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Robert Langdon
30th July 2009, 05:50 PM
Theatre : Grand Cinemas (Sharjah)
Time : 12:45 PM
Date : 30th July 2009
Duration : 2 Hours 5 min
Censor Details : U/A

Just back after watching Saif-Deepika starrer "Love Aaj Kal"... Padam enikkishtapettu..Oru Imtiaz Ali film il ninnu prateekshikkavunna ella elements kootti cherthukondoru nalla romatic entertainer.

Story wasn't that fresh, as it had some influences from Imtianz Ali's previous works n other romantic flicks, but he has overpowered it with a fresh narrative style thats novel in Indian cinema... (vere padangal ee narrative stylil ondonnu enikkariyilla) Theme deals with the attitude and outlook towards the most exquisite feeling in the world, LOVE, that changes with generations. Its told by narrating two stories in parallel..

Plot : Jai Singh (Saif) n Meera Pandit (Deepika) are the new generation lovers living in San Fransisco.. After some time they break-up like other usual new generation lovers (as Meera was flying back to India to achieve her ambition to do fresco works at Indian monuments).. They arrange a break-up party, which sounds too weird to all their friends... Enter Veer (Rishi Kapoor) a restuaurant owner who starts to narrate his love story with Harleen (don't know her name).. Back to 1965, Veer (in flashback, Saif) is a passionate lover who travels thousand miles in train to just to see his lover's one glimpse ! In parallel, Jai's n Meera's journey also progresses.. Jai n Meera finds new girlfriend n boyfriend as time passes by... Meera marries her new boyfriend, but she can't forget Jai and realises that it was real LOVE with Jai... What happens after that is the rest !
Comparing it with Imtiaz's previous outings, no way near to his first movie "Socha Na Thaa" but on par with "Jab We Met" for me....

+ves

+ Refreshing narrative which has no dull moments, good work from Imtiaz Ali...
+ Saif with a decent performance esp as Veer...
+ Deepika was good.. Her smile is too seductive !!
+ Rish Kapoor in a very good supporting role...
+ Songs n BG score were good, "Twist" and "Ye Dooriyan" are the picks for me...
+ Haertwarming cinematography by Natarajan Subramaniam...
+ Good editing...

-ves

- Placement of couple of songs were bit defective to the narrative...
- Influences from previous works of Imtiaz Ali...
- Predictable, but doesn't matter when there is an intriguing script...
- Lack of lighter moments in 2nd half unlike Jab We Met...

So to sum it up, a decent romantic flick with fresh narrative style...

Verdict : Good... Should be a superhit...

Rating - 7.5/10

Sree
30th July 2009, 05:52 PM
thanks binoy ..

Malayalee
30th July 2009, 05:53 PM
Thnx for d exclusive review Binoy :cheers:

KasinathaN
30th July 2009, 05:54 PM
Thanks Binoy

Antony Moses
30th July 2009, 05:55 PM
Kidu. Thanks Binoy short and sweet review.

DurbalaN
30th July 2009, 05:55 PM
thanka binu

Mahi
30th July 2009, 05:58 PM
ee padam kanan plan cheythirikayirunnu
thanks binoy

Antony Moses
30th July 2009, 06:00 PM
Tags il "Twist" ennoru word koodi undallo?

Mahi
30th July 2009, 06:00 PM
ee padam nattil nale alle release?

Antony Moses
30th July 2009, 06:01 PM
Ini endingil Saif does not get Padukone back, and grows old when he sees another young Saif in the same problem. Angane vallathum allalo?

Tony
30th July 2009, 06:01 PM
Thanks Binoy.

Jab we met poleyanengil ok aanu. Sure hit aakum alle?

Tony
30th July 2009, 06:01 PM
ee padam nattil nale alle release?

Athe:warrior:

Hari Kuttan
30th July 2009, 06:02 PM
Thanks da.. Angane saifinte first production venture koluthi.. :grin:

UdayaBhanU
30th July 2009, 06:02 PM
thanx binoy...njan nale pokum...:good:

munshi02
30th July 2009, 06:04 PM
muttan review binoy kutta

Tony
30th July 2009, 06:06 PM
Nale rediff'nte vaka oru negatve review'nu chance undu...

Vincent Gomas
30th July 2009, 06:14 PM
thanxx macha for review..!!

Robert Langdon
30th July 2009, 06:16 PM
thanks binoy ..
Welcome macha...


Thnx for d exclusive review Binoy :cheers:
Welcome Malayalee...

Nick Nack
30th July 2009, 06:17 PM
Thanx binoy

Robert Langdon
30th July 2009, 06:17 PM
Thanks Binoy
Welcome Paramaa


Kidu. Thanks Binoy short and sweet review.
Welcome Digu...

And about the tag, 5 tags thekakkan chumma athile enikkishtapetta pattinte starting ittatha...:pavam:

Robert Langdon
30th July 2009, 06:18 PM
thanka binu
Welcome Durbala...


ee padam kanan plan cheythirikayirunnu
thanks binoy
Welcome Mahi anna...

Robert Langdon
30th July 2009, 06:19 PM
ee padam nattil nale alle release?
Yep...


Ini endingil Saif does not get Padukone back, and grows old when he sees another young Saif in the same problem. Angane vallathum allalo?
Alla:munshi:

Robert Langdon
30th July 2009, 06:20 PM
Thanks Binoy.

Jab we met poleyanengil ok aanu. Sure hit aakum alle?
Welcome macha..

Accord. to my prediction, YES...


Thanks da.. Angane saifinte first production venture koluthi.. :grin:
Welcome da... I hope so..

Maharshi Mathews
30th July 2009, 06:20 PM
thnx, njn e weekendil kandekkum :)

Robert Langdon
30th July 2009, 06:20 PM
thanx binoy...njan nale pokum...:good:
Welcome Bhanu...


muttan review binoy kutta
Welcome anna.. Aara avatar il ?:strong:

Robert Langdon
30th July 2009, 06:21 PM
Nale rediff'nte vaka oru negatve review'nu chance undu...
As usual:whistle:


thanxx macha for review..!!

Welcome VG...

Vincent Gomas
30th July 2009, 06:22 PM
. Meera marries her new boyfriend, but she can't forget Jai and realises that it was real LOVE with Jai... What happens after that is the rest !


:nocomments::nocomments::nocomments:

Robert Langdon
30th July 2009, 06:22 PM
Thanx binoy
Welcome Mariachi anna...


thnx, njn e weekendil kandekkum :)
Welcome Casserole...:gdance:

Robert Langdon
30th July 2009, 06:22 PM
:nocomments::nocomments::nocomments:
Spoiler quote cheyyathe:thalakarakkam:

Tony
30th July 2009, 06:26 PM
:nocomments::nocomments::nocomments:

enthada avalu vere poyaa?

~Saji~
30th July 2009, 06:29 PM
thanks...saif aliyude fan aanu njaan...sharmilayude "penmakan" enna imagil ninnum mari...parineetha aanu avante best performance...award kittiyathu mechamillaathathaayirunnu

Sree
30th July 2009, 06:31 PM
Aara avatar il ?:strong:



oru muzhukudiyan.... :aye:

Robert Langdon
30th July 2009, 06:31 PM
thanks...saif aliyude fan aanu njaan...sharmilayude "penmakan" enna imagil ninnum mari...parineetha aanu avante best performance...award kittiyathu mechamillaathathaayirunnu
Welcome anna... Parineeta njan kandittilla... Yeah award kittiyathu oru undeserved performance nu thanne...

