Well, generations have passed and with it, so have the youth culture but rom-coms never really fell outdated in Bollywood. And perhaps, never will. And it’s with a similar spirit that after Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, another coming-of-age movie is churned out. Sincerely, the main reason I went to the theatre for it, was because its slick trailer was among the most catching and appealing in 2012 for me. So, does the whole movie is akin to the wonderful trailer? Well, not exactly but it is for sure, a decent fare.
Nikhil (Ali Zafar) is typical rich chocolate boy; whose ambition is due to his father’s unending bank balance. The rich brat meets the Lalitha Krishnan (Aditi Hydari Rao) – a bouncy cute feminist - on airport who is stuck in London for a day as she’s heading for New York. The 2 spend the day together and as any person will guess, Cupid will strike soon enough. Similarly, it’s pretty easy to guess that this love story will move from London to Paris till New York.
London Paris New York’s unpredictability was never meant to be its forte. It’s to see whether the director can present a non-formulaic and clichéd execution that one looks forward to it. Surely, it can be said that, in that perspective, a sincere effort was made.
The London portion is the one with the cutest moments but is unfortunately, due to being talk-heavy, the humor falls flat in it. Sure, some moments clicked and some don’t but how someone wished that most of those good moments in London weren’t in the trailer and promos already. Luckily, the movie’s shoots upwards once in Paris right till New York.
Any coming-of-age movie has to hit the right note when it comes to blend love, ambitions and intimacy in my eyes. The overdramatic moments, the ‘gundas’ fights or the repeated glycerin-tears have zilch chances to click in today’s times. Kudos to the director Anu Menon to at-least not commits this blasphemy and to present the personalities of the lead brilliantly. As said, the movie is not without its shares of hiccups but some moments are very-well done. I’d like to pin-point two sequences especially which gives a definite edge to the whole movie. The ‘Theree Si Zindagi” song right till the last sequence in Paris and Ali’s unorthodox outburst in New York with slew of cuss words; that makes it all so impactful.
Something that surprisingly clicks is the songs and music. They flow very well with the movie. Most importantly, they give a realistic feel to the film. Be it Aditi’s goofy dance in Voh Dekhne Mein or the fact that most songs have vocals by the lead itself makes it all more believable. Cinematography by Sameer Arya is top-notch and successfully captures the 3 wonder cities in all its beauties. The stylist does an extremely commendable job too.
Finally, I’ll end on the biggest plus point of the movie which the performances and chemistry of Ali and Aditi. Ali ingeniously plays all his parts in the movie. Witty and delightful in London sequence, it’s the Paris and New York sequence where he shines throughout with gutso; surprisingly more in the dramatic portions that in his usual comedy field. He certainly got a refined taste of movies where he knows his part and that shall make him a solid performer to watch for.
Aditi is complete revelation in the movie. Having impressed me in “Yeh Saali Zindagi’ with an unconventional role, this Lalita-pedia is wonderful and very believable. I was almost infuriated why this girl didn’t have a meatier role in Rockstar. Brimming with energy, this girl makes many moments more enjoyable that it could have been with her tender face and teasing eyes. Dilip Tahil appears in a cameo that is almost as poor as he was in Ra.One. The movie resolves all around its lead and the chemistry between the two doesn’t make one regret that part. In fact, both takes your heart away as their magnetizing performances click perfectly.
It’s certainly not a movie that’ll remain forever in the romantics’ head; due to the some moments which falls flat and the script mainly. But courtesy of the cinematography, the music, some scenes and mainly the lead’s chemistry and performances, this is a decent watch; especially if you’re accompanied. My rating is 3/5.