New York was definitely a movie that had aroused a huge interest through its engaging theatrical trailer. A two months drought, and just like everyone, I too had hopes pinned on it. Unfortunate i was .
The movie has a good concept but some where down the line things go wrong, which actually makes a fiasco.
The movie features 3 of the dearest friends, whose lives are changed after the 9/11 attack. Basically, the movie doesn’t deal with the attitude of “People” after the 9/11 attacks. It deals the Muslim people suspecting stuff that has been visible in some of the recent movies. The very much promoted friendship angle is quite nicely presented but too short lived. From Neil’s first day in college to the end of Hai Junoon song, its all perfect but just when you start sinking into it, you realize that the angle is over. You just wish it was a slightly longer period. This is where the hole lies in the movie. With the friendship angle being very much short lived, the director has a lot of time on his hands and thus details it all with the terrorism part. Hence, the movie loses pace and goes on to become a slow fare
While the movie has a somewhat decent first half, it has a not so nicely handled second half. There are many weaknesses in the second half. The Nawazuddin sub plot doesn’t do any good either. Also, it would have been fair had the director bothered to explain about how Katrina knew about John’s “Business”. Maybe if better actors were chosen, the film could still have been very likable.
Coming to performances,
John Abraham: Well yeah, people might get carried away by his “being tortured” act or whatever, but hey, he still lacks expression. The scene where he is shown eating food and starts crying in lock up, or the way he is handled when he is freshly brought into the detention centre, may touch some audiences, but for that, I believe the role deserves to be hugely credited than John. Any other decent actor would have performed much better. Not that John hasn’t improved but he is still not good He is still the same as he was in the “ non so serious” scenes. He completely lacks it at certain scenes like when he sees the WTC attacks on television or when he asks Neil to go away from his house after Neil shoots a thief.
Katrina Kaif: Same thing as John. She does LOOK good but acting is way below the mark. In fact her dialogue delivery kills the impact of certain dialogues that they are supposed to make. She had a good role and that is what could grace her than her acting or her expressions. She too messes up at certain places. For instance scene like when she realizes Neil loves her etc. She does perform somewhat towards the climax but that is all from her side.
Neil Nitin Mukesh: The star of the movie!! The only lead, who could act, express and deliver dialogues perfectly. This guy has a long way to go. It seemed like he was just a film wonder as he was totally down n out in Aa Dekhen Zara but he fires back here and does it good Superb!
Irrfan Khan : A good actor that he is, he impresses yet again. He excels at being humorous and serious respectively. Nicely done!
Direction is awesome but is unfortunately supported by a tiring screenplay. Songs are very timely picturised!! Editing is poor while Dialogues are good.
The film could have been pacy and better had the friendship angle been a bit longer and thus reducing the terrorism part by a slight extent. Would have made it an engaging watch.