Robert Langdon
30th July 2009, 06:34 PM
oru muzhukudiyan.... :aye:
Tony annan ?:kannettan:

double chankan
30th July 2009, 06:35 PM
thanks binoy.. didnt read the review as i got to see the movie tom

Sree
30th July 2009, 06:36 PM
Tony annan ?:kannettan:



correct 10 paaints =)) =))

Stephen Ronald
30th July 2009, 06:45 PM
Good Review, Thanks Binoy

Invalid_user
30th July 2009, 06:54 PM
Thanks daa...

Transporter
30th July 2009, 07:00 PM
thanks binoy

Krrish
30th July 2009, 07:05 PM
Twist.... We Twist....

Thanx Binoy

Robert Langdon
30th July 2009, 07:08 PM
thanks binoy.. didnt read the review as i got to see the movie tom
Welcome Chanka....






correct 10 paaints =)) =))
:strong::strong::strong:

Robert Langdon
30th July 2009, 07:10 PM
Good Review, Thanks Binoy
Welcome Indian..


Thanks daa...
Welcome Zodi anna...

Robert Langdon
30th July 2009, 07:10 PM
thanks binoy
Welcome IMDEN....


Twist.... We Twist....

Thanx Binoy
Welcome Krrish...

Robert Langdon
30th July 2009, 07:22 PM
Positive reviews coming in

http://buzz18.in.com/reviews/movies/review-love-aaj-kal/146412/0 (http://buzz18.in.com/reviews/movies/review-love-aaj-kal/146412/0:rock:) :rock:

REVIEW: Love Aaj Kal

One of the coolest productions of the year, here's a film that actually talks the talk
By Anand Vaishnav . Buzz18 Jul 30, 2009

There are three reasons why you must catch Love Aaj Kal ASAP – dialogues, performances and music. <acronym title="Imtiaz Ali">Imtiaz Ali (http://buzz18.in.com/celebrity-profile/imtiaz-ali/1691)</acronym>'s tale of love, then and now is a light hearted and refreshing watch.

Burnout, commitment phobia, long distance relationships – issues the minus 30-generation can easily identify with, are subtly touched upon thought the movie. Here's a film that actually talks the talk.

Like Socha Na Tha and Jab We Met, <acronym title="Imtiaz Ali">Imtiaz Ali (http://buzz18.in.com/celebrity-profile/imtiaz-ali/1691)</acronym>'s third film also rests on a wafer-thin plot. The director uses smart one-liners and life-like situations to take the story forward. Love Aaj Kal is about Jai (<acronym title="Saif Ali Khan">Saif Ali Khan (http://buzz18.in.com/celebrity-profile/saif-ali-khan/791)</acronym>) an urban, alpha male who can't understand the meaning of love. His girl friend Meera (<acronym title="Deepika Padukone">Deepika Padukone (http://buzz18.in.com/celebrity-profile/deepika-padukone/21)</acronym>) also believes in choosing career over romance. After a mutual breakup, Jai meets the grand old Veer (<acronym title="Rishi Kapoor">Rishi Kapoor (http://buzz18.in.com/celebrity-profile/rishi-kapoor/581)</acronym>). He narrates his own love story to give Jai a peak into old-fashioned romance. The conflicting approaches to love form the base of Love Aaj Kal.

The narrative runs in multiple timelines – which can get confusing sometimes. <acronym title="Imtiaz Ali">Imtiaz Ali (http://buzz18.in.com/celebrity-profile/imtiaz-ali/1691)</acronym> uses a clever, non-linear edit pattern to draw parallels between his two stories. <acronym title="Saif Ali Khan">Saif Ali Khan (http://buzz18.in.com/celebrity-profile/saif-ali-khan/791)</acronym> is in home turf as Jai. Playing a role similar to Kal Ho Na Ho and Hum Tum, Saif is charming as ever with his wise cracks and mannerisms. However it's in the emotional sequences towards the end, where you realise how much he has matured over the years. Casting him as young <acronym title="Rishi Kapoor">Rishi Kapoor (http://buzz18.in.com/celebrity-profile/rishi-kapoor/581)</acronym>, is bit of a cinematic liberty. But it works in the context of the film - even though Khan's Punjabi is not very authentic. You can often sense the metrosexual Saif wanting to break out of the turban.

<acronym title="Deepika Padukone">Deepika Padukone (http://buzz18.in.com/celebrity-profile/deepika-padukone/21)</acronym> is the real surprise. Looking her best ever, Deepika delivers a surprisingly effortless performance. A scene where she checks herself out in the mirror before heading for a date is a gem of a moment. And yes! For the first time we discover that the girl knows how to cry. <acronym title="Rishi Kapoor">Rishi Kapoor (http://buzz18.in.com/celebrity-profile/rishi-kapoor/581)</acronym> is spontaneous as the romantic Sardar. Watch out for his surprise in the climax.

Imtiaz's dialogues are once again straight out of everyday conversations. The scenes between Rishi and Saif are bound to remind you of the advice your dad gives you about settling down in life. As a technician Imtiaz shows shades of Yash Raj romances. Pritam's stupendous score adds tremendous value to the film, making the proceedings even livelier.

Any minuses? Yes! The second half could have been 20 minutes shorter. Also, while the easy pace of the film works for the theme, it often tends to get slow. This film wastes little time in the boy meets girl part and is quick to get to the point. But the point could have been made in under two hours.

On the face of it a lot of sequences appear shallow. Unlike Jab We Met where the comic portions and dramatic ones were distinctly spelt out, here the emotions are pretty understated. There's a lot of depth in the seeming light hearted portions. It's a multiplex film in the truest sense of the word.

Love Aaj Kal is not perfect. But in one of Bollywood's dullest years, this one comes as a refreshing ray of hope. It's bound to bring a smile on your face. Here's a film with both head and heart.

Verdict: It's the coolest film of the year
Rating: 4/5

Robert Langdon
30th July 2009, 07:27 PM
BTB "Wanted:Dead or Alive" nte trailer kandu... Pokkiri (which was again a movie lifted from Telugu) scene by scene, frame by frame Ctrl+V cheytha polund... True Copy ennokke paranjal ithaanu...

saharapookal
30th July 2009, 08:24 PM
Binoy da.. thanks.. adutha aazcha padam ivide release undu ennu thonnunu... SL theater complexil poster kandu..

Tony
30th July 2009, 08:31 PM
BTB "Wanted:Dead or Alive" nte trailer kandu... Pokkiri (which was again a movie lifted from Telugu) scene by scene, frame by frame Ctrl+V cheytha polund... True Copy ennokke paranjal ithaanu...

Athinte remake ennu paranju thanneyalle avar release cheyyunnath?

Hari Kuttan
30th July 2009, 08:33 PM
BTB "Wanted:Dead or Alive" nte trailer kandu... Pokkiri (which was again a movie lifted from Telugu) scene by scene, frame by frame Ctrl+V cheytha polund... True Copy ennokke paranjal ithaanu...Dhadhu pokkiride remake thanne alle? Directed by prafu deva?:tomato:

pappadam
30th July 2009, 08:37 PM
Thanks mone

nalla pattukal vallathumundAAAA:fubar:

Robert Langdon
30th July 2009, 08:39 PM
Athinte remake ennu paranju thanneyalle avar release cheyyunnath?


Dhadhu pokkiride remake thanne alle? Directed by prafu deva?:tomato:
Yes... Pakshe costumes polum oru mattavum illathe copy adikkuka ennu paranjal:vaal: Pokkiri enikkishtappedaathoru padam aanu...

Robert Langdon
30th July 2009, 08:40 PM
Athinte remake ennu paranju thanneyalle avar release cheyyunnath?


Dhadhu pokkiride remake thanne alle? Directed by prafu deva?:tomato:
Yes... Pakshe costumes polum oru mattavum illathe copy adikkuka ennu paranjal:vaal:
Pokkiri thanne enikkishtappedaathoru padam aanu...

Robert Langdon
30th July 2009, 08:40 PM
Thanks mone

nalla pattukal vallathumundAAAA:fubar:
Welcome Ikka...

1-2 kollam...

Eazy Jozy
30th July 2009, 08:42 PM
thanks

Hari Kuttan
30th July 2009, 08:44 PM
Yes... Pakshe costumes polum oru mattavum illathe copy adikkuka ennu paranjal:vaal:
Pokkiri thanne enikkishtappedaathoru padam aanu...
Remakes frm south podhuve success avarilla in hindi.. Ennittum endhinanavo.. :happy:

Pokiri kolla*****nnu :boxing:

Hari Kuttan
30th July 2009, 08:45 PM
Welcome Ikka...

1-2 kollam...
Idhinte songsinu 4oo 4.5oo engandu koduthathu kandu kettadhanu.. Valiya sambhavam aaitonnum thoneela.. Nee paranja pole twistum Dooriyanum moshamilla.. Bakki okke:warrior:

Robert Langdon
30th July 2009, 08:46 PM
Remakes frm south podhuve success avarilla in hindi..
Hindi le ettavum highest grosser thanne Tamil reamke aanu.. Appozha =))

Hari Kuttan
30th July 2009, 08:50 PM
Hindi le ettavum highest grosser thanne Tamil reamke aanu.. Appozha =))
Ghajini exception aaitu edukku.. Also hera pheri.. Pinne ethrennam undu? Pothuve ennu paranjathu kandille?

Robert Langdon
30th July 2009, 08:57 PM
Ghajini exception aaitu edukku.. Also hera pheri.. Pinne ethrennam undu? Pothuve ennu paranjathu kandille?
Priyadarshan nte thanne nalloru sathamaanam padangalum remake alle, athil 90% um vijayichittumund...:sun:

Robert Langdon
30th July 2009, 08:58 PM
thanks
Welcome Kochappy...

Robert Langdon
30th July 2009, 09:03 PM
Binoy da.. thanks.. adutha aazcha padam ivide release undu ennu thonnunu... SL theater complexil poster kandu..
Welcome macha.... Naale alle all-India release ?:time:

Sree
30th July 2009, 09:04 PM
south remakes chilathu vann success aanu ..athu pole thanne vann flopsum undu

Robert Langdon
30th July 2009, 09:13 PM
south remakes chilathu vann success aanu ..athu pole thanne vann flopsum undu
Kireedam remake "Gardish" nte box office fate entharunnu ?

Ali Imran
30th July 2009, 09:13 PM
thnks binoy

baappootty
30th July 2009, 09:34 PM
Thanks 4 the review......

passionforcinema
30th July 2009, 09:45 PM
cool..i havent seen socha na tha..shud check it out immediately.

Sree
30th July 2009, 09:49 PM
Kireedam remake "Gardish" nte box office fate entharunnu ?



no idea...hit aavan chance kuravaanu ...kilukkam polinju,aniyathipravu polinju ..angane ethrennam

kabhi na kabhi ethinteyenkilum remake aarnno? ..padam orkkunnilla

nettooran
30th July 2009, 10:13 PM
Theatre : Grand Cinemas (Sharjah)
Time : 12:45 PM
Date : 30th July 2009
Duration : 2 Hours 5 min
Censor Details : U/A

Just back after watching Saif-Deepika starrer "Love Aaj Kal"... Padam enikkishtapettu..Oru Imtiaz Ali film il ninnu prateekshikkavunna ella elements kootti cherthukondoru nalla romatic entertainer.

Story wasn't that fresh, as it had some influences from Imtianz Ali's previous works n other romantic flicks, but he has overpowered it with a fresh narrative style thats novel in Indian cinema... (vere padangal ee narrative stylil ondonnu enikkariyilla) Theme deals with the attitude and outlook towards the most exquisite feeling in the world, LOVE, that changes with changing generations. Its told by narrating two stories in parallel..

Plot : Jai Singh (Saif) n Meera Pandit (Deepika) are the new generation lovers living in San Fransisco.. After some time they break-up like other usual new generation lovers (as Meera was flying back to India to achieve her ambition to do fresco works at Indian monuments).. They arrange a break-up party, which sounds too weird to all their friends... Enter Veer (Rishi Kapoor) a restuaurant owner who starts to narrate his love story with Harleen (don't know her name).. Back to 1965, Veer (in flashback, Saif) is a passionate lover who travels thousand miles in train to just to see his lover's one glimpse ! In parallel, Jai's n Meera's journey also progresses.. Jai n Meera finds new girlfriend n boyfriend as time passes by... Meera marries her new boyfriend, but she can't forget Jai and realises that it was real LOVE with Jai... What happens after that is the rest !
Comparing it with Imtiaz's previous outings, no way near to his first movie "Socha Na Thaa" but on par with "Jab We Met" for me....

+ves

+ Refreshing narrative which has no dull moments, good work from Imtiaz Ali...
+ Saif with a decent performance esp as Veer...
+ Deepika was good.. Her smile is too seductive !!
+ Rish Kapoor in a very good supporting role...
+ Songs n BG score were good, "Twist" and "Ye Dooriyan" are the picks for me...
+ Haertwarming cinematography by Natarajan Subramaniam...
+ Good editing...

-ves

- Placement of couple of songs were bit defective to the narrative...
- Influences from previous works of Imtiaz Ali...
- Predictable, but doesn't matter when there is an intriguing script...
- Lack of lighter moments in 2nd half unlike Jab We Met...

So to sum it up, a decent romantic flick with fresh narrative style...

Verdict : Good... Should be a superhit...

Rating - 7.5/10
Thank you!!!! Spoiler vaayichilla....may watch it this weekend

Sootran
30th July 2009, 10:19 PM
Kireedam remake "Gardish" nte box office fate entharunnu ?






no idea...hit aavan chance kuravaanu ...kilukkam polinju,aniyathipravu polinju ..angane ethrennam

kabhi na kabhi ethinteyenkilum remake aarnno? ..padam orkkunnilla


Gardish hit aayirinnu . Priyante hindiyile aadya hit padam aayirinnu athu .

Pineedu virasat um hit aayi . odukkam Hera Pheriyode oru hit maker enna peru tanne veenu.

kabhi na kabhi remake aanennu tonunnilla

Robert Langdon
30th July 2009, 10:42 PM
thnks binoy
Welcome Thomacha...


Thanks 4 the review......

Welcome Bappootty...

Robert Langdon
30th July 2009, 10:45 PM
cool..i havent seen socha na tha..shud check it out immediately.
Welcome PFC anna.. Socha Na Thaa was a very good romantic comedy.Do check it out. :good:


Thank you!!!! Spoiler vaayichilla....may watch it this weekend
Welcome Nettooraa...

Shambu
30th July 2009, 11:10 PM
thanks Binoy Machan...

Robert Langdon
31st July 2009, 02:04 AM
thanks Binoy Machan...
Welcome Shambu...

Mr.Lonely
31st July 2009, 02:05 AM
thanks binoy :hi:

kiroo
31st July 2009, 02:50 AM
thanks binoy..........

Niranjan
31st July 2009, 06:35 AM
Thanks Binoy Sir....

Last week i saw New York and Luck..:choolam:

New York :Fantastic Movie

Luck: Entammoooo :thalakarakkam:

Fontu
31st July 2009, 06:50 AM
thanks Binoy...

Pankajakshan
31st July 2009, 08:43 AM
Orupaadu padam kaanaan und.

PM,Rahasya police, bharya onnu makkal moonu- Ee moonum chilappo scoot adichekkum.

Pinne nadodikal/love aaj kal/oru pennum rand aanum.


2nd paranjadhil ninnu edheilum 2 ennam ee week kandekkum :surprise:

Robert Langdon
31st July 2009, 11:47 AM
thanks binoy :hi:
Welcome Lonely..


thanks binoy..........
Welcome Kiran macha...

