Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra came together in Ishaqzaade and wowed us all with their crackling chemistry.. Cut to today, the jodi makes a comeback with Namaste England. Taking the franchise of Namaste London forward, director Vipul Amrutlal Shah has come up with a new age conflict, in the same milieu as the last, that revolves around the phrase "love can travel any distance." But is it worth a watch? Catch our full review here...
What's it about
It is a story of two young people whose love saga traces along different places from Punjab to Dhaka, Paris, Brussels to finally London but it leaves one exhausted by the end of it. Param (Arjun Kapoor) and Jasmeet (Parneeti Chopra) are lovers who fall in love with the passing of every festival in the Pind--from Dussehra to saavan-- which then manifests into a saheli ki shaadi where things finally take off. With songs and the works of course. They get married but their marital bliss soon runs into jeopardy because Jasmeet's suppressed ambition of becoming being a jewellery designer surfaces. And it is an odd difficult to jump because of her orthodox grandfather who allowed her to marry the love of her life on the condition that she will not work after marriage. Even if you try to reason with the regressive charade, it is the forced plot points that seem to drag the first half. With product placements which are far from subtlety, the narrative has nothing refreshing. Only before the interval, does one feel the jolt of a twist which leaves hope for the second installment.
However, it soon gets engulfed in a melodramatic second start which is embroiled in an immigration fiasco that seems far-fetched and tedious, to be honest. It also touches upon woes of immigrants, their quality of life and sense of misplaced identity. Which is again marred by the predictable turn that somehow gets comical and not in an entertaining way. Having said that, you could look out for the Param's 'Made-in-India monologue that reminds one of Akshay's character's speech in Namaste London.
There is an unsaid ease between the lead pair and that gels well. It is padded with beautiful outdoor locations that lets one gasp too. Special props to Arjun's character which is fleshed out to be a man of the age who is supportive and understanding. Not to patronise, but it's good to see macho being equated to sensitivity. Also two hoots are reserved for Mallika Dua who played a Punjaban like only she could have.
An underused premise and shoddy screenplay spoil it for us all. That, and clichéd dialogues that fail to strike a chord. Even the climax is forced where emotions are all over the place. Not to mention the music that sounds like it is from the '90s. No tune manages to capture the register barring one.
Go ahead if you have a lot of time to spare but don't expect to leave the theatre enthralled.
2.0 out of 5
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