Love Aaj Kal 2.0 Movie Review
Cast: Sara Ali Khan, Kartik Aaryan, Arushi Sharma, Randeep Hooda
Director: Imtiaz Ali
Rating: 2.5 stars (out of 5)
Story: Twenty-two-year-old Zoe Chauhan (Sara Ali Khan) is against to a serious long term relationship. She wants to have fun with no strings attached and go after her career. But another love story from the past makes her question her own choices.
Review: Writer-director Imtiaz Ali narrates the 2020 ‘Love Aaj Kal’ in the same format as his most successful directorial in 2009 by the same name.
However, the love stories are fresh with different set of conflicts that vary with time. Imtiaz Ali makes it relevant by showing us the contrast between traditional small town-love that was simple yet difficult versus the modern urban love that is complex.
Imtiaz Ali’s leading character Zoe is a complicated character, who has a five-year plan to make merry and launch her own event management company, before she ‘settles down’ in a committed relationship.
While Sara Ali Khan is the right age to play Zoe, she falls short of convincingly manage the complexity of her firebrand and viciously independent character. Sara has an impressive screen presence and looks gorgeous, but her performance doesn’t quite make you root for Zoe.
Kartik Aaryan is good as the boyish Raghu, whose transformation from a shy lovesick small-town guy to a big-city Romeo, is believable. However, even Kartik doesn’t get to do more than only follow around the love of his life and be at her loyal.
But it’s Randeep Hooda, who leaves a lasting impression even with marginal screen time. Sporting a handlebar moustache and crisp linen shirts, the underrated actor looks quite smart. He is capably cast for the role that is quite like Rishi Kapoor’s character in the 2009 original movie.
In fact, it is his story that is far more interesting, engaging and entertaining. Imtiaz Ali uses beautiful graphics and backdrops to reinvigorate Raghu’s love story with Leena played by debutante Arushi Sharma.
Arushi delivers quite effectively. However, the flashback story is interrupted too many times to accommodate the film’s non-linear narrative. While the film’s emotionally charged narrative is casual in its approach, there are hardly any light moments.
The film’s soundtracks are rich in melody that adds value to the storytelling. The short runtime is another plus point with an fascinating first-half, but a predictable second-half.
‘Love Aaj Kal 2020’ sets off to celebrate complex characters and broken relationships, with the universal emotion of love at its core. It creates some emotional moments along the way, but doesn’t mesmerize you.