Malayalee
31st July 2009, 11:50 AM
Orupaadu padam kaanaan und.

PM,Rahasya police, bharya onnu makkal moonu- Ee moonum chilappo scoot adichekkum.

Pinne nadodikal/love aaj kal/oru pennum rand aanum.


2nd paranjadhil ninnu edheilum 2 ennam ee week kandekkum :surprise: Nadodikal kidilan print netil undu.. veruthe theateril poyi kaanenda kaaryam illa :kidilam:

Robert Langdon
31st July 2009, 11:53 AM
Thanks Binoy Sir....

Last week i saw New York and Luck..:choolam:

New York :Fantastic Movie

Luck: Entammoooo :thalakarakkam:
Welcome Niranjan sire

New York was really good...:cheers: Luck um 1st day thalavecharunnu...:shocked:


thanks Binoy...
Welcome Fontu...

Robert Langdon
31st July 2009, 11:56 AM
Orupaadu padam kaanaan und.

PM,Rahasya police, bharya onnu makkal moonu- Ee moonum chilappo scoot adichekkum.

Pinne nadodikal/love aaj kal/oru pennum rand aanum.


2nd paranjadhil ninnu edheilum 2 ennam ee week kandekkum :surprise:
Rahasya Police enthayalum venda....

Nadodikal enikkum kaanan und... Adoor nte padangalum ingeru theatre nnu kanumalle:idea:

Sethu Madhavan
31st July 2009, 11:57 AM
thanks binoy

nalla stylan reveiw........:kalakki:
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Robert Langdon
31st July 2009, 11:58 AM
Raja Sen back with an expected review:gdance:

July 31, 2009
Yet another love story. Okay, two.

http://im.rediff.com/movies/2009/jul/10love1.jpgI'm down with a cold these days. You know, it's the time of year when the weather is fickle like a girl, unable to choose between wetness and glaring sun, the dreaded loo and a cool breeze. The weather is changing, the saying goes, and one must be careful. In much the similar way, in every rising director's career, there comes a season when the budgets change. When you go from making smallish and mid-sized films to making full blown mega-crore films set across a bunch of countries for purely ornamental reason, and this is a time one can easily lose one's head.


Imtiaz Ali (http://movies.rediff.com/slide-show/2009/jul/30/slide-show-1-imtiaz-ali-on-love-aaj-kal.htm), one of the most promising filmmakers in the country, is sadly down with blockbusteritis. I have been an ardent admirer of Ali's work from his very first film, the tragically underviewed and tremendously delightful Socha Na Tha -- a film with a more honest connect with youth and reality than even the epochal Dil Chahta Hai [ Images (http://search.rediff.com/imgsrch/default.php?MT=dil+chahta+hai) ]. It's a very fun film, refreshing in its abject unfilminess. His second, Jab We Met [ Images (http://search.rediff.com/imgsrch/default.php?MT=jab+we+met) ], was Bollywooded up to quite a degree -- choreographed songs et al -- but thanks to Imtiaz's charming dialogues and a leading lady throwing herself madly over the top, remained very enjoyable indeed.


It is only at this, film three, that the director appears to have hit a snag. Love Aaj Kal [ Images (http://search.rediff.com/imgsrch/default.php?MT=love+aaj+kal) ] is watchable, but feels heavily compromised. It's a romantic drama that would have worked wonderfully if it hadn't tried to be funny in the first half, and doesn't work in the second because the laughs dry up. We have poignant moments interrupted by touches of lets-tickle-the-audience humour, as if India can't take a drama straight up. And the songs (http://movies.rediff.com/review/2009/jul/10/love-aaj-kal-music-is-fun.htm), something Imtiaz earlier managed to weave in so seamlessly into his narratives, now blankly interrupt the proceedings with much bling. Ali's dialogue is still his biggest strength, but here the conversation is so peppered with Hinglish in an obvious attempt to connect with the kids that it doesn't wash -- Saying 'aapka angle kya hai?' for 'what's your angle?' just doesn't work, sorry.


It feels as if Ali inexplicably decided,'chal, let's make a Kunal Kohli kinda movie.' It's always profoundly saddening when a film seems calculated to make the most money instead of being the story the director wants to tell, and this film would have been much, much better as a drama.


The film opens, rather originally, with a break-up. Saif Ali Khan [ Images (http://search.rediff.com/imgsrch/default.php?MT=saif+ali+khan) ] and Deepika Padukone [ Images (http://search.rediff.com/imgsrch/default.php?MT=deepika+padukone) ] are parting ways with utmost cordiality, deciding indeed to have a break-up party to celebrate their rediscovered singledom with their buddies. The girl leaves, the boy stays back and is then coerced by Rishi Kapoor [ Images (http://search.rediff.com/imgsrch/default.php?MT=rishi+kapoor) ], a genial London [ Images (http://search.rediff.com/imgsrch/default.php?MT=london) ] cafe owner, to say goodbye at the airport. Rishi drives Saif there and thrusts a bouquet into his hands, and Deepika's delighted as she leaves. Kapoor then, on Saif's insistence, starts telling him his own love story, and the film then narrates both romances side by side.


Ali uses a very interesting device by casting Saif himself in the Kapoor flashbacks after Kapoor tells Khan how the boy reminds him of his youth, and so the Sikh Saif isn't Kapoor as he used to look but Kapoor as both he and Saif can visualise him as the tale is narrated. It's a clever move even though Saif struggles rather laughably with his Punjabi early on in the film, and it doesn't help how the narrative inevitably flips back and forth between that and the overslanged Lay's-salesman Saif of today. Still, a good move.
http://im.rediff.com/movies/2009/jul/10love31.jpgThe sepiatoned track is the far better one. There is genuine charm as we see a new girl (whose name, I'm flummoxed to know, the filmmakers are hiding) standing on her balcony, downing liquor tea in an attempt to drink what her man likes. She haltingly gulps with the unfamiliar liquid like it was poison, and it seems no coincidence that she's often glimpsed, like Juliet, on a balcony. Saif arrives, a proud Sardar standing next to an Uttam Kumar poster looking up at her emerging from those exquisitely Calcuttan green-shuttered windows, and as she walks to him her path is flanked by unpainted effigies. It's a fine, simple romance, told well and the new girl looks like a curious cross between a very young Preity Zinta [ Images (http://search.rediff.com/imgsrch/default.php?MT=preity+zinta) ] and an edge-less Tabu [ Images (http://search.rediff.com/imgsrch/default.php?MT=tabu) ], and works rather well except for the unfortunate fact that she looks half-amused in moments when she should look fraught with nerves. Still, an interesting find, this.


Having said that, the old-world love story doesn't tell us anything new. At all. Neither does the new one, descending, after the break-up opening gambit, into the plainest story of boy and girl meeting and drifting apart and meeting and drifting apart and... you get the idea. It's exasperatingly repetitive, and while some of the dialogue is still rather sharp, the film is let down by a leading lady who just cannot act.


I would like to offer Farah Khan [ Images (http://search.rediff.com/imgsrch/default.php?MT=farah+khan) ] a special and awestruck citation for making us believe that Deepika Padukone (http://movies.rediff.com/slide-show/2009/jul/27/slide-show-1-deepika-padukone-on-love-aaj-kal.htm) is an actress. She cannily used the undisputably attractive girl as a lovely mannequin in Om Shanti Om [ Images (http://search.rediff.com/imgsrch/default.php?MT=om+shanti+om) ], and none of us realised just how plastic this Barbie really is. She has a great smile, dimples and all, but that's really it. I feel for Imtiaz to see his dialogue butchered by his actress, heartbreak heightening when she murders a lovely 'break me' line. Both Imtiaz's earlier films featured heroines of tremendous talent, and one wishes this one also had an actress.


