Love Aaj Kal


Imtiaz Ali’s Hat Trick



I finally watched Love Aaj Kal… watched it in the second week only but it seems too late as most of the people I know have seen it (reminder to self, never miss a film in the first weekend). Some loved it and some did not (someone I know even called it a ‘Snooze Fest’)… The film has also managed a record opening week at the box office, thanks to smart marketing and great expectations from the writer-director, Imtiaz Ali because of his last hit, Jab We Met (2007).

I neither loved the film, nor hated it… I simply enjoyed it. It is a simple film about the confused generation today and the idea of love yesterday and today. Imtiaz has been following this theme of confusion and love since his debut, Socha Na Tha (2005) and later with the blockbuster, Jab We Met. His stories are usually simple, his characters relatable, narrative always interesting; and with this flick, Imtiaz yet again delivers an entertainer.

The highlight of Love Aaj Kal is the love story set in the sixties. Saif Ali Khan plays Veer Pratap Singh, a Sikh boy from old Delhi, madly in love with a local girl, Harleen Kaur (played by Brazilian model, Giselli Monteiro). The idea of love in that era where all conversations happened through stolen glances is beautifully captured in sepia tone. Rishi Kapoor plays Veer Pratap Singh in the current times and as usual is a delight to watch. Neetu Kapoor (Singh) as Harleen shines in her thirty second cameo in one of the most romantic scenes in the film. Giselli looks straight out of a village in Punjab; she is a little raw but endearing. Saif Ali Khan does a great job as Veer and is his usual lover boy as Jai Vardhan Singh in the modern love story part. Deepika Padukone looks great and gives a decent performance as Meera Pandit, a career oriented, modern woman. She might be a fabulous model but is not a great actress; however, she appears quite natural and comfortable in her character.

Apart from the engaging narrative that moves between Kal (yesterday) and Aaj (today), the film’s light, chatty and contemporary (read, non-filmy and melodramatic) dialogues makes it an enjoyable watch. Special mention for the film’s cinematographer, Natarajan Subramaniam who has captured the film beautifully, especially in the sixties part. Music director, Pritam has done a good job and thankfully the songs form a part of the narrative.

I recommend the film to everyone who enjoys Bollywood romances. It is not as good as Jab We Met but is definitely a nice entertainer. I also recommend watching, Socha Na Tha on DVD; it is a delightful film about youngsters confused about love and marriage. Abhay Deol and Ayesha Takia are mint fresh and remind you of Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla from Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak.

My Rating for Love Aaj Kal: * * * ½ Three and a half stars (on five)

– Shrey Khetarpal


13 comments on “Love Aaj Kal

    • 🙂 next one is the most awaited film for me this year… KAMINEY! I am dying to watch it… Monday we can book tickets and Saturday first half we can watch (cannot wait any longer you know)

    • Hmmm… that’s true and it highlights how confused people are. The filmmaker has very easily or casually portrayed a separation which is probably happening these days and is in fact disturbing.
      Also, it shows how westernised our cinema is becoming…

  1. I love the review… ITs true… confused love these days I tell you 🙂
    Waise jo log dil se sochte hai unhe yeh movie pasand aayi hai… The people who use their heart don’t like it much… People in the middle neither like it nor hate it 🙂

    But yes… to your comment… waiting for KAMINEEYYY!!!!!!!!!!! Dhantanaaaaa…. are teh bookings open on monday??

    • You mean to say that people who use their heads don’t like it much? 🙂 I don’t know…
      Regarding Kaminey, I believe PVR opened the advance bookings yesterday.

    • hmmm poor guy! but i guess he fits the role of a ‘really nice guy’. they had to get someone who appears perfect!

    • I think she is fantastic as a print model… I saw her Vogue shoots and she looks great… not much of an actor though… seemed quite natural here compared to Bachna Ae Haseeno or Chandni Chowk To China.

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