When Shah Rukh Khan does romance, all sense of reality flies out of the window for me. I forget my family, my own reality and the difference between his and my universe. I am there with him, in his arms, with his brown eyes looking deep into my soul. No one other has been able to do that for me as yet. He has done an unabashed lover, a stalking lover, a whimsical lover, a true blue chocolate boy lover, an insecure lover, a revengeful lover and also the perfect “dream guy” lover. I did not think that there could be another side of love left to come out of those brown eyes. And then he gave me the restrained lover in Jab Harry Met Sejal.
He almost made me angry during the last part of the movie. Angry because after 15 years of loving him, I never thought that there could be a way of falling more hopelessly for him. Angry because I knew there would be a moment when I would have to come back to reality and face the facts that I do not have Shah Rukh Khan in my life.
I don’t know how he does it and I am really nobody to sit and dissect how and what it is that he does that builds this world of romance for me. In Jab Harry Met Sejal, I just sat back and let this different kind of love wash over me. Shah Rukh Khan can charm the pants off anybody with his sweet talks. Now this is a movie where Harry does not speak much. He is within himself, battling his own devils, trying to accept his failures. He knows he is running away from his failures and he is trying to over compensate those by other conquests. He is lost in his journey but too scared to find his way back. For Harry, love is not something that is a goal. He has gone beyond the expectations of the perfect romance. And yet the way Shah Rukh Khan plays him, Harry becomes romance by the end of it.
Without using his biggest strength, his words, Shah Rukh Khan still managed to charm my metaphorical pants off. The understated and restrained Harry, when he says that he hoped Sejal was the one who could help him find himself, made me be with him on that bed, wrapping my arms around him like a cocoon. He is not vulnerable in a “what will I do without you” weak way. He is not a good boy gone bad, or a bad boy doing good. He is just Harry. With shades of everything that makes a human being.
Getting over any Shah Rukh Khan movie is bad enough for me. I generally tend to stay with him for quite a long time. Build my own bubble with the character. But with Harry it is going to be even more difficult to come back to reality. Because Harry IS so real. Shah Rukh Khan has made him so real. How in the world can I get back from that?
PS: It would be really better for my health if I do not talk about the kiss. I mean really Mr Shah Rukh Khan? Why do you insist on subjecting my already “frail in love with you” heart with so much more damage? Not fair.