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Jab Harry Met Sejal: Five immediate signs to tell you it’s an Imtiaz Ali film

Another unique feature of Imtiaz Ali’s films is the simultaneous soul-searching of two characters. Sometimes the focus might be only on the flamboyant one, but the others are also leading to a culmination point.

bollywood Updated: Aug 04, 2017 07:33 IST
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Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma in a still from Jab Harry Met Sejal.
Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma in a still from Jab Harry Met Sejal.

Imtiaz Ali has made a name for himself in Bollywood as one of the most sought after rom-com directors. All his films deal with the theme of soul searching and realising that love and compassion drive the world more than anything else. There is a distinct feel to his brand of cinema. From music to a certain shot-taking technique, his fans would identify his films even before they see the credits.

We tried to figure out what exactly makes his films appear a certain way. Here are the five key points we observed.

Journey/Road: If it’s not a road movie like Highway then it will definitely feature journey as the recurring theme. Remember how Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor meet on a railway station in Jab We Met. It’s like broadly bracketing his work, but his films actually involves a lot of travelling. Love Aaj kal, Rockstar, Tamasha, all these films keep moving from one location to another. Sometimes it’s Punjab, sometimes it’s Kashmir and sometimes it’s Corsica, but a journey has to take place.

Chirpy characters balanced by silent ones: Geet from jab We Met immediately comes to our mind, but she isn’t the only one. Jordan from Rockstar and Veera from Highway also fall in the similar category, but their co-travellers will be mostly silent. It’s this contrast which makes his films stand out.

Self discovery: Another unique feature of Imtiaz Ali’s films is the simultaneous soul-searching of two characters. Sometimes the focus might be only on the flamboyant one, but the others are also leading to a culmination point. If Aditya helps Geet get back to her previous self in Jab We Met, then Tara also does the same for Ved in Tamasha. It’s like realising the true worth of your life with somebody else.

Expressing over impressing: Under the blanket of the melodious tunes and exotic locations, Imtiaz Ali always tries to leave his impression as the director. It could be a painting in the background or a song playing on a radio or just a couple crossing the road, his recurring theme of love keeps crossing our paths. His characters invariably go silent to display anger or anxiety unlike most other films where actors prefer to scream in similar situations.

Influence of theatre: Because of his background in theatre, we witness his lead characters trying their hands in performing arts. Ved in Tamasha is a great example of this. Rockstar also features similar situations. Human formations during the songs can also be seen in his films. Actors also project their voice a la street plays quite frequently.

Apart from all these, who can miss Irshad Kamil’s heart-wrenching lyrics and Pritam or AR Rahaman’s music.

Now when we will be coming out with the review of Jab Harry Met Sejal, we will be trying to figure out how many of these points have got validated by Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma.