Since seeing the promos for weeks on end, I have been dying to watch this movie.
So, last night I did the unthinkable. Went for a movie with my friends before getting first-hand feedback on the movie. I usually wait for a couple of weeks, decide (based on my friends’ reports) whether a movie is worth watching before plunging right in.
Well, here are my thoughts on the movie. Love aaj kal is precisely what the title claimes it to be. A love story set in today’s times (Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone), and a love-story set in the 1960s (Saif Ali Khan and an unknown actress). Yes, Saif has a double-role in this film! Love in today’s times is more practical and less romantic, while the romances of yesteryears were an all-or-nothing affair.
This movie is very tough to review, primarily because I liked the concept so much. But, in actuality, the movie falls flat so badly. The romance between Saif and Deepika is not meant to be romantic but still there was absolutely no zing at all. I found it very difficult to even believe that Saif was in love with Deepika.
What do you think of a guy who wishes his lady-love “All the Best” when she is getting married to another man? Forget about romance, it does not even sound like he loves her. Imtiaz Ali expects us to believe that this is how people love these days? How sad for the poor girls who have to put up with such commitment-phobic, selfish guys!
His final turnaround, where he admits his love for Deepika ends up sounding really fake. I was gunning for her to reject this pathetic proposal. But alas! of course, she says yes 🙁
The love story set in the 1960s is slightly more watchable. However, still nothing much happens except for Saif mooning over the heroine in the train station and while she is standing in the balcony.
And, that’s where the movie finally falls short! It is extremely boring, apart from a couple of breezy dialogues, absolutely nothing happens. The music is pretty good but still not good enough to save the movie.
In short, this movie is not even a patch on Jab we Met (Imtiaz Ali’s previous blockbuster). Save your money and watch it on DVD when it comes out. That too, rent the DVD, don’t buy it!