Imtiaz Ali revisits his 2009 hit ‘Love Aaj Kal’, even grasping the same title, format, and even several similar descriptions. As he did a decade ago, Ali has again decided to look at two parallel love stories, set in two contrasting eras. However, the stories are modern, and the conflicts of love appear fresh too. And completely, we see the contradiction between small-town love that is difficult and an urban version of love that can be immeasurably more messed-up and true today as well.
‘Love Aaj Kal’ sets off to glorify the complex characters and love relationships which we see all around us. The dysfunctional relationships, which has the universal emotion of love at its core. It creates some emotional sequences which are must watch and you could relate to it. Apart from this, it will not leave you spellbound.
To my surprise – Randeep Hooda steals the show, it is not because I’m biased of my love towards him, but he nailed the movies. The full attention in some moments was on him and only him. Sara Ali Khan and Kartik Aaryan were not bad though. Sara for me did a fabulous job and she has full potential to emerge as a detailed star in the line of Alia Bhatt. Kartik in this movie I felt on an average front. The love stories are contemporary, and the struggles of love appear fresh too. The grief and the disputes in love on and off are modern but have a feeling of love as its core.
The leading lady Zoe (Khan) is the manifestation of the latter. A young, urban lady, she wants a no-strings-attached relationship. She’s even drawn up a five-year plan, time in which she will concentrate on starting her event management firm before settling down for responsibility. Khan is a dynamic personality on screen and looks astounding beautiful too, but her execution lacks the complexity (sometimes) which the role needs, with the result that you don’t really connect with Zoe as well (though she has the potential).
In the film, Aaryan has to go from being a lovelorn small-town boy to a big-city lover boy, and he picks this off convincingly. Debutante Arushi Sharma also makes a fine first film. But the show-stealer is Hooda who looks dapper in a vintage role. More than the contemporary tale of love and longing, it’s this thread that makes the film more likeable.