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Review: London Paris New York

This movie gets it right in the first half. Despite the trepidation of watching yet another rom-com, grow up and accept yourself kind of movie, Ali Zafar and Aditi Rao Hydari pull it off.

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Review: London Paris New York
  • Cast:
    Ali Zafar, Aditi Rao Hydari
  • Director:
    Anu Menon
A Mumbai-born son of a film producer travels to London to join film school. He bumps into Lalitha Krishnan, woman on a mission to change the world, at the airport. Their love story begins and spreads across over the years from London to Paris and New York.

Anu Menon?s first film travels across continents to show love in our times. Apparently love evolves and takes the character of the city it is played out in. Ali Zafar as "Nikhil Chopra" and Aditi Rao Hydari as "Lalitha Krishnan" connect instantly in London, despite their different backgrounds. They spend a delightful day in the city, wrap it up with a kiss and promise to meet each other again in six months in New York.

The meeting in New York has to wait because there?s a stopover in Paris, though not in six months. Lalitha could well be Lolita in Paris, losing her no no no gaucheness is what I am going to say here. Nikhil, with a goatee for Parisian style, looks her up. The French roomie has taught Lalitha from Chembur more than just style (she?s ditched her braids, got a funky cut and wears minis).

Nikhil and Laitha head back to her room and just when he?s pouring his heart out, she tells him what has been plaguing her since their day in London.

This movie gets it right in the first half. Despite the trepidation of watching yet another rom-com, grow up and accept yourself kind of movie, Ali Zafar and Aditi Rao Hydari pull it off. They look good together and the dialogues are mostly conversational. But Anu Menon fails to carry it through to the second half.

As the movie gets intense, the conversation becomes filmy, that lightheartedness goes.

Ali Zafar and Aditi Rao Hydari are quite a delight to watch. Pop star Ali has also composed and sung the songs and they sound fresh, no jaded love songs here.

Aditi joins in for her version of Woh dekhne mein, making it real. Ting rang, the desi dance track looks forced in the film, almost like the scene was written to accommodate the song.

I?ll go with 2.5 stars for this film, for spinning yet another rom-com, which tries to be different, but doesn?t really succeed. I missed a story in the film.
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