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REVIEW: Breaking into a Brit fit

movie reviews Updated: Mar 24, 2007 12:16 IST
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Namastey London
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Rishi Kapoor
Direction: Vipul Amrutlal Shah
Rating: Two and a half stars

Blistering Barnacles. Old Brit man has a fit. He associates apna desis with snake charmers and the Indian rope trick. The silly hick. So, he receives this instant Bharat bhaasan about India today and nearly has to swallow his dentures. Taali maaro.

Also discussing the issue of Indian settlers abroad, Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s Namastey London, has its moments..and doesn’t have its moments. The fun ones include the aforecited speech delivery, a prospective bridegroom doing a take-off on the saas-bahu serials, some continuity gaffes like the sound of “Cut, cut” at one point an ancient granny who suddenly pops up on a swing. Wow.

Also, it’s not quite comprehensible why a very Britain-bred girl (Katrina Kaif) should say, “We are going on a yaaaaat!” for an yacht. Anyway despite the fact that she dances (not too well) at discos, and dates a Londoner (Dentist’s Delight) who actually knows Prince Charles (so does Gulshan Grover), a Punjab da putar (Akshay Kumar) goes nuts and chilgozas about her. They marry; she has agreed for some very confusing reason. Egads.

To cut a 16-reel story short, Punjab follows her to Oxford Street, watches on as he she does her kiss-cuddle number with a gora, even though the weakest man on earth would have shot a bullet through her for such antics, and then fired two more into the Gora. Well, the script makes as much sense as Queen Elizabeth II taking a walk through mustard fields.

Suffice it to say, Shah’s remix of Purab aur Paschim (okay, okay, they take a dig at this) and gasp, the climax of The Graduate, is just a little above average. Akshay Kumar plays low-key. Rishi Kapoor as the girl’s shocked father is a delight. But for heaven’s sake, what was that track about a Pakistani boy (Upen Patel, no comments) nearly giving up his religion for a Vilayati vixen?

Hellow, Katrina Kaif hogs almost every frame – gorgeous as ever..but cannot carry the burden of the malarkey on her frail shoulders. Chip chip, it might have been more entertaining to see a Namastey Chandigarh. After all, the London sights have become as familiar as Colaba, Chandni Chowk and Chowringhee.

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