Bollywood stars Deepika Padukone and Saif Ali Khan’s ‘Love Aaj Kal’ completed 12 years on Saturday. The film, directed by Imtiaz Ali was released in 2009. The romantic-comedy-drama is about how two couples, separated by time, deal with society, familial pressure, internal dilemmas, especially when it comes to romantic relationships. 

Deepika, who played Meera, said that her character resonated with many women at the time.

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Saif Ali Khan, who plays the male lead, drew parallels between two love stories – one set in the 1960s and the other in the new millennium.

The ‘Bajirao Mastani’ actor said the time she spent while working on the film still brings a smile to her face.

“I can’t believe it’s been 12 years since ‘Love Aaj Kal’ (released) already! Meera, I believe, was simply beautiful; inside out. A character many related to at the time. Just reminiscing about all those months we spent filming in Delhi and London, brings a smile to my face,” Padukone said in a statement, as per PTI. 

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Produced by Khan and Dinesh Vijan, the film was well-received by both the critics and the audiences.

In 2020, Ali directed a contemporary take on the film with a similar theme of two love stories – one set in Udaipur in the early 90s and the other in modern-day Delhi.

The movie, featuring actors Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan, received a lukewarm response.

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Meanwhile, several fans on social media also celebrated the film’s 12th-year anniversary.

“12 years.. and Love Aaj Kal remains Imtiaz’s biggest box office hit till date, also it was the second-highest-grossing Bollywood movie of that year. Special mention to the chartbuster album, the songs are iconic and popular to date. Also, Saif-Deepika look so good together!” a social media user tweeted. 

“I’m still trying to understand why my favourite movie is Love Aaj Kal,” another one said.