‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ a flop, but wins hearts in Nurmahal

Nurmahal residents happy that Shah Rukh made their town famous by representing himself as a Punjabi guy from here in the film.

punjab Updated: Aug 13, 2017 00:37 IST
Jatinder Mahal
Jatinder Mahal
Hindustan Times, Nurmahal (Jalandhar)
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Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma play lead roles in Jab Harry Met Sejal.(HT PHOTO)

Though Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma starrer latest release, ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal,’ that hit the silver screens on August 4, has failed to do well on the box-office, the movie has won the hearts of Nurmahal residents.

The movie, directed by filmmaker Imtiaz Ali, faced criticism and did not do good business as per the expectations. But the Nurmahal residents are happy that Shah Rukh made their town famous by representing himself as a Punjabi guy from here in the film.

Khan played a Punjabi guy, Harinder Singh Nehra aka Harry of Nurmahal town. Donning a turban, Shah Rukh shot a song ’Butterfly’ in Nurmahal town, 38 km from Jalandhar, flaunting the traditional Punjabi mood and celebrating a farmer’s life. The song is composed by Pritam, written by Irshad Kamil ad voiced by Aman Trikha, Nooran Sisters, Dev Negi and Sunidhi Chauhan. Shah Rukh, Anushka can be seen in traditional Punjabi attires in the song.

“It doesn’t matter if people don’t like the movie, we enjoyed it and the character of Harry, played by Shah Rukh. All the villagers, including the elderly, who had not visited the movie theatre in decades, watched the movie as SRK shot a song in our town,” says Ranjot Singh, a teacher. He said that SRK played the role of a Punjabi boy really well.

“The movie showed him as a Punjabi who is connected to his roots despite being in a different country, and as a person who wants to come back to his village and home,” he adds.

Another resident, Saurav Tandon, who is a farmer by profession, said that he took his entire family to watch the movie on the first day and liked the character of Harry.

“Earlier, our town was famous for religious and historical importance only. In fact, many people did not know that Nurmahal exists. But after Shah Rukh represented our town in the movie, I think the world will know about Nurmahal,” Tandon adds.

First Published: Aug 12, 2017 23:15 IST