Well, well, well. Now, we know why Akshay Kumar didn't do Namaste England. The sincere and hardworking Arjun Kapoor too, who was so good in Ki & Ka, Finding Fanny and Ishaqzaade, should have dodged this bullet. Ditto for Parineeti Chopra, who put in such spunky performances in Ishaqzaade, Shuddh Desi Romance and Hasee Toh Phasee. What magical wand did Vipul Shah carry to this duo that made them agree to a film with rustic locations, poor dialogues and inexplicