This is just fun times. Let’s all share our own versions of what happens after the end of the film, what’s next for them? Again, no right or wrong answer, you don’t have to agree with me and I don’t have to agree with you, the film is open. (full index of JHMS coverage here)
I’m going to start with Shahrukh’s own vision for the future, courtesy of procrastinatrix from the comments who found it in an interview that you can read here:
SRK: “Yes, I do. Like we do back stories, I want to look ahead, too. So, the prologue and epilogue are quite important. We don’t always show it. But, as an actor and storyteller, it is important for me to know what happened. A love story is to be continued always. You want to know what happened to Raj and Simran or Harry and Sejal? I believe, Harry and Sejal had three children. I don’t know why I think so. I can make them do anything, it is extremely empowering. They decided to shift to a small town for some time. Now, she works as a lawyer. Harry takes time off and writes a book. I think, she would be the working partner and Harry would just relax and look after the children.”
Who am I to go against Shahrukh? This vision works for me. In many ways. First, I think we can see in the Klara scene that Sejal really is a good lawyer and enjoys the process of discussion and compromise. I would want her to continue to use those skills and develop them. And I want her to continue developing in general, not just stop once she becomes Harry’s wife, but to continue her journey of personal growth. To find out who she is in her professional life, to break away from just working for the family and discover that she has skills that are valuable on the open market, and she enjoys using them.
To expand on Shahrukh’s vision, in my imagination, I see Sejal quitting her job for the family business either at the same time she breaks her engagement or when she announces her marriage to Harry (I think we can all agree that the Rupen engagement was partially a business arrangement, so work will be super awkward once she breaks it off). And once she is free of it, she can branch out on her own, take a job that involves more conflict resolution like the Klara discussion, and less boring contracts like the indemnity bond. Because that seems to be where she shines.
And for Harry, again I agree with Shahrukh. Harry has spent so many years traveling and tending to others, he really needs some solitary processing time. Writing a book or simply being a house husband for a while sounds just about perfect to me. Not even having kids right away, but just taking time for himself. And then once the kids come, he is the naturally nurturing partner, it makes more sense for him to be the primary caregiver. And it is something that would make him happy, to use all those skills he developed over the years in order to take care of his own children, instead of tourists-who-were-as-demanding-as-children.
The idea of them in a small town also works for me, to get out of the pressure of the city. To get away from places where it is about appearances and what they were before, to be able to start fresh. There would also be a certain amount of freedom inherent there. Sejal could experiment as a professional, open up her own practice, solve real problems, instead of being trapped in a corporate job. And Harry could go from “the man with the past” to being “that guy all the teenagers have a crush on, but would never do anything about it because we all know he is just a sweet guy in love with his wife”.
The only thing SRK has left for me to fill in are the details. Let’s start with that gap in Sejal’s life between when she leaves Amsterdam and Harry finds her in Bombay. As I picture it, there was a small gap not to discover her heartbreak, but to discover how much she had changed and how impossible it was for her to go back to what she was before. It seemed like at that good-bye scene, to me, she was ready to return, planning to make herself marry Rupen and go back to being the good girl. But she just couldn’t do it, not because it was breaking her heart, but because she couldn’t force herself back into that box again. And therefore I picture a break with Rupen, a confrontation with her family, and possibly quitting her job as well.
I assume after she is reunited with Harry, they are married within 24 hours. And then immediately travel to his village, the next step on his journey and her journey of getting to know him. After a few weeks in the village, long enough for Mayank and Evelyn Sharma to join them and bring together their past and present and future lives, they will move on. Travel to a nearby larger town, where Sejal talks her way into a job at the only law office in town and quickly flourishes, and Harry finds a small house and furnishes it for them. I imagine that children came later. Don’t know why, but I am picturing the first child being something Harry and Sejal had talked about and she knew he wanted, but ultimately she surprised him with the pregnancy because he was unaware she had gone off the pill. The second child I imagine as planned, after they discovered that they could work as parents, Sejal did have a maternal instinct in her own way but it didn’t stop her from going to work every day, and Harry was a perfect baby tender. And then the third child I picture as an accident, several years after the others when they thought they were past the baby stage.
Here are the two things I can’t decide on:
- First sex time:
- Get a super fancy hotel room at the super fancy hotel immediately and do the deed, then get married the next day?
- Wake up a priest, or borrow the priest from the other wedding, and get married immediately, then get the hotel room that night?
- Spend one more night literally sleeping together because Harry wants it to be “right”, then the next day do a full formal religious marriage (probably at a Sikh Gurudwara) and have the full formal decorated bed kind of First Night?
- Children’s genders (the only one I reject utterly is boy, boy, boy):
- Girl, boy, girl?
- Boy, girl, boy?
- Boy, boy, girl?
- Girl, girl, boy?
- Girl, girl, girl?
Or, do you disagree with everything (or part of) what I/SRK have said and have your own vision?