Culture clash is lots of fun

2008-10-02 08:05

East meets West themes were previously tackled by Manoj Kumar with Purab Aur Pachim, followed by Subhash Ghai with Pardes.

Now director Vipul Shah, after movies like Aankhen and Waqt: The Race Against Time, gives us Namastey London, a story about a spoilt British girl of Indian origin and a desi guy.

The pampered and indulged Jasmeet, aka Jazz, has the knack of getting rid of all suitable boys her Punjabi father, Manmohan Singh, (Rishi Kapoor) finds for her marriage.

Being born and raised in London, this British brat adores Western culture. She loves clubbing with her Pakistani friend Imran (Upen Patel) and his English girlfriend Suzanne. Jazz is very much in love with the arrogant Charlie Brown (Clyde Standen) who has been divorced three times already.

In order to get rid of Charlie, Jazz's parents plan an trip to India to find a good, respectable Indian guy suitable for Jazz. Luckily they bump into Arjun (Akshay Kumar) a Punjabi farmer who falls in love with Jazz the first moment he sets eyes on her. Jazz sees Arjun only as a villager who milks cows in his backyard.

But as the plot thickens there is a clash of cultures, a generation gap between parent and child, racism and humorous moments as Arjun plans to marry Jazz - does fate have something else in store for them?

Akshay Kumar has broken away from his action hero image and gives a superb performance with excellent comic timing.

Katrina gives a very improved performance and shares a magic on-screen chemistry with Akshay.

Rishi Kapoor gives a strong performance. Upen Patel is highly competent.

Vipul Shah's film is a strong blend of romance, drama and humour. A very well-made film that provides all-round entertainment. ****

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