Directed by : Imitaz Ali
Produced by : Saif Ali Khan , Dinesh Vijan
Starring : Saif Ali Khan , Deepika Padukone , Rishi Kapoor , Rahul Khanna
Music : Pritam
After the blockbuster “Jab We Met” , Imitaz Ali meets love now and then in Love Aaj Kal.
The movie alternates between two periods.Present love life of Jai ( Saif Ali Khan) and the flash back love story of Veer Singh ( Rishi Kapoor). Interestingly , the flash back character of Rishi Kapoor is played by Saif Ali khan as the young sardar.
Jai meets Meera ( Deepika Padukone) in london. They instantly hitches up. Like fast food, the modern couple enjoys a fast lane of love having fun all the way. A time comes when Meera has to shift to India to pursue her career and Jai has a dream of pursuing his career in San Francisco. Jai feels the long distance relations won’t work. So he talks to Meera and they decide to breakup with a breakup party ! Veer Singh is the owner of the restaurant where they have their breakup party. He finds in Jai reminiscence of his younger days. A bond is formed between both. The movie swings between love story of present and past. Meanwhile , Deepika even gets married to her boss / mentor ( Rahul Khanna ) but that is not the end of the love story . What happens in climax ? Love do finds the rhythm that I would leave you to watch in the theatre.
I really enjoyed the flash back love story. Saif Ali khan looks convincing and wonderful as young sardar. Rishi Kapoor still holds his magic and is delight to watch. The girl who performed as Harleen looks fresh on-screen and lovely to watch . Deepika was good on patches and at times fails to impress.( Something missing in her performance ). Neetu kapoor makes an one minute guest appearance as the present day Harleen character.
Music by Pritam is already on top of the charts. My pick is “Aahun Aahun” which is played in the credits. “Twist” is a foot taping score on screen.
Parting shot : The movie is definitely not in the scale of the director’s previous outing in “JWM” but then it is quiet watchable at least for the love story kal portions. At times the events of the Love story Aaj are bit hurried and misses a “magic” but then that should not stop you from watching it once.
Update tidbit : The girl who played the 60’s Punjabi kudi Harleen character is a 19 year old Brazilian by name Giselle Monteiro who cannot speak Hindi nor do the Indian dance steps !