Love Aaj Kal movie review: Kartik Aaryan-Sara Ali Khan film is an incoherent mess

But it’s quite another to watch a series of awkwardly-constructed confusions unravel on screen: just what is going on, between Vir and Zoe, as they skim over the in bed-and-out-of-it-bits, slaloming between loudly-and-repeatedly stated ‘career’ choices and realising the worth of pyaar-vyaar? This one does the same, while making an attempt to connect with contemporary ideas of love-shuv-dating-shating, as it follows the tracks of today’s couple Vir (Aaryan) and Zoe (Khan), as well as Raghu (Hooda) and Leena (Sharma), engaged in the same push-pull, in the early 1990s. The last time I saw the messy feelings of pain-pleasure-exhilaration, feelings that touch you and move you, that radiate from true lovers, was in Ali’s most well-realised movie, Jab We Met, and before, in his lovely, underrated Socha Na Tha. The film ends with a song, the usual medley of the cast dancing as the credits roll, and there it is, the film. He hasn’t managed to capture those emotions since, not in Rockstar, nor in Tamasha, and certainly not in the misfire that was Jab Harry Met Sejal. I’m hard put to find any in this one which has characters playing familiar types. Each love story is the same-same but different, and who doesn’t love a lover? Tags:

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For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. Love Aaj Kal movie cast: Kartik Aaryan, Sara Ali Khan, Randeep Hooda, Arushi Sharma
Love Aaj Kal movie director: Imtiaz Ali
Love Aaj Kal movie rating: 1.5 stars
If you had apprehensions about a brand new film being called by an old name, made by the same director, you were right. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. The 2010 Love Aaj Kal, starring Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone, went back and forth in time, giving us two sets of confused lovers. They are talky, but there is no frisson. It’s one thing to train the lens on the confounded confusions two people straining to understand the thing between them. If you thought that despite this apparent lack of imagination, this 2.0 ‘Love Aaj Kal’ would fly, you were wrong. Khan is perky and alive, but a captive of the flat writing that encases the film. But at least those movies had sparkly moments. Ali’s movies have always been heavy on dialogue which feels like it is coming from a space inhabited by the glib poet-philosopher-of-the-filmi-kind, but there has to be a limit on how bumper-sticker you want to go, because on that route there is only banality, no genuine feelings. First-timer Sharma does shyness-boldness well, and Hooda is the one I kept watching through the film, because he brings the experience of a lived-life in his character of a commitment-phobic serial-bed-warmer: the story of the older Raghu and Leena is the more interesting of the two, and you wish it had been explored better. I came away with a feeling of being comprehensively let down: where has the craft gone, and where, indeed, the heart? Aaryan is desperately trying to act as a lover in back-then-Udaipur-and-right-now-Delhi, but the effort doesn’t translate into anything true. Written by Shubhra Gupta
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Updated: February 14, 2020 9:19:13 pm

Love Aaj Kal movie review: I came away with a feeling of being comprehensively let down: where has the craft gone, and where, indeed, the heart? Such liveliness, and zest: if only the whole film had the same feel. Imtiaz Ali’s latest version of romance in this-day-and-that age, is nothing but an incoherent mess.