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Love Aaj Kal review: Imtiaz Ali’s trademark bittersweet love story is worth a watch!

Imtiaz Ali’s Love Aaj Kal starring Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan is a bittersweet love story that captures relationships from two time periods.

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Rating: 3 stars

 

The good thing about Love Aaj Kal is that it has the ‘Imtiaz Ali love story’ elements which were missing in his last outing When Harry Met Sejal. His fans called his last film a heartbreak. Ali is a filmmaker who has given a voice to a generation to express their love or whatever they call it in today’s times. He has a massive fan following, both women and men included among the youngsters who often have struggled with the ‘matters of the heart’.

In Love Aaj Kal, Ali presents another take on love and romance in two different times 2020 (Aaj) and 1990 (Kal) in similar fashion as his 2009 hit film of the same title. In this one Kartik Aaryan playing two roles of Veer and Raghu struggles with love and relationships. This is Kartik’s most sincere performance, albeit a different one from his usual rants. He’s convincing in both parts, more as Raghu from 1990. But there’s still a long way to go to show those finer strokes.

His love interests are Sara Ali Khan in 2020 and debutante Arushi Sharma in 1990. There’s not much for Arushi to portray. But she does whatever she gets well. The first dancing (also break dancing) sequence of Kartik and Arushi is a gem of a scene. Sara Ali Khan’s character Zoe goes through the chaos of ambition, desires, confusion, frustration and fighting what her heart truly wants. The chaos appears to be written well but Sara’s performance goes a notch higher than required.

There are a lot of youngsters both girls and boys going through this on regular basis. All suffering from the romance they find their problems. The palette of the so called options doesn’t quite provides satiety in the end. You realize that it happens only once or twice that you truly connect with someone. For those middle aged or older people not familiar with this chaos of the ‘young generation’ might not relate to this. Something which Ali dabbled with in the previous Love Aaj Kal through a spectacular ‘jugalbandi’ (debate) between Rishi Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan.

To give the credit where it’s due is to Imtiaz’s writing. It’s fresh. If you have followed his filmography, you’ll realize that he has improved his storytelling skills immensely when it comes to editing. Where Rockstar (2011) looked like put together on edit table, Tamasha’s (2015) editing was a work of genius and it looked more like coming from Imtiaz from the script itself. Love Aaj Kal has a few loose patches but it has its soul intact. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it might just find its audience, especially the youngsters (even some of the early thirties people) who put themselves through so much of emotional drama while wanting to appear cool and carefree.

Amit Roy’s cinematography gives the film a stunning look. He has kept it intimate and real. Film’s music by Pritam and lyrics written by Irshad Kamil don’t quite have the impact of their work on previous Love Aaj Kal but the soundtrack has some soulful lines. The song Mehrama summarizes the heartache and chaos beautifully. If Imtiaz Ali, Irshad Kamil with Pritam or AR Rahman come together to create an album of songs it might create an equal impact as a film.

One important thing which is also a recurring thing in Ali’s films is the masculinity which is not the typical hero type. The men in his films just like a large population of guys (who don’t get covered in films or otherwise) have their own set of problems, insecurities, emotional strength or weakness, guilty of their deeds, and struggle with their identity. Ali is among the few filmmakers (although only Zoya Akhtar comes to mind as a striking example) who have created characters as humans; not merely men or women.

To sum it up, Imtiaz Ali’s Love Aaj Kal hits a spot but doesn’t quite hit it out of the park. It will find its audience however large or small but the good thing is that the film has its soul intact. Sometimes it feels like the filmmaker is trying to tell a young love story but he throws in the trademark Imtiaz Ali style lines that hit the sweet spot. It’s bitter but humorous, superficial as well deep, just like young relationships have become today. In all its complexity it still manages to charm you in its own way. Ali’s Tamasha received the love and appreciation it deserved much later after its release. The film continues to grow on the audience. Should you show Love Aaj Kal the love it should get? Definitely.

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Priyanshu Painyuli reveals how Chris Hemsworth inspired him to be grounded!

The actor will soon be seen in Netflix film Extraction that was shot in India

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As he comes off bagging Rashmi Rocket, backed by RSVP, Priyanshu Painyuli is gearing up for his big release this month. The actor will soon be seen  in Netflix film Extraction that was shot in India through the later half of 2019. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Golshifteh Farahani, David Harbor, the film also has Indian faces Pankaj Tripathi, Randeep Hooda and  Priyanshu. 

The film was earlier titled Dhaka, is produced by by Russo brothers and directed by Sam Hargrave. As the title suggests, the film is a kidnap extraction drama that has Hemsworth play a mercenary, Rake, who is hired to rescue the son of a businessman.

Needless to say, the actor is thrilled to be part of an international film of this scale. This is Priyanshu’s breakthrough role in an international movie. With the film boasting of high production values and great content, it was a thoroughly enriching experience for the actor who plays a meaty part and a character that one won’t easily relate with his affable image. In a bid to show his versatility, the actor took up the part and transformed himself completely. 

Speaking about his role, the actor says, “It’s a very interesting story, I am playing a very special role, in a surprise package. I eagerly waiting to see myself, I haven’t done anything like this before. I can’t wait for people to watch this film. It’s an experience I will always cherish. My biggest takeaway from this was the discipline of it. Everyone was so well-prepped and so thorough with their scenes. The research is so well-rounded that there’s zero scope for errors when the actor is in front of the camera. Everything is already on the storyboard, discussed and vetted, before the scene. I have been able to inculcate a more methodical approach to work.”

Of course, the actor can’t reveal about his part but he does add that the Thor star, is a delight to be around. He goes on, “When you work with someone like him, you realise the value of being grounded.  He is warm and kind as a colleague. He had this incredible zest to learn more and do better and the fact that the team made me so comfortable that I wanted to give my best.”

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Allu Arjun’s next announced on his birthday titled PUSHPA; to release in five languages

PUSHPA will be a huge PAN India film and will be released in four languages

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Superstar Allu Arjun has marked his birthday today, with one of the most ambitious announcements of his career titled ‘PUSHPA’. The film, which will have a simultaneous release in five languages including Hindi and a pan India footprint.

The makers shared the first look poster of the film in different languages. And the actor took to his social media and shared the same, as a treat to his fan base on his birthday. He posted , “First Look and the Title of my next movie  “ P U S H P A “  . Directed by dearest Sukumar garu . Music by dearest friend
@ThisIsDSP. Really excited about this one. Hoping all of you like it . @iamRashmika @MythriOfficial #MuttamsettyMedia”

PUSHPA will be a huge PAN India film and will be released in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi.

This movie also marks his third collaboration with filmmaker Sukumar after successful hits and acclaimed films like Arya and Arya 2.

The superstar is currently riding high on the sensational success of ‘Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo’ that is one of the biggest hits in the history of south films.

Allu Arjun’s birthday has totally taken social media by storm. He holds one of the most loyal fanbases not just in the south but across india and Indian population abroad.

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Ali Fazal reunites with Mirzapur team for a romantic music video

Ali Fazal is all set to woo his on-screen lady love played by Surbhi Jyoti in Vryl original’s music video

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It’s refreshing when the most menacing gangster of the web world aka Guddu Bhaiyya steps out of his toughie image to turn a romantic hero for a music video. Ali Fazal is all set to woo his on-screen lady love played by Surbhi Jyoti in upcoming music video Aaj Bhi. Crooned by the masterful Vishal Mishra, who has delivered the biggest hits of Kabir Singh last year, the song is helmed by Mirzapur creator Gurmmeet Singh for Vryl Originals.

Talking about the track, Ali says, “It’s the first time I am working with Surbhi and Vishal. It’s been super interesting. I loved interacting with Vishal. He has such a mesmerising voice. He has a soulful singing quality. Vishal and I bonded over our Lucknow connect. Surbhi is super cool and we kept chatting about movies and food. The 4 days in Chandigarh was such a blast.”

But what’s better is that the actor reunited with the team of his much-loved show Mirzapur. “The Mirzapur team is home for me and with Guru and Sanjay (the DOP) being there, this was a reunion for us. Last few years, I have spent so much time working with Guru that we get each other’s vibes and cues. The direction that Gurmmeet brought in to this is a zone he and I have never explored together. It was an experience that was truly enjoyable. In the span of 3 minutes, we’ve told an entire story and tell it well. As an actor it’s hard to pull this off. I have never been so excited for a music video but this song is so genuine. It evokes a feeling that everyone at some point or the other goes through. It’s a unique take on unrequited love. There’s a certain purity in how it plays out.”

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