London Paris New York

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV/online (?)

quick review:

Yet another rom-com. But this time the story and characters touch your heart. Mostly. Ultimately, London Paris New York falls prey to typical drama.

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Director: Anu Menon
Running time: 100 minutes
Genres: Romance
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London Paris New York - Preview

A quick word on what the London Paris New York trailer invoked.

  • Ugh...another rom-com which looks like it has nothing new.
  • Reminds me of Up In The Air and Ali is by no means George Clooney.
  • Debate between looking forward to Tere Bin Laden's Ali Zafar and wanting to see less of the extremely annoying one from Mere Brother Ki Dulhan.

(Have been suffering from a bad backache and thus this short note. Will be well soon, I promise!)

- meeta, a part of the audience

I was rather wary of watching the fifth rom-com/romance in four weeks. Images of Ali Zafar from Mere Brother Ki Dulhan didn't help. So, you can imagine my surprise when I started being drawn to the characters and involved in their stories within the first ten minutes or so.

The cute lines, the casual build-up and the performances keep you engaged and smiling throughout. When Ali Zafar doesn't do the sigh-in-mouth dialogue delivery, he is quite the charmer. You'd fall in love with Nikhil, the character he plays, for just the way he looks at Lalitha. You don't need anything else to convince you how much he is in love with her, even when she's questioning it. His disappointment reaches out to you whenever you, with him, think that he can't have her.

For now, Aditi Rao Hydari, didn't need to do anything other than just be there for me to not take my eyes off hers. Her eyes emote genuine warmth, and more generally her persona is captivating. That besides she carried both the regular girl-next-door, disheveled-hair look and the sizzling Parisian style with equal ease.

And there is nothing more to London Paris New York. Just Nikhil and Lalitha. The usual cinematography of these cities have ceased to impress me to the extent that I might not be in awe of the Eiffel Tower/Statue of Liberty or the London bridge when I see them the next time.

Nikhil and Lalitha though, being shown their way by Ali Zafar and Aditi Rao Hydari are delightful. Their chemistry is riveting and goes beyond every time they come within a foot's distance of each other. Even otherwise, it was fun watching them hold the mirror to each other's shortcomings. Made them very human and relatable.

It's only a bummer then, that they chose the regular route to end the film - long-winded, unimaginative, disappointing and thus unforgivable. When the film broke for half-time, I could hear surprised sounds from the audience, many of us didn't realize how 45-50 minutes of the film had passed by. Even post-interval there were some well-composed sequences that made me worry about how little time the film had to wrap itself up. That is ALWAYS a sign of a film made well. Thus far.

No matter how many films I see suffer from the first-half-second-half syndrome, often after seeing a good first half, I find myself forgetting at interval that it could still go downhill. The last ten or so minutes of London Paris New York rudely reminded me of that common pitfall. But thankfully, the film is short enough that the good parts are impactful enough to overcome a part of the disastrous last ten minutes.

- meeta, a part of the audience

34 reviewers(?) - 14 yays 9 so-so 11 nays

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Thumbs up, by Prathna Tiwari, Bolly Spice : ...he comedy in the film is seriously lacking and is limited to the London portion as the Paris portion is somewhat dark and the New York portion is a concluding segment in which the characters come straight to the point... full review

Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...The languid tempo in the first hour, with the narrative getting a little too verbose and talk-heavy, is a deterrent.... full review

Thumbs up, by Aniruddha Guha, DNA : ...You may not love it, but chances are you'll find yourself mildly amused and entertained along the 100 minutes it plays out over.... full review

Thumbs up, by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com : ...What Anu Menon has cleverly done, however (she is also the writer), is the trimming of unnecessary details and peripheral relationships with other people... full review

Thumbs up, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...I have a problem with the beginning and the end. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...What the film has going for it, however, is its breezy vibe, and the crackling chemistry between its leads... full review

Thumbs up, by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment : ...It is a sort of film that comes full circle only once it’s over, which makes it all the more interesting. After all, isn’t our take-away from the film what we cherish the most?... full review

Thumbs up, by Kaveree Bamzai, india today : ...Hydari is a sparkly little thing, totally wasted in Rock Star which would have been a different film if she had been allowed to play the role of Unlucky Lips, Nargis Fakhri.... full review

