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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.


Dr. S Jaishankar to inaugurate Indian Pavilion at 70th Berlin International Film Festival

Indian Delegation to Berlinale 2020 to promote Ease of Filming in India

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The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is participating at the ‘70th Berlin International Film Festival’. The festival will be held from 20th February to 1st March 2020 in Berlin, Germany. The film festival will also see an India Pavilion which will provide a platform to popularize Indian cinema in the overseas market and facilitate new business opportunities.

This year in Berlin, three Indian feature films as well as one short documentary film have been selected, namely Pushpendra Singh’s Laipla Aur Satt Geet, Prateek Vats’ Eeb Allay Ooo!, Akhsay Indikar’s “Sthalpuran” and  Ekta Mittal’s short documentary “Gumnaam Din”.

Dr. S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs will inaugurate the Indian Pavilion at Berlinale.

India seeks to promote its films across linguistic, cultural and regional diversity and establish multiple international collaborations in the space of distribution, production, filming in India, and script development technology through its participation at Berlinale 2020.

The Indian delegation, through various interactions, seeks to promote the ease of shooting films in India through Film Facilitation Office (FFO) that facilitates Single Window Clearance for filmmakers and provides the platform for ‘Cinematic Tourism’ in India. The delegation will exhibit India as a post-production hub and promote collaborations for films with international production houses.

The Audio-Visual Services sector has been recognized as one of the Champion Services Sectors by the Government of India with an aim to promote India as a leading destination source for Media and Entertainment.

Government delegation to Berlinale will facilitate international participation for the 51st edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2020, Goa. IFFI aims at providing a common platform to the cinemas across the world to project the excellence of the art of film making.

The delegation has meetings scheduled with officials from countries including Israel, South Africa, New Zealand, Spain, Brazil, Portugal, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, United States of America and Rwanda. The delegation will meet with officials from Locarno Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Venice International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Annecy International Animation Festival, among others.

India enjoys comparative advantage in several aspects of the filmmaking process. It has a strong domestic film industry across the country and is home to world class technicians and equipment and diverse location choices to shoot any type of film.

With over 1,800 feature films produced in the country, more than 900 television channels, 500 million internet users, 500 million smart phone users, India’s vibrant media and entertainment (M&E) industry provides attractive growth opportunities for global corporations.

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New Still Alert! Baaghi 3’s upcoming song ‘Bhankas’ all set to release tomorrow!

Baaghi 3 will release on 6th March 2020 and has Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor in lead roles

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Thrilling us all over. Ever since the trailer first came out, Baaghi 3 has already taken the nation by storm with its next-level action scenes and now it’s time to shake a leg and get groovy. The next song of Baaghi 3 titled ‘Bhankas’ is all set to be out tomorrow and to set the tone right, the makers released a special still featuring Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor looking too adorable!
The makers gave us a glimpse into the songs and shared, “Ronnie ke desi moves aur Siya ki kaatil adayon ke saath karegi puri duniya groove 💃🕺 #Bhankas song out tomorrow. #Baaghi3 #SajidNadiadwala @tigerjackieshroff @shraddhakapoor @riteishd @khan_ahmedasas @wardakhannadiadwala @tseries.official @foxstarhindi @tanishk_bagchi @bappilahiri_official_. Both the lead actors, Tiger and Shraddha also shared the still on their social media.

Baaghi 3 is all set to release on 6th March 2020 and has Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor in lead roles. The movie is directed by Ahmed Khan and Produced by Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment. The still brings us the sparkling chemistry between the lead actors where Tiger can be seen planting a peck on Shraddha’s surprised face. What more? I guess, we will find out tomorrow once the song is released.

The upcoming track, Bhankas is a remake of Bappi Lahiri’s song and once again is set to break records as it was loved by the masses already and is all set to repeat its history. The song holds a cult resonance amongst the audience and the makers surely know how to turn up the excitement by recreating the magic with the most loved duo, Tiger and Shraddha.

Baaghi 3 dropped its trailer and crossed over 100 million views and is all set to fight against some big tanks and shoot rifles. This time the action is going to be bigger and better and so is the excitement among the audiences for the release.

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Hotstar Specials and Neeraj Pandey come together for an international spy thriller ‘Special Ops

Based on events of national significance, the big scale production show will be shot across 5 countries

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Earlier last year, Hotstar Specials announced a collaboration with iconic movie-maker Neeraj Pandey for an ambitious new show. Titled ‘Special Ops’ the show is being mounted on an international scale and marks the digital debut of Neeraj Pandey. While further details of the show are being tightly guarded, the show is based on events of national significance spanning a period of 19 years. The international spy thriller is being shot across Major international locations across countries including Turkey, Azerbaijan, Jordan and India.

The show is produced by Neeraj Pandey and Shital Bhatia for Friday Storytellers – the digital arm of Friday Filmworks. Neeraj Pandey and Shivam Nair will Co-Direct this action-packed thriller that will feature an accomplished cast and crew. With a keen focus on quality and research, Special Ops has been written by Neeraj Pandey himself along with accomplished writers including Deepak Kingrani and Benazir Ali Fida

Neeraj Pandey said “We have been at the forefront of creating genre-defining content and are excited to collaborate with Hotstar Specials to produce our first digital series ‘Special Ops’. With a special attention to writing, we have tried to recreate real-life events that have somewhere affected our lives over the past few years. We’re certain that audiences will find themselves gripped by the plot and will follow the intriguing story till the end.”

Hotstar Specials continues to present stories that are big, bold and authentic and has successfully launched shows like ‘Roar of the Lion’, ‘Criminal Justice’ and ‘Hostages’ amongst others.

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