Namaste England: Romance walks its way into Drama that is too hard to handle
Directed by: Vipul Amrutlal Shah
Production House: Reliance Entertainment
Written by: Suresh Nair, Ritesh Shah
Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra
Music by: Mannan Shaah, Badshah, Rishi Rich, Prasad Sashte
Cinematography: Yiannis Manolopoulos
Edited by: Amitabh Shukla
Production company: Pen India Limited, Namastey Production Ltd., Reliance Entertainment, Blockbuster Movie Entertainers
Running time: 2 hours and 21 minutes
Vipul Amrutlal Shah has brought back together Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra, after their appearance in Ishaqzaade in 2012. The movie revolves around the present Punjab’s obsession to move abroad. Jasmeet is married to Param, yet her ambitions drive her to London so she can pursue her long-lost dreams. It is however, Param who is unable to apply for a visa to live with his wife, and thus entailing heightened drama about illegal immigration and what not.
If a man moves away from his wife for his career, it is always seen in a bad light. This time around, the movie has depicted how a progressive married couple decides to settle abroad, so that the lady could achieve her dreams. The family in Punjab does not allow her to have a career. Fair enough? Maybe. Love might be filled with compromise, sacrifice and all that glory, but it might not make you reach London through illegal immigration. No matter how much Param is trying to portray himself as a ‘simple desi’ guy, we all know that no one that simple can manage his way into London ‘illegally’. Despite being a sequel to the oh-so-entertaining ‘Namastey London’, this time around Vipul has somehow made sure that the movie lacks all the luster. Even the script is poorly written. The movie could have explored the regression in society and added weight to its initial plot aimed at women not being allowed to work in numerous states of India. The first half is incessantly slow and after an unexpected twist at the interval, the movie drives into melodrama.
Watch it at your own risk. If there is indeed no better way to enjoy your free time, you may spend your dimes to purchase the tickets, and watch the two recognizable actors perform their should-destroy-career roles.
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