Towards the intermission Zoe Chauhan (Sara Ali Khan) yells at Veer (Kartik Aryan) at his parents' place that 'this cannot be sorted out'. We found it out 20 minutes into the movie, the mess Imtiaz Ali is getting into cannot be sorted out.
Love Aaj Kal starts out ambitious but falters and helplessly falls into the usual romantic bollywood zone. This is analogous to the character Sara plays. Kartik Aaryan on the other hand is just a prop in all of the horrendous screen-time.
On the other hand, Raj (Randeep Hooda)'s performance and slew of songs were just a distraction from the dull and drab screenplay.
But a thing to thank in the film is, knowingly or unknowingly Bollywood has exposed itself that it has been the enemy of feminists and not men as it was long believed. Not just Bollywood but all the 'woods' that spawns the tale that an independent, self-respecting women can never be committed in a romantic relationship, stands culpable.
However, coming to the story, Zoe Chauhan is in the cross-roads on whether to pursue career or love; a dilemma that only a bollywood heroine goes through. And Raj playing a Love Guru/Commentator tries to rescue Zoe from trapping into the warp that he fell into in his youth.
The very cut and dried plot of a girl finding it hard to choose between and career puts the film to an un-escapable death and the over-dramatisizing of this plot buried the movie.
Imtiaz Ali looks clueless from the very point of establishing the story which is very much palpable with the meandering screenplay.
Visuals were good, so was Arijit Singh's mellifluous voice but all of that could never compensate for a poor writing.
On a whole, the Love Aaj Kal holds no promise and is en route to a miserable film from the word go.