Love Aaj Kal

Love Aaj Kal (transl. 'Love nowadays') is a 2009 Indian Hindi-language romantic comedy-drama film starring Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone in lead roles[3] with Rahul Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, and Giselli Monteiro in supporting roles.[4] The film is directed by Imtiaz Ali and produced by Saif Ali Khan and Dinesh Vijan. The film portrays the feeling of pure love which never changes, although the perspective of realising one's soulmate has changed over time. Although there was a lot of pre-release speculation that the film was a remake of the 2005 Taiwanese film, Three Times, post-release reviews have proven that this is not the case.[5] This film was remade into Telugu as Teen Maar with Pawan Kalyan and Trisha Krishnan in lead roles.[6]

Its spiritual successor yet untitled film directed by Imtiaz Ali starring Kartik Aaryan, Sara Ali Khan, and Randeep Hooda in the leading roles began filming in second half of March 2019. It is scheduled for release on 14 February 2020 on Valentine's Day.[7]

Love Aaj Kal
Love Aaj Kal Movie Poster
Theatrical release poster
Directed byImtiaz Ali
Produced by
Written byImtiaz Ali
Music bySongs:
Background Score:
CinematographyNatarajan Subramaniam
Edited by
Distributed byEros International
Release date
  • 31 July 2009
Running time
129 minutes
Budget50 million[1]
Box office1.20 billion[2]


Jai (Saif Ali Khan) and Meera (Deepika Padukone) are a modern-day couple living in London. They are happy with each other, but do not believe in tying each other down, so when career beckons they have a mutual break-up but remain friends. Meera goes to India, while Jai stays in London, hoping to be called to San Francisco, where working at the Golden Gate Inc. is his dream job. Jai begins to date a blonde named Jo (Florence Brudenell-Bruce), while Meera returns the feelings of her boss, Vikram (Rahul Khanna). The couple believes they have moved on.

Running simultaneously, but set in the past, is the tale of Veer Singh (Rishi Kapoor). A great believer of love, the Sikh narrates his love story to Jai to try to convince him not to let Meera go from his life. He explains how he fell for a girl named Harleen (Giselle Monteiro). Jai ridicules Veer, who vowed to marry Harleen before he had even gotten to talk to her. But, on Veer's insistence, he agrees to pay Meera a surprise visit in India. Meera is stunned, and the two lie to both Jo and Vikram to spend time with each other. They realize how much they still like each other's company. Jai and Jo break up as Jai is unable to reciprocate the deeper feelings that Jo longs for. On the day Jai is to leave, Vikram proposes to Meera. She meets Jai secretly, who tells her she should make a decision. Angry, Meera tells him to leave her life or else she will never be able to really move on. Parallel to this, we find that Harleen has told Veer she was engaged without being told, and he must leave her.

Jai is called to his dream job in San Francisco the same day that Meera realizes her marriage is a mistake. She tells Vikram the truth and calls Jai, but he tells her about Golden Gate. Realizing he is going to San Francisco, she tells him nothing. Meanwhile, Veer declares his intentions of marrying Harleen but is badly beaten by her family.

Jai begins to lose interest in his "dream job," finding that he is not as happy as he thought he would be. He is beaten by some thugs when, while being mugged, he refuses to give them a picture of Meera. He then realizes he still loves her and goes back to India. He finds Vikram, who informs him that Meera left him. In the past, Veer travels to Harleen's house on the day of her wedding and convinces her mother that Harleen can only be happy with him. Harleen's mother lets Veer secretly sneak out with her daughter, and the two marry happily. In the present, Jai and Meera have a heart-touching reunion.



The shooting of the film started on May 2008[8] and took place in the railway station of Patiala, Red Fort, Purana Qila and on the streets of Delhi. Parts were shot in London, San Francisco, and Kolkata. The building used as Golden Gate, Inc., in the film is actually the rotunda of San Jose City Hall.[9] The film wasn't given a name until January 2009, after shooting was complete.[10]



The producers of the film agreed to marketing tie-ups with 2009 ICC World Twenty20, Shoppers Stop and Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance.[11] The apparel worn by the lead cast is exclusively available at Shoppers Stop. With Bajaj Allianz they have a tie up to share the special moments where they could win a chance to meet Saif Ali Khan, the protagonist and the producer of the movie. The tie up with the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 was that both Deepika and Saif would be in England before the tournament begins, with Saif expected to commentate on matches for Indian television.[12]


Critical reception

The movie received a positive response from critics. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the movie 4 stars out of 5 saying, "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 more than compensate for the hiccups."[13] Nikhat Kazmi of Times of India gave the movie 4 stars in a scale of 5, concluding that "Go watch it for its GenNow feel and its ekdum [sic] modern appeal."[14] Sonia Chopra of Sify gave the movie 3.5 stars out of 5, commenting that "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, with a delicious contemporary edge. Go get your fill."[15] Shubhra Gupta of Indian Express gave the movie 3 stars in a scale of 5, noting that "It's hard not to warm up to a film which is, at its core, likeable. I just wish I could have liked it more."[16] Aniruddha Guha of DNA India gave the movie 3 stars out of 5, writing that "Though Love Aaj Kal may not quite be the film you expect it to be, it does not leave you feeling disappointed either. Watch it without too many expectations and you will come back smiling. And if you have wanted to ask someone out for a while, this film is the perfect ice-breaker."[17] Raja Sen of Rediff gave the movie 2.5 stars in a scale of 5, stating that "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."[18] Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave the movie 2 stars out of 5, pointing that "The film in the end is ordinary stuff, watchable but never memorable like the director's previous efforts, the far superior Socha Na Tha and Jab We Met. I'm going with two out of five and an average rating for Love Aaj Kal. It's like that plump mango you bite into only to discover it's not ripe yet. Watch it nevertheless for the sharp dialogue and some clever humor."[19]

Box office

Love Aaj Kal netted 428.7 million (US$6.0 million) in its first week.[20] and 163.9 million (US$2.3 million) in its second week.[21] Love Aaj Kal netted 668.9 million (US$9.3 million) in India.[22] It was declared a super hit by Box Office India, grossing 890 million (US$12 million).[23]


Love Aaj Kal
Soundtrack album by
31 July 2009 (India)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelEros Music
Zee Music
Pritam chronology
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
Love Aaj Kal
Dil Bole Hadippa!
Professional ratings
Review scores
Bollywood Hungama4.5/5 stars[24]
Rediff3/5 stars[25]

The music of Love Aaj Kal is composed by Pritam, the lyrics penned by Irshad Kamil, and the remixes created by DJ Sanj. The album earned Pritam his first IIFA Best Music Director Award.

1."Twist"Neeraj Shridhar, Suzanne D'Mello5:01
2."Chor Bazari"Neeraj Shridhar, Sunidhi Chauhan4:19
3."Aahun Aahun"Master Saleem, Neeraj Shridhar, Suzanne D'Mello4:45
4."Dooriyan"Mohit Chauhan5:36
5."Aaj Din Chadeya"Rahat Fateh Ali Khan5:17
6."Thoda Thoda Pyar"Sunidhi Chauhan4:04
7."Main Kya Hoon"KK5:48
8."Twist (Remix)"Neeraj Shridhar4:04
9."Chor Bazari (Remix)"Neeraj Shridhar, Sunidhi Chauhan3:50
10."Aahun Aahun (Remix)"Master Saleem, Neeraj Shridhar, Suzanne D'Mello4:36


The movie was remade in Tollywood in 2011 by the name Teen Maar starring Pawan Kalyan, Trisha Krishnan, and Kriti Kharbanda playing the lead roles.


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  12. ^ "Love Aaj Kal Tied up with ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2009".
  13. ^ Adarsh, Taran (30 July 2009). "Love Aaj Kal Review Bollywood Hungama". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 31 March 2012.4/5 stars
  14. ^ Kazmi, Nikhat (30 July 2009). "Love Aaj Kal Review Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 31 March 2012.4/5 stars
  15. ^ Chopra, Sonia (30 July 2009). "Review: Love Aaj Kal hits you like fresh air". Sify. Retrieved 31 March 2012.3.5/5 stars
  16. ^ Gupta, Shubhra (31 July 2009). "Movie review: Love Aaj Kal". The Indian Express. Retrieved 31 March 2012.3/5 stars
  17. ^ Guha, Aniruddha (31 July 2009). "Review: Love Aaj Kal is the perfect date movie". DNA India. Retrieved 31 March 2012.3/5 stars
  18. ^ Sen, Raja (31 July 2009). "Yet another love story. Okay, two". Rediff. Retrieved 31 March 2012.2.5/5 stars
  19. ^ Masand, Rajeev (2 August 2009). "Masand's Movie Review: Love Aaj Kal". CNN-IBN. Retrieved 31 March 2012.2/5 stars
  20. ^ "Top Opening Weeks All Time UPDATED". Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  21. ^ "Top Second Weeks ALL TIME Updated 16/02/12". Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  22. ^ "Box Office 2009". Archived from the original on 14 October 2013.
  23. ^ "All India 2009 (Figures in INR)". Retrieved 30 July 2011.
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External links

