Imtiaz Ali and Shah Rukh Khan
Harshada Rege (DNA; July 8, 2017)

For the first time in his 25-year career, SRK will be seen as a guide in Jab Harry Met Sejal. Although Aamir Khan played one in Fanaa, when you hear of a guide character, one is reminded of Dev Anand in Guide (1965) and now 52 years later, Shah Rukh Khan relives a similar character. The love story of a tour guide!

Director Imtiaz Ali gives us an insight into SRK’s character, “Harinder Singh Mehra (Harry) is a tour guide, who is guiding tons of people every day, taking them where they want to go, but he is lost himself. He has not found what he is seeking, but every day in his life, there are hundreds of people reaching where they want to reach, which is just a tourist location that he is not even bothered to look at. He doesn’t know where he is going and yet he is a tour guide. That is a dramatic quality I wanted in this character.”

Imtiaz further adds, “I don’t go for conducted tours or package tours. I’ve always been fascinated by tour guides. When they are taking clients and tourists to various beautiful destinations and when all the tourists are looking at those spots, the tour guides are looking the other way. They travel so much to the most beautiful locations that they become bored of them. And in their personal lives they’re never looking out for what the world thinks is beautiful. There is a certain dramatic cynicism in that and that is how I feel Harinder (Harry) is in this film.”