Those who scour the fringes of movie houses to wade through countless slacker American indies, dour European art films, sappy Asian historical romances and all the assorted odd flotsam that washes up on screen do so hoping to find something rather like the new Indian film "Jab Tak Hai Jaan."
The film is directed by Yash Chopra, a towering influence in Bollywood filmmaking who died last month, and stars Indian superstar Shah Rukh Khan with music by A.R. Rahman. The film tells a tale of two star-crossed romances, one of a man (Khan) who must leave behind the woman he loves, the other the story of that same man being pursued by a younger woman 10 years later who forces him to come to terms with the unresolved feelings of his earlier relationship.
With retrograde amnesia, explosions, the Discovery Channel and a few catchy songs all part of its story, "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" isn't just a good movie, it freely pilfers from countless other good movies looking to become some kind of supermovie. A daring military bomb squad as in "The Hurt Locker"? Check. Spectacular dance numbers that rival the "Step Up" films? Check. A romance tinged with the metaphysical? Check that one too.