Sad sad, this déjà vu of 2007 NAMASTEY LONDON that starred Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif by Vipul Amrutlal Shah is so bad.. in the last 11 years, the ‘London’ beauty in her Bollywood duty – Katrina Kaif has bettered her Hindi, the Arjun Ballu Singh of the 2007musical rom com – Akshay Kumar is now the true Indian the Bharat on screen but this 2018 ki namaste ko hum nahi samaj saktein. The ‘London’ bridge has fallen down?!! My fair ladies and gentleman..
Kishore Kumar’s eternally soothing Yeh kya hua, kaise hua, kab hua, kyu hua keeps on playing in our mind and ears. Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s franchise to the 2007 money spinner is a blatant retreat which is beaten to death as far as novelty, innovations are concerned. The royal mansions of London feel fresh than this mundane setting.
Param (Arjun Kapoor) a desh bakhth farmer falls for the wannabe jewellery designer Jasmeet (Parineeti Chopra). Jasmeet’s grandfather (Shivendra Mahal) is a chauvinist who is against working of women. Param and Jasmeet get married but Jasmeet has to obey her grandfather’s order of not working after tying the knot. A year later, a chance encounter with her friend Harpreet (Mallika Dua), Jasmeet is lured about better prospects and much greener pastures in England and a plan is hatched. Jameet will move to UK alone and after securing residency, she’ll be able to bring Param legally to England. What happens next, is everybody who is either somebody or nobody’s guess.
Ritesh Shah and Suresh Nair’s story suffers from malnutrition, the dialogues are forgettable. Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s direction is pointless, no beginning but an end. The haunt of NAMASTE LONDON is evident and the director tries to pay a tribute which fails. There is no PURAB AUR PASCHIM (shades, conflict, contrast), in this venture. For those who have come in late, the iconic Manoj Kumar – the original India’s on screen bharat 1970 musical family social PURAB AUR PASCHIM was the inspiration somewhere in NAMASTE LONDON, the director may deny. NAMASTE LONDON had the emotional connect with a soothing musical score, this one defies logic and common sense at places adding more aachar and chilli to the wounds. What was that marriage to Alisha (Alankrita Sahai) all about?.
Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra are completely wasted in this boredom. Aditya Seal is fine. Alankrita Sahai looks attractive. Satish Kaushik has its moments. Shivendra Mahal is fine.
Production values are fine. Yiannis Manolopoulos’s cinematography is pleasing to the eye. Editor Amitabh Shukla seem to have forgotten his scissors or the director has stolen it in mischief. Mannan Shaah’s music has nothing to take home.
All said and done, this recap of NAMASTE LONDON is a striking example on how to spearhead movements like #MeToo for franchises/ sequels that kidnap the original and torture them. Movies like NAMASTE ENGLAND can be included in filmmaking institutes that can offer a course to budding filmmakers on what to avoid during the second time.