One of the most anticipated Bollywood films of the year, Jab Harry Met Sejal released and disappeared without making much impact at the box office. The romantic film starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma was disliked by critics and fans alike to earn the ‘disaster’ tag rightfully. So what went so wrong with King of Romance’s latest venture directed by Imtiaz Ali? While the permutation-combination over JHMS failure continues to be done by the JHMS makers, we came across a picture which we feel could have turned the tide in favour of SRK’s film. Global icon and Shah Rukh’s Don co-star, Priyanka Chopra romancing him as movie’s leading lady in place of Anushka would have given Jab Harry Met Sejal a different positive result.
Jab Harry Met Sejal released on August 4, and it tanked at the box office. Such was the fate of Imtiaz Ali-helmed film that it became superstar actor Shah Rukh Khan’s lowest opening box office collections in past five years. The film critics gave mixed reviews pinpointing flaws in flaky storyline and screenplay while the audiences had nasty things to say, especially SRK-Anushka’s chemistry and actress’ stereotypical portrayal of a Gujarati character with a thick accent. All the criticisms, trolling and negativity surrounding the film decided JHMS’ fate – a box office disappointment.
While the buzz around the film might have fizzled out, we came across a fan-made sketch. An edited poster of Jab Harry Met Sejal was uploaded by a Shah Rukh Khan Fan Page on Instagram, and it simply took our breath away. It had actress Priyanka Chopra in place of Anushka Sharma and oh-boy, she looks out of the world opposite the actor. There is no animosity with Anushka who also did a commendable work in the film and shares a great rapport with Shah Rukh (they’ve done three films so far), but the chemistry between Priyanka Chopra and Shah Rukh Khan is something beyond gorgeous.
King Khan and Queen PeeCee
PeeCee and SRK have worked together in two films of Farhan Akhtar’s successful Don Franchise. This edited fan-made picture is forcing us to think what wonders this Jodi would have done on the silver screen with JHMS. Priyanka has earlier portrayed a Gujarati role in 2009 What’s Your Raashee? and was an absolute delight. We really wish the beautiful on-screen pair of PC and Shah Rukh to come together and set the celluloid on fire.