Love Aaj Kal (Bollywood movie)

30 08 2009

Watched ‘Love Aaj Kal’ yesterday. I loved it. I guess it would remain as one of the few ‘close to the heart’ movies of mine. The movie is all about how the lead characters, Jai and Meera, discovered their love for each other.

Here is the basic plot:

Jai(Saif) and Meera(Deepika) decide to break up after 2 years of being together as boyfriend-girlfriend when their careers destine them to different countries. They feel that long distance relationships rarely work and mutually agree for the breakup. They continue to be in constant touch as they move on and find new partners.  Ironically, they realize how much more they enjoy each other’s company after their breakup.  But when Meera agrees for marriage with her current boyfriend, Jai and Meera go through a second breakup – this time putting an end to all contact. At Meera’s marriage, Jai babbles through his uneasiness that if only she could have asked him, he would have married her long ago. He finds it difficult to digest the fact that she will be married in a few minutes.  The very next day after her marriage, Meera walks out on her new husband claiming that she is not able to get Jai out of her mind – she is in love with Jai. When Meera calls Jai to let him know, she finds Jai all excited about his job offer in his dream company. So, she just decides to wait for Jai to realize his love and return to her, which he does in the end.

Oh, quite a story.. Isn’t it?

Actually, there is another thread parallel to the above story – love story of a coffee shop owner, Veer Singh, back in 1960s. Veer Singh falls in love with a girl in his neighborhood, pines for her, pursues her with single-mindedness and finally marries her.  As he narrates his story to Jai, he says a few words about the current generation’s attitude towards ‘Love’ in contrast to his generation.

  • These days, people have so many options. But back then, there was no option in the matter of ‘love’.
  • The hearts of today’s youngsters are filled with so many things that it has become difficult for ‘Love’ to squeeze in.

I think an important reason for me liking the movie, besides the story and direction, is Deepika. She was perfect as Meera. She seemed so natural. I’ve seen 3 of her movies till date – Om Shanti Om, Bachna Yeh Haseeno and Love Aaj Kal – and have been awed by the way she carries herself.  She seems very independent, straight-forward and at the same time very graceful. I guess she is my new favorite.

When I heard that Kareena had actually wanted to do this role, I could only say ‘Yuck!’ Thank god, she didn’t do it. Otherwise the whole character of Meera would have come out very differently.

Chor Bazaari (absolutely loved it) and Dooriyah are my favorite songs from the movie.Enjoy them here:

Before wrapping up, here is my favorite dialogue from the movie:

“Tum hameshaa sahee kehte ho, jaaneman!” ( Jai often says to Meera)

In English: “You always say the right thing, darling!”

It’s not the actual dialogue, but the context and the way Saif says it makes it very endearing.

This is a movie to be felt. Beautifully made. Kudos to Imtiaz!

Title: Lovie Aaj Kal (Love These Days); Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone; Direction: Imtiaz Ali; Music: Pritam