Love Aaj Kal Movie Review

Love Aaj Kal directed by one of Bollywood’s most promising directors, who in the past, has directed gems like Socha Na Tha (2005) and Jab We Met (2007). Ali is arugably one big reason, why Love Aaj Kal is on every moviegoer’s must-watch list.

While Socha Na Tha (a box office disaster) is one of his best works to date, Jab We Met aided by Kareena Kapoor’s fabulous performance, fantastic dialogues and great music was thoroughly entertaining. Love Aaj Kal has great music and a decent storyline but the performances and overall entertainment value fall well short of expectations.

What works for Love Aaj Kal

  1. Music by Pritam Chakraborty adds great value to the film. Yeh Dooriyan stands out.
  2. The dialogues to a certain extent are very realistic, something which the current generation can easily identify with.
  3. The “Aaj” and “Kal” stories are easy to relate to; survival of long distance relationships, commitment phobia, of love getting more physical and mental are some of the common issues, most in their 20s are struggling with. The older generation would love Rishi’s love story, a story which shows how the concept of dating and falling in love has changed drastically in the last couple of decades or so.
  4. Saif Ali Khan is brilliant as Jai, a role similar to his characters in Kal Ho Na Ho and Dil Chahta Hai.
  5. Rishi Kapoor has limited scope, but does well. Wife Neetu Singh has a special appearance. Rahul Khanna is good in a small role.
  6. The young Harleen is cute, has just about 2 dialogues but her screen presence and expressions more than makes up for her silence!

Reasons why Love Aaj Kal disappoints

  1. Its a D-R-A-G, the second half seems to go on forever! Should have ideally been about 30 minutes shorter.
  2. Without revealing the rather disappointing climax, the last 30 odd minutes is full of unnecessary Bollywood clichés.
  3. The narrative, which keeps switching between “Aaj” and “Kal”, does get confusing at times. To add to it, we have Saif as the young Rishi Kapoor; the only way to differentiate between the two is the turban and the sets.
  4. Saif’s mannerisms and accent doesn’t quite go with the punjabi character of Veer Singh in the 60s.
  5. Love Aaj Kal lacks the wholesome entertainment value of Imtiaz Ali’s earlier films, the light hearted scenes just don’t work.
  6. Deepika Padukone is poor in emotional sequences, crying is something she should avoid in her future films.

Overall, make no mistake, Love Aaj Kal is a decent family flick. But from a Imtiaz Ali film, we expect more, a lot more than what this slow, at times over dramatic tale on love relationships has to offer.

The wait and hype, most definitely and quite sadly, hasn’t been worth it. At the box office the film would rely on its pre-release hype and music to draw audience to theatres.

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Watched Love Aaj Kal? Do post your reviews below, we would love to read your opinions, good or bad, on the film.



  • the movie is so boooring !!

    saifs acting was awful. one dimensional actor suitable only for ‘jerk’ roles.

    what a dissapointment this movie is. i can’t believe the movie has got the highest one day multiplex collections ever !! and the 2nd highest 1st day collections ever, 2nd to ghajini. beating films like rab ne bana di jodi and singh is kinng / kambakht ishq.

    it doesn’t deserve such an accolade. it is totally an average fare. personally i would prefer rab ne bana di jodi or singh is kinng or even kambakht ishq to this boring waste of time.

    i wouldn’t advise anyone to go and see it, wait for the dvd. dont waste your money. unless you are bored to death and have nothing better to do.

    i just hope the film crashes badly and doesn’t beat the first week record of the recent big films like rab ne, ghajini, and SIK, KI. it doesn’t deserve to beat any records. saif will be elevated to the A grade if it does, without any valid reason. not deserving at all.

    i wonder why it received such a huge opening at the box office ?

  • I was neither fan of saif ali khan nor deepika !!So today i watch this movie in DVD……Film not wht i thought of.
    Review:Well,movie is good but not best.It is watchable,neither it is boring…songs of movie r fantastic….i really like the love story which was shown of 1965 ad(of rishi kapoor) it was very good …i donot know tht actress name but even without more dialouge she really impress me…it was worth a watch while seeing in the movie!!!!

    Wht works in movie:
    1.Love story of rishi kapoor..this is very cute.
    2.Songs compose by pritam.Except one punjabi song ,all other songs r superb.
    3.the way movie is directed by I.ALi is very nice.He is always know for his direction and again shows tht

    Wht donot work for movie:
    1.When there was not good ending to both love was simple and many films have already used tht.
    2.Modern love story…..was not digest ,how can a women knows only after marry tht she doesnot love her husband but loves her lover
    3.Deepika was boring as usual.Modern saif was not as good as young rishi kapoor

    Prediction:3 out of 5

    Final verdict:Watch a sweet love story of young part of rishi kapoor…… will surely make u fall in love

  • Kiran, Spiderman, Sudeep.. Good reviews.. So opinions are indeed mixed.. Some have liked Kal, some the Aaj bits.. But very few who have enjoyed the movie as a whole.. Many user reviews have been outright negative, but surprisingly most critics have been extremely positive.

    Karan, do post “your” review, as the one you posted is from Bollywood Hungama..

  • this movie is nothing but a new hash version of HUM TUM …I donno whats so special about this ..bachna ae haseeno is also visible here…all and all a dissapointing show..luckily i saw it from a torrent site so amanged to save my money…four stars not withstanding i wanna give it 1 star rating….period

  • dear indicine team.. my review is not frm bollywood hungam…..i agreed its frm othr site. but wht i found on other site was d same wht i felt. i saw tht this movie is being critizising on ur site a lot. so i posted this review on ur site. if sme movie has somthing in it. thn it has to b appericiated. well i m nt telling u tht agar muje achi lagi movie thn sabko achi lage… but in ur case many users are following u so bcz writing or giving ur views jst think. or u can jst make a new coloumn on ur site thts of movie result, after 3 days of collction of box office on tht note jst give the result of movie tht is flop, avg, hit or superhit. thn compare with ur reviews thn u wil able to find hw much ur reviews r getting correct. the result of this movie is HIT’ nd its on d way of superhit. all d best byeee

  • Karan, a box office BLOCKBUSTER is not necessarily a GOOD movie.. If that was the case the Oscar for best picture should go to the biggest Hollywood blockbuster.. Or here in Bollywood.. Filmfare or National Award.. Get my point? :)

  • I agree with what indicine team just said. Box office blockbusters are not really a good way of saying if a movie was a hit or miss. When I went to see love aaj kal, two guys in front actually got up and left, and people were laughing at scenes that weren’t even meant to be funny, which tells me that people didn’t take it seriously and were just passing time and wanting to get their money’s worth. Although I didn’t like the movie the theme that it was trying to send about “love” nowadays I liked, I put that in quotes because these days love has just turned to more lust than anything else. The message was very true indeed, but in real life many “saif ali khan’s” never realize it until its too late, which is why he went mad at the end, there are some values and morals that have stood the test of time but I guess people nowadays are just trying to fight it without success, which is what Love Aaj Kal was trying to show. I guess in the end it just comes down to a personal preference taking into account direction script acting and all the other stuff that makes a movie complete. I like the message and theme of the movie. The only good thing in the movie was Rishi Kapoor.

  • I have still finger cross for kaminey!!!although music is superb but still i feel movie will be disapointing.Hope Kaminey will prove me wrong but still i have gut feeling this movie will not work

  • dear indicine team….first wana say u tht here we r nt for oscars..nd jahan tak question is of flimfare idnt think nw a days these awards r realistic…they are fixed last year ghajini was the boxoffice blockbuster nd the movie was superhit. nd on the other hand the movie didnt gt ny award…nor the nominations in most of the award ceremony’s. reason-‘amir khan dnt take awards. nd if they give the awards to tht movie who’s cast is nt present in the ceremony…the other actors wil for sure boycott the ceremony. so awards are jst selling nw a days. nw ur nxt point if movie is box office blockbuster u r saying it dsnt necessary movie is good. but on the other hand boxoffice blockbuster means tht people r going in theatre n seeing the movie. tht means many people r liking the movie. ab aisa to hai nai jashan is flop movie but it is boxoffice block buster. nt possible koi b khrab movie boxoffice blockbuster nai ho sakti. agar koikhrab movie ho to it wil business for 1 or 2 days,,,,nt more thn tht. but tht is nt in the case of love….kal…Get my point?/

  • @Sachin rocki
    we will talk after the release of agyaat
    by the way thanks for the funny comment like “agyaat is an excellent movie”

  • Songs of LOVE AAJ KAL are very good and enjoyable………. but movie is average and could make interest except sardarji part. I like that part . But it was just 1/5 of the whole movie.

  • Hi. I watched this movie. It was a nice movie, I do belive that “Jab we met” was better. Cause both Kareen and Shahid did very good acting. In “Love Aj Kal”, Saif was good, but he didn’t look as good as he should. Deepika was awful in her way of acting. The film could have been much better if they have had someone other playing the role. It doesn’t necessary mean that I would have perferred Kareena, but Deepiaka didn’t do justice. And that other lady, the second herione, she was awful. One more thing that, the both stories going on together was a bit messy…Anyway. It was a good movie, but could have been even better.

  • Who is this Sachin Rocki?????????????I think this buddy needs some Black Coffee or Kali Chai to understand what the movie says to us.
    Dear Indicine Team, I watched the Movie yesterday & I think the Movie is superb. Jai, Meera, Veer Singh & Harleen do a fantastic Job in the movie.
    I was very frustrated since last few days but the Movie lets me reversed five years when I was also stand under her Balcony only to have a glimpse of her face. Really, I love my Wife very much. She is the only one & everyone for me. I completely disagree to the peoples who criticized the Movie. The Movie LOVE AAJ KAL is actually very impressive movie.
    This is the movie of everyone who love someone.
    I Love the Movie.
    Thanks Saif for making such a great Movie.
    God Bless You.

    not even funnie
    just music the song twist is good and ye dooriyan thatz all there is
    to this movie
    godd jab we met cant even touch this movie
    and wow i cant believe imtiaz is embarrased of jab we met
    and is proud of love aaj kaal
    awkward much!!
    really indicine is rite deserves like only 2 stars for saif and deepika’s effort
    and .5 star for the songs thatz all
    overline watch it at home cuz itz a waste of money if u watch it in theatres !!!!

  • sachin rockki::

    first of all…l.a.k. is a crap movie….secondly..dun predict the movie’s results before its release…have u watched agyaat???? it a crap movie…….have u watched predator????? its kinda same thing……bt den….agyaat is like a daily soap…wat da heck….climax is to b continued…that ‘s the trik of stupid r.g.v. to paisa wasool………..i wud have done shit on his face….

  • as time passes by , people will realise how crap a movie this is. the only good thing about the movie was the song ”twist”. however, the song becomes annoying after a while too. after listening to it quite a few times, iam now realising that in reality it is actually a very annoying song.

    saif is a fake, and has produced a ”bundle” of a film. not deserving of the success it has achieved. it appears saif and akshay are similar in that regards. nonsense actors.

    i believe the only best part of the movie will remain the white british actress who can be seen in the twist song. she is worth staring at all day.

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