Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Aditya Seal
Vipul Amrutlal Shah
Vipul Amrutlal Shah is capable of making some really sensible, sensitive and sweet cinema; but unfortunately, Namaste England is not one of those.
As you might have already known… Param (Arjun Kapoor) falls in love with Jasmeet (Parineeti Chopra). It is love at first dance for him and he wants to spend the rest of his life with the Punjabi kudi. But Punjabi Kudi has her own issues. She comes from a patriarchal family, one that sees women as only instruments to breed children. As a result, Jasmeet despite being educated and capable, is not allowed to go out anywhere. She is not allowed to seek employment either. Param, who like we said before, wants to spend his life with Jasmeet, like a typical pursuer promises her everything, including a chance to work and a UK residency. As a result, Jasmeet almost immediately wants to get married to him.
They do that, however the UK residency permit doesn’t work out the way Jasmeet wants it. Param on the other hand is already happy to have married the lady he loves, he doesn’t realise that she might just leave him for her England dreams. The twist comes right at the time of the interval, when all the song and dance has made your head a little soft, so you don’t see it coming.
What happens next is that Param decides to follow his lady who has already worked out everything just the way she wanted it for herself, including citizenship. Param, of course, uses the unlawful way to enter the country, his tryst with the law and with Jasmeet, make the rest of the film. Eventually, of course, he manages to make Jasmeet realise her mistake and everyone is happy and almost set to sing a parody of songs amounting to one verse alone ‘Go east or west, Punjab is the best’.
Taking into consideration the fact that the film is written by Ritesh Shah and Suresh Nair – writers who have individually written movies like Pink and Kahaani respectively and even Airlift which they co-wrote, seeing a film like this is disappointing on many levels. It is insulting to the audience to have nothing new in the film, in terms of thought and idea. A mix of all other films Vipul Shah has made, all that has been rolled into this one, which might have made his job easy but it sure did annoy the audience. To think so many good minds and great talent got together for this kind of film is a sheer loss of money and time.
At an age when Bollywood is making such fantastic cinema, to have the industry insiders making fiascos like these, with the same old script, the same old songs and the same old acting and direction, is a shame.
Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti might have sensed the lack of earnest intent in the filmmakers because they sure have given only half of their talent to this project. Through the film the two have rationed their expressions, you see them making the same face over and over again, one for the songs and one for the emotional scenes, that’s all. Their chemistry is good, but it sure seems like the two signed up for this one for an extended, no-cost holiday. Vipul Amrutlal Shah - we hope to see the old sensitive director making a comeback soon; until then please take some time out and think of a good script. We are in no hurry!
To sum it, if you really must see a film this weekend, try one of the Ayushmann Khurrana ones please.