Sara Ali Khan and Kartik Aaryan (Photo Credit: Instagram)
Sara Ali Khan and Kartik Aaryan’s much-awaited film, Love Aaj Kal is all set to hit the screens on Valentine’s Day. A lot has been said and written about Sara and Kartik’s electrifying chemistry and it will interesting to see how the film will fare on the box-office. According to film trade analyst Girish Johar, Love Aaj Kal may get a bullish opening of Rs 9-10 crore, which can even go up to Rs 12-13 crore. ''People have liked the trailer and songs. The makers have also recreated songs from the original which are doing well. Sara and Kartik attract the youth and have a huge fan following, so the expectations are very high,'' he told Hindustan Times.
He believes Love Aaj Kal can be Kartik’s highest opening film as his last film Pati Patni Aur Woh opened at Rs 9.10 crore. Talking about the timing of the film’s release, he said, ''It is an Imtiaz Ali film based on relationships. It is releasing on Valentine’s Day and targets the youth in metro cities. They have planned it in such a manner that it will coincide with the mood of the nation. Cinema in driven by the youth, they celebrate this day with their friends and close ones. Despite not being a holiday, the business jumps by around 15-20 % on Valentine’s Day as the youth want to indulge in leisure activities and going for a movie is on the top of their list. It will have a combined effect as the film is youthful and has been promoted well.''
Love Aaj Kal is a solo release with no competition at the ticket counters. Calling it a a positive environment for the film, Girish said, ''The Oscar-nominated films have their re-releases on Valentine’s Day. There is a lot of buzz around Joker and Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. Parasite is already performing well. But this is a very small segment and will not dent the performance of Love Aaj Kal.''
Meanwhile, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has axed several intimate scenes between the actors in the film. As per the censored list, the CBFC has removed a scene of the lead actors undressing themselves and also reduced the duration of a kissing scene. The board has even asked the makers to blur the visuals of cleavage that is shown after the lovemaking scene.
Audio censoring has also been done. A sexually abusive word has been replaced with 'a**'. The words 'f**k', 'f*****g' have also muted. Finally, 'Haraamzaadon' has been replaced with 'Saale besharmo'.