Namastey London - Notepad

wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
quick review:

Two hard laughs, two emotional scenes and an attempt to evoke patriotism in the Indian cinema goer. Worked for some, didn't work for the rest of us. Akshay Kumar gives an appreciably controlled performance and while Katrina Kaif gives her best so far, yet leaves loads of room for improvement. The story has way too many holes. Then again, we can't expect anything more in a romantic comedy.

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Warning: this section has some details that could distort your experience while watching the movie. I strongly recommend reading this only after you have seen the movie or if you have decided not to see it.

Plot Summary

First generation Indian immigrant Rishi Kapoor desperately wants to get his daughter, Jasmeet aka Jazz to get married to a Punjabi guy. She obviously is not interested. How the tug of war takes off and lands is for you to find out if you are interested, that is.

What Worked

  • The lighting of the whole sequence of the India trip.
  • The groom-hunt is hilarious!!!
  • The Arjun-Jazz flash forward scene.

Here are other things that Anurag Anand, a reader, liked -

  • The 'Maori style' Rugby celebrations by Rishi Kapoor.
  • The authentic depiction of Punjab...haven't seen Punjabi locales being captured so well, not even in Veer Zaara or Gadar (Gulzar's Maachis captured it well, but not so colourfully).
  • Thank you Anurag!

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • Two scenes, one with Katrina Kaif and the other with Rishi Kapoor, have them walking/running straight after they are completely drunk.
  • Did they really have to show Jazz going to work, tapping two keys on the computer keyboard and leaving? That she didn't really need to work because she was seeing her boss was obvious, right?
  • Why was Jazz happily dancing in the farms and churning malai when she intended to run away? The idea of going with the flow was Imran's, not hers.
  • The music that was playing at a Punjabi wedding, just didn't seem right.
  • If Jazz has such an attitude, why is she still living with her parents?
  • Why does Imran go to the mosque when he was just going to change his religion? To say good-bye to his religion just does not make sense.
  • Katrina Kaif's accent - it was more American than British.
  • In the Anurag-Jazz flashforward sequence, Katrina Kaif reminded me of Riteish Deshmukh dressed as woman (Apna Sapna Money Money)

Nitty-Gritty

This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • There was something wrong with the print quality in the first half hour of the movie (in the theater where I saw it). Everything seemed a little out of focus. I hope it was just this print.
  • Katrina Kaif's dubbing seemed a little off.
  • Upen Patel had a feather-weight suitcase when he moved out of his parents' house.
  • Behold our man of the hour, Arjun, who can charge car batteries without so much as looking at the car, let alone looking at the engine.
  • Why were the girls giggling while giving Jazz lassi? She wasn't even a handsome man for goodness sake!
  • Did they really have to make Rishi Kapoor eating malai, so gross?
  • Not only does Western Union transfer money in a few minutes. You don't need to sign a receipt or show any identification when you take the money.
  • One candle is still burning when Imran cuts his birthday cake.
  • In "Dil-e-beqaraar", were Arjun and Jazz together or not in the "shoe" stanza? The picturization is confusing. In the same song, the guard at the ticket counter allows two people to go on one ticket - in London!