Jab Harry Met Sejal: Shahrukh Saw My Tweets and Added Subtitles! He Does Love Me! Also, New Teaser

Well, apparently the promotion train is moving at an express pace, and I will need to put up one of these posts every day for the next month and a half (last one here).  I guess I am okay with that.  Anyway, New Teaser!  More importantly, Subtitles!!!  Most importantly, Shahrukh loves me and wants me to be happy and is showing it through subtitles on his trailers!  I should take this as a sign of his undying devotion to me and go be a Gaurav outside Mannat, right?

First trailer, now with subtitles!!!!  Adds almost nothing to what I already knew, except for the line that Anushka has at the end, which wasn’t completely clear from facial expression and English vocabulary (unlike Shahrukh’s lines).  She is taking all his warnings very cheerfully as “you are trying to scare me off, right?”  Like it is a bargaining technique, instead of him trying to be gentlemanly and warn her.  And then she follows it up with a curious but matter of fact question, “what happens between you and these women?”  It doesn’t sound judgey, but it also isn’t sexual, it’s just kind of curious.  Which is what makes Shahrukh so confused, to have a woman be like “oh, you are super sexy?  That’s interesting, tell me more!” not “oh my, I am afraid and angry!” or “oh my, I am responding to your sexiness!”

 

Second trailer!  Now with subtitles.  Again, mostly what we already knew.  Anushka is cheerfully giving Shahrukh an “indemnity bond”, saying that she absolves him of any blame if anything sexual happens between them, up to and including intercourse.  Shahrukh is slightly amused, and also kind of impressed by her confidence.

 

New trailer!  Launched with subtitles right from the start (see, this is clearly a sign from Shahrukh to me.  I should quit my job and move to India immediately).  And, finally, we get a slight bit of context.  Anushka seems to be SRK’s employer, making demands on him.  And frustrating him to the point that he is constantly complaining to her, which she calls just “excuse!”  I mean, you can see it for yourself.

 

So, what can I add to my analysis?  I think we have a pretty clear idea of their relationship from this.  Shahrukh is used to being cool, in control, we can see that in the little “bad boy” moments in his flashbacks.  But Anushka refuses to react to him, refuses to let him be in control in anyway.  She is just cheerfully oblivious to him.  His sexiness, his frustration with her demands, everything.

There was some discussion in the comments about whether her obliviousness is some kind of act.  Because it seems so perfectly set up to frustrate him, the exact kind of reaction to most irritate a cool guy who is used to ladies falling all over him.  I really really hope that isn’t the case.  Just a personal taste thing, I hate movies where it turns out one of the characters has been conning the other characters.  Because it makes me, as an audience member, fell conned as well.  Like, all the emotions and moments I got caught up in were tricks played on me, I shouldn’t have cared after all.

 

So, my hope is that it really is just a natural meeting of opposites.  Shahrukh is the cool cosmopolitan guy who never cares about anything or anyone.  And Anushka is the cheerful confident girl who never even thinks to be afraid of anything.  And somehow her fearlessness and confidence, in the face of what (he thinks) are all kinds of dangers to her, triggers a protectiveness in him.

 

Oh, also, I watched the “sexy dance” moment from the first teaser at half speed, and I still don’t know what is happening there.  Shahrukh is watching, seems intrigued but also a little out of it (drunk?).  Anushka could either be caught in the middle of a perfectly choreographed sexy moment, or in the middle of a clumsy drunken attempt to be sexy which is amusing Shahrukh.  I don’t know, but I am hoping the second!

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34 thoughts on “Jab Harry Met Sejal: Shahrukh Saw My Tweets and Added Subtitles! He Does Love Me! Also, New Teaser

    • Oh, that’s what I meant. That there is some reason, besides him just being a gentlemen, that he is stuck going around with her and doing what she says. It’s an interesting power dynamic, that she is younger than him and less experienced then him and a woman, and yet he has to do what she says, or at least pay lip service to it.

      On Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 11:05 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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    • We can set up a little “crazy Americans” camp outside the gates and sing to him until he comes out! We can just cycle through his own huge library of “obsessed stalker love songs”, from “Jaadu Teri Nazar” to “Suno Na” to “Jabra Fan”.

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          • I don’t know, on the one hand 13 years of devotion, but on the other is suffering through a 2 minute song video with no subtitles.

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          • H wants to make sure we will stay true no matter the barriers. When he gets tired of our singing outside of Mannat and invites us inside we will tell him how we feel when he posts without translations and he’ll understand. Which all will happen???????

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    • I thought I saw that on some unofficial translations! But then the official Red Chillies version is all basic and juiceless.

      It must be so fun for him to play a hardcore Punjabi character! Can call back to his childhood street language skills. I felt the same way about him in Fan, there was an extra layer there because he was using his home language. Too bad Anushka can’t do the same, she is playing a Gujurati, right?

      On Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 1:07 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • I am not actually completely sure. I was not getting anything regional from her dialogues. Someone else noticed something probably?

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        • Yeah, I think I saw “Gujurati” somewhere on the internets.

          Oh yeah, there it is, all kinds of articles about Anushka and her Gujurati accent. So I guess she is Gujurati! Which is why SRK can swear in Punjabi and know she won’t follow the whole thing closely.

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      • I went to Mannat last time I was in India, but I was with family so I couldn’t really let myself go. Plus, I knew screaming would be pointless, because he was at the hospital getting his lasik done that week.

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        • Like me, do you miss him getting his glasses out in interviews when journalists give him something to read? I really do. I mean, I am glad he got the surgery, but still.

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          • I really really do! He looks so good in glasses. But on the other hand, post-Dear Zindagi and Raees, I have also come to appreciate the way he looks putting in eye drops. So it’s all good.

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          • The eyedrops thing was to die for, really. And he did it in both films! I wonder if he justified to himself at some point why he was doing it. It was more in place in Raees (he is in a doctors’ office getting his eyes checked), but I loved how he sneaked it into DZ to give Alia time to take in his message.

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          • You probably saw, we also talked about in the comments how the eye drops worked too because there is nothing sexier than confidence, and nothing more confident than an older man unashamed to show the ravages of age. If he ever lets his grey really show in his hair/beard I will DIE.

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          • I agree. The man is the actual definition of fine wine. It’s probably the same reason why he is the sexiest he has ever been in DZ. The same reason I find his dynamic with Anushka so compelling in the JHMS trailers – if nothing else, he seems completely comfortable in his skin, so confident. As an older man with a lot more experience, that is coming across beautifully.

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          • It’s also why I find him so compelling in public appearances, more so than his contemporaries. Aamir has that kind of hipster needing to be cool feeling sometimes, and Salman has his ageless innocence. But Shahrukh in an interview is an older man and knows he is an older man and is too old to bother trying to hide it.

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  1. I headed over here to tell you the “trails” (such an odd word) have subtitles. Glad to see you are ON it, as usual! Wish I could understand, or they translated, the Punjabi swears. 🙂

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    • I try not to think too hard about the concept of the word “trailer”, because then you go down a whole rabbit whole of how it was referring to the bits that would be stuck on to the reel for the real film, just like a “trailer” on a car, only now there are no actual film reels any more and no actually trailers to stick, plus we are all watching this on youtube so it’s not attached to a film at all, and the word has no meaning and all of life has lost sense!!!!

      (I had a meltdown in the opposite direction the first time I put together that Jodhpur-Jaipur had the same base and those stupid looking traditional pants you see in movies are the same root of the fancy riding pants British people wear)

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      • I’m ok with “trailer”, though I never knew the origin of the word–cool! But I note Red Chillies is calling these “trails”, I guess because they are “mini-trailers”. But “trails” either makes me think of hiking, or snails. 🙂

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        • I think, if I wanted to convey mini-trailers, I would go with “trailies” rather than “trails”. Trails seems more like a plural than a diminutive. Or “minis”. Or “Teasers” which is the word I thought we had all agreed upon.

          Gah, language is subjective and it makes me question the basic building blocks of society!

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    • Some kind soul on the youtube video:
      Swati Dwivedi11 hours ago
      Anushka(0:00) – I won’t leave unless i get my ring.

      SRK (0:02) – If you don’t leave without taking the ring, you will be lost while finding it here and there, in high season where will you live, what will you do???… whatever you like to do you do…”coming out of the well and dying into a pothole… i don’t want mangoes… i don’t want mangoes” ( basically means whatever anyone does… why am i caring?)

      Anushka (0:09) – Actually i don’t understand what is your problem ?

      SRK (0:14) – Say what needs to be done

      Anushka (0:16) – All these are excuses… excuses!!

      SRK (0:18) – Yes it’s an excuse…

      SRK (0:20) – Whatever anyone feels… anyone drinks anyone lives or dies… i don’t want mangoes ( why should i care??)…. i am going to take coffee should i bring something for you also ma’am.

      Anushka (0:27) – You are a character… A1

      hope it helps for those who can’t understand hindi

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      • I am going to have to think a bit about “coming out of the well and dying in a pothole”, but I think I love it!

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          • I just said “6 of one, half a dozen of the other” to a friend of mine and she had never heard it before. She argued that I could have just said “50/50”, but I like these metaphor phrases much better. So much more evocative.

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        • 6 of one, half a dozen of the other – has a sense of history to it, I think. Like, there is more to the story there and that makes it interesting. I hope he is speaking such beautiful Punjabi throughout the film.

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