Imtiaz's last film 'JHMS' was a critical and commercial failure
In terms of box-office performance, Love Aaj Kal would come as a relief for director Imtiaz, whose last film Jab Harry Met Sejal was considered a critical and commercial debacle, with a total box office collection of Rs. 64 crore.
The film, which starred Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma, was expected to perform well, but failed to impress audiences as well as critics.
'Love Aaj Kal' is now the biggest opener for Kartik
Notably, Love Aaj Kal has also brought the biggest opening day collection for Kartik. The actor's previous best opening day collection came with Pati Patni Aur Woh (2019), which earned Rs. 9 crore on day one (Rs. 86 crore in total).
Box office performance notwithstanding, Love Aaj Kal has been unable to impress critics and audiences, with people pointing out loopholes in the movie's screenplay, and criticizing Sara and Kartik's acting.
On the other hand, the original Love Aaj Kal, which starred Deepika Padukone and Sara's father Saif Ali Khan in the lead, became a favorite among the audiences and was also a box-office success.