Frankly, I wasn’t expecting anything new. After many dull Friday matinees I’ve pretty much given up trying to expect anything out of a hyped-up Bollywood movie. But Love Aaj Kal took me by surprise. Director Imtiaz Ali’s portrayal of love may not be the ultimate truth but strikes a chord somehow.

The movie tells two stories- Jai and Meera are a modern day couple in London who apparently love each but can’t get themselves to commit. Meera leaves for India on a job assignment while Jai, having broken up mutually with her, is on the prowl for a new girl. But there’s another story, that of Surjit and Harleen. In times gone by their love also blossomed, albeit differently. Surjit passionately pursued her but in keeping with the societal norms of the day.

Love Aaj Kal is nothing like the promos. Imtiaz Ali’s parallel storytelling shows the past and present stories unfolding alternately with smooth transition. Whether the setting is Calcutta 1965 or San Francisco 2009, the scenes capture the mood and emotion of the day cleverly, not forgetting the songs which pepper the movie wisely. And no matter how much you try you simply can’t predict this one.

After Socha Na Tha and Jab We Met, Imtiaz Ali is on a roll. There’s no complaining about the cinematography, music, dialogues and attention to detail. On the other hand, the performances could have been a bit more convincing and the movie shorter. But after the aforesaid dull Friday matinees, this one shines through.

Give it a shot, you won’t regret it.

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18 Comments

  1. Ekta

    August 1, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    The Last line in first para is that this may not be the ultimate truth….but it is is and we had gone through almost exactly the same truth……movie is ultimate and truth based….tacking me & my husband into Flash Back

  2. Gaurav

    August 1, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Awesome movie…a one for a die heart romantic as well as for the a person who doesnt even know whether he is in love or not…

    Special praise for the way the Director has developed a connection between two different love stories of two different times and two different set of generations…

    And the song : Aaj Din Chadiye,…is awesome awesome and awesome…the timing of the song is just too fantastic..

  3. tech

    August 2, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    I gone for this movie this Friday just for time pass but this movie is really fantastic. Atleast go one time and watch…

  4. pradeep pandey

    August 2, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    hiiii this is pradeep n want to update n review imformation about upcoming movies……….whether it is hollywood…

  5. pradeep pandey

    August 2, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    it was good to watch but not more than what i expected…but it was overall good…….

  6. amar akbar anthony

    August 2, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Bahot hi bakwas film hai

    public ko ullu banaya hai

    band karo!

  7. khushboo

    August 3, 2009 at 12:32 am

    movie iz just awesome..
    must watch..

  8. ankur sharma

    August 3, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Deja Vu..!!!
    A Blockbuster Debut Followed By Sky-High Expectations Followed By An Average Show.. Haven’t We Seen This Quite Often Now.!
    Frankly, This Imtiaz Ali’s Creation Failed To Even Meet Expectations, Forget Exceeding. Nothing Extra-Ordinary To Boast Off, This is Barely a 1-Time Watch.

  9. Hem

    August 4, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Watched the movie yesterday would like to put few points:
    1. Saif should now realise that he is now too old for these kinda roles 2.The supposedly comic dialogues were nowhere close to be funny coz they are now too repetitive in Bollywood 3. The chemistry between Saif and Deepika was non-existent,unlike Jab We Met where Kareena and Shahid rocked 4.To be honest, the parallel story from 60’s was more touching than saif-deepika’s.5. am really impressed with young Harleen(a Brazilian model, I am told),who despite not knowing a single word of Hindi emoted very well without any dialogues 6.Music is the only high-point with beautiful tracks like “Ye dooriyan” and “Ajj din chadiyan” 7. Wished Neetu Singh(looked gracious) had more than just a blink-n-miss role 8.. Finally, one advice for Deepika: Inspite the fact, that she looks awesome in the movie and her smile, she REALLY needs an acting session class(with empahsis on dialogue delivery).
    If you are planning to watch the movie, go with 0 expectations(forget Jab we met),chances are that you may like it.

  10. Orrison

    August 4, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Well the Movie was really good.deepika was too gud in it.Movie Specially made for the people who don’t know the meaning of true Love.For the ones who think love is a game.
    Overall the movie was really good especially the end of the movie.ppl do go for this movie…..

  11. Shaggy

    August 5, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Movie was good, its 1 tym Movie but All song are assum yaar sad song yeh dooriyaan its most fav of mine very one should watch this movie, its touch to ur heart

  12. BAKWAS MOVIE

    August 6, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    BAKWAS MOVIE GHATIA MOVIE

  13. SK

    August 6, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    aaaaaaaaare zaleelo kia pasand aai re movie tumlogoun ku chindi choora movie dekhe baad Giche me Elly ho gaye ………………lol!!!!next time try to watch a good movie this movie is ****….

  14. karan

    August 8, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    vry gooooood movie saifu rocks and deepika looks vry hot worth 2 watch

  15. Nilesh

    August 8, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    It is the same concept of the director that the couple realised that they are in love at the end of the movie,same as in the previous film “Socha naa tha” & “Jab We Met’ nothin new in the story

  16. Kopal

    August 10, 2009 at 2:32 am

    Hey guyzzz…..plz BEWARE of such nonsense and creepy-cranky mo’vzzz…! Total tym waste.Expected it to hav sum substance in it….!!! c’mon….dis is no teens affair kinddda stuff whr u dunno wdr u love a person or not….n crack sum kinddda cometetive xamzzz….which makes ur love take a backseat…uh???? wat d helll..??? n marriage is a bonding between 2 hrts for ever…u juss cant say ‘sorry i made a mistake’ n go away d way its shown in d movie….damn it..!!!! wats wrong wid d youth of today….???hw can u guys jusss bear dis 3 hr torture????? And above all….Deepika n Saif …makes haplessly pathetic pair….!!! shucks…!!! dunno wat went wrong wid d director’s lense..!! Dev+Freida wud have rocked d screen instead..!!!

  17. PRASHANT

    August 23, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    hi,,film is good and romantic.i love tise movie

  18. surbhi

    August 31, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Realistic , it is something that many of us are facing in this fast moving lives where emotions are confusing and time career relation alll are eating u.

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