Movie Review: London Paris New York
Story: Capturing the angst of the young twenties, London Paris New York is the story of Nikhil (Ali Zafar) and Lalitha (Aditi Rao Hydari) two completely different individuals, who are drawn to each other in spite of their differences or perhaps because of them. The film follows their journey of love as they meet in London, Paris and New York for a night in each city. The film is a coming of age love story mirroring three states of love and brings back the wit into Bollywood's romantic comedies.
Story Treatment: The first half of the movie takes time to sink in, while the second seems to be dragged. A very predictable climax takes away the hope for some twist one anticipates throughout the movie. The plot doesn’t justify the connectivity between the lead characters. However, some portions are different and few lighter moments help the movie sail through.
Star Cast: The entire movie revolves around two characters Nikhil (Ali Zafar) and Lalitha (Aditi Rao Hydari), who meet in London for the first time and later, in other two cities over a peroid of few years. Both the leads have try to carry the movie on their shoulders, however, they can't get the backbone of a strong storyline. Ali Zafar looks innocent, smart and convincing in his role, but overdoes things at times. Aditi Rao Hydari looks gorgeous and faces the camera with confidence. What disappoints at times, is the fact that the actress looks too pale, while portraying the innocence. Dalip Tahil and Mantra are wasted. The chemistry between Ali and Aditi is pleasing.
Direction: Director Anu Menon tries to showcase the mundanity of daily life, but it makes the affair extremely boring. The treatment of the first half and the conversations between the lead pair, is like a generic capture of sequences and the director lacks in making the onlooker sympathise or empathise with the characters. A weak story, action or adequate romance takes away the chance from the director to win some brownie points for the rom-com.
Dialogues/cinematography/music: Dialogues are forgettable and words like sex and position seem to be induced to create a buzz amid the youth. The intimate scenes between Ali and Aditi are aesthetically shot, without making them seem too uncomfortable. Music is pleasing and 'Woh Dekhney Mein' leaves an impact. Cinematography is decent.
3ups and downs: For all Ali Zafar and Aditi Rao Hydari’s fans, who can endure anything to watch them on silver screen for almost two hours can grab a ticket. Lack of story telling takes away the chance from the movie to enter the arena of popcorn films.