Monday, August 17, 2009

LOVE AAJ KAL - has a JAB WE MET hangover

Imtiaz Ali's films are characterised by funny lines and real people in (un)real situations. You will not find cliches and item numbers in them.

Love Aaj Kal, starring Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone is the story of a couple in today's world. In a parallel story, the film also talks about love in the sepia-toned yesteryears when romeos chased their juliets on bicycles. Its a take on love in both the eras. Love Aaj Kal is not boring. Saif plays the cool dude for the nth time and yet keeps you interested. Deepika Padukone is stunning and just about ok, if you overlook her histrionics in the dramatic scenes.

What works for LAK is that the characters are believable. Just when you begin to say "Oh! No...", Ali breaks free from the stereotypes. The dialogues, like in all his films are real and funny. What doesn't work for the film is that you know that the guys will meet in the end. Some of the twists have become characteristic of his films.

The guy and the girl meeting after a long gap, the same incidents now happening to the other person etc. These were evident in both Socha Na Tha and Jab We Met. However, watch the film for Saif. Its fun while it lasts, but not something you will remember after you leave the cinema.