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Movie Review: Namaste London

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May 2007
Movie Review: Namaste London

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Rishi Kapoor

Director: Vipul Shah

Music Director: Himesh Reshammiya

There's nothing special about this movie except for its refreshing lead pair. Yes, Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif share an onscreen chemistry that makes the film really watchable. In Namaste London, Akki plays the perfect Jat to our brattish lady. It is essentially a fun film with the underlying Purab aur Paschim (East and West) metaphor running through it.

Rishi Kapoor plays Jasmeet aka Jazz's (Katrina's) dad who, fed up with his daughter's obsession with all things western, packs her off from London to Punjab to get her married to a suitable desi boy. He does find the perfect Punjabi boy Arjun Singh (Akshay), and before Jazz can even raise a murmur of protest, she is married off to the bhola bhala rustic.

But our girl is quite smart. Once the newly married couple reaches London, she refuses to acknowledge the marriage. You see, she is besotted with the thrice married and divorced Brit, Charlie Brown. But Arjun, deeply in love with his bride, plays along patiently as he is convinced that his wife will one day reciprocate his affections.

Rishi Kapoor is natural as always, Katrina suits her role having been born and brought up in the UK herself and Akshay is charming. He is really good in the comic sequences. Not surprising really, having done so many comedies before. Pulsating music by Himesh Reshammiya and lovely cinematography by Jonathan Bloom add to the film's overall appeal.

Not a masterpiece, not a must-watch either but a wholesome entertainer.


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