Movie Name: Love Aaj Kal
Love Aaj Kal Director: Imtiaz Ali
Love Aaj Kal Cast: Kartik Aaryan, Sara Ali Khan
Love Aaj Kal Stars: 2/5
Blame the audience, but when you name two films on a similar concept, same title, and from the same director, lines of comparisons will be drawn. To be fair to the director, ideally, it shouldn’t be compared. But this is the first rule we have all violated. Love Aaj Kal (2020) is about two couples and how their love stories shape-up in the advent of complications and seductions of career or lust.
The story is of two couples — Randeep Hooda (younger character played by Kartik Aaryan) and debutant Arushi Sharma, and Gen Z on-screen couple – Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan. Veer (Katik) meets an intrepid, career-oriented, albeit commitment-phobic Zoe (Sara) in a bar in New Delhi, and they head out home for a quickie. However, Veer refuses to sleep with Zoe stating they are rushing into things. Confused by the thought, Zoe walks away.
Hereon, Veer starts following her like a shadow but promises Zoe that he will walk away the day she says he is troubling her (tum mujhe tang karne lage ho). The dialogue perhaps has multiple interpretations and highlights the complexities of Zoe’s quandary to choose between love or career. But in the hazy and complicated layers, the audience is left confused as to why Zoe feels it’s an either-or choice? It unintentionally gives the impression that women cannot balance their career and love. Despite earnest attempts by her friend, mentor and wingman, Raj (Randeep Hooda) who runs a co-working space cum café, Zoe feels love is an unwanted complication in her career growth.
Parallelly, the makers weave in the story of Raghu (Kartik Aaryan) and Leena (Arushi Sharma) of Udaipur. Following his school-time love, Raghu comes to Delhi to be with his love, Leena. However, on finding Delhi offers ‘better-looking’ (maker’s justification) prospects, he starts cheating on her. What is common between the two stories is the core of this film. This is the first time Kartik is playing a double-role. He dons the role of Veer and Raghu. Kartik ensures the innocence is retained and adds charm to Raghu’s love story.