Thumbs up, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...does a good job in keeping her characters real, rooted and capable of a growth curve. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...While the two central characters don’t really hold your interest individually, they work magic together. You’re instantly drawn to their quaint romance. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu : ...The fact that there's a break for an interval at an awkward point in the film does hurt the Paris story too. But London Paris New York soon finds its own story to tell and builds on the characters established through the first half. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India : ...It is urbane, cool and thankfully, not dated. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Reel Reptile, Upper Stall : ...The background score does tend to lead you on in some scenes, especially at their confused reunion in Paris - one of the few flaws of an otherwise-neat character piece. ... full review

Thumbs up, by SpiceZee Bureau, ZEENEWS.COM : ...She shines remarkably in the film, and pulls off a feat that perhaps only a few would have been able to. Aditi does justice to the role of Lalitha, and paired across Ali, stuns her viewers completely.... full review

So-So, by Aparajita Ghosh, Apun Ka Choice : ...And it’s these moments that make the movie stand above the somewhat shoddy writing and amateurish direction by the debutante director Anu Menon... full review

So-So, by Rony D'costa, Desi Martini : ...I have a huge crush on Aditi so for me just watching her on screen made the film work but her character didnt work. If not for Aditi playing Lalitha I would have come out tearing my hair.... full review

So-So, by Mehul Suri, Desi Martini : ...The screenplay is absurd and most of the dialogues so retarded that you laugh at the idiocy of them. ... full review

So-So, by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times : ...Hydari has a luminous presence - even as the bua in Delhi-6, she made an impact. But here she seems to be working too hard to get the right mix of fluttering eyelashes, steeliness and vulnerability.... full review

So-So, Movie Talkies : ...The film suffers primarily because of the way Anu chooses to gloss and skim over her two characters and plot holes.... full review

So-So, by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror : ...Über-talented (music, lyrics, singer, lead act) Ali Zafar shows his acting chops as he gets it right in a critical climax scene. ... full review

So-So, by Piyali Dasgupta, NDTV : ...I missed a story in the film.... full review

So-So, by Preeti Arora, Rediff : ...run-of-the-mill romantic comedy but scores in the cinematography department. ... full review

So-So, by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com : ...The dialogues aren't much to remember. The repeated use of cuss words like 'sex' and 'position' don't gel well and could have been avoided.... full review

Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...Many of the youngsters may like it due to the bold dialogues written realistically, its fine performances by Ali-Aditi and its few hummable songs composed & sung by Ali Zafar himself.... full review

Thumbs down, Daily Bhaskar : ...Lack of story telling takes away the chance from the movie to enter the arena of popcorn films. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Ankur Pathak, Desi Martini : ...Extremely pretentious besides Terrible.... full review

Thumbs down, by Aakanksha Naval Shetye, DNA : ...t’s strictly a watch for those few light-hearted moments in between all the city-hopping.... full review

Thumbs down, by Blessy Chettiar, DNA : ...You know there’s a problem when locations take a life of their own, belittling the effort of characters placed at their feet. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Rahul Gangwani, Filmfare : ...Director Anu Menon prefers clichés above freshness to give us one more run-of-the-mill romcom.... full review

Thumbs down, Free Press Journal : ...There is very little humour in the set- ups , and the timing between the two leads is terribly off.... full review

Thumbs down, by Komal Nahta, koimoi : ...Business rating: 1/5... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubha Shetty Saha, MiD DAY : ...While Ali is lively and easy, Aditi and her character Lalita disappoint with their inconsistency in performance and behaviour respectively. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com : ...a complete mish-mash of rip-offs and clichés... full review

Thumbs down, by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST : ...The two alone manage to salvage the film from dying a death of monotony.... full review

77 tweeters(?) - 58 yays 4 so-so 15 nays

yash_63: London paris newyork A movie worth a watch ... The. Glimpse of a classic romantic hollywood movie : )

vivekranjit: London Paris New York is a decent date movie (if you have a date, unlike me).. @AliZafarsays & Aditi Rao are excellent!!

Ushajn: The movie London Paris Newyork is cute, simple, funny.....absolutely loved it.

TheSlumDawg: I liked London,Paris, New York.

ThePoorvaBhatia: Saw #lpny today and LOVED it! U act and look so awesome in it:) @AliZafarsays just like aditi,I too fell in love with u thrice. ♥ great job!