Saif does well but his character is wishy-washy, offensive in both the brash way he speaks to Rishi Kapoor as well as the callousness with which he takes his British girlfriend to India and packs her on a tourbus. Still, he does make the lines work. Rishi, on the other hand, is impossible not to like and even if he seems like he's repeating the same old good-natured romantic spiel film after film, at least he's doing it very well indeed. And it is Harleen Sr who truly takes the breath away. (See what I mean about the importance of a real actress?)


Love Aaj Kal is a harmless, watchable film -- sad, because it could have been truly special. It has its moments in the first half, while the second half is an over-melodramatic drag. Or have I missed the point, and is Imtiaz making an incisive comment on the nature of Bollywood masala, saying be it today or yesterday, our romances stay as cheesy as they are breezy?


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Antony Moses
31st July 2009, 12:00 PM
=)) Raja Sen. Mammunigalekkal valiya choriyan aanu.

ITV
31st July 2009, 12:01 PM
Thanks Binoy

Robert Langdon
31st July 2009, 12:01 PM
thanks binoy

nalla stylan reveiw........:kalakki:
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Welcome Sethu....

ITV
31st July 2009, 12:09 PM
SIFY Review: Love Aaj Kal hits you like fresh air


It's the couple you'd find anywhere: the kind that breaks-up and regrets, then makes-up and regrets, then gets involved with other people and...regrets. They're confident, sweet, confused people who think they've got it all figured out, and are crushingly told by life's turns that relationships aren't always that predictable.

We see Jai (Saif) who's trying to score with a girl at the bar, egged on by his friends. He tells her he's not trying to pile on; the girl Meera (Deepika) asks him why he is then. They dance and kiss; after a year or more, circumstances demand them to move in different directions. Instead of taking the long-distance relationship route, they amicably decide to split and even celebrate their separation. Then on, with Meera in India and Jai in America, their relationship status turns to ex-lovers-turned- friends, who cheerfully reveal the most irritating (his red shoes) and lovable things (her smile) about each other. They move on and meet other people but keep feeling that they haven’t been able to get over each other fully. Jai shares his anxiety with an avuncular restaurant owner Veer Singh (Rishi Kapoor) whose interfering questions finally leads the two to share their remarkably similar stories.

Love Aaj Kal hits you like fresh air, and you instantly fall for the central characters, refreshingly flesh-and-blood with their set of quirks, flaws and strengths. There's Meera, an Art Restorer, whose calm logic tides the couple over stormy waters. "Tu hamesha sahi bolti hai, jaaneman," says Jai ever so often. And yet she falters towards the end, and gets terribly caught in a dilemma. Jai is always brimming with a nervous sort of energy, saying too much when in a difficult situation, with an ego that refuses to make him see the effect of his mistakes. And yet when Jai and Meera are together, giggling endlessly, out-smarting each other at every turn, and discussing things, you're rooting for them unabashedly.

What doesen't work is the constant portrayal of the present generation as being all logic and no heart; while the previous generation's attitude to love as just the opposite. This generalisation is naturally too sweeping to have any kind of effect. Jai scoffs at Veer Singh's `pratigya' of getting his love against all odds, even traveling across cities just for a glimpse of the girl. Singh in turn laughs pitifully at Jai's casual attitude to the break-up with Meera. In such a conversation, Singh says that he got serious about work because he wanted to marry his love; and Jai gave up his love because he is too serious about work. In another such old-new gen talkathon, Rishi says that love happens only once; to which Jai sniggers, `it's happened to me at least 15 times'. Such moral discourses apart, Love Aaj Kal is a treat; especially since the second half energetically flits between the two stories.

Dialogue is funny and insightful. You have Jai praise the term `all the best' that can be said when there's nothing to be said. And indeed, you see him use this term more than often in a sticky situation. Even otherwise the conversation is free flowing, fun and nuanced.

Saif, nearing 40, plays a 20-something character and admittedly looks older. Yet, he makes up with a fab performance. To an extent, he's reprising the roles he's already played in Hum Tum and Salaam Namaste, but Jai in LAK is far more substance.

Meera's characterisation is a delight, and Deepika plays Meera so effectively, you're left wondering who else could have done the role. Rishi Kapoor is earnest. The girl playing Veer Singh's love interest is suited to the character. Director Imtiaz Ali's masterful storytelling, traversing between two eras is superbly aided by the editing (Aarti Bajaj of Jab We Met and Dev D fame, and cinematography (N Natarajan Subramanium who also worked on Jab We Met and Golmaal Returns).

With lilting music and characters you'll love, Imtiaz Ali brings out one of the most romantic films in recent times. It's a love story of the aam junta (mango people, as Jai translates), with a delicious contemporary edge. Go get your fill.

Verdict: Three and a half stars

Tony
31st July 2009, 12:18 PM
Raja Sen back with an expected review:gdance:


Rediff Rating: http://im.rediff.com/movies/2009/jul/rating2half123456.gif

Thikachum expected aaya karyam...

Ee raja sen sarikkum oru alavalathi thanne...

SRK padangalku mathrame ivan nalla rating idooo...:vedi:

passionforcinema
31st July 2009, 12:23 PM
blockbusteritis!!

good term!

Robert Langdon
31st July 2009, 12:27 PM
Thanks Binoy
Welcome ITV...


SIFY Review: Love Aaj Kal hits you like fresh air

Verdict: Three and a half stars
:banana::banana::banana:

Robert Langdon
31st July 2009, 12:42 PM
The Indian Express Review:cheers:

Love Aaj Kal

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Come to think of it, if the film carries the 'burden' of humungous expectations, it's imperative that it goes beyond those expectations. The reaction after watching the film has to be similar to a child who has laid his hands on his fav toy. The joyous smile would say it all. The question is, does ‘Love Aaj Kal’ live up to the hype and hoopla surrounding it? Or does it go beyond that?

‘Love Aaj Kal’ is not an easy film to write and execute. Sure, it's a love story, but it's not one of those mundane love stories that talks of love and heartache. Here, the two stories, set in different eras, run parallel, but have a similar end.
To be brutally honest, it takes time to grasp the plot, since the past and present run concurrently. If you aren't attentive, chances are you'd lose the plot. Also, if you aren't aware by now that Saif enacts dual roles in the film -- playing his part as also the part of young Rishi Kapoor -- the goings-on would confuse you no end, when the transition occurs.
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‘Love Aaj Kal’ is a director's show entirely. The relationships here are complex because the couple in love lives in complete denial. It is to Imtiaz Ali's credit that he has penned an offbeat story, developed a complex but comprehensive screenplay and extracted sensitive performances from the principal cast. At the same time, the writing isn't the type that would appeal to all sections of movie-going audience. Besides, the execution of the subject and also the pacing in the first hour are deterrents.


Final word? ‘Love Aaj Kal’ makes you fall in love with love all over again. Makes you value your loved ones all the more. This film is special!


Love Aaj
London, San Francisco, Delhi - 2009.
Jai [Saif Ali Khan] and Meera [Deepika Padukone] is a modern-day couple in London. They are very happy together, but do not believe in tying each other down. So when life pulls them in different directions, they decide to call off their relationship, since long-distance relationships, in their opinion, don't work.


Love Kal
Delhi, Calcutta - 1965.
Veer Singh [Rishi Kapoor] is struck by a thunderbolt when he sees Harleen for the first time. He travels a thousand kilometers by train to stand under her balcony, only to have a glimpse of her face. And yet not speak a word with her.


Love Aaj Kal
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Veer does not understand how Jai can treat matters of the heart without passion. Jai does not understand how Veer Singh could have been so naive and silly about Harleen in his youth. But as both stories unfold, we realize that the process of relationship might be different in different eras, but the experience of being in love remains the same.
‘Love Aaj Kal’ travels multiple continents and different eras. The subject matter is novel, never attempted before, but the material, the characters [Saif and Deepika especially] as also its execution is targeted at the youth in big cities mainly. As they say in filmi lingo, this one's a hardcore multiplex movie.


Another area where Imtiaz Ali experiments is by depicting Saif as the young Rishi Kapoor. It's a novel concept, no two opinions on that, but the question is, will it cut ice universally? Will people tend to get confused when the sequences turn sepia?
The film captivates in bits and spurts in the initial portions. Partly because the writing is so different. But the writing breaks new grounds in the second hour. It's in this hour that the film grips you completely, when the fragmented pieces are put together and a mesmeric picture emerges.
The second hour is the soul of the film. Right from the time Deepika decides to marry, till the last reunion, the film touches an emotional high. The sequence of events that lead to the culmination is incredible. Saif's interaction with Deepika at the marriage, or the gradual change in Saif's behaviour in the U.S. in the course of a song, or the realisation that marriage was a big mistake... moments like these take ‘Love Aaj Kal’ to dizzy heights.
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Imtiaz Ali is a genius. The film bears the stamp of an accomplished storyteller. This is a forward-thinking film that handles the new-age relationships with complete understanding. The songs compliment the goings-on beautifully. This is amongst Pritam's accomplished works. 'Twist' [already a rage], 'Aahun Aahun' [foot-taping], 'Chor Bazaari' [melodious] and 'Dooriyaan' [melancholic], each song is a gem. N. Natarajan Subramaniam's cinematography is fantastic. Editing [Aarti Bajaj] is wonderful.
Both Saif and Deepika come up with their career-best performances in ‘Love Aaj Kal’. Saif carries the most difficult parts with remarkable ease. Sure, we've seen him as the cool, urban guy in several films, but this one's the most demanding role and only a seasoned actor could've delivered it with such precision.


Deepika looks ethereal. Most importantly, in ‘Love Aaj Kal’, she acts very, very well. Matching up to Saif is no mean achievement and she does it in several scenes. This should be the turning point in her career. Rishi Kapoor is top notch. The actress enacting the role of Harleen is pretty. Rahul Khanna does well in a small, but significant role. Watching Neetu Kapoor in the end sequence is truly astonishing. She's so graceful.

On the whole, ‘Love Aaj Kal’ is for the young and romantic at heart. Sure, it's not perfect, but the terrific performances, melodious music and stirring emotional moments [last 35 odd minutes] more than compensate for the hiccups. At the box-office, the film should start with a bang for four factors -- its novel cast, super music, great promotion and yes, Imtiaz Ali, a name that commands respect amongst moviegoers. Released extensively [approx. 1800 screens worldwide], ‘Love Aaj Kal’ will have one of the biggest first weeks in India and also in the international markets. In India, the business will be superb across multiplexes, while single screens might not behave as energetically. But the business at multiplexes will ensure a fantastic recovery of the investment. Internationally, it has the potential to emerge one of the biggest grossers in recent times.


:kalakki::kalakki::kalakki:

Mr.Cool
31st July 2009, 12:45 PM
Thanks Binoy.

Zee news review: Review: Zesty ‘Love Aaj Kal’- a feel young, must watch romance
(http://spicezee.zeenews.com/articles/story36795.htm)

Robert Langdon
31st July 2009, 12:51 PM
Thanks Binoy.

Zee news review: Review: Zesty ‘Love Aaj Kal’- a feel young, must watch romance
(http://spicezee.zeenews.com/articles/story36795.htm)
Welome Cool macha..:kidu:

Appo padam koluthi..:good:

Antony Moses
31st July 2009, 01:04 PM
The Indian Express Review:cheers:

Love Aaj Kal
Deepika looks ethereal. Most importantly, in ‘Love Aaj Kal’, she acts very, very well. Matching up to Saif is no mean achievement and she does it in several scenes. This should be the turning point in her career. Rishi Kapoor is top notch. The actress enacting the role of Harleen is pretty. Rahul Khanna does well in a small, but significant role. Watching Neetu Kapoor in the end sequence is truly astonishing. She's so graceful.






:puke: Athinu Saif enthonnu Robert De Niro aano? Atho Lalettanano? Match up cheyyan??

Tony
31st July 2009, 01:09 PM
Padam koluthi... no bad opinion...

Robert Langdon
31st July 2009, 01:17 PM
:puke: Athinu Saif enthonnu Robert De Niro aano? Atho Lalettanano? Match up cheyyan??
RobertDeNiro yo Lalettan no onnumallenkilum north circle il, oru good actor thanneyaanu pulli... Way better than SRK in my view... "Omakara" changed my outlook towards him, yet to see Parineeta...

viju
31st July 2009, 01:23 PM
Who is acting as the younger Rishi Kapoor's love interest? Nobody including the medias seem to know about it? Any reasons

Robert Langdon
31st July 2009, 01:26 PM
Who is acting as the younger Rishi Kapoor's love interest? Nobody including the medias seem to know about it? Any reasons
Don't know why they are keeping it as a secret !

viju
31st July 2009, 01:28 PM
Don't know why they are keeping it as a secret !


Keeping it as a secret till release which has been done in the past is fine... but even after the release why is she kept anonymous? She looks cute..

Tony
31st July 2009, 01:32 PM
Who is acting as the younger Rishi Kapoor's love interest? Nobody including the medias seem to know about it? Any reasons

Ithu nammude chennai viju alle? TVM g2g'ku varamennu paranju enne vilicha aal?:eek:

viju
31st July 2009, 01:37 PM
Ithu nammude chennai viju alle? TVM g2g'ku varamennu paranju enne vilicha aal?:eek:

Athe...athe...

Tony
31st July 2009, 01:40 PM
Athe...athe...


ningalum ingottekku ponno?:thanks:

viju
31st July 2009, 01:42 PM
ningalum ingottekku ponno?:thanks:
Adistanapermayi njanum oru kadutta lalettan fan annu.. ningal lal fans ellam ingottu vannapol njanum varam enu tirumanichu

Tony
31st July 2009, 01:47 PM
Adistanapermayi njanum oru kadutta lalettan fan annu.. ningal lal fans ellam ingottu vannapol njanum varam enu tirumanichu

:salute:

:dancing::dancing::dancing:

Hari Kuttan
31st July 2009, 01:58 PM
As expected: Taran annan: 4/5
Raja annan : 2.5/5

Antony Moses
31st July 2009, 02:10 PM
Saif Ali Khan decent aanu. Allathe "to catch up with" alla.

Robert Langdon
31st July 2009, 02:13 PM
Adistanapermayi njanum oru kadutta lalettan fan annu.. ningal lal fans ellam ingottu vannapol njanum varam enu tirumanichu
Great...

:welcome: Viju

Hari Kuttan
31st July 2009, 03:05 PM
Adistanapermayi njanum oru kadutta lalettan fan annu.. ningal lal fans ellam ingottu vannapol njanum varam enu tirumanichu
:welcome: macha..

viju
31st July 2009, 03:09 PM
:salute:

:dancing::dancing::dancing:

:dancing::dancing::dancing:



Great...

:welcome: Viju

Thanks Binoy



:welcome: macha..

Thanks machu

Mallik Bhai
31st July 2009, 03:12 PM
shukriya binoybhai...muzhuvan vaayichilla..just odichu nokki...positive title kandappo thanne inn evening show povaan dcide chedhu, so review aadhyame vaayichu adhinte oru "idh" kalayandaannu vechu...

