This film will probably suit a youtube watch :(
I know it’s been a while since the release of London Paris New York. But I got to see it only a couple of days ago.
The film begins with the release of Director Nikhil Chopra’s (Ali Zafar) first movie at New York. He gives an interview to the press and leaves soon to meet someone. Nikhil is the spoilt son of extremely rich parents.
The film goes in flashback to London 2005. Nikhil meets Lalitha Krishnan (Aditi Rao Hydari) at London airport. Lalitha is the only child of Brahmin parents and is a walking encyclopedia. She likes to read serious books. Lalitha is rather lost in London as she has missed her forward flight to New York and has no place to stay. Nikhil offers to go with her around London. The two of them are as different as chalk and cheese but get friendly over the next 24 hours.
While there is no contact between the two of them for two years, thanks to Lalitha’s insistence, Nikhil finds her in Paris in 2007. They go around town and land up in bed together. Lalitha leaves Nikhil in a huff citing the excuse that she had found him sleeping with someone else when she had decided to surprise him at his London apartment. A confused Nikhil is unable to persuade her to get together with him.
Present day at New York, Nikhil goes to find Lalitha. She joins him as they go sightseeing in New York. Much later, she springs the biggest shock of his life. Will the on-off romance work out between the two of them? Well, you can find out on the small screen very soon.
Well, to mention the good points – firstly, the film is just about 90 minutes in the running. Thank God for small mercies!
Aditi Rao Hydari had a role of a reporter in Rockstar and she was good. She is excellent as the first-shy and then-confident Lalitha. Her eyes are extremely expressive.
Ali Zafar sails through his role as Nikhil. I am sure it was a cakewalk for him.
The songs were good and well sung by Ali Zafar. They were fairly catchy if not earth-shattering.
While the film? I am amazed at the guts of the producer and director to make a film with absolutely no meat in the script. A meets B, keeps meeting on and off and finally get together. The film is about the conversation between them with a few songs thrown in. How did they believe that people will pay through their noses at multiplexes to watch this one?
They should have just uploaded it on youtube and competed with the ‘Kolaveri’ song for hits.
I saw that the movie had Ali Zafar and went to see it blindly without checking out any of the reviews. Ali had excelled himself not just in acting but choosing the right scripts with Tere Bin Laden and Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. Why would he want to take the role of Nikhil? There are no layers to the character. If sporting a goatee is considered one, I don’t have an argument to offer.
VERDICT: If you really have time to waste, watch this film on TV where the film should be screened in the very near future.
RATING: ** Shaky