Directed by Imtiyaz Ali, Love Aaj Kal is a movie that tries to capture the sharp contrasts between the value system of the Old World, characterized by a one kind of love and chivalry, and the Modern World caught in its trappings of a materialistic, extremely practical fast lifestyle devoid of the tenderness that held the charm of those days.
In the end, it is true love and its realisation that still stands strong inspite of the changing times.
Rishi Kapoor, as the old nostalgic Sardar recounting his tale of true love, and Saif Ali Khan, as the modern day, confused, man of the current generation, steal the thunder with their performances. They bring out the fine contrast between the times, and how in the end, all that was believed as old and senseless, still made greater sense in the pursuit of love.
Deepika Padukone, the leggy lass, who plays Saif's love interest, Meera Pundit, makes a great model, however she needs to look beyond flashing a great smile and lighting up her eyes, and work extensively on her tone and pitch, which is monotonous throughout the movie. Saif in his double role as Veer, and Jai Vardhan Singh, puts up a good show. His physique is certainly something to watch out for.
Rishi Kapoor, is the perfect foil for the brash Jai. A seasoned actor, he leaves you wanting for more. The Brazilian, who plays Veer's love interest, deserves special mention. Her acting is well contained and the director was smart to use her facial expressions while keeping dialogues to a bare minimum. However, the former could have chosen a better lead pair who could create that instant magic. Unfortunately for Jai and Meera, the graph was just flat.
The movie is not a great package, at the same time, it does not kill you. It makes for a good time pass and recommended only if you are bored out of your wits and have nothing to do for the rest of the day.