This film has been made keeping in mind today’s generation. You might have read ‘It’s Complicated’, usually next to the relationship status of youth on social media. Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Love Aaj Kal’ also reflects the same complexities of love and relationship. Talking about the film, when you name the same concept, same title, and two films from the same director, then the lines of comparison will be drawn. Ideally for a director to be fair, this should not be compared. But this is the first rule we have violated. Love Aaj Kal (2020) is about two couples and how their love stories get entangled in the complexities and temptations of career or lust
Love Aaj Kal Movie Review: Sara Ali Khan and Karthik Aryan’s film Love Aaj Kal is a saga of love
Love Aaj Kal Movie Review
Artist: Karthik Aryan, Sara Ali Khan, Randeep Hooda, Aarushi Sharma
the director: Imtiaz
Movie Type: Romance
This film has been made keeping in mind today’s generation. You might have read the relationship status of youth on social media, usually ‘It’s Complicated’. Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Love Aaj Kal’ also reflects the same complexities of love and relationship. Talking about the film, when you name the same concept, same title, and two films from the same director, then the lines of comparison will be drawn. Ideally for a director to be fair, this should not be compared. But this is the first rule we have violated. Love Aaj Kal (2020) is about two couples and how their love stories get entangled in the complexities and temptations of career or lust.
The story is of two couples – Randeep Hooda (a childhood character played by Karthik Aryan) and debutant artist Aarushi Sharma, and Gen Z on-screen couple – Karthik Aryan and Sara Ali Khan. Veer (Karthik) meets Zoe (Sarah), a fearless, career-oriented, albeit commitment-phobic, once upon a time in New Delhi, and they go back home. However, Veer refuses to sleep with Zoe and says that he is doing wrong. Confused by the idea, Zoe leaves from there.
Here, Veer starts chasing Joi like a shadow but promises Joi that he will go away on the day she says that he is harassing her (you’re starting to tease me). And which highlights the complexities of Joi’s question to choose between love or career. But in blurred and intricate layers, the audience is left in confusion as to why Zoe likes this one either. This gives an unintended assumption that women cannot balance their careers and love. Despite the best efforts of his friend, mentor and wingman, Raj (Randeep Hooda), who runs the co-working space cum café, Joi feels that love is an unwanted complication in his career growth.
Parallelly, the makers weave in the story of Raghu (Karthik Aryan) and Leena (Arushi Sharma) of Udaipur. After his school-time love, Raghu comes to Delhi to live with his love, Leena. However, upon offering Delhi a ‘better-looking’ (manufacturer’s justification), he starts cheating on her. What is common between the two stories is the origin of this film. This is the first time Karthik is playing a double role. He played the roles of Veer and Raghu. Karthik ensures innocence remains intact and the attraction in Raghu’s love story increases.
As the heroic, he takes the time to establish his character, and sometimes the screenplay is more difficult to relate to why he is so close to creepily as an artist. As an actor, however, Karthik has pushed the envelope for himself. The film may disappoint at the box-office (or perhaps it may not succeed). Nevertheless, it has succeeded in getting them away from the monologue and alleged wrong characters of their previous films.
A complex character of Joi is understood by Sara Ali Khan as a Zoe Zor! Imtiaz has used shouting matches as a metaphor for complications in his films Rockstar and Tamasha. But in both, Ranbir Kapoor understood the seriousness that the character must shout or suppress in order to defend. Sara is unable to understand this. She looks gorgeous, but her presence makes it uncomfortable for the audience. As a result, some serious scenes become unintentionally funny. His character is confusing, and it fits perfectly with Imtiaz Ali’s films. Nevertheless, his transformation from vulnerability to boldness and from furious to sensitive is a platitude that does not help audiences engage with him.
Randeep Hooda is a blessing, and his voice and style make the conversation smiling on-screen. Although the jury is still trying to find out why her character always had to look like an addict. Aarushi Sharma making her debut in Love Aaj Kal as Leena is subtle and fits the bill. Physical chemistry was something that everyone was excited about but let’s be honest here there is no chemistry. One character who shouts and is loud and another who is timid and charming. Perhaps the intention was to establish opposite attraction.
Imtiaz Ali’s films have always been a visual treat. However, the storylines drawn with Love Aaj Kal and the lack of proper editing are also very disturbing. The music is also not memorable. Imtiaz Ali’s films have great music, and that’s what we’re remembering here. Haan Main Galat is a vibrant, lively number and Mehrama is a soulful melody, but you can’t remember them as much as they should for the final version of this film.
Love Aaj Kal compares how the relationship between 1990 and 2020 has become complicated. Yet the producers neither preach that the 1990s were about sublime, unconditional love; Nor is it a complication of the cheating 2020 relationship. Despite this idea, watching the film turns into ‘Biscuit Moment’. Well, as you plan to enjoy dipping your biscuits in a hot kuppa, it fades and falls back into the cup. Now you can neither enjoy tea, nor biscuits, and you are left wondering how tasty you think it is.
Talking about acting, Karthik Aryan has been cast as small town school boy Raghu. His transformation from a simple boy to a colorful Ratan is strong, but as a heroic he has not got much opportunity to show his talent. Sarah is very beautiful and confident as Joey, but she has made her character loud in many places. She has failed to get into the depth of Joey’s character. Debutant Aarushi Sharma has acted spontaneously and gracefully as Leena. She has been perfect in her role in every way. Strong actors like Randeep Hooda had nothing special to do in the film.
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