When Shah Rukh Khan announced the title of his next with Anushka Sharma – Jab Harry Met Sejal – people couldn’t help but notice the striking similarity with When Harry Met Sally, an iconic American romantic comedy of the 80s. The similarity sparked rumours that the storyline of Jab Harry Met Sejal might be inspired from the classic, but SRK has dismissed these rumours.
He told ANI, “The films have no similarity, except for the fact that we can hope our movie can also be one of that kind of unabashed classic love stories. When Harry Met Sally is one of the greatest love stories ever made in the history of world cinema… There’s nothing about the stories, which is similar. It is quite original, a fun space love story by Imtiaz Ali. But it is a takeoff from there (When Harry Met Sally) as that movie is a classic. It is a way to attribute.”
The Raees actor added that he hoped that his film will be as popular as When Harry Met Sally.
Jab Harry Met Sejal, directed by Imtiaz Ali, was initially supposed to lock horns with Akshay Kumar‘s Toilet: Ek Prem Katha at the box office on August 11. However, the makers decided to release the film a week earlier, on August 4, averting the big box-office battle.
Talking about the change in release date, Shah Rukh said, “On all levels, these are capacity running films. Normally we release our films in four thousand theatres. When it is about sharing that space with anyone, you lose out on the capacity to nurture a film like Jab Harry Met Sejal… Whenever you start sharing date with some other film, due to unavoidable reason, we do lose out on that capacity. At the end we have always done really well, economically also, with the co-release, but we do lose out on the capacity of the initial days. I always try not to come up with some other film, I request people the same.”
Jab Harry Met Sejal features SRK playing a tourist guide, Harinder Singh Nehra aka Harry, while Anushka plays a Gujarati girl, Sejal Parikh. The film is the third collaboration of Shah Rukh and Anushka after Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Jab Tak Hai Jaan. The two actors will also be seen in Aanand L Rai’s next, where SRK will play a dwarf.