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Love Aaj Kal
Though different in many respects, it's in the same category of love and romance. While 'Jab We Met' starred Shahid Kapur and Kareena Kapoor in the lead roles, 'Love Aaj Kal' has Saif Ali Khan opposite Deepika Padukone. This time, the on screen couple has huge age difference.
Though Saif in his home production wanted his lovebird Kareena Kapoor to be cast opposite him, yet he had to accept the director's choice of Deepika. Fussy Saif agreed for Deepika only after the persuasion of none other than Kareena. After all, Kareena has complete confidence in the wisdom of Imtiaz who had directed her in 'Jab we Met' opposite Shahid.
The movie is distinct in respect of today's love that's in no hurry to transform it into marriage before it's either misunderstood or lasts. This is another matter that the parents and the families fail to understand this emotional dilettantism and keep badgering the modern lovebirds with love-of-a-lifetime clichés.
In this movie, Jai played by Saif and Meera played by Deepika take the love to new dimensions. Maybe this is the reason behind titling the movie as 'Love Aaj Kal'.
His character of Veer Singh played by Rishi Kapoor falls in love with Harleen at first sight. He travels from Delhi to Kolkata by train to stand under her balcony to get a glimpse of her face! Isn't this the love of yesterday (Kal) as against today's (Aaj)? Neither Veer understands how Jai can treat matters of the heart without passion nor does Jai how Veer could be so stupid about Harleen in his youth. However, love is love though the process of relationship might be different in different eras.
Both Jai and Meera live as friends, pursuing their careers and different love interests. But ironically, they walk into each other at odd timings. Interesting are Saif's take on like I'm okay, you're okay; we're okay in the wake of the scenes indicating something else.
Saif renders so many shades to his character, including playing the dual role, to make it look just real. Deepika stuns the audience by her beauty and acting skill. Both have performed their best. Rishi Kapoor is undoubtedly admirable. Harleen looks pretty in her role. Rahul Khanna fares well even in such a small but significant role.
N Natarajan Subramaniam's cinematography is superb. The movie isn't without flaws though. The major flaw is the lack of clarity of the story in the first part though the director rectifies it in the second half. We wish the director had devoted more attention to the first half too.