I’m on vacation, and who does vacation better than Imtiaz Ali? So, two movies for you all to watch and then talk about with me! Or have already watched and remember so well you don’t need to rewatch them. Either way!
Love Aaj Kal! The Imtiaz Ali movie that doesn’t have the raw originality of his first film Socha Na Tha, or the mature depth of his most recent film Jab Harry Met Sejal, but is still….fine. It’s got a relationship between a man and woman who grow and mature equally over the course of the story, it’s got fun travelogue sections, it’s got great songs, and it has the kind of deep performances Imtiaz can pull out of his actors. And it has charming Saif Ali Khan, if that’s your dish. Oh, and it’s available for rent on every services. Watch it before Friday 6/14 and then we can talk about it together!
And then there’s Socha Na Tha. This movie came out while I was in college and I watched it pretty early on in my Indian film journey (year 2 or 3), thought it was cute and a little different. And then I watched more and more movies and learned that it was A LOT different. Imtiaz announced himself right from the start as very quietly different. It’s a movie that is cute on the first watch, deep on the second watch, and brilliant on the third watch. Oh, and it’s on Netflix. And also legally for free on youtube. And it has a great soundtrack. Watch it before 6/16 and join in the fun with me!