Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Giselle
Monteiro, Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh, Rahul Khanna, Vir
Das, Raj Zutshi
Director - Imtiaz Ali
the same director who gave us Jab We Met, who has this
time has developed a complex but comprehensive
screenplay and extracted sensitive performances from
Saif and Deepika.
The film deals with love story with different situations
of 2 different eras which are Love aaj -2009 and Life
kal -1965. Love Aaj Kal is not one of those ordinary
love stories that talks of love and heartache. The
director takes up the two stories, set in different
eras, run them parallel, and they have a similar end.
London, San Francisco, Delhi - 2009.
Jai (Saif Ali Khan) and Meera (Deepika Padukone) is a
modern-day couple in London. They are very happy
together but do not believe in tying each other down. So
when life pulls them in different directions, they
decide to go with the flow. They decide to go separate
ways as Jai thinks that long distance relationships wont
work. He is of the opinin "These Heer-Ranjha,
Romeo-Juliet type janam janam ka saath type couples
exist only in story books ... In real life, we have to
film depicts Saif as the young Rishi Kapoor, in sepia
tone scenes. As the film progresses, it grows on the
viewer. The second half is the soul of the film. Right
from the time Deepika decides to marry, till the last
reunion, the film touches an emotional high.
Other highlight of this film are some beautiful songs
like 'Twist' , then the melodious 'Chor Bazaari' number
and the ‘Yeh Dooriyan’ which have been brilliantly
picturised by N. Natarajan Subramaniam.
Saif Ali Khan doesn’t need any comments on his acting,
while the girl in her third film - Deepika has come out
with her career-best performance. Rishi Kapoor, Rahul
Khanna and the surprise presence of the graceful Neetu
Singh towards the end are a treat to watch.
Saif Ali Khan - Jai Vardhan Singh
Deepika Padukone - Meera
Giselle Monteiro - Harleen Kaur (introducing)
Rishi Kapoor - Veer
Rahul Khanna - Meera's boss
Neetu Singh - Veer's wife
Vir Das - Shonty
Raj Zutshi - Harleen's father
Delhi, Calcutta - 1965.
Veer Singh (Rishi Kapoor) is struck by a thunderbolt
when he sees Harleen (Giselle Monteiro) for the first
time. Soon after, he stands under a tree and swears that
"is janam mein aur har janam mein... yehi meri votti
banegi - Harleen Kaur." He travels a thousand kilometers
by train to stand under her balcony only to have a
glimpse of her face. And yet not speak a word with her.
Love Aaj Kal
Veer does not understand how Jai can treat matters of the
heart without passion, like a financial transaction. Jai
does not understand how Veer Singh could have been so
naive and silly about Harleen in the days of his youth.
But as both stories unfold, we realize that the process of
relationship might be different in different eras, but the
experience of being in love remains the same.
Initially it takes time to
grasp the plot, since the past and present run
concurrently. If one isn’t attentive, chances are that
you'd lose the plot especially as Saif enacts dual roles
in the film and the 2 different love stories running on
similar strands. This almost creates confusion as he plays
his part as also the part of young Rishi Kapoor.
So there is the frolic and despair of modern living, the
liberation and confusion. And there is the past - the
times of innocence and compulsion. And there is distance,
and the fondness that increases with distance. Gaps widen
between two people, but bridges keep growing too.
Credits & Crew:
Banner - Eros Entertainment, Illuminati Films
Producers - Saif Ali Khan, Dinesh Vijan
Director - Imtiaz Ali
Executive Producer / Co-Producer - Sunil A. Lulla
Lyrics - Irshad Kamil
Music Director - Pritam Chakraborty
Background Music - Salim Merchant, Sulaiman Merchant
Cinematography - N Natarajan Subramaniam
Choreography - Ashley Lobo, Bosco Martis, Caesar Gonsalves,
Art - Teddy Maurya
Editor - Aarti Bajaj
Costumes - Dolly Ahluwalia, Anahita Shroff Adajania
Singers - Neeraj Shridhar, Master Saleem, Sunidhi Chauhan,.
Mohit Chauhan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, K K
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