Love Aaj Kal
Is love today different from what it was in the past when lovers like Laila-Majnu or Romeo-Juliet perished in each other’s arms? Today, in the age of online romance and one-night stands, many would say love is just a whirlwind. But no! ‘Love Aaj Kal’ will have you believe that certain things don’t change with the passage of time.Wikipedia
Love Aaj Kal Reviews
The snappy back-and-forth between the guy and girl, the large Sardar family and the songs, the train journey (a leitmotif in Imtiaz's films), remind you strongly of both 'Hum Tum', and 'Jab We Met'. Saif playing the older Veer, in turban and beard and rashes of Punjabi, comes up with a few fresh flourishes; but his Jai is all too familiar.
It is only at this, film three, that the director appears to have hit a snag. Love Aaj Kal is watchable, but feels heavily compromised. It's a romantic drama that would have worked wonderfully if it hadn't tried to be funny in the first half, and doesn't work in the second because the laughs dry up. We have poignant moments interrupted by touches of lets-tickle-the-audience humour, as if India can't take a drama straight up.
...this time, the effervescence and adrenalin rush of impetuous love, resonant in the romance of Geet and Aditya in Jab We Met, has been replaced by a more serious and realistic take on modern love. The film literally holds up a mirror to the commitment phobia of the young, successful professionals who keep changing their status from `committed' to `single' on the sundry social networking sites. Much to the chagrin of their dads and mums who fail to understand this emotional dilettantism and keep badgering them with love-of-a-lifetime cliches.
Imtiaz Ali deserves credit for pushing the envelope once again. After Jab We Met, there were huge expectations of him, but Imtiaz has not let them deter him from making something that is, frankly, a risky subject. The film may not have an appeal as wide as Jab We Met, or may not even be watched as many times repeatedly on television, but it is testimony to Imtiaz Ali's brilliance as a storyteller.
Both Saif and Deepika are convincing as Jai and Meera. Saif has pulled of an astounding act as urbane, flirty, idiotic, confused Jai and is likeable as the younger Veer too. Deepika has enacted way beyond her previous roles. Rishi Kapoor is the eternal lover boy and is cute and adorable in the film. All in all this film makes you fall love with the idea of falling in love all over again.
Indian mainstream cinema has not seen a more contemporary love story. It’s a complete film — the dialogue is breezy and refreshingly candid; there’s not a song out of place; the smart choreography adds to the richness of the narrative; the editing keeps it tight; and the visuals are rich with metaphors — the Purana Qila epitomises old world romance, and Meera is the restoration artist.
Audience Reviews for Love Aaj Kal
'Love Aaj Kal' is a strong trendsetter of a film. Yes, Imtiaz Ali's second outing 'Jab We Met' was certainly his mainstream candyfloss, but this one is his most sensational, which will stay till the last ring of his career. But still, its actually a little dissatisfying.
Imtiaz Ali makes a film which travels from 'tomorrow' to 'today', so you might say it as a progressive film. But what is more that it carries promising performances, especially by its charming leads. There is romantic comedy and there are broken up lovers not suffering heartbreak. But still, Imtiaz, seems, has recognized the value of the mainstream cinema with the film. So, its not as riveting and artistic romance as Socha Na Tha, but its still all heart.0October 18, 19
imtiaz ali shows modern love in a good n entertaining way0December 02, 16
No story no screenplay just good acting song and diraction0November 27, 16
I was just moved by the originality of the script. Saif Ali Khan was awesome as always but Deepika was not that good.
0January 10, 16