‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ starring Shahrukh Khan and Anushka Sharm is all set to hit the theaters on August 4. ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’, directed by Imtiaz Ali is complete package of love, romance and comedy. After hearing the name of the film ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’, the first thing that comes into mind is ‘ When Harry met Sally’, a 1989 American romantic comedy film written by Nora Ephron and directed by Rob Renier.
The name of the movie has sowed the seeds of curiosity in the mind of the audience, whether the Shahrukh Khan’s film is similar to that of American film ‘When Harry met Saly.’ To get an answer for the same when ANI talked to King Khan over phone, he quickly replied, “No, not at all, it’s a way to attribute.” According to 51 year old king khan, “The films have no similarity, except for the fact that we can hope our movie can also be one of that kind of unabashed classic love stories. He also added that, “When Harry met Sally is one of the greatest love stories ever made in the history of world cinema.Ranbir (playing Anushka’s fiance in the film), myself, we all thought, ‘When Harry met Sally’ is such a favorite film and also a love story, there’s nothing about the stories, which is similar. It is quite original, a fun space love story by Imtiaz Ali. But it is a take off from there (When Harry met Sally) as that movie is a classic.”
When asked whether the title of the cult ‘When Harry met Sally’ will help in garnering attention for ‘Jab Harry met Sejal,’ the ‘Dear Zindagi’ actor replied, “I hope I am able to garner that attraction.”
“I will try best. I hope people come to see the movie for Imitiaz, Anushka and me. I think ‘When Harry met Sally’ is more of a metaphor now, rather than a title,” he said.
Earlier, the title of the movie was not confirmed, first it was in the air that the movie will come up with the name ‘The Ring’ and later it was named as ‘Rehnuma’ but now finally director has confirmed the name ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ a clear portmanteau of Hollywood classic ‘When Haryy met Sally’ and his older hit film ‘ Jab We Met.’
The film had been seeking for the title with Salman Khan announcing – via a tweet last November – a campaign to crowdsource the name. The other thing that makes the name of the movie more interesting is that, Ranbeer Kapoor has claimed that, he was the one who suggested the name for the movie but in a tweet by Shahruk Khan said that, “Just in case Ranbeer Kapoor ever claims it…. the title Jab Harry Met Sejal was never ever suggested by him! so he doesn’t win the Rs.5000 reward.” Here, Shahrukh was referring to the reward of Rs 5,000 given by the film’s team to anyone who could come up with the perfect title.
Countering Shahrukh’s tweet Ranbir today said when he suggested that the film should be named ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’, everyone laughed it off. “It’s my title, I gave the title for the film… The sad part is not that Shah Rukh sir is not giving me credit but that I was not aware about the reward. Shah Rukh sir I am coming to Mannat (Shah Rukh’s bungalow)..Cash please.”
The actor said they discussed the title of the movie while they both were shooting for their respective films at Mehboob Studio.
“We were discussing about the title and I suggested ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’… Everyone laughed at it and said it’s a ‘bakwas’ title. Cut to today… The poster of the film is out with the title that I gave. I am happy that I am a small part of this film.”
Looks like the title of the film is not very much appreciated by the audience. People flooded the twitter account of King Khan with funny tweets for the name of the film.
‘Jab Harry Met Sally’ was earlier going to be released on August 11 but the date has been shifted to August 4 to avoid the clash with Akshay Kumar’s ‘Toilet: EK Prem Katha,’ at the Box Office.
Speaking on the same, the ‘Dilwale’ actor said, “On all levels, these are capacity running films. Normally we release our films in four thousand theatres. When it is about sharing that space with anyone, you lose out on the capacity to nurture a film like ‘Jab Harry met Sejal.’ It is a funny unabashed love story, helmed by Imtiaz Ali, who has a special place in people’s heart, as a director. The same goes for Anushka, myself, even the songs. It’s a very happy film. These kinds of films do take on the capacity of the theatres available.”
Adding, “Whenever you start sharing the date with some other film, due to unavoidable reason, we do lose out on that capacity. At the end, we have always done really well, economically also, with the co-release, but we do lose out on the capacity of the initial days. I always try not to come up with some other film, I request people the same.”