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Actors steal the show

Actors steal the show

By K N Gupta

Eye TV India Bureau

Cast: : Ali Zafar, Aditi Rao Hydari
Director: Anu Menon

Critic's I-view

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'London Paris New York' is indeed a good attempt by a debut director Anu Menon venturing into a coming-of-age love comedy. Anu Menon is also the screenplay writer and that's where the movie lacks. The story and the screenplay are weak and lack connectivity. On the other hand, Anu Menon dares as a debut director with an eight-year-long love story of a young couple trotting three big cities of three equally important countries. The director's choice of the main cast is brilliant. In fact, both the lead actors wonderfully carry the movie, though tremendously supported in this by magnificent rendering of visuals by the cinematographer.

The story is of an adolescent couple - Nikhil Chopra played by Pakistani actor Ali Zafar and Lalitha Krishnan played by Aditi Rao Hydari. Ali isn't new to Bollywood; he charmed the audience with his 'Tere Bin Laden' and 'Mere Brother Ki Dulhan'. Ali and Aditi chance to meet in London and fall for each other, despite their many contradictions. Aditi is South Indian and hails from a middle class family. Ali is a rich Punjabi boy. They are pursuing careers - Aditi is on her way to New York to study politics while Ali is going to study filmmaking in London. As the luck would have it, both hang out together one evening in London and get just glued and attracted to each other. But, they aren't too sure whether or for how long will their relationship last.

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Ali Zafar shoulders the movie by his versatility - as a brilliant actor, lyricist and music director. Though, one notices a pinch of overacting through the convincingly innocent looks. Aditi lends extraordinary support to Ali with a natural and matured performance. She is stunningly cute and confident all through the movie. She appears different in different cities - most apparent is her chic and not-so-chic hairstyle. In some of those instances, Ali provides memorable music. Ali has stuck to the theme and will be remembered outside the theater for the title track 'Woh Dekhne Mein'. Dalip Tahil and Mantra in a cameo provide a bonus.

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The dialogues aren't much to remember. The repeated use of cuss words like 'sex' and 'position' don't gel well and could have been avoided. The director might succeed in capturing the attention of youth through the depiction of sex and chemistry of the young couple. But, Anu Menon certainly fails in the second half; one hears the audience bored unlike in the first half, which is quite interesting. Sameer Arya is perfect with his camera work, and has excellently captured the three famous and beautiful cities. The intimate scenes between Ali and Aditi also are aesthetically shot. Cinematography goes to help the movie overcome the weak story and screenplay.

Overall, not a bad entertainer!

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