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Love Aaj Kal - fresh, frothy, fun
Love can never go out of circulation irrespective of how much hatred or negativity is around. It touches the soul and quenches the spirit. Love Aaj Kal (LAK) is a prime example of this.
LOVE CAN never go out of circulation irrespective of how much hatred or negativity is around. It touches the soul and quenches the spirit. Love Aaj Kal (LAK) is a prime example of this. Well, the movie is doing roaring business. It has truly connected with the viewers. It has a repeat value. Songs are a rage especially Aahun Aahun. Pritam Chakraborty plagiarised it from Pakistani singer Naseebo Lal, who copied it from Shaukat Ali Khan. Pritam is doing the Anu Malik ‘inspired’ act a shade better than poor Anu. Pritam claims it is an original and his very own.

LAK itself is a copy of the Taiwanese film Hao De Shi Guang (Three Times). Surprisingly, this fact is not credited at all. The saving grace is viewers have taken a shining to LAK. It is all in the treatment. Otherwise, it is old wine in a new bottle. Even in neighboring Pakistan it is doing roaring business. Had the 19-year-old Brazilian model Giselle Monteiro (Harleen Kaur) been taken in Deepika Padukone’s place, the movie would have been today’s Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. Giselle has such an earthy quality that she instantly connects with the viewers. We wish more such foreign talent is uncovered in the future.

By now LAK has made big bucks and is still minting money, everyone knows what it is about. There is nothing more I can add to it. But here goes. Jai (Saif Ali Khan) and Meera (Deepika) think they are in love. They are together but soon part ways. They are today’s modern and practical couple. Their love is more buddy-buddy than truly romantic love. Veer Singh (Saif in a double role) instantly falls in love with Harleen Kaur (Giselle). He loves her without knowing much about her. He represents the time-tested lover. Jai and Veer (Rishi Kapoor) meet and their views on love propels the movie. Whereas Jai is naïve, Veer is mature and understanding. This is the difference between aaj and kal. So do the viewers grow with the movie. Do Jai and Meera ever get together after their separation? That forms the rest of the movie. In three words, the movie is fresh, frothy and fun. Saif has turned in a mature performance. In a double role, he has elevated himself a notch higher. He has definitely done himself a service. The movie’s success would be a double boost for him. He deserves it. Deepika too is good. She lends a lightness and charm to her role. She dances even better though we still wish Giselle was in her place. Rishi Kapoor definitely adds value to the movie. His performance is simple in line with the role.

Imtiaz Ali has another winner on his hands. If Jab We Met was the beginning, LAK is the middle and Ali’s next would definitely be the end of this trilogy. Let’s wait for that. London, San Francisco, Delhi, Kolkata – you get a free ride everywhere. Cinematography is eye-catching. The movie is a definite treat to lovelorn hearts. You want this to be happening in your life. You want to live it live. This is love yesterday, today and of course tomorrow too. That’s the USP of this movie. Love is definitely the flavour of the season. Take big dollops of it. LAK is the taste. Go for it in a big way.

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