Jab Tak Hai Jaan (transl. As long as I live) is a 2012 Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film directed by Yash Chopra; written and produced by Aditya Chopra under their production banner, Yash Raj Films. Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma in the lead roles; the story revolves around Samar Anand (Khan) a bomb disposal expert whose diary falls into the hands of an intern Akira Rai (Sharma). The diary recounts his time as a struggling immigrant in London, and later details his whirlwind romance with Meera Thapar (Kaif).
Jab Tak Hai Jaan marked the second collaboration between Khan and Sharma, as they previously featured in the film Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008) and the first between Khan and Kaif. Yash Chopra returned to direction eight years after Veer-Zaara. This film was Yash Chopra’s fourth film to feature Shah Rukh Khan in the lead role. This is his final film before his death in October 2012.
The background score and soundtrack were composed by A. R. Rahman, with lyrics written by Gulzar. The cinematography and editing were handled by Anil Mehta and Namrata Rao, respectively. The film was released during the six-day Diwali weekend beginning on 13 November 2012. Jab Tak Hai Jaan emerged as the third-highest-grossing Bollywood film overseas at that time, after 3 Idiots (2009) and My Name Is Khan (2010).
The film received positive reviews from critics in India and overseas. The film was praised for its direction, cinematography, and the chemistry between its lead actors. Khan and Sharma were lauded for their performances, though the movie’s predictable plot drew criticism. At the end of its theatrical run, Jab Tak Hai Jaan received a number of awards, including four Filmfare Awards, which included awards for Best Supporting Actress for Anushka Sharma and Best Lyrics for Gulzar.
A young immigrant, Samar (Shah Rukh Khan) falls in love with a NRI, Meera (Katrina Kaif) who wanted to marry any British person, and not a typical brown Indian. But when she meets Samar, she falls for Samar too, but this love story ends with a breakup. Then that man, fed up with life, returns to India and with vast emotion joins Indian army bomb squad, to work as a bomb disposal specialist, where he meets death everyday, after Meera leaves him. 10 years later, a young discovery channel journalist approaches Samar’s team to cover a bomb squad story and falls in love with him, but decides to unite the lovers.
Samar Anand, a major in the Indian Army, defuses a bomb without fear or regard for his safety. Akira Rai, a Discovery Channel filmmaker, later dives into a river in Ladakh and is rescued by him. Samar gives her his jacket and leaves before retrieving it. Akira finds his diary in the jacket pocket and begins reading.
The diary recounts Samar’s earlier years as a struggling immigrant in London, working as a street musician who performs other menial jobs to support himself and his roommate Zain. Samar is working part-time as a waiter when he meets Meera at her and her fiancé Roger’s engagement party. Meera grew up, motherless, in an affluent Christian Indian family; her mother left for another man when she was twelve. The dominant person in her life is her father, for whose company she works. Samar notices that Meera often prays when he sees her at the church. Samar and Meera begin to fall in love after a night of wild street dancing. To face her past, Samar takes Meera to visit her estranged mother and they reconcile. Some days later Meera decides to confess to her father about her relationship with Samar and break her engagement, Samar has a serious accident on his motorbike. Meera prays to God to save his life, promising never to see him again. Samar recovers and Meera admits her vow to him. Angry, he leaves her and London. Samar challenges God to keep him alive while he risks his life every day because he believes his death is the only way to make Meera lose her faith in God. He goes to India and enlists in the army, becoming a bomb-disposal expert.
When Akira finishes reading the diary, she obtains permission to make a documentary about a bomb-disposal squad. She asks Samar for help to make her film and becomes acquainted with him and his team. Akira develops a crush on Samar; however, he does not reciprocate because of his unresolved love for Meera. Akira makes a successful film and leaves for London. She wants Samar to visit the city to help her publicise the film; after he reluctantly agrees to come to London, he is struck by a bus.
Samar is diagnosed with retrograde amnesia, and he remembers only the events before his first accident a decade ago. Concerned, Akira tracks Meera down and persuades her to aid in Samar’s recovery. Meera agrees, pretending to be Samar’s wife. In the meantime, Akira realises that Major Samar is only a fragment of the young Samar; he used to be happy and sociable but is now bitter and lonely. One day Samar finds a bomb planted in the London Underground and helps defuse it. The event jogs his memory, and he realises that Meera was lying to him. Samar confronts Meera with a choice: to be with him, or see him keep risking his life until he is dead. He then leaves for Kashmir, where he continues defusing bombs. During a conversation with Akira, Meera realises that her beliefs and prayers subjected Samar to a fate worse than death; realising her mistake, she goes to Kashmir and they reunite. Samar defuses his last bomb and then proposes to her.
Shah Rukh Khan as Major Samar Anand, a soldier for the Bomb Disposal Squad
Katrina Kaif as Meera Thapar, a businesswoman who falls in love with Samar
Anushka Sharma as Akira Rai, a documentary filmmaker for Discovery Channel
Sarika as Dr. Zoya Ali Khan, the doctor who helps Samar get well
Andrew Bicknell as Frank, Samar’s boss
Sharib Hashmi as Zain, Samar’s best friend and Owner of Samar Kitchen
Jahidul Islam Shuvo as Major’s friend
Jasmine Jardot as Maria, Zain’s wife
Gireesh Sahedev as Captain Jagdeep Deewan
Amarinder Sodhi as Captain Kamal Singh
Varun Thakur as Lieutenant Hari Krishnan
Jay Conroy as Roger
Anupam Kher as Mr Thapar, Meera’s father (Special Appearance)
Rishi Kapoor as Imraan, Meera’s step-father (Special Appearance)
Neetu Singh as Pooja, Meera’s mother (Special Appearance)