Vipul Amrutlal Shah directorial 'Namaste England' starring Arjun Kapoor as a Punjabi Munda Param who is in love with the one and only Jasmeet aka Parineeti Chopra but their chemistry is not at all convincing. The film can never be compared to the 2007 'Namastey London' that featured Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif in the lead; as this one turns out to be a disaster in terms of an engaging feature film.
A quick buildup of love at first sight for Param; the interactions begins on Dussehra and remains at eye contacts for every festivals to come – Diwali, Holi, Saavan, among others (Wondering what they did the rest of the days). Param gets his head right and decides that if he doesn't do anything now, it will be too late and schemes a friend's wedding making sure he gets a chance to "set his scene" with the love of his life. Their first meet is decorated by an aunt. Soon after, they fall truly, madly and deeply in love with one another. Without any conviction to sum up. But it's a love story that seems too dated for 2018 and more appropriate for the 90s' perhaps.
Yeah, there are no hurdles in their life and even their parents are ready for their marriage. While the only terms that bothers Jasmeet is discontinuing her work towards her aspirations which is jewellery designing. The preceedings are so lame, the dialogues are wired and the reason why Param won't get a visa remains unheard in front of the world. Now, Jasmeet convinces Param to fly to London where she would get a permanent residency (God knows how can one get that) while Param is took by shock as Jasmeet is married to some wealthy NRI on contract terms and pleads Param to trust her. Now an angry Param throws lakhs of money to travel to London. Crossing the Bangladeshi border, escaping bullets and staying in a container to finally reach Europe, all the travellers and experts are wondering how on Earth can you travel London via Bangladesh route.
Now, the picturesque London becomes a sigh of relief to the eyes but such a dull narrative gives us nausea as hell. The only thing, this film could be bearable would be because of it songs. Whereas the entire narrative is filled with elements of lameness and illogical sequences. The standout song remains 'Tu Meri Main Tera' a melodious romantic soundtrack with a traditional Sufi touch to it. This feeling full song is picturised on pratognist Param who is travelling to find his love interest Jasmeet overseas. Written by Javed Akhtar with the melodious composition of Mannan Shah and sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan along with Shadab and Altamas Faridi. Another catchy song from the film is 'Proper Patola' and sung by Diljit Dosanjh, Badshah, Aastha Gill, we are just disappointed once again that such a peppy song is placed in the film's end credit scene. Mannan Shah, Shahid Mallya and Antara Mitra song 'Dhoom Dhadakka' that appears in the beginning of the film that has the slightest of Punjabi flavour. 'Bhare Bazaar' and 'Kya Kahoon Janeman' are decent songs but they aren't that recognisable.
We could sense that writers Ritesh Shah and Suresh Nair has hurriedly written the script and I wish they consulted some script doctor as this relevant plot was not well executed. There are so many jumps as the screenplay is super shallow and messy for sure it's unbelievable that Vipul Shah who has helmed the Super Hit 'Namaste London' can equally direct such a disaster. The execution of the scenes can be questioned a lot. The film didn't had a flow to follow. Cinematographer Yiannis Manolopoulos did a splendid job with the camera but only the script and dull direction of the film is to be blamed.
Do skip this disastrous film 'Namaste England'.
Director :Vipul Shah
Cast :Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra