Kartik Aaryan, Sara Ali Khan, Randeep Hooda, Arushi Sharma
The maestro of romantic - drama genre in Bollywood Imtiaz Ali is back with his latest offering this Valentine's Day. Love Aaj Kal 2020 is the indirect sequel or say reboot of his 2009 astounding success Love Aaj Kal. This time Imtiaz draws a contrast of how the way of love and life has changed from the 90's era compared to the contemporary romance of 2020.
The film showcases two different stories of two different eras, one set in the year 1990 focusing on Raghu (Kartik Aaryan) and Leena (Arushi Sharma) and the other in today i.e 2020. on Zoe (Sara Ali Khan) and Veer (Kartik Aaryan). Zoe is an unapologetically confident and modern girl who has everything figured out in her life. She wants to launch her own event management company one day and the word commitment does not exist in her dictionary. But, she falls in love with Veer a casanova of a boy against her plan, and everything goes fine until, comes in confusion of what these guys actually want in their lives and what are their priorities giving birth to drama, separation, pain and die-hard romance.
Love Aaj Kal 2020 is a new wine packed in a bottle. The first half of the film rides high on romance, drama & energy but the second half falls flat.
Ali tries to weave a romantic two-era tale in an attempt to recreate the magic of Love Aaj Kal (2009). There was a time when Imtiaz could even make a lamp post fall in love and we might have watched that too. The screenplay moving back and forth also proves to be a villain for the story and the film many times as it becomes an interruption just when you get hooked to the narrative. Still, Love Aaj Kal is partly entertaining.
Sara Ali Khan is the right choice for the fire-brand girl Zoe as she fits in shoes convincingly. Her strong screen presence compensates for her lack of expressions and overall the girl in on fire here.
Kartik Aaryan looks believably good as the casanova Veer who is at times confused about what is right and what is not when it comes to her girlfriend Zoe and his charming and boyish small-town lad Raghu is also impressive. His character development is fine and his acting skills seem to have improved here a lot, the credit for which goes to Imtiaz of course.
Randeep Hooda leaves his mark whenever he comes on screen. The actor looks dashing and dapper in every frame and his backstory is also engaging and relatable. The debutante Arushi Sharma deserves to be applauded for her dedication to her character and delivers a noteworthy performance. Imtiaz Ali's mettle in the romantic-drama genre can't be underestimated and his film is enjoyable when it comes to romance as it is the only thing keeping your eyes hooked to the screen most of the time.
The music of the film is a melodious treat for your ears and compliments Imtiaz Ali's style of storytelling. The runtime is not too long which is also good news.
Overall, Love Aaj Kal is about the complexities of human relationships and especially love. The film celebrates the romantic flaws of relationships and still tells you to fall in love because, in the end, it is all worth it.