11th IIFA Awards

The 2010 IIFA Awards, officially the 11th International Indian Film Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the International Indian Film Academy honoured the best films of 2009 and took place between 3 – 5 June 2010. The official ceremony took place on 5 June 2010, at the Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka. During the ceremony, IIFA Awards were awarded in 23 competitive categories. The ceremony was televised in India and internationally on Star Plus. The ceremony was hosted by Boman Irani, Ritesh Deshmukh and Lara Dutta.

In related events, the IIFA Music and Fashion Extravaganza took place on 4 June 2010 at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall. During the event, all technical awards were presented to the winners.

3 Idiots won sixteen awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, making it the most awarded film in IIFA award history. Other winners were Aladin, Love Aaj Kal and Paa with three awards and Wake Up Sid, Kal Kissne Dekha, Kaminey, Dev.D, Delhi-6 and All the Best: Fun Begins with one.

55th Filmfare Awards

The 55th Filmfare Awards were held on 27 February 2010 at the Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai, India. The awards given for 30 categories, out of which there were 3 special awards, 3 critics awards and 24 main awards for Hindi films released in 2009. There were 60 nominations for the top 10 categories, which were based on votes via web and newspaper forms. The award ceremony was hosted by Shahrukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan.

The major award-winning film turned out to be 3 Idiots which garnered five Filmfare awards, followed by Dev D with four awards and, Delhi 6 and Firaaq with three awards each. Paa fetched Amitabh Bachchan his fifth Filmfare Best Actor Award and Vidya Balan her first ever Filmfare Best Actress Award, for their performance as the son-mother duo of Auro and Vidya.

Anaita Shroff Adajania

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Bosco–Caesar is an Indian choreographer duo who work in Bollywood. They are Bosco Martis and Caesar Gonsalves, who have together worked on 200 songs and about 75 films. They run the Bosco Caesar Dance Company in Brampton, Scarborough, Mumbai, Phoolbagan, and Salt Lake in Kolkata.They won the 2011 (59th) National Film Award for Best Choreography for the "Senorita" in Zindagi Na Milegi7 Dobara, for which they also won the 2011 57th Filmfare Award for Best Choreography.

Deepika Padukone filmography

Deepika Padukone is an Indian actress who appears in Hindi films. Her first screen appearance was in Himesh Reshammiya's music video "Naam Hai Tera" in 2005. Padukone made her film debut by playing the titular role in the Kannada film Aishwarya (2006). Her first Hindi film release came the following year with Farah Khan's melodrama Om Shanti Om, in which she played dual roles opposite Shah Rukh Khan. For her performance, she won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut and also received a Best Actress nomination. Her sole film role in 2008 was as one of Ranbir Kapoor's love interests in Bachna Ae Haseeno.Padukone's first film release of 2009, the kung fu comedy Chandni Chowk to China opposite Akshay Kumar, proved to be a box office flop. However, her next release, Imtiaz Ali's romance Love Aaj Kal grossed ₹1.2 billion (US$17 million) worldwide, and garnered her a second Best Actress nomination at Filmfare. Padukone had five film releases in 2010. The comedy Housefull was a commercial success, though her other four releases failed at the box office. The series of poorly received films continued with both her 2011 releases—the drama Aarakshan and the comedy Desi Boyz. The acclaimed role of an impulsive party-girl in Homi Adajania's Cocktail (2012) proved to be a breakthrough for Padukone and she received several acting nominations for it.Padukone found further success in 2013 when all four of her films were box office hits. Among these were two of the highest-grossing Indian films—the romantic comedies Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Chennai Express. She also won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for playing a character based on Juliet in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's tragic romance Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013). In 2014, Padukone appeared in the Tamil animation film Kochadaiiyaan and played a bar dancer in the top-grossing heist film Happy New Year. The following year, she played a headstrong architect in Shoojit Sircar's acclaimed comedy-drama Piku, which earned Padukone her second Best Actress award at Filmfare, and portrayed the warrior Mastani in Bhansali's highly successful historical romance Bajirao Mastani. Padukone's first project in Hollywood—the action film xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)—earned over US$345 million worldwide. Padukone's highest-grossing Indian release came in 2018 with Bhansali's ₹5.45 billion (US$76 million)-grossing period drama Padmaavat, in which she portrayed the titular role of Rani Padmavati.

