You get a similar feeling about Jab Harry Met Sejal, except you feel it about Shah Rukh Khan.
This movie should have been called Jab Sejal Met Dude.
In the run-up to this movie t was some talk of Imtiaz Ali’s repetitiveness: that most of his films feature people who go off on a journey in which they find themselves, and find love.
Somebody somew convinced Imtiaz Ali early on that a journey is an integral part of films, so he feels the need to make all his movies fit that formula.
Barring few exceptions, that one person is usually a boy – from Jab We Met to Tamasha to Jab Sejal Met Dude.
You get the feeling that men in Imtiaz Ali’s movies are a lot like Gayatri Jayaraman’s ‘urban millennial poor’ – whether it’s Shahid Kapoor’s man-child who couldn’t deal with his mother’s romantic relationship in Jab We Met, or Ranbir Kapoor whose biggest problem in Tamasha was that he couldn’t figure out if he’s a fun or boring guy to hang out with, or Kapoor in Rockstar w he can’t write songs until he feels sad about something, and now SRK’s spectacularly unremarkable Harry convincing himself he’s the blandest devil incarnate.
I found it strange that before the release of Jab Sejal Met Dude, Anushka Sharma claimed in an interview that her character was very superficial and had no depth.