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Movie review: Love Aaj Kal (2009)

First Day Last Show – Love Aaj Kal!
Sis was determined to watch this movie. I find Saif Ali Khan bearable and Deepika Padukone has grown on me since Bachna Ae Haseeno. She even reminds me of an old crush! So there was no point in arguing! Tickets were booked and we were off to watch the FDLS of Love Aaj Kal.

Directed by Imtiaz Ali and produced by Saif Ali Khan, I found Love Aaj Kal to be a

refreshing movie. The story moves along very nicely and holds the audience’s interest for 95% of the movie. There is a part where the lead character is shown brooding in loneliness during which Indian audiences, especially those who had not travelled and stayed abroad, felt bored. The NRI audience will relate to this with ease. Barring this small glitch, everything else held the audience’s attention.
Thankfully, with Saif’s role infused with witty n funny lines, there was no need of a stupid comic relief in the movie! This single point has enhances the movie’s bearable quotient by leaps and bounds! It also means you wont come out with a headache from this movie!

Acting Saif and Deepika both are refreshing to watch! They have a superb chemistry on screen that
makes the audience relate to their characters with ease.
Rishi Kapoor’s character does a lot of talking, yet doesn’t pakao the audience.
Other notable characters are Raj Zutshi as Harleen’s father. Rahul Khanna also plays a
character, but don’t wanna ruin the movie by revealing his character.
Babe factor – What I like about Deepika’s character is – she looks nice and commands attention without resorting to cheap tricks. You wont find unnecessary cleavage or skin just for titillation. She does wear skimpy clothes, but like a Zeenat, she wears them with elan and carried them confidently. One can watch her with family without squirming in the seat!
The other gal in the movie, Giselle Monteiro (Harleen) had a few lines, but she had enough screen time to do a memorable role (atleast till they watch the next movie). She plays her character with grace!
The direction by Imtiaz Ali is great. The editing is crisp (could be crisper, but no points cut for that). Music is by Pritam and it sounds contemporary. Songs are nicely paced and they gel well with the story. Not too many, nor too few. Its nice that the story progresses thru the songs and the characters don’t have to go to a ocean or a desert to sing them! Makes the story more believable and does not distract the audience! The switch between the past and present story feels seamless and does not leave the audience confused at any time. Take a bow Imtiaz!
The visuals in the movie are not stunning, but they feel bright and open as a lot of the movie has been shot in foreign locales. It gives the movie a fresh feel. The shots in current and old India have been done nicely. Its important to note the move does not show any thing bad about India while successfully portraying an authentic image of the country.
There was a stupid controversy (perhaps a cheap publicity stunt) about the movie where much was written about how Kareena was not in the movie… Deepika was very good in the movie and the movie would not be as nice had Kareena been in it!
Similarities – There is a train station sequence that will remind you of DDLJ, but the similarity ends there with DDLJ.
I found traces of Aamir Khan’s character from DCH in Saif, but then I am known to look too much into things πŸ˜€
Quick comparisions – This movie is better than Singh is King and Luck! Saif plays a better Sardar than Akshay. Thankfully there is no turban sporting Snoop Dogg or any other imported singer in a ridiculous looking outfit!

Warning – The movie’s a little mushy in some parts, but then the title is LOVE Aaj Kal!

Verdict – A refreshing love story that deals with practical situations in current times of globalization (perhaps this statement itself is too factual!). Go Watch It!

My rating – 3.75/5
  1. eye-in-sty-in
    August 7, 2009 at 09:01

    Hi Sugar Cube,
    Thanks and welcome to my blog. Perhaps you have seen Jab we met? Is that the reason u didn't like the movie?

  2. - Sugar Cube -
    August 7, 2009 at 04:57

    I didn't find the movie so great.

    But I liked reading this πŸ™‚

  3. Aparna
    August 6, 2009 at 16:59

    I wish my brother was as generous. All I got was 1 text msg saying he wore the rakhi i sent. He will never improve.What a miser.

  4. eye-in-sty-in
    August 6, 2009 at 06:56

    Hi Aparna,
    Btw, the award is well deserved! Do accept it soon and pass it on to others πŸ™‚

  5. eye-in-sty-in
    August 6, 2009 at 06:46

    Hi Flo,
    Its a good Rom Com… do let me know if u watch it and like it. I like foreign movies too. Some are very good to watch. If you want to know, I can recco other good ones to you.

    Hi Aparna,
    Did I say shortage? Dont seem to recall it (After watching Ghajini, my memory's gone 4 a toss!)
    Late or not – you are here.. thats what matters. Ah! Goddy…. two of you alone … thats romantic πŸ™‚ Do lemme know if u watch it and like it. Books and a cell connection !

    Hi Suree,
    Welcome to my blog. Glad to know u enjoyed it!

  6. Suree
    August 6, 2009 at 05:27

    i have seen it the day before and i totally enjoyed it …

  7. Aparna
    August 5, 2009 at 04:58

    I saw 29 comments. So what shortage are you talking about??
    I came late to your post due to 2 reasons.
    1. Had guests. Pardesi de nakhre…uff tauba.
    2.After you passed on the award to me, I am perpetually scared of posting comments, witty or otherwise.

    BTW kids have school and hubby doesnt have office so dragging him to love aaj kal.

    What did you give your sis for rakhi?

  8. floreta
    August 4, 2009 at 22:31

    this looks pretty good! i do like cultural/foreign films

  9. eye-in-sty-in
    August 4, 2009 at 16:35

    Hi Sahityika,
    Thank you for the invite. IF you are buying, I'll give it a thought πŸ™‚

    Hi UH,
    I heard people day its not as good as Jab we met. As I have not watched JWM, I could not comment. Will be over to read ur revu in a bit.

    Hi Foreign desi,
    Thank you for the compliment. I would not say its a chick flick. Its a rom com! Perhaps you and other observers are right and Saif does look old, but he still looks better than SRK πŸ˜€ I'd saw, just skip the others for now and watch this one. Its good.

  10. eye-in-sty-in
    August 4, 2009 at 16:31

    Hi Lynn,
    Wow… As Forrester is into meditatio, are u into predictions? πŸ˜€ Quick n dirty was another review. This one was watched a day later. Thanks for reminding – will be over in a jiffy! πŸ˜‰

    Hi Dhanya,
    Ofcourse. Thats the trademark of my review – I would give out a huge *********WARNING********** before revealing the plot or spoilers! Its a nice movie. Go watch it πŸ™‚

  11. eye-in-sty-in
    August 4, 2009 at 16:28

    Hi Angel,
    attention? people? where?

    Hi Forrestermcleod,
    Welcome to my blog. Thank you for the wonderful compliment.

    Hi Ekta,

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