boss)
Sarika ... Dr. Zoya Ali Khan
Susan Fordham ... Party Guest
Atul Sharma ... Party Guest
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Storyline

Samar Anand, a hard working young immigrant in the city of London, glimpses upon the love of his life, a gorgeous angelic looking girl, (Katrina Kaif). They meet and their bond blossoms into love with time spent together. Samar however meets with a serious accident, and Meera vows to God she will leave Samar forever if he allowed him to live again, their love affair ends as quickly as it began. Samar angered with God and fueled with his love for Meera, declares War against Him. Samar Anand vows to walk into the jaws of death everyday as a challenge to God to keep him alive. He becomes Major Samar Anand in the Indian Army, a bomb disposal chief, defusing bombs without ever wearing a bomb suit. It is here that Major Samar also known as 'the man who cannot die' meets Akira (Anushka Sharma), a spirited vibrant, 'today's generation' Discovery Channel correspondent with a WTF attitude. Aware of Samar Anand's story, Akira is determined to unravel the mystery of love in this intriguing story,... Written by Official source

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love | army | bomb | indian army | accident | See All (36) »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

13 November 2012 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

As Long As I Live See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,217,600 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,283,585, 18 November 2012

Gross USA:

$3,047,539

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,797,958
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Runtime:

(uncut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby (Dolby Surround 7.1)| DTS | Dolby Digital EX (Dolby Surround 7.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was being shot under the working title Production 45. See more »

Goofs

Samar gets into the Indian army after the age of 25. The Indian army does not hire after the age of 25. See more »

Quotes

Samar Anand: Saline mischief in your eyes, Small insolence, Laughing in your smile, Waves of dusk unfurled in your hair, I will not forget you, Not until I cease to breathe, Not until I cease to live... You took your hand away, You turned your shadow face pale, You never glanced this way, You, I will not forgive, Not until I cease to breathe, Not until I cease to live.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits are a montage of director Yash Chopra filming scenes. At the end there is a dedication: "And he lives on... for ever." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Kaun Banega Crorepati?: Jab Tak Hai Jaan Special (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Sung by Javed Ali and Shaktishree Gopalan
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Lyrics by Sampooran Singh Gulzar
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A Movie of Two Acts: Unfortunately Only one of Them is Any Good
15 January 2013 | by houghtonconnor17See all my reviews

Yash Chopra's last cinematic outing left me feeling somewhat conflicted, but I would still recommend it as a watch for any fan of Yashji. First I would like to elucidate the moving and effective parts of the film before I go on to the major critique. Firstly, the performances from all of the actors were at least at par with their previous work, and I thought Shah Rukh, in his role as a Major in the Indian army was one of the best of his career. In addition, the cinematography and the songs in the movie were both enchanting and involving. The story is very compelling and (though a touch filmy) gets the viewer involved in the struggle between the characters very well, a feature that is common to most of Yashji's work in any case. On to the negative aspects. While the story is engaging, the character development is somewhat confusing. We get to see the change in Shahrukh over time from a carefree worker in London to a cold and calculating soldier carefully orchestrated over time, and yet Katrina's character is portrayed in a very nebulous light. She takes her relationship with God very seriously in some areas, but in others it seems to be at the back of her mind if it is there at all. Normally I would attribute this to Kaif's lack of depth in acting ability, but in this case she cannot be entirely to blame as she was at least adequate in the role she was given. The second major problem is that the antagonist, God, is never portrayed (if He could be at all) in a very distinctive light. It would be giving away plot points to say exactly why, but suffice it to say that Chopra did not seem to have the heart to actually portray a fight against God, and so the effort of making him the only true antagonist seems to be halfhearted. Finally, in the final third of the movie, a somewhat shady tactic is used in order to propel the story forward. While I have seen worse devices used in Bollywood films, it did seem like a somewhat cheap ploy to utilize in order to move forward. This does seem to somewhat distance the audience from the actual plight of the characters and further seems to muddy Katrina Kaif's role in the film. Overall, I would not call this a terrible movie by any stretch and certainly a beautiful film to watch, but if there is any lesson to take away from this film (other than for Shahrukh Khan not to go on the streets in London) is to keep it simple and that emotion can only go as far as reality allows it.


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