Deepika’s ‘Love Aaj Kal’ celebrates seven years

Deepika and Saif Ali Khan in Love Aaj Kal.

Deepika and Saif Ali Khan in Love Aaj Kal.

Deepika Padukone has played a variety of characters in her prolific acting career. She has done some interesting roles including that as Mastani in Bajirao-Mastani and Veronica in Cocktail. However, her Meera in Love Aaj Kal remains one of the most memorable characters etched in the memory of her fans. Her film Love Aaj Kal has celebrated seven years.

Meera was one character that every other girl could relate to. Her character was a mix of innocence and strength. Deepika was playing a strong-minded career oriented woman. But at the same time film showed her following her heart. The film was also first-of-its-kind to show a freely independent woman, her lifestyle, choices, friend circles, and decisions. Meera’s relationship with Jai essayed by Saif Ali Khan was outright straightforward.

It was also a character that defied the usual norms of Hindi film industry. Meera married Vikram, but upon realizing that she is in love with Jai, she takes to confessing and quietly moves out of the relationship. You wouldn’t have expected her to remain trapped in an unhappy marriage. Instead of leading a sad and miserable life, Meera allowed herself to live freely and happily.

Another aspect in Meera’s character was its sheer imperfectness. Meera like any modern woman experimented with life, made mistakes and learnt from them. The character was also new in respect with showing a woman with a professional career. Not many movies had done that before.

Meera’s profession was art restoration, a rather unconventional profession for women. Meera took pride in her work. Though the movie takes one through the high and lows of her personal life, one never sees Meera letting her career take a backseat. – CINEWS

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