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Movie Review: Namaste England

Producers: Vipul Amrutlal Shah, Namastey Production Ltd., Dhaval Jayantilal Gada, Aksshay Jayantilal Gada, Reliance Entertainment

Director: Vipul Amrutlal Shah

Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Aditya Seal, Alankrita Sahai

Writers: Suresh Nair, Ritesh Shah

Music: Mannan Shaah

Boy falls in love with girl at first sight. Love blossoms, but their families don’t want them to get married. The two get married anyway. Life post-marriage is not a bed of roses. Misunderstandings and squabbling lead to separation. But boy decides to get the girl back by making her realise that love prevails.

This kind of story has been done to death and belongs to a bygone era. This is essentially a modified version of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, where the message is that a woman who ‘obeys’ her husband is the ultimate lady!

Namaste England attempts to do something different by giving the woman ambition and the will to do anything to achieve it, but the story ends as expected!

Param sees Jasmeet at the Dussehra festival and it is love at first sight for him. He keeps on looking at her at festivals and weddings, and slowly and steadily (in the case of this movie, during a rather long song), they fall in love. Jasmeet wants to work but her family doesn’t let her. So she hopes that after marriage, things will change for her.

But that is not to be as her family makes Param’s family promise that they will not allow Jasmeet to work. And they agree. Now the only way that Jasmeet can have a career is if she leaves the village and goes to London. Why London? Because she meets her high-school friend who has a great life there! But all attempts to secure a visa fail, thanks to a very influential friend-turned-enemy of Param.

Jasmeet’s friend suggests that they try going through an agent, who suggests that the only way to get a visa is for Param to divorce Jasmeet, get ‘married’ to an English citizen, get residency, divorce her and marry Jasmeet again! Param refuses even though Jasmeet doesn’t mind this idea. She wants to go to London at any cost.

Things seem to take a positive turn when Jasmeet gets a UK work visa. After convincing both families, she heads to London and promises to call Param as soon as she gets residency. Another unexpected turn leaves Param no option other than to arrive in England as an illegal immigrant. The rest of the story is about how the two of them manage to get their lives in order.

The strength of any film is its writing and that is where Namaste England falters big time. There is nothing interesting or innovative in either in the story or the characters. The twist pre-interval is interesting and that should have been the hook to develop the story in a different direction, but the story treads the beaten path. To see a movie that is as regressive as this in the year 2018 is completely unacceptable.

The locations are beautifully shot, but a film that just looks good is not enough. You need a good story as well. The music of the film is average and the tracks are forgettable. The songs are melodious but when the narrative has nothing much to offer, the songs end up being just a distraction.

Performance-wise, Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra have amazing chemistry, but as Param and Jasmeet, their characters don’t have much to explore. Their acting is pretty one-dimensional and doesn’t impress. Aditya Seal and Alankrita Sahai, who we see in the London portion of the film, could have been interesting characters but their portrayal gets pretty monotonous. The rest of the cast is okay.

Verdict: Not happening! Flop.

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