We’ve reached the middle of the month, so I think it’s the PERFECT TIME for a Black Girl Digs Bollywood interlude. It’s been a while since we’ve had a Shah Rukh fix, hasn’t it? Last month, I shared a vibrant way to greet the day from the remake of Umrao Jaan. This time around, I’m sharing a fun and bubbly way to do the exact same thing!
This movie is a special one for me, because it was the VERY LAST Hindi film that I actually saw in the movie theater. I still miss you BIG Cinemas in Manhattan!
Jab Tak Hai Jaan (English: As Long as I Live) is the story of Samar Anand (Shahrukh Khan), a major in the Indian Army. The film begins with Samar defusing a bomb in Ladakh without any fear or regard for his safety, a trait he is infamous for. He later saves Akira Rai (Anushka Sharma), a Discovery Channel filmmaker, after she dives into a freezing river on a dare. He saves her from drowning and gives her his jacket and leaves without taking it back or uttering a word. The next day, Akira finds his diary in the pocket and begins reading it.
The diary tells the story of Samar’s earlier years as a struggling immigrant in London, working as a busker who also performs other odd jobs to support himself and his roommate Zain. One day, he sees Meera Thapar (Katrina Kaif) outside the church and is smitten by her. He is working part-time as a waiter when he meets Meera again with her fiance Roger at their engagement party. He is disheartened by this, but there paths cross again. Meera approaches Samar to teach her a Punjabi song for her father’s 50th birthday and in return, Samar asks Meera to give him language lessons to improve his English for one month to which they both agree.
Their friendship blossoms into love and Meera decides to confess to her father about Samar and break her engagement. But when Samar has a motorbike accident, Meera, believing she is the cause of his bad luck, prays to God to save his life. She swears to never see him again. Samar recovers and Meera reveals the vow she made. Angry, he leaves her and London altogether, challenging God to keep him alive as he risks his life everyday. He goes to India and enlists in the army, becoming a bomb-disposal expert.
After completing Samar’s diary in tears, Akira obtains permission to make a documentary about bomb-disposal squads. She asks Samar for help to make her film and develops a friendship with him and his team. She falls in love with Samar but he does not reciprocate her feelings. His heart belongs to Meera and despite being drawn to Akira’s light and spirit, he can’t return her love. Akira makes a successful film and prepares to leave for London. She wants Samar to come along to help her publicize the documentary. After he reluctantly agrees to come to London, he is struck by a car.
Samar is diagnosed with retrograde amnesia, and remembers only the events before his first accident years before he left London. Akira tracks Meera down and persuades her to help in Samar’s recovery. She agrees, pretending that she and Samar are married. Akira realises that the Samar he was prior to leaving London is a vastly different man. What happens to Samar? Does he pick Meera? Or Akira? You have to watch the movie to find out.
It should be known that I am, and continue to be #TeamAkira. This song shows all the reasons why Akira is just dope as hell. She fell HARD in love with Samar and wasn’t shy with her feelings. Why wouldn’t you root for a girl like that to get the guy? Especially when the guy is my Bollywood Bae, Shah Rukh Khan!!!
You want to join my Black Girl Digs Bollywood squad?!?!? Jab Tak Hai Jaan is sadly not available for streaming on Netflix and I wasn’t able to find the film with subtitles on YouTube. However, if this clip was enough to encourage your interest, you can rent the movie on Amazon for $1.99, and both the DVD and Blu-ray is available for under $15.