Director: Vipul Amrutlal Shah
Starring: Parineeti Chopra, Arjun Kapoor, Alankrita Sahai & Satish Kaushik
Written by: Suresh Nair & Ritesh Shah
How far are you willing to go for love? is what the movie NAMASTE ENGLAND is based around. Param (Arjun Kapoor) is a gut from a small village in Punjab who falls for Jasmeet (Parineeti Chopra) the moment he spots her during Dussehra celebrations. Eventually, Jasmeet starts having feelings for him too. Jasmeet who has high ambitions and is interested in jewellery designing gets a job for herself in Amritsar. Her grandfather is a little orthodox and is against women working. Eventually he finds out what Jasmeet is doing. Param at this point had asked her to marry him and assures her that she will be able to work after the marriage. He visits her place to ask for her hand in marriage but at that point her grandfather agrees but has his condition that she shouldn’t be allowed to work. After all the hassle, they get married a year later. When she meets her friend Harpreet (Mallika Dua) who is in UK with her husband, she also desires to leave India and settle in the UK. Param also agrees with her but the problem is that Param can’t go out of the country because he had an altercation with his friend Gurpreet (Anjum Batra), who’s well connected, and the latter vows that he’ll not let Param get a visa of Europe, where the couple were planning a honeymoon. Jasmeet devises a plan that she’ll move to Europe alone and then after getting the residency she’ll get Param to UK as well. But that isn’t the full picture. What happens next is the rest of the film.
The film is quite average. The film begins on a promising note but gradually goes on to become a plot that’s been outdated and predictable.
Technically the film is decent. Cinematography by Yiannis Manolopoulos is quite good; he has shot the locals of India and Englad quite nicely but it isn’t enough to lift the film. The editing by Amitabh Shukla is also decent. The writing has been a major let down for the film. The plot is weak and it showed throughout the film. The story would have worked maybe 10 or so years ago. Music is a mixbag and works well when watching the film.
Performance wise, Shraddha Kapoor acted well but was let down by the poor writing. Arjun Kapoor gave his best but still not his best performance. Aditya Seal (Sam) makes an impact. Alankrita Sahai (Alisha) does fine. Satish Kaushik is decent. The rest of the cast offer able support.
Director Vipul Shah fails to make an impact with this film.
At the box-office
The film has taken a disappointing start and will obviously struggle at the ticket windows nationwide. But the movie has already recovered most of its cost and that is the only saving grace for this one.