Jab We Met 11 years ago by Imtiaz Ali Like gave a blockbuster film and just after that Love Aaj Kal . It was a unique film for that time as it focused on not one but two love stories, set in different eras. In this, Saif Ali Khan played the character of lover boy in both the phases. And now Imtiaz Ali has once again brought this used formula back with a new popular pair – Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan in the film Love Aaj Kal, which released this week. So will Love Aaj Kal again repeat its success, or does it disappoint the audience? Let’s review.
The story of Love Aaj Kal revolves around the importance of love. Veer (Karthik Aryan) and Zoey (Sara Ali Khan) live in Delhi and one day they meet at a nightclum. Both try to be physical but Veer changes his mind last minute. Veer realizes that Joey is special to him. Veer follows Joi to the co-work place where Joi works. Joi initially reprimands Veer but she is also interested in him. Meanwhile, co-working space owner Raj (Randeep Hooda) sees the duo’s untold love blossoming before their very eyes. Joi shares her filling with Raj and tells that she wants to have a casual relationship with Veer but she doesn’t want to make it a serious one so soon. On this Raj narrates his story to Joi. In which he was Raghu (Karthik Aryan) and studied in a school in Udaipur. He falls madly in love with Leena (Aarushi Sharma). Leena also likes Raghu but one day both are caught. Aarushi’s family takes her to Delhi. But Raghu loves her very much and follows her and reaches Delhi. He works as a waiter there. Joi gets lost hearing Raj’s story. After which she decides to give love a chance. She gets a job offer from Dubai but she deletes the mail as she doesn’t want to go away from Veer. And here Raj makes a blast. Tells in his bygone story that Raghu breaks up with Leena and becomes a play boy. It is felt here that career should not have been given up for the sake of love. What happens next after this, it will be known after watching the rest of the film.
Imtiaz Ali’s story is good. The basic plot is interesting and it would have been a great romantic film if it had been handled well. Imtiaz Ali’s screenplay doesn’t do full justice. Some scenes are very believable as they talk about the complexities of today’s times. But on the other hand, it is beyond comprehension. The dialogues are a bit philosophical rather they should have been simpler to understand.
Imtiaz Ali’s direction is not that impressive. He handles some things well. The use of graffiti on the walls and parallels being drawn between the two stories impresses. Some scenes are handled very well. But there are some scenes which make it feel like, where is the film going. Some scenes do not leave the desired effect and feel unintentionally funny. In the film, he leaves some loopholes and some subplots do not get a logical conclusion. Imtiaz did not focus at all on the back stories of his characters. Something similar was seen in Jab Harry Met Sejal in the role of Shahrukh Khan. Coming to Love Aaj Kal, Veer seems socially awkward and no one understands why.
Love Aaj Kal begins on a good note as the characters from both the eras are set. Due to some dialogues and Veer’s behavior and body language, some things seem strange. However, the track from the 90s has a charm and keeps the interest going. Here is one of the best scene of Raghu and Leena’s romantic moment in the train. The twist comes suddenly in Raghu’s story. This especially works because as of now, it looks like a clone of Rishi Kapoor’s track from the old Love Aaj Kal. The problem starts at interval mode. Which sounds strange. After the interval, the film picks up. The culmination of Raghu’s story touches the heart. However, Joe’s action reduces the impact of the film. The final scene is also just fine.
Talking about acting, Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan give their best. Karthik does something different in which he succeeds. He also brings humor in some scenes. His serious look is worth watching. Sara too follows her director’s instructions in some scenes, in which her talent comes out. Although his character is so strange but despite his best efforts, it comes across as a caricature. Randeep Hooda does well. But some of his scenes are repeated after a while. Aarushi Sharma looks lovely and her on-screen presence is scintillating. Simon Singh is fair. Other actors do their best.
Pritam Chakraborty’s music has not stood the test of time like the previous Love Aaj Kal. ‘Yes I’m Wrong’ is catchy, but gets played out in the end credits. ‘Parameswar’ is wacky, but viewers won’t be able to connect to it. ‘Dhak dhak’, ‘aur tanha’ and ‘maybe’ are fine. Ishaan Chhabra’s background score matches well with the film.
Amit Roy’s cinematography is superb in some scenes. But in some close up shots, it’s nothing special. Suman Roy Mohapatra’s production design is quite stylish, especially in the current parts. Aki Narula’s costumes are quite attractive, especially the ones worn by Sara and Kartik in the current track. There is no dearth of editing by Aarti Bajaj.
Overall, Love Aaj Kal is a young romantic film. At the box office, the film will do well due to its Valentine’s Day release and fresh jodi. The film will do well in urban multiplexes while its box office collection on single screens may be average.