"Love Aaj Kal" Review: Fails To Tug At Your Heartstrings

Mohnish Singh |Feb 15, 2020

"Love Aaj Kal" is a reboot of sorts of filmmaker Imtiaz Ali's own 2009 film of the same name. It stars Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan in lead roles.

Love Aaj Kal (2009), starring Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone in lead roles, was one of the most successful films of 2009, which has gained cult status over a decade. The Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan is a reboot of sorts of the original Love Aaj Kal. Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali is the common thread between both films. Will Ali succeed in weaving the same magic again? Will Kartik and Sara be able to match the crackling chemistry of Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone? Here is what STARBIZ reviewer has to say.

Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan play the lead pair in the film

Story: Love Aaj Kal is set in two different time zones, one in the 1990s and one in 2020. Raj (Randeep Hooda) owns a co-working space in Delhi where Veer (Kartik Aaryan) and Zoey (Sara Ali Khan) work. Veer and Zoey are in a complicated relationship. Raj narrates his love story to Zoey and how it affects her love story with Veer is what forms the crux of the love story.

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Kartik Aaryan teams up with Imtiaz Ali for the first time

Critical Analysis: When you come to know that Imtiaz Ali is attached to a project as a director, you tend to pin loads of hopes on it. But looks like we have started over expecting from the filmmaker. Love Aaj Kal is the best example of how burdened the director feels under those expectations that he has now stopped visiting his own hit films. After Jab Harry Met Sejal (2017), the filmmaker fails yet again to meet the high expectations of the audience. For Love Aaj Kal, he revisits his own 2009 film of the same name, but fails to go anywhere close to it. The story of the film lacks the depth that Ali's initial outings had.

Kartik Aaryan tries to be different from the characters that he has played over the past few years, and he succeeds. Best known for anti-women rants in his previous movies, the rising Bollywood star plays a subtle, geeky character with aplomb. It shows his versatility like never before, and we hope he keeps experimenting with his characters hereon. Sara Ali Khan has great screen presence and looks supremely convincing in scenes involving humour, anger and quirkiness. But when it comes to portraying emotional scenes, she wobbles. She really needs to work hard when it comes to such sequences in a film. Randeep Hooda and debutante Aarushi Sharma are perfect in their parts. Despite playing second fiddle to the lead couple, they walk away with maximum praise.

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Kartik Aaryan impresses with his performance

Coming to the music of the film, it is good. But if you sit down to compare it with the album of the original 2009 film, you will be utterly disappointed. Composer Pritam and lyricist Irshad Kamil try their best to replicate the success of the previous film, but do not succeed.

Final Verdict: If you were itching to watch Love Aaj Kal in theatres, I would suggest you to please log into your OTT platform and watch the original Love Aaj Kal instead of wasting your time, energy and money on the reboot. Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali disappoints yet again with another sloppy film. I am going with 2.5 stars. 

Movie Credit

Banner: Maddock Films, Window Seat Films, Jio Studio
Director: Imtiaz Ali
Cast: Kartik Aaryan, Sara Ali Khan, Randeep Hooda, Aarushi Sharma
Runtime: 141 Minutes
STARBIZ Rating: 2.5 Stars

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