Namaste England movie review In Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s Namaste England, Arjun Kapoor plays a traditional, country-loving desi farmer Param, who falls head over heels for a goal-oriented Jasmeet, played by Parineeti Chopra. The film has moments that take you back to the 2007-released Namastey London, starring Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif but they aren’t even a tad bit closer to the magic woven by the original film. Namaste England movie review
Namaste England movie review
Namaste England, in fact, is quite underwhelming. It’s a love at first sight for Param – the kind of love that begins on Dussehra and remains at eye contacts for festivals to come – Diwali, Holi, Saavan, among others.
Right before Rakhi, Param gets his head right and decides that if he doesn’t do anything now, it will be too late and schemes a friend’s wedding making sure he gets a chance to “set his scene” with the love of his life.
Their first interaction with each other is orchestrated by an aunt. Soon after, they fall truly, madly and deeply in love with one another. But it’s a love story that seems too dated for the 2018s and more appropriate for the ’90s perhaps.
While Param has eyes only for Jasmeet, she is a woman of aspirations – two precisely – first, to get married to him and second, to continue working after the wedding. Sadly, her grandfather and brother belong to the conservative mindset who are strictly against working women.
She does get a job in between and being the supportive boyfriend, Param makes sure she takes it and helps her in as much capacity as he can until one day, her grandfather finds out and immediately orders family members to find a suitable groom for her.
Param asks her to marry him and assures that she’d be able to work after their marriage. But alas. While grandfather readily agrees for the marriage, he puts forth a condition making Param’s father promise that she won’t work even after their marriage.
The two decide to go ahead with their wedding and even a year after, things for them, don’t go as well as they planned. Param, now a supportive husband, is still trying to convince her grandfather that she should work.
While Jasmeet knows that the only way she can work is if she gets to go abroad but there’s a catch. One of Param’s friend, who he has a fall out with on the day of his wedding, pulls all the strings making sure Param is not granted a visa.
A few twists, turns and a special cameo (by Mallika Dua) later, the couple gets to know of an illegal way to make possible their life in abroad. But in dire consequences, Jasmeet ends up taking a decision without Param’s knowledge, how she goes about it leaving Param behind and what unfolds with Param heading to London after her is what forms the basis of the story.
While the director has tried to bring forth a relevant issue in the film, the treatment seems dated. The storyline and plot, both, are underwhelmingly half-cooked. While he’s tried to maintain the flavour of Namastey London, it doesn’t fall into place in this one.
Most of the songs, especially right at the beginning of the film, are unnecessary and easily forgettable. The dialogues, too, are cliched and evoke chuckles only out of boredom and at times, when you realise it’s the silliness that is trying to keep it all together, the film turns out unintentionally funny.
One of the major reasons why Namastey London worked was because it was something fresh and something the viewers couldn’t help but be glued to. Namaste England, on the other hand, doesn’t feel that fresh. The makers also recreate Akshay Kumar’s goosebump-worthy monologue, wherein he reminds a British the value and the standing of Indians and India, and sadly, fail miserably at it.
Namaste England movie review
Arjun as Param is only partly convincing and more of it has to do with the character that he’s playing. Param doesn’t get the best of him and at times, you see the earnestness in Arjun but the half-baked character pulls him down. Parineeti’s Jasmeet, too, comes across a little forced. There are also moments in the film when you wonder that the duo shares better chemistry off camera than they do on screen.
Even though the film gains momentum in the second half, it’s mostly packed with melodrama and as they say, too many cooks spoil the broth. The makers have tried to bring too many different angles and actors like Aditya Seal and Alankrita Sahai, who are led down by the story, in the second half.
Other than them, there’s also another story and that of a Pakistani man, who is illegally living in the UK while his wife and daughter, who he has never seen in his life except on a video call, are living back home but given its half-nakedness, it fails to evoke any emotions, let alone you sympathising with them.
It’s also disappointing to see how Jasmeet’s aspirations have been treated in the film – for a film being helmed in today’s time – the treatment is rather archaic and more than once you’d want to question the patriarchy-driven plot of the film and its ending. Add to it the non-picturesque depiction of two places with so much potential to thrive on – Punjab and London.
With a wafer-thin plot, a week screenplay and nothing that will hook you to the film, Namaste England is a dramatic love story that falls short on both – the right kind of love and a story – and leaves you feeling that the film is way behind time.