Dinesh Vijan

Dinesh Vijan is an Indian film producer and director and the founder of Maddock Films. He gave up his lucrative banking job 14 years ago to pursue films. He has produced critically and commercially acclaimed films such as Stree, Luka Chuppi, Badlapur, Hindi Medium, Being Cyrus, Love Aaj Kal, Cocktail and Go Goa Gone.

“I like to make films which are entertaining. The films must entertain you and leave you with something.”

“Audiences are evolved and exposed to so much content that we must strive to make interesting stories, but still retain the commercial sensibilities they are used to.”

“I am trying to build my own horror comedy universe.”

Dolly Ahluwalia

Dolly Ahluwalia is an Indian actress and costume designer who was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2001 for costume design. She has won 3 Filmfare Awards and three National Film Awards , for Best Costume Design for Bandit Queen (1993) and Haider (2014), and then as Best Supporting Actress for Vicky Donor (2012), which is also her best known role as an actress.

Florence Brudenell-Bruce

Florence "Flee" Anna Marie St George (née Brudenell-Bruce; born 21 November 1985) is an English model and former Bollywood actress (Love Aaj Kal).

The daughter of Andrew Brudenell-Bruce, a wine merchant and descendant of Ernest Brudenell-Bruce, 3rd Marquess of Ailesbury, 9th Earl of Cardigan; and French artist Sophie Brudenell-Bruce, she has three elder siblings: a brother, Henry, and two sisters, Alice and Christabel, the latter married with two daughters.

Brudenell-Bruce grew up in Fulham. Educated at Woldingham and then Stowe School, she went on to graduate from the University of Bristol with a degree in the History of Art.

In July 2013, she married Henry Edward Hugh St George, grandson of the Marchese di San Giorgio and maternal grandson of the 11th Duke of Grafton. In March 2014, it was revealed that the couple were expecting their first child later that year. Their daughter, Iris Lara St George, was born on 22 July 2014.

Brudenell-Bruce starred as Sydney in Robocroc via Syfy movie.

Giselli Monteiro

Giselli Monteiro (born 16 November 1988) is a Brazilian former model and Bollywood actress. She made her film-debut playing the role of "Harleen Kaur" in the 2009 Bollywood film Love Aaj Kal, directed by Imtiaz Ali.

Illuminati Films

Illuminati Films is an Indian motion picture production, based in Mumbai. The company was founded in 2009 by Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan and producer Dinesh Vijan, with its first release Love Aaj Kal (2009) becoming a major commercial and critical success.

Imtiaz Ali (director)

Imtiaz Ali (born 16 June 1971) is an Indian film director, producer and writer. He started his career with writing and directing television shows. He directed shows like Imtehaan, Naina and Kurukshetra. In 2005 he made his directorial debut with Socha Na Tha, that did not do well. Then he earned critical and commercial success for his direction of Jab We Met (2007). Love Aaj Kal (2009) and Rockstar (2011) made him a noted filmmaker.

Irshad Kamil

Irshad Kamil (born 5 September 1971) is an Indian Hindi-Urdu poet and lyricist. His songs appear in Bollywood films including Jab We Met, Chameli, Love Aaj Kal, Rockstar, Aashiqui 2, Raanjhanaa, Highway, Tamasha, and Jab Harry Met Sejal.

List of people from Jamshedpur

This is a list of prominent people who were born or lived in Jamshedpur.

