Love Aaj Kal Is An Imtiaz Ali’s Take On Love’s Complexities, Kartik Aaryan’s Best Work Till Date, Randeep Hooda Shines Like God Fire
Love Aaj Kal, directed by Imtiaz Ali which stars Kartik Aaryan, Sara Ali Khan, Randeep Hooda and Arushi Sharma shows how complex humans can create all the ruckus in a relationship yet reach their destination.
Plot : The films starts with showing stories of two lovers from different eras having a dialogue which is somewhat similar. But their relationship-issues aren’t the same but these two relationships have one thing common in them, ie, complex emotions! The one from the 90’s has Raghu (Kartik Aaryan) and Leena (Arushi Sharma) falling in love, fighting for each other and even managing to end up in the same city. The second story shows a modern-day relationship between Veer (Kartik) and Zoe (Sara Ali Khan) who both are extremely complex human beings falling in the simplest emotion, ie love. Both the stories are displayed side by side which has been the pattern in many Imtiaz Ali’s movies. How and where these two couples reach in their life by being together or not is magically navigated and woven by Randeep Hooda who plays Raj who happens to run a cafe in the film.
What We Liked : To start with, the brilliance which is shown by Randeep Hooda who plays a very important character in the film who remains the best thing in the film. He actually makes the film show some hold and our eyes light up whenever we see his scenes. The people’s hero Kartik Aaryan is back with his continued form but a very complex role which he enacted quite fairly. He makes you believe that love is completed with both whites & greys. He might be able to shun his critics who have always labelled him to be only doing misogynistic and repeated roles. Last but not the least, the debutante Arushi Sharma impresses us with her acting chops where her eyes talk volumes. She shows her vulnerable side quite effectively!
What We Didn’t : Sara Ali Khan! She is actually supposed to be the most strong character in the film who is career-driven and goes by her guts but it seems at several times how she runs through her scenes and is in a mood to catch the last metro. The role is author-backed but not justified by Sara who has been promising in her roles till now. Her dialogues fell flat and her onscreen emoting lacks believability. She looks great but doesn’t shine. The film’s climax looks like it was fast-forwarded and doesn’t convince us much.
Music : Though we do not believe in comparisons, but inevitably we end up comparing it to the old Love Aaj Kal starring Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone which remains a classic. Being a love story, we expected very moving & romantic songs which have the capability of becoming classics lack in the album. The two songs, Shayad and Mehrama can rock your playlist and have a nice vibe to them but nothing more than that!
Overall Rating : 3/5
Overall Verdict : Watch it for three things, Imtiaz Ali’s cinema, Randeep Hooda’s magic and to understand what complexities might lie in today’s day & time.
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