wogma rating: Watch but no rush (?)
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.Read more
A quick word on what the London Paris New York trailer invoked.
(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
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 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 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 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 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, Zee News : ...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 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
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, 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
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
ritikarrao: LPNY N THE ARTIST!! TWO AWESOME MOVIES DO WATCH IT!!
rit_spunk: Aditi Rao & Ali Zafar steals d show in #LPNY extreme performances.. superhit-!!
rasib98: Saw LPNY in chennai its amazing....gud job....@AliZafarsays
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 watch!!!!.....@AliZafarsays 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.
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...
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
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
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
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.
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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