REVIEW: Love Aaj Kal - Imtiaz successfully gives another reason to admire 2009 Love Aaj Kal more.

Updated: Feb 15, 2020

Kartik ‘s behavior looks that he is suffering from a dysfunctional disease. His stalking habits are no less than Joe Goldberg from the famous web series YOU, he complains about social media yet stalks Zoe, finds her workplace and starts working in the cafe where Zoe established her budding event management office. At times I felt Kartik is going to break the fourth wall and start saying some philosophical shit and actually date Zoe like a sociopath.



Love Aaj Kal 2020 ‘s plot aim is as confusing as the characters of the film. Imtiaz Ali misfires again as he did with Jab Harry Met Sejal. The other movies give a feeling that it belongs to Imtiaz Ali but this Love Aaj Kal doesn’t even feel like it belongs to Imtiaz Ali.



The movie starts with similar scenes from 1990 and 2020 and then cuts to beautiful wall paintings and doodles. Sara as Zoe is a budding event manager who has planned her whole life until the age of 55. Kartik as Vir gives software support to many companies, we never clearly know what he is up to. They both meet at a club and in middle of making out Vir realizes that Zoe is special, she deserves to be treated in a different way for no reason whatsoever, the first Love Aaj Kal had a cute, tender and authentic moment to fall in love, Saif liked Deepika’s straightforwardness and her different, fun approach to everything that is why he used to repeat “Jaaneman Tu hamesha correct bat bol jati hai”, Deepika had a charming witty nature which lured Saif but we don’t see anything like that in this movie.


Kartik ‘s behavior looks that he is suffering from a dysfunctional disease. His stalking habits are no less than Joe Goldberg from the famous web series YOU, he complains about social media yet stalks Zoe, finds her workplace and starts working in the cafe where Zoe established her budding event management office. At times I felt Kartik is going to break the fourth wall and start saying some philosophical shit and actually date Zoe like a sociopath.


Like the first Love Aaj Kal, we have a narrator of the past timeline, this time it is Randeep Hooda. The way Kartik as Raghu and Arushi Sharma as Leena find their love moment in a school breakdance event. The last look, the wait to see her in the balcony or in the window, the story of 1990 that was Imtiaz Ali for me. The story of 2020 doesn't even have proper establishing grounds. Zoe after listening to the story of Raghu started dating Vir and even started believing in love.




The problem with Zoe is that she gets manipulated easily, she starts loving Vir after she listens to the fairytale story of Raghu and when she comes to know that the embroidered fairytale was just the good part and actual story was completely different she started believing the ideas of her mother who tells her that money is the most important thing and is against the idea of love. At times, Love Aaj Kal is not a complicated love story it becomes a movie about an over-reacting and easily manipulated heroine who never really uses her own judgment, her own brain for the situations in her life. She complains that she struggles to find a balance between her love life and her career life but we never really see her struggling at all.



Kartik both as Raghu and Vir was actually very impressive and he actually proved that he isn’t only made for delivering monologues. Aarushi was diligent towards her role and played her part beautifully. Sara and Randeep both had the center stage and both of them played their flawed characters in a good manner. Interesting thing to look is that how Raghu and Vir are so similar yet so different, the approach towards their love is similar, the stalking, the idiotic things but the way they look their love is so different one gets lured by beauty and surrenders to lust easily when the love is away from them while the other realizes the fact that the feeling of lust and sex can be received from anyone but the feeling of love can only be received by one single person.



The songs were good but not that impressive, I still found more pain and emotions when the new version of Yeh Dooriyan was played than in any other song of the movie. The movie like Before Midnight crushed down the beautiful fictitious world created by its prequels, Love Aaj Kal crushed every world Imtiaz created in his hit movies. Before Midnight was a cold attack from the very beginning but this Love Aaj Kal wants to give a cold attack in a warm bed. Sure, life happens and you don’t always get what you want but if you decide to show a darker world then show it completely. Don’t jump between fairytale and dark side of the world and try to prove that a darker world is the only reality every story deserves, it is like “Aana toh pura aana ya fir mat hi aana” The dark side never establishes proper ground nor the fictitious fairy-tale world.



Overall, Love Aaj Kal never really rises from its complications of the female protagonist and the  2020 love story doesn’t even get proper space to develop.


FINAL VERDICT - 1 / 5.



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