Starring- Deepika Padukone, Saif Ali Khan, Rishi Kapoor.
Love Aaj Kal is a self proclaimed modern take on love, commitment and relationships. It tries to mirror the dilemmas faced by today’s young couples who are caught at crossroads trying to figure out what comes first- Love or Career.
Saif Ali Khan is Jai , the uber-cool guy who has his heart set on the Golden Gate job which will take him to the US of A. While Deepika plays Meera.. a smart,independent chic who’s into designing frescoes. (No offence but whatever that means ?!?) They share a relationship of comfort.. One that involves loads of sex and unabashed kissing at public places. So much so .. That when the time comes for them to split, they have a break up party ! Enter.. Rishi Kapoor- The oldie with a golden heart. He tells Jai about his own love story which becomes Jai’s Bible. And he embarks on a journey to get back Meera into his life.
Love Aaj Kal fails to deliver because it tries too hard.There is such a desperate attempt to make the protagonist couple look real that it leaves them devoid of any emotions. The chemistry between Deepika and Saif is so thanda that you can almost feel the temperature drop a degree or two. Also there is no coherence in the screenplay. Scenes float in and out of view, without making sense. You almost feel like telling Imtiaz.. Dude stop being Anuraag Kashyap ! The only bright spot is the parallel plot involving Veer Singh and Harleen Kaur. It is delightful.. their old world charm brings a smile on your face. Though, the young Harleen Kaur looks so feeble that you want to stand from your seat and shake her up ! Where is the effervescence of Jab We Met’s Geet ??
Somepeople who have been thru similar relationships might identify with it. But give me Jab We Met’s simplicity and beauty anyday.
The film is disappointing from the word go. Nothing is right about it. Watch it for some pleasant landscaping and a few light scenes here and there.
That is, if you must.