Movie Review – Love Aaj Kal

Movie Review by Rishi Kapoor

Most of Imtiaz movies focus on relationships and the complications at different levels, centered around theme of self-actualization and true love, this one showcase the same in the modern context.This version 2.0 comes after his last debacle Jab Harry Met sejal ( His worst ) and it’s a breather that he has been able to do justice to his thought process.

The new version tackles the ever-changing dynamic of being in and finding love. Veer (Kartik Aaryan) and Zoe (Sara Ali Khan) are based in Delhi and they meet one night at a nightclub and from there journey starts ( love and hate ).Meanwhile, Raj (Randeep Hooda), the owner of the co-working space, witnesses their love blossoming in front of his eyes. Zoe shares her views with Raj that she wants to have a casual relationship and doesn’t want to get into a serious relationship so soon. What follows is the on and off conflict between the lead pair , constant fight between the inner voice and the society superficial standards that leads to situations where they end up taking decisions which are sometime forced.

Imtiaz Ali’s direction is good but screenplay is jumping ( like most of his movies) . He gets a few things right. The use of graffiti on the walls and parallels being drawn between the two stories does impress. A few scenes are very well handled and bear his stamp. But there are times when one does wonder where the film is going. Some scenes don’t have the desired impact and screenplay needs to be blamed for the same.

The equation between Kartik and Sara will draw parallels with Ranbir and Deepika from Tamasha, infact to an extent the core of the movie remains the same. Talking of performances, both Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan give their best shot. Kartik gets to do something different and excels. In a few scenes, he ups the humour quotient as well. His intense look is watchable. Sara too follows her director’s instructions to the T and in a few scenes, you do see her brilliance. However, in few emotional scenes she was not upto the mark and definitely needs improvement. Randeep Hooda is dependable. But few of his scenes get repetitive after a point. Arushi Sharma is sweet and has a fine screen presence. Simone Singh is fair. Amit Roy’s cinematography runs smoothly and plays a key role in letting the complex story flow. But this time music composer Pritam fails to impress , except for couple of numbers nothing stands out.

Not everyone will like the movie because of it’s complex and layered story telling but if you are fan of Imtiaz Ali movies and have liked watching Tamasha then go for it. I loved the movie despite of some negative reaction from the audience in theatre.

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