Love Aaj Kal (2009)
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Director Imtiaz Ali (Jab We Met) takes the helm for this Bollywood romance starring Deepika Padukone and Saif Ali Khan as lovers in two different time periods. Set in 2009, "Love Aaj" details the romance of London couple Jai and Meera, a happy couple with a nontraditional view of relationships. When life pulls them in different directions, they decide to leave their future to fate. "Love Kal" takes place in 1965, when Veer Singh is struck by lightning the moment he lays eyes on the lovely Harleen. Smitten, he travels a thousand kilometers by train just to get another glimpse at her. As the two separate stories unfold, we come to understand that the experience of being in love transcends time, even if the details of being in a relationship vary from era to era. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi … More
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Jai and Meera are young, in love, and are at a good place in their relationship until things begin to get too comfortable for Jai. With each having their own set of dreams and goals, they never planned for their future so the two end their relationship. As Meera leaves for India to pursue a restoration job, Jai meets Veer (who shares his own relationship experience). Two years later, Meera and Jai meet, and spend time together, in India. As love resurfaces, Meera is about to marry and Jai is on vacation with his present girlfriend. Realizing that Jai will not change, Meera decides to marry and put the past and Jai behind her. It is the dream job in San Francisco, and being alone, that realization sets in: Meera is the love of his life.
Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Rishi Kapoor, and Rahul Khanna stars. Worthy!
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. The parallel stories of the past relationship and the current relationship was a great addition to demonstrate the never changing ordeal that make up human relationships.
Indian love in the 21st century isn't quite as innocent- or for that matter, Beautiful- as what it used to be in our parents'- and grandparents'- day and age: these days, lovers' egos are much too big; their minds, much too fickle; and they never seem to mean what they say. This, anyway, is the message of Imtiaz Ali's latest offering.
Personally, I didn't much care for it: for one thing, there is no chemistry between Mr Ali's pair of star cross'd lovers. They meet, have sex, break up, and somewhere in between all that, manage to fall in love: but when exactly, and why, and how, is left to our imaginations. Moreover, by alternately telling the stories of a yesteryear romance and the modern one, I have a feeling that Mr. Ali wanted to show us the timelessness of love; that underneath all the glitter, Love has always been the same, and will be so forever: Pure, 24 carat Gold.
Unfortunately, that is a message this film fails to deliver.
Rishi Kapoor, who plays Saif's amanuensis-cum-guide, is, as always, refreshing; but the one true revelation of this film is Harneet. She doesn't say a word, but her Innocence, such as it is, is worth more than all the words in the world. It's not difficult to imagine why anyone couldn't help but fall in love with her. (This reviewer certainly did!)
In the end, Love Aaj Kal is too much icing, but too little cake. For real Gold- and not just glitter- see Jab We Met, Mr. Ali's first film.
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