• 03 Nov - 09 Nov, 2018
  • Omair Alavi
  • Reviews

Some films don’t deserve a sequel and Vipul Amrutlal Shah learned it the hard way; the director behind cult-classic Namaste London tried to recreate the magic with a new cast but failed because a) the story had nothing to tell and b) Parineeti Chopra sleepwalked through the project, without realising that it was the film’s first part that rocketed Katrina Kaif to stardom. Arjun Kapoor did exactly what he had been doing since his debut (with the exception of a couple of films) and that’s all the more reasons why this return-to-England film went the Loveyatri way than the DDLJ way!

The film’s highlight was the interval where you find out that the happily married Param (Arjun Kapoor) and Jasmeet (Parineeti Chopra) will have to live apart from each other because the career-oriented wife wants to go to England. That’s when the film picks up. It is when Param reaches England that things start moving a little fast. The scenes with Param and Alisha (Alankrita Sahai) are hilarious considering they are playing along for the desired outcome, unknown to all. Does Jasmeet win back her first love or does Arjun return empty-handed from England, that’s for you to find out.

Unlike other films shot in England and India, Namaste England had nothing to offer except new sites that many cine-goers are already familiar with. The music score is also not impressive neither were the actors except the Ishaqzaade couple and Alankrita Sahai and Aditya Seal who enter the plot post interval. 

Had the film been a little more realistic and featured a better cast than Arjun-Parineeti, things could have turned well. Parineeti needs to realise that in order to have a long career in Bollywood, she needs to experiment with her dialogue delivery, tone, and mannerisms otherwise, three years down the line, she will be nowhere like the actresses of 1990s who came and vanished. •