Robert Langdon
31st July 2009, 03:16 PM
shukriya binoybhai...muzhuvan vaayichilla..just odichu nokki...positive title kandappo thanne inn evening show povaan dcide chedhu, so review aadhyame vaayichu adhinte oru "idh" kalayandaannu vechu...
Welcome Dino anna...
Go n enjoy... :hug:

Mallik Bhai
31st July 2009, 03:19 PM
Welcome Dino anna...
Go n enjoy... :hug:
saif, deepika, imtiaz moonnu perum ente favs aannu...nnaalum oru review nokkiyitt povaam enn vechadha....thats y i checkd in mainly in SS today, tho media reviews r available but unbelievable!!! idhippo binoy mark kodutha sthidhikk definitely!!! SNT kidu filmaairunnu lyk most of abhay deol films, dint succceed much!

Robert Langdon
31st July 2009, 03:38 PM
saif, deepika, imtiaz moonnu perum ente favs aannu...nnaalum oru review nokkiyitt povaam enn vechadha....thats y i checkd in mainly in SS today, tho media reviews r available but unbelievable!!! idhippo binoy mark kodutha sthidhikk definitely!!! SNT kidu filmaairunnu lyk most of abhay deol films, dint succceed much!
Moonnu perum entem favs thanne... :valiya_chiri:
Yes SNT was a well made movie... Aamir kazhinjaal ippo enikku Bollywood il ettavum ishtam Abhay Deol aanu :nallatha: His acting n script sense is too good !!!

Mallik Bhai
31st July 2009, 03:43 PM
Moonnu perum entem favs thanne... :valiya_chiri:
Yes SNT was a well made movie... Aamir kazhinjaal ippo enikku Bollywood il ettavum ishtam Abhay Deol aanu :nallatha: His acting n script sense is too good !!!
njaanum...dev d koode kandathode total fan aayi....!!! weekly once, one dose of dev d enna nilayilaanu kaaryangal ippo, esply coz of abhay n the songs....

Tony
31st July 2009, 03:44 PM
njaanum...dev d koode kandathode total fan aayi....!!! weekly once, one dose of dev d enna nilayilaanu kaaryangal ippo, esply coz of abhay n the songs....

kure nalayallo aliya kandittu?

Mallik Bhai
31st July 2009, 03:49 PM
kure nalayallo aliya kandittu?
veetinagath bed restilaairunnu oranchu divasam...faarya, kutti pinne njaanum oro divasam ororutharkku fever....ivide coimbatore mottham fever mayam...innaanu puramlokam kandathu....tonykuttanu disturbance aaya?!

Robert Langdon
31st July 2009, 03:53 PM
njaanum...dev d koode kandathode total fan aayi....!!! weekly once, one dose of dev d enna nilayilaanu kaaryangal ippo, esply coz of abhay n the songs....
Abhay ude aake njan kaanatha padam "Ahistha Ahistha"aanu... Athinte DVD/DVD Rip kittiyilla... Kollamo ee padam ?

Robert Langdon
31st July 2009, 03:53 PM
veetinagath bed restilaairunnu oranchu divasam...faarya, kutti pinne njaanum oro divasam ororutharkku fever....ivide coimbatore mottham fever mayam...innaanu puramlokam kandathu....tonykuttanu disturbance aaya?!
Hope you are okay now :hug:

Mallik Bhai
31st July 2009, 04:01 PM
Abhay ude aake njan kaanatha padam "Ahistha Ahistha"aanu... Athinte DVD/DVD Rip kittiyilla... Kollamo ee padam ?

njanum kandittilla...remember hearing a few songs...HR aairunnille music? oru kidu title number undaairunnu mmade ganjawalede vaga...



Hope you are okay now :hug:
yea better, but the ac in office is troubling me...endharu cheyyan!

Hari Kuttan
31st July 2009, 04:02 PM
veetinagath bed restilaairunnu oranchu divasam...faarya, kutti pinne njaanum oro divasam ororutharkku fever....ivide coimbatore mottham fever mayam...innaanu puramlokam kandathu....tonykuttanu disturbance aaya?!
Oh.. Ippo bhedamundo anna?

Tony
31st July 2009, 04:03 PM
veetinagath bed restilaairunnu oranchu divasam...faarya, kutti pinne njaanum oro divasam ororutharkku fever....ivide coimbatore mottham fever mayam...innaanu puramlokam kandathu....tonykuttanu disturbance aaya?!

nattilum ellayidathum fever aanennu kettu... climate'nte aakum...

Kumbidi
31st July 2009, 04:04 PM
thanks machu..

Mallik Bhai
31st July 2009, 04:10 PM
Oh.. Ippo bhedamundo anna?
yep kuttaa....


nattilum ellayidathum fever aanennu kettu... climate'nte aakum...
naattil ippo ee avatharathinte peru "thakkalippani" enn paranju kettu phone cheydhappo!!!:doh:

Robert Langdon
31st July 2009, 04:11 PM
thanks machu..
Welcome Kumbinidi..

Shyam
31st July 2009, 04:18 PM
Thanks binoy

Robert Langdon
31st July 2009, 04:21 PM
Thanks binoy
Welcome Shyam...

Robert Langdon
31st July 2009, 04:48 PM
Indiatimes Review
Love Aaj Kal: Movie Review

30 Jul, 2009 04:30 pm ISThttp://movies.indiatimes.com/images/spacer.giflhttp://movies.indiatimes.com/images/spacer.gifGaurav Malani/INDIATIMES MOVIES
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Director: Imtiaz Ali
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone
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A love story that opens with a breakup – that’s quite a ‘twist’ in the treatment. Do not expect too much of novel turns in the tale though.

Love Aaj Kal is a been-there-seen-that story of a couple, Jai (Saif Ali Khan) and Meera (Deepika Padukone) who realize true love for each other once they part ways and go their own paths. Just that this couple breaks up to start with and subsequently gets together for an imminent happy end. A parallel plot in a period setting has Veer (Saif, again) being smitten by a pristine Punjabi kudi in a bygone era.

The different perspectives of love in the parallel narratives, beautifully builds a contrast in the tale. The innocence of love from the past era comes across as strikingly divergent to the practicality of romance in the present times. In a pensive line, Rishi Kapoor as the elder Sardar, makes smart sense when he says love made people serious about life in yesteryears while seriousness towards life makes people abandon love in current generation.

The feel of the film is fresh, youthful and light-hearted throughout which is aptly complemented by informal and straight-out-of-life dialogues, peppy musical score and natural performances. Even the breakup between the couple is absolutely casual sans any hard feelings. Especially notable are the instant conversations post the breakup, where the couple liberated of relationship, opens up more warmly. The chemistry between the couple is equally relaxed as love is established with kiss-and-make-up briskness.

But somewhere too much abruptness dilutes the conviction of the narrative. While one is habituated to the abrupt emergence of song-and-dance (the Twist track), what is not reasonable is Saif’s sudden distracted demeanour and love-realization in the pre-climax. There are momentary failures in continuity with the screenplay constantly crossing geographical boundaries and covering different timeframes. Certainly the film stretches and drags in its latter reels.

While the feel-good factor works in its favour, it also brings in the déjà vu effect from romance flicks ranging from DDLJ to Hum Tum . The lover’s reunion after a yearlong hiatus is evocative of the climax of Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna .

The editing (Aarti Bajaj) and cinematography (N Natarajan Subramaniam) are impressive. But what steals the show is Pritam’s spirited composition and Bosco-Caeser’s grooving choreography in Twist and Aahun Aahun which is amazingly energetic and infectious.

Saif Ali Khan shines with a refreshing natural performance in both his characters. He looks super-cool as Jai and makes for a decent enough Sardar, Veer. He’s esp. outstanding in the pre-marriage confrontation with Deepika. Deepika Padukone puts in an equally compelling act and shares superb chemistry with Saif. Rishi Kapoor is lively. The still-under-wraps second lead (Punjabi girl) is immaculately beautiful.

The recipe of love stories hasn’t changed much over the years. It’s just reworked garnishing that has added to the appeal. Likewise Love Aaj Kal doesn’t promise much newness in its plot but clicks largely for its casual-n-cheerful presentation.

Kal ka wine in Aaj ka bottle!

Robert Langdon
1st August 2009, 11:19 AM
<table class="big1" align="center" bgcolor="#cccccc" border="0" cellpadding="10" cellspacing="1" width="98%"><tbody><tr><td class="normal" bgcolor="#ffffff" width="91%">By Filmfare / Times of India / Indiatimes, July 31, 2009 - 07:35 IST

The film literally holds up a mirror to the commitment phobia of the young, successful professionals who keep changing their status from 'committed' to 'single' on the sundry social networking sites. Much to the chagrin of their dads and mums who fail to understand this emotional dilettantism and keep badgering them with love-of-a-lifetime cliches...

[ Full Review ] (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/ENTERTAINMENT/Movie-Reviews/Hindi/Love-Aaj-Kal/moviereview/4838891.cms)
</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff" valign="middle" width="9%">4.00
</td> </tr><tr> <td class="normal" bgcolor="#ffffff" width="91%">By Buzz18, July 31, 2009 - 07:36 IST
There are three reasons why you must catch Love Aaj Kal ASAP - dialogues, performances and music. Imtiaz Ali's tale of love, then and now is a light hearted and refreshing watch...

[ Full Review ] (http://buzz18.in.com/reviews/movies/review-love-aaj-kal/146412/0)
</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff" valign="middle" width="9%">4.00
</td> </tr><tr> <td class="normal" bgcolor="#ffffff" width="91%">By Filmfare / Times of India / Indiatimes, July 31, 2009 - 07:39 IST
The feel of the film is fresh, youthful and light-hearted throughout which is aptly complemented by informal and straight-out-of-life dialogues, peppy musical score and natural performances...

[ Full Review ] (http://movies.indiatimes.com/Reviews/Love-Aaj-Kal-Movie-Review/moviereview/4836698.cms)
</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff" valign="middle" width="9%">3.00
</td> </tr><tr> <td class="normal" bgcolor="#ffffff" width="91%">By MouthShut, July 31, 2009 - 08:02 IST
The unique mix of sensible artistic cinema smeared with commercial razz-matazz is a difficult combo to achieve but Imtiaz scores big time. Go watch Love Aaj Kal today.

[ Full Review ] (http://www.mouthshut.com/review/Love_Aaj_Kal-172146-1.html)
</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff" valign="middle" width="9%">4.00
</td> </tr><tr> <td class="normal" bgcolor="#ffffff" width="91%">By Yahoo, July 31, 2009 - 08:04 IST

The music of the movie is very good and the songs apt to the situation. But too many film formulas rolled into one makes 'Love Aaj Kal' a Cultural Cocktail instead of a Cult. Worth seeing once as it comes like a good breakthrough after the Box Office disasters this year.

[ Full Review ] (http://in.movies.yahoo.com/movies/Love-Aaj-Kal/reviewdetails-818.html)
</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff" valign="middle" width="9%">2.50
</td> </tr><tr> <td class="normal" bgcolor="#ffffff" width="91%">By Rediff, July 31, 2009 - 11:57 IST
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Love Aaj Kal is a harmless, watchable film -- sad, because it could have been truly special. It has its moments in the first half, while the second half is an over-melodramatic drag...

[ Full Review ] (http://movies.rediff.com/report/2009/jul/31/the-love-aaj-kal-review.htm)
</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff" valign="middle" width="9%">2.50
</td> </tr><tr> <td class="normal" bgcolor="#ffffff" width="91%">By Glamsham, July 31, 2009 - 15:33 IST
In both tales, Imtiaz weaves a pattern to display that whatever era you may have been in, Love has a singular momentum and you only love once. Both love stories are unraveled together and as they head to the climax, Imtiaz has you firmly in his grip...

[ Full Review ] (http://www.glamsham.com/movies/reviews/31-love-aaj-kal-movie-review-070901.asp)
</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff" valign="middle" width="9%">3.00
</td> </tr><tr> <td class="normal" bgcolor="#ffffff" width="91%">By Realbollywood, July 31, 2009 - 16:12 IST
Love Aaj Kal is a film definitely not to be missed. It offers us something fresh and and is a unique experiment in story telling and direction that works big time. It is one film that Saif, Deepika and Imtiaz shall always be proud of whenever they look back at their career.

[ Full Review ] (http://www.realbollywood.com/news/2009/07/love-aaj-kal-review.html)
</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff" valign="middle" width="9%">4.00</td></tr></tbody></table>

critic
1st August 2009, 11:25 AM
Thanks Binoy for a comprehensive Review and may the be the first one before any other site.

payyans
1st August 2009, 11:32 AM
thanks binoy..

Robert Langdon
1st August 2009, 11:47 AM
Thanks Binoy for a comprehensive Review and may the be the first one before any other site.
Welcome Criticetta... :hug:


thanks binoy..
Welcome Payyan... :D

Arjun
1st August 2009, 12:00 PM
Thanks Binoy ,...
padathinnu nalla WOM annu

Maharajav
1st August 2009, 02:11 PM
Thanka a loot binoy kuttan..........NIice review...

SuryaVanshi
1st August 2009, 02:13 PM
Thanks Binoy ...

Robert Langdon
1st August 2009, 03:42 PM
Thanks Binoy ,...
padathinnu nalla WOM annu
Welcome Arjun....


Thanka a loot binoy kuttan..........NIice review...
Welcome Raajave....:)

Thanks Binoy ...
Welcome Yodha...

Robert Langdon
2nd August 2009, 03:30 AM
Love Aaj Kal Opens To Bumper Response At Multiplexes

Saturday 1st August 2008 13.30 IST

Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network

Love Aaj Kal opened to a bumper response of 90% at multiplexes and a decent 60% response at single screens. The multiplex business on day one was phenomenal as it collected more money than any other film on day one at the multiplexes. Overall reports are good and it is a sure shot winner and may emerge first Super Hit of 2009.

<table class="normal" border="0" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="3" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="headline">B.O. update: 'Love Aaj Kal' has superb start in India, Pakistan, UAE</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="org">- By Taran Adarsh, August 1, 2009 - 08:47 IST</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">http://images.bollywoodhungama.com/img/news/09/aug/loveaajkal1.jpg The much-hyped LOVE AAJ KAL opened to a stupendous start across all multiplexes. The film is being screened in 20, 23, 25, even 28 shows everyday at prominent multiplexes, which is a record of starts. The first day business was huge across multiplexes, although the single screens weren't as strong [expectedly]. But there's no reason to press the panic button, since 70% to 80% business is generated from multiplexes alone these days.

The reports of LOVE AAJ KAL are good, the audience feedback is positive and the opening weekend is expected to be humungous. In fact, the first weekend numbers of the film should easily find a place amongst the biggest openers ever. Another advantage is the Raksha Bandhan holiday on Wednesday [5th August], which will add that extra revenue to the booty.

LOVE AAJ KAL has cost Rs. 42 crores to its producers [Saif Ali Khan and Dinesh Vijan] and with P & A costs included, the final cost works out to approx. Rs. 48 crores [for Eros]. A major chunk of business is expected to be recovered from the domestic market, while Overseas is expected to be huge as well. In fact, the Thursday night shows in Pakistan were bigger than that of KAMBAKKHT ISHQ. Even UAE was higher than KAMBAKKHT ISHQ, where LOVE AAJ KAL collected approx. 6,50,000 Dirhams on its first day. :hurray:

One awaits with bated breath for its response in U.K. and U.S.A. 'Bollywood Hungama' will keep you updated with the developments, with official figures.</td></tr></tbody></table>