London Paris New York
London Paris New York review: Ali, Aditi rock the film!
By: Sonia Chopra
Critic's Rating: 17/5
Friday 2 March 2012
London Paris New York
Ali Zafar, Aditi Rao Hydari
The two meet quite romantically at an airport. Lalitha (Aditi Rao Hydari) has missed her flight to New York where she?s going to study political science. Nikhil (Ali Zafar) is travelling to London to study film-making. Friendly and affable, he suggests they do a London-visit instead of her being stuck at the airport. They spend the night together, tucked into each other?s arms on a park bench. This kind of instant connection is improbable, but the actors make it work.
We?re intrigued enough to know what?ll happen next. They promise to meet in six months. Two years later, they are not in touch. Locations shift. Nikhil comes for her in Paris, and it looks like they might start a relationship. But this encounter too, comes with a deadline. Will their final meeting in New York be the seminal one?
While the two central characters don?t really hold your interest individually, they work magic together. You?re instantly drawn to their quaint romance.
Now, where the film falters is the characterization. Let?s take Lalitha first. She?s seems to be an unapologetic feminist at first, but is constantly a damsel in distress. Away from all vices, she?s constantly explaining herself (while translating a French couple talking about sex, she explains she doesn?t know anything about sex, just happens to know French.). She comes across as way too much of a self-doubter to start the revolution she intends to. Then of course, once strongly against marriage, we see her engaged a few years down the line.
As for Nikhil, we know even less about him. The film gives us that he freeloads on his parents and isn?t really serious about anything. That he recently made a successful film. That he uses words like ?cockteaser?? a term derogatory to both parties? for a girl he supposedly loves. Btw, he also thinks feminist don?t wear pink and is into Mills and Boons, so the IQ level isn?t that impressive either.
These two would have been ho-hum characters if not for the actors. Ali Zafar and Aditi Rao Hydari totally rock this film!
Ali Zafar with his cool drawl, casual chic, and swagger is immensely likeable. The college girls giggling in the audience called him ?hot?. And he?s an effortless performer as well. Aditi makes the transition from side actress to leading lady and is instantly impressive. A good performer with a striking screen presence, she?s likely to go places (pun unintended). And it?s truly delightful to watch an actress in jeans and sneakers.
Dialogue is fun for the most part, adding in witty bits, especially in Zafar?s conversations. Cinematography aptly captures the beauty of the three central locations, that play peripheral characters in the film. Ali Zafar?s music will have you hum along.
Inspired by the talk-heavy romantic films like Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, the film, directed by Anu Menon has a consistent ?love?s-in-the-air? feel. You could call it an epic romance in a modern setting. You could also call it the chase of all chases.
Either way, it?s recommended viewing for ?die-hard romantics.
Rating: 3 stars