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Love...Aaj Kal Aisi hi hoti hai: 3/5

After walking out of Kambakht Ishq and a passable New York, expections were sky high for Imtiaz Ali's fresh flick. Deepika looked hot in the Chor Bazaari number while Saif was cool in the Twist number.

The movie dwells upon the two theories of love. While Jai (Saif) represents the current generation and their pragmatic approach towards love, relationship, breakups, flings versus the veteran sardarji (Veer Singh) Rishi Kapoor, who has his own story typical of the eastman color movies we have forgotten ages ago. The two tales reach their happy ending, through the same old situations. A breakup, the meeting after ages, or the shaadi, running away from home, or the climax are all situations we have seen in almost every movie.

But that is where Imtiaz Ali (director) enters with the powerful punch. Each of these scenes have something fresh to offer.

The post breakup conversation between Jai and Meera (Deepika), or the trip to Delhi which consists of the beautifully picturised Chor Bazaari, and the typical shaadi scene are worth mentioning. The screenplay shines throughout these moments, very well captured by Imtiaz.
However, apart from some real good moments, the movie fails to carry the flow throughout the 150 minutes. However, you will nver feel too bored with the proceedings.

The music complements the screenplay with the exception of the san Fransisco number. I really felt like walking out and buying a samosa during that song, only to realise Samosa costed a bomb! The cinematography is a clear winner. The three cities Kolkata, London and San Francisco with their bridges, trams and the roads add to the storyline. The San Francisco setting reminded me of the sitcom Full House :)

Of the cast, Rishi Kapoor is a charmer throughout, while there is not much to do for the rest of the supporting cast. Deepika needs to go back to Farah Khan and get some lessons on dialog delivery. There doesnt seem to be a fullstop when she talks. Performance wise, she is strictly ok, but she looks damn hot. As far as Saif is concerned, this role is nothing but an extention to his Hum Tum role, nothing great again.

Imtiaz Ali has given us fresh takes on love through Socha Na Tha and Jab We Met.
Love Aaj Kal is not in that league, but still a decent effort.

Atlee Rating: ***

12 comments:

baks said...

deat atlee.
spoken like a true critic..
fresh but still not upto the laegue of Jab we met!

gauri said...

Well... love stories will always remain a matter of debate and feasibility study...

But I felt the essence of our generation has rightly been captured... esp in the part when Rishi Kapoor emphasizes that the new generation uses their head more than their heart ! I particularly liked the way Saif n Deepika conversed about their relationship, making it sound very logical rather than driven by emotions...

Point to ponder : Why is there a need to be a little dillogical ... when it can easily remain as illogical as your heart wants it to be ...

shreyas said...

dear atlee,
i feel your critique of the movie is clouted by the love you have for tear jerker movies.
this movie is horrible, saif decided to be the producer of the movie & demanded 70% of the dialogues...the conversations betn saif & deepika are waaaaaaaaaaaay too long & boring.
the music although good, fails to match the sudden spring of a dance sequence on the screen.
I would advise you to appreciate movies made in the league of Ghajini & not still admire the "rab ne bana di jodi" kind of movies.

KB said...
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KB said...

My observations almost same ,Saif was hum tum 2.0. but Deepika I think- Imitiaz was able to make her act especially in the first half.Farah just made her pose in OSO and SRK tried to act.
Movie was a drag in the second half-reason there is only so much that saif can do.

but anyways 3/5 is a high rating for this movie.

Atlee ... good review ...well written indeed but i am not going to waste my or your time talking abt the movie ... the only thing on mind thru the movie was how to kill myself so that i would not be subjected to the 3rd, 4th and 5th degree ... maybe they should start using this movie as a torture practice ..defn will produce more results than water boarding ...

Sorry dude ... the best part of the movie was the "Aladin" preview at the beginning ....

neha2go said...

Atlee,

I didn't like the movie. Saif and Deepika are too artificial. Saif looks OLD!!!!!!!!!!!!
and there was nothing good about any of the halves except a couple of good songs...


Wondering again whats wrong with us...after so many opposing opinions

Its not even close to the league of jab we met or socha na tha....even Abhay and Ayesha made me feel their emotions in that movie...here I felt like just a dragging 2.5 hours...spent mostly looking at the watch

Dissappointed for dragging Sunny :(

Batty said...

I dont understand what everybody is cribbing about. I liked the movie for its various moments and yeah though Deepika was kind of a dampner, overall I felt it did really capture the essence of this age.

atlee said...

to each his/her own...
its 4-4 as of now.

shreyas said...

it isnt 4-4. 1 comment has been deleted & that would have surely ripped apart the movie ...make it 5-4 for HATING love aaj kal

shreyas said...

Considering the undying love for shahrukh khan that atlee possesses...he has been rechristened to Atul "SRK" Pujari.

;)

nikhilrao said...

Well nothing new from imtiyaz ali... he is treading the same line as he did with Socha Na Tha or Jab We Met.... "CONFUSED PROTAGONISTS" Though the 65 love story was much determined as Veer Singh knew what he wanted....

I would rate it at 2 as Just Another Love Story

 
 
 

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