It is the first time where we will see an amalgamation of 90s romance and new age romance with the collaboration of King of Romance Shah Rukh Khan and director of Gen Y love stories, Imtiaz Ali. The two will be coming together for the film titled Jab Harry Met Sejal and according to Imtiaz, it can be called as the love story of a guide.
Interestingly, Shah Rukh Khan plays the role of a tour guide for the first time. The recent spree of mini trailers of the film revealed that the actor as a guide who helps Sejal aka Anushka Sharma find her engagement ring that she seems to have lost. Coming to Shah Rukh’s character which is that of Harinder Singh Mehra aka Harry, Imtiaz described it to be a contrast of sorts wherein their profession is quite ironically different from their personal life.
In Imtiaz’s words, guides are the ones who take tourists to their desired destinations but oddly, when it comes to what they are trying to seek in their own lives, they are quite unaware of what they want. Citing an example of how guides often look at other side whilst the tourists are enjoying a particular spot, Imtiaz spoke about how they seem disinterested in the place since they are bored of visiting it frequently and how they don’t see beauty in things that the others find beautiful.
This kind of paradoxical quality was what Imtiaz was seeking from Shah Rukh Khan’s character, calling it a certain kind of ‘dramatic cynicism’ and this is exactly how he wanted to portray Harry in the film.
In fact, comparing the role of Harry the guide to various roles played by other actors like Aamir Khan in Fanaa or Dev Anand in Guide, Imtiaz believes that there is much more resemblance to the latter.
As for the film, Jab Harry Met Sejal is produced under the banner Red Chillies Entertainment and it is slated to release on August 4.