Love Aaj Kal movie review
Love Aaj Kal movie cast: Kartik Aaryan, Sara Ali Khan, Randeep Hooda, Arushi Sharma
Love Aaj Kal movie director: Imtiaz Ali
Love Aaj Kal movie rating: 1.5 stars
If you had apprehensions about a brand new film being called by an old name, made by the same director, you were right. If you thought that despite this apparent lack of imagination, this 2.0 ‘Love Aaj Kal’ would fly, you were wrong. Imtiaz Ali’s latest version of romance in this-day-and-that age, is nothing but an incoherent mess.
The 2010 Love Aaj Kal, starring Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone, went back and forth in time, giving us two sets of confused lovers. This one does the same, while making an attempt to connect with contemporary ideas of love-shuv-dating-shating, as it follows the tracks of today’s couple Vir (Aaryan) and Zoe (Khan), as well as Raghu (Hooda) and Leena (Sharma), engaged in the same push-pull, in the early 1990s.
It’s one thing to train the lens on the confounded confusions two people straining to understand the thing between them. Each love story is the same-same but different, and who doesn’t love a lover? But it’s quite another to watch a series of awkwardly-constructed confusions unravel on screen: just what is going on, between Vir and Zoe, as they skim over the in bed-and-out-of-it-bits, slaloming between loudly-and-repeatedly stated ‘career’ choices and realising the worth of pyaar-vyaar? They are talky, but there is no frisson. Ali’s movies have always been heavy on dialogue which feels like it is coming from a space inhabited by the glib poet-philosopher-of-the-filmi-kind, but there has to be a limit on how bumper-sticker you want to go, because on that route there is only banality, no genuine feelings.
The last time I saw the messy feelings of pain-pleasure-exhilaration, feelings that touch you and move you, that radiate from true lovers, was in Ali’s most well-realised movie, Jab We Met, and before, in his lovely, underrated Socha Na Tha. He hasn’t managed to capture those emotions since, not in Rockstar, nor in Tamasha, and certainly not in the misfire that was Jab Harry Met Sejal.