Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Love Aaj Kal [2009]

In Love Aaj Kal, director Imtiaz Ali has used the classic template of “boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy wins girl” twice over; thankfully he has infused in it freshness and humour so that the end product is quite watchable. Having said that, the movie hasn’t succeeded in avoiding all the clichéd pitfalls of a mainstream Bollywood movie – it has its fair share of unnecessary song-and-dance sequences, every single complication gets mysteriously sorted out in time for the ‘happily ever after’ finale, and the NRI part of the story appears ludicrously unrealistic at times (what I fail to understand is, why so many NRI stories are filmed in the first place!). The director however is smart enough to appear as if he isn’t following the beaten path, without ever loosing sight of his producer’s coffers. The story is about two parallel love angles – one corresponding to the present, while the other told through flashbacks. The acting is decent, with perhaps only Deepika Padukone’s performance being worth noting. Watch this movie only if you’ve some time to kill.

Director: Imtiaz Ali
Genre: Drama/Comedy/Romance/Musical
Language: Hindi
Country: India


Bhargav Saikia said...

I found LAK so sloppy. Deepika's acting was pathetic. Bored me to death.

Shubhajit said...

Yep, sloppy is the right word. But interestingly, I found Deepika one of the few positives in the movie - she is improving in leaps and bounds.