Love Aaj Kal Hindi Movie Review
Love Aaj Kal is about the love sentiments of youngsters a few decades ago and that of this 21 century fast food-fast love generation. The old generation story is 'dekhte dekhte hi pyaar ho jaye' types, while 'Aaj' ka love is an inspiration of pop-song theme with a twist. In pop-song theme the lovers meet as friends and part as friends; and by the time the guy realizes his love, the girl would be married - which turns out to be the reason behind the song. But here Imtiaz Ali gives a little modern feel to it by adding elements like dating, express love n break-up, physical relationship and an extremely easy going attitude.
Love Aaj Kal is love dragged and works in bits and parts. The plot-line is much tapered and even slightly overstated especially with the GenX love. As both stories unfold, the constant shift of the narrative from 'aaj' to 'kal' makes things difficult to catch up with. If you fail to be attentive, you are sure to be lost especially with Saif in a double role and the love stories running on similar strands. The fragments of the new generation love story at-times seem disconnected.
While the first half starts off well with good songs and well-directed sequences, the post interval portions disappoint. The movie begins to get dreary and the sentiments fail to strike the right chords. The exaggerated climax gets very predictable. Music by Pritam Chakraborty is brilliant and pleasant. Yeh Dooriyan is one beautiful track. Cinematography is excellent.
Coming to the performances, Saif Ali Khan is inconsistent. His dialogue delivery as the Punjabi munda is average, as Jai he's just fine. Deepika Padukone suddenly seems to look old and her acting isn't quite up to the mark. Her styling and make up is odd. She hams in the emotional sequences. Rishi Kapoor is good. Neetu Singh makes a short by sweet appearance right at the very end.
To sum up, if you go in expecting a Jab We Met experience, Love Aaj Kal is sure to fall well short of expectations. Youngsters in love may like it while older generation may just like the 'then' love story.
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