Susan_AZian: two thumbs up for #LPNY . its a brilliant film :) @AliZafarsays @lpnythemovie @shrishtiarya @GOLDIEBEHL @anumenon1805

sohnianika: #LPNY showed that in a relationship, the blame doesn't always have to be one sided, and compromise solves all. good job @AliZafarsays

SocialPaparazzi: Me too! Fun watch! RT: @TheSlumDawg I liked London,Paris, New York.

shwetash: London Paris New York was a sweet romantic n relaxing movie :)

shashanksaras: #LPNY @GOLDIEBEHL Whao spended cute sweet 2 hrs @AliZafarsays hyper talented Hydari ws also kool #REFRESHING

shagufta147: Very well written & executed with effortless acting by aditi & @AliZafarsays and the music is icing on d cake. Thoroughly charmed. #LPNY

saum245: London Paris New York...nice cute short movie...nd of course #alizafar is jst tooooo cute :)

Sameera_H: Everyone go and watch London Paris New York. Great acting and story. Different kind of cinema but it's still so Bollywood. Feel good :)

saleemawan4: ali zafar i,m big fan pf urs your filim is lpny is fantastic

rit_spunk: Aditi Rao & Ali Zafar steals d show in #LPNY extreme performances.. superhit-!!

ritikarrao: LPNY N THE ARTIST!! TWO AWESOME MOVIES DO WATCH IT!!

rasib98: Saw LPNY in chennai its amazing....gud [email protected]

Radhika_AZian: "@AliZafarfanclub: What is your favourite scene in #lpny ?" Mmmm...difficutl to decide. All scenes are awesome :D

rach1ta: London Paris New York - what an amazing movie!

preethi_kamath: "London Paris New York" made my day! Love my NYC! :) :) :)

Prabhakar2July: #lpny a Sweet Love Story .. @AliZafarsays to awesome in #lpny . . cong to u for making #lpny . . @GOLDIEBEHL

patel_urvee: London, Paris, New York <3

NithyaKaushik: #lpny a nicely made movie with crackling chemistry btwn d lead actors..and its a treat to watch, hear @AliZafarsays ..*gushy smile*

nissh10: Watch #LPNY , nice refreshing movie..loved @AliZafarsays and Aditi's acting...

niimiira: London Paris New York was a re vamped more entertaining version of the 2004 yawner Hum Tum I feel..

niha_chopra: Oh my god! LPNY was amazing! The sweetest movie I've ever seen! You are soo awesome @AliZafarsays ....wish you luck!

muhammadaly88: Just watched #LPNY ♥♥♥.... Amazingggggg Moviee..!! Totallly in lovee with it ... Has sumthn veryy special !!! @AliZafarsays

MoazzamPuri: London.Paris.New York <3

mirage1384: Portrayals of LuV may differ n change with times but the pain n longing remain the same=-? LPNY <3 feel good(y)

MeghnaJuneja: #LPNY : fresh, youthful, adorable, amazingly sweet venture...totally in love with the movie..!!

MeDubai_: Review of London Paris New York The film may not have A-listers leading it forward, but the relative newbies put in a good effort

maneeshas_12: #LPNY so cute !! @AliZafarsays so hot !! Lalitapedia .. Gorgeous !!

MaanavVMehta: Watched lpny! Amazed! u feel aditirao and @AliZafarsays are actually havving an affair! Longdistancerelationship +ly shown ☺watch it guys

lovea118: LPNY a total refreshment :-) It was a different kind alltogether. @AliZafarsays- You totally have the charm ! Thank you ! Much much love <3

leharii_AZian: #lpny gave me all the feelings together.. Love cry hate trust hurt laugh simple smile innocence .. :) anger..

Kotagiri: London Paris Newyork!! Good watch

kirank11: #lpny is the best movie of the year :)

khananik90: just saw LPNY, nice film, thanks @AliZafarsays

kaleemkhokar: #LPNY.......a must [email protected] is just too good!!!!

jktweetme: One time watch movie 'london paris newyork',shoukd watch

jillrambhia: Just loved London Paris Newyork @AliZafarsays a long way to gooo, Without a question d upcoming superstar bollywood wil witness ♥

jayshreebajoria: LPNY. Refreshing. Ali Zafar & Aditi Rao Hydari are brilliant. Zafar is so charming! And the dialogues rock. Great job Rits. @AliZafarsays

IamShubhamR: LPNY and EK main aur ek tu good rom coms. Agneepath and Don 2 brought class to action films. Ra One took the tech style to the next level

iamsgrbid: recently watched lpny its nice and all da bst ali and da music is awesomes ting.