Varun Aaron, Indian bowler and part of current team India squad

Imtiaz Ali, director; works include Socha Na Tha, Jab We Met, and Love Aaj Kal; writer of Indian cinema; born in Jamshedpur

Pratyusha Banerjee, Indian television actress

Priyanka Chopra, Miss India World 2000; Miss World 2000 and Bollywood actress; born in Jamshedpur

Raghubar Das, current Chief Minister of Jharkhand; born in Jamshedpur

Jahar Dasgupta, artist, painter, President of the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

Astad Deboo, Padma Shree awardee; Indian contemporary dancer and choreographer and exponent of modern dance in India

Gerald Durrell (1925–1995), naturalist, zookeeper, conservationist, author, and television presenter

Ishita Dutta, actress, born and raised in Jamshedpur

Tanushree Dutta, Miss India Universe 2004 and Bollywood actress; born and raised in Jamshedpur

Rajit Gadh, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

Sanjeev Jaiswal, Bollywood Actor.

Neeraj Kabi, Film and Theatre Actor.

Rameesh Kailasam, Indian governance reform expert, born in Jamshedpur

Amarpreet Singh Kale founder of a social and religious organization Har Har Mahadev Seva Sangh

Arvind Kejriwal, Aam Aadmi Party leader; worked with Tata Steel; lived in Jamshedpur for two years

Sanjivan Lal, film director

R. Madhavan, Indian Tamil cine star; born and brought up in Jamshedpur

Purnima Mahato, coach of Indian archery team at the 2012 London Olympics

Gourav Mukhi, footballer

Arjun Munda, politician, former Member of Parliament, and Chief Minister of Jharkhand

Shweta Prasad, actress, born and raised in Jamshedpur

Arshadul Qaudri, Muslim leader, social worker and writer

Shilpa Rao, playback singer for Hindi films such as Aamir, Bachna Ae Haseeno, and Dev D

Simone Singh, Bollywood actress; born and raised in Jamshedpur

Tuhin Sinha, Notable author.

Master Saleem

Master Saleem (born 13 July 1980 as Saleem Shahzada), sometimes referred as Saleem Shahzada (Salim Shahzada), is an Indian singer from Punjab, known for his work as a devotional singer & playback singer in Bollywood films, like Heyy Babyy (2007), Dostana and Love Aaj Kal (2009). He has also released private albums, of Punjabi Music, Religious and Sufi music.

Neetu Singh

Neetu Singh, also known by her married name Neetu Kapoor, is an Indian film actress who appears in Hindi films. She is most remembered for appearing in many successful films through the 1970s and 1980s.

She started acting at the age of 8 under the name Baby Sonia. Her first role as child artist was with the film Suraj in 1966. She played "Roopa" in the 1966 movie Dus Lakh and a dual role in the film Do Kaliyaan. Her other notable films as a child actress were Warisand Pavitra Paapi. She made her adult debut as a leading actress with the film Rickshawala in 1973 and went on to appear in 50 films as the lead heroine from 1973 to 1983. She left the film industry in 1983 after her marriage to frequent co-star Rishi Kapoor in 1980. She made her comeback to films after 26 years, appearing opposite her husband in the superhit films; romantic drama Love Aaj Kal (2009), comedy drama Do Dooni Chaar (2010), romance Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)–the last of which rank among the highest-grossing Indian films, and the comedy Besharam (2013), a box office flop.

Suzanne D'Mello

Suzanne D'Mello, formerly known as Suzie Q, is an Indian playback singer of Bollywood films and other regional films. She also has voiced jingles for television advertisements.

Teddy Maurya

Ajay Maurya, popularly known by his industry name Teddy Maurya, is an Indian film and theatre actor, director, writer, musician, production designer and art director.

Teen Maar

Teen Maar is a 2011 Indian Telugu-language romantic drama film directed by Jayanth C. Paranjee. The film is a remake of the Hindi film Love Aaj Kal, with Pawan Kalyan, Trisha Krishnan and Kriti Kharbanda playing the lead roles. The film's music is composed by Mani Sharma. The film portrays the feeling of pure love which never changes, although the perspective of realising one's soulmate has changed over time. The film was released on 14 April 2011.

Untitled Imtiaz Ali’s next

Aaj Kal is an upcoming 2020 Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film directed by Imtiaz Ali which stars Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan. Principal photography began in the first half of March 2019. Aaryan and Khan shared first look of the film on their respective Instagram accounts. It is scheduled for release on 14 February 2020 on Valentine's Day.

Filmography of Imtiaz Ali

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