Posted by: kcgadiyar | August 1, 2009

Review: Love Aaj Kal


You can judge the merits of a movie by the conversation snippets and body language of people walking out of the theatre. After “Dostana” ended, everyone was very careful not to bump into another person while walking out even by mistake, after “Luck” last week, most snippets of conversation were along the lines of “Good stunts” or “Heroine acchi dikhti hai”.

When “Love Aaj Kal” ended and the exit doors were opened, there was silence. No one had anything to say, in fact most people were still trying to make sense of the movie. One stray snippet uttered caught my attention, it was “Well, this was no Jab We Met”.

And therein lies the problem with Love Aaj Kal. There is an expectation already built in, that this movie will surpass JWM and entertain us even more. But sadly, that is not the case, forget JWM, this does not stack up favorably with even “Socha Na Tha” which was Imtiaz Ali’s first film and one of my favorite timepass watch movies.

Love Aaj Kal (LAK) has 2 stories running parallelly, The Saif-Deepika story and the Saif-New Heroine story. So, here is the plot, Jai (Saif) and Meera (Deepika) break up at the start of the movie and decide to remain friends and advisors as they are looking at 2 different countries to make their careers in(Needless to say, this doesn’t end well). Jai gets lent a friendly ear by Veer (Rishi Kapoor) who narrates his love story with Harleen (New Girl, i think her surname is Monteiro because the end credits said Introducing ____ Monteiro).

The 2 stories essentially show that The more the rules of love change, the more they remain the same. In between all this, Deepika is supposed to be married to Rahul Khanna, who has a guest appearance in this movie. Needless to say, everything ends happily ever after for the 2 lead stories, and every other character can go take a hike.

So, what was wrong with the movie? The lead story. At no point through the lead story did i really feel like rooting for the main couple to get together. We are so disinterested in the main couples plot that they could have had added the ending of “Bambi vs Godzilla” (with the main couple playing Bambi) and it wouldn’t have made a difference. In JWM, we rooted for the couple, and the other guy was unlikable. Here, on the other hand, Rahul Khanna’s character is real and likable, so Deepika comes about as a negative character when she breaks off with him (the timing of the break off has a lot to do with this, i wont tell you when it happens in case you want to subject yourself to this film)

The backup story, on the other hand, is actually well flushed out. You want the protagonists to end up together, which is what every movie should strive for.

The music is good taken on its own, but song placement is all over the place. The song “Twist” is inserted randomly and loses a lot of its energy due to that. The song “Aahun Aahun” over the end credits is very good.

The performance by Saif is good, especially in his monologues where he contests both sides of the debate. Deepika is passable, and her performance is probably the main reason why i didn’t buy into the plot. The new girl is not good at all, in fact she misses her lip syncing in the songs, no wonder she barely has 3 lines in the movie.

The standout performer though is Rishi Kapoor, he towers head and shoulders above the rest of the cast and delivers another good performance after “Luck by chance” and “Namastey London”

Overall, i would give this movie 2.5 stars because only half the story is actually good. Now i am going to watch “Socha Na Tha” again and hope that this movie was just an abberation, and Imtiaz Ali returns to form next time.



  1. Hey
    Glad to see that someone agreed that Socha Na Tha is a good timepass, will go and watch it again now 🙂

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