Fahadkhanchd: London Paris New York: London Paris New York is bold and beautiful! Producers Goldie Behl and Shristri Arya have... Newsdetail.asp?nid=55668

DevanshiPopat: London. Paris. NewYork. Watched it. Loved it.

Daniyal_AZian: #LPNY better than the last 3 rom-coms (EMAET, Ekk Deewana Tha & Jodi Breakers) put together. @AliZafarsays http://bit.ly/wYiY7z

chetnashettygar: London, Paris, New York <3 <3 <3 comes as a refreshing breeze !!!!!!

Capputte: LPNY & Paan Singh Tomar have been watched - Bwood makes up for it's screw ups in the last few weeks. Really Impressed. :-)

AuteurMark: Between all this #PaanSinghTomar love let me say I thought #LPNY was a really nice movie Just wish it was edited better Zafar + Rao = Great!

asimburney: Just watched #LPNY so refreshing to see a movie with a better 2nd half than 1st. Much better than I expected.

annstephenyo: London to Paaris..Paris to Neeew York!!! #LPNY.. Finally saw it>>>Me liiiiikey :D

anerinanavaty: #lpny #lpny #lpny #lpny <3 <3 <3 <3

Alishapriyanka: #LPNY Wohooo!the best movie ever by @AliZafarsays ..the chemistry b/w aditi and ali was just mindblowing..congrats to d whole team! :)

ajitjagtap: Saw LPNY too. Its a nice movie but felt it could have been lil longer and better.

ajaykant88: London Paris New York ...cooool ..aditi hydari <3

ahsansafi1: Ali Zafar AWESOME movie "LONDON PARIS NEWYORK" attracting youth

Ahsann90: #London Paris NewYork #Ali Zafar #Aditi Rao. A must watch movie. Loved it.

sherinashraf: Visited London Paris New York...1st half is slow & average. 2nd Half is good. The pair of Ali & Aditi looks fresh and cute...

MovieReviews_MS: 3/5 Review on London Paris New York Movie by pujat : LPN-3-days-unlimited-memories- - http://bit.ly/xO2PAc

cybermondayad: London Paris New York - 'Can watch' movie http://shar.es/giLn7

AbhinavCJ: Watched LPNY. Ali Zafar & Aditi Rao made a fine pair & did quite well to make it watchable. Else I feel the screenplay could've been better.

yasirq: I never thought it would be so bad.. London, Paris, Newyork was really bad.. sorry @hurrali @Ayoussh my bad. hahahah

T_Durrani: #LPNY should have had more actors, and a much more strong story. You can't enjoy 2 actors appearing throughout the movie. #moviereviews

TheRealDjDanny: ' London Paris New York ' - Terrible Story And A Predictive Ending . The Only Good Ali Zafar Scene Was The Dramatic Ending Confession .

taimoormq: *face palm #LPNY

secretshreyes: London Paris New York = very slow screenplay, does'nt look realistic, aditi nd ali r lukin' beautiful, shot well, but does not connect 1.5*

rcjgangwar: 0 star to movie london paris new york

NabihaChauhdry: Expected better of @AliZafarsays couldn't get more disgusting. A fail union of Jub We Met, KHNH & Hum Tum, though more obscene. #Fail #LPNY

muddzk: Do yourselves a favor and don't watch London Paris New York. Dumbest movie ever.

movieROCKstar: London Paris New York : Movie Review: Not too many secrets on the emotion called love are unveiled in this comme... http://bit.ly/xv2KYg

Hiramjad: #LPNY is a pathetic movie. reminded me of #BeforeSunrise and #BeforeSunset.only difference,i absolutely loved these two.

drmalvika6: Wasted money on #LPNY..not even a one tym watch...!I think #PAanSingh Intoxication will be dere for months..!!

Bongster_Am: London Paris New York:Torturing people & challenging their intellect since 2nd March.Who the hell said this was cute & worth a 1 time watch!

Bilalkhan30: London Paris newyork. Pathetic.

aphrodiite: If London Paris Newyork had been London Paris China, it would have been called LPC ;)

akshay81: London Paris new York is a totally rubbish movie. Ali Zafar shud stick to singing coz he can't act.

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Nay! Thumbs Down, by Jeanine Bonds : 100

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  • Violence: None
  • Language: A few abusive words. Lots of talk about sex and kissing.
  • Nudity & Sexual content: A couple of kisses, a love-making scene and constant sexual tension between the lead pair.
  • Concept: Boy meets Girl.
  • General Look and Feel: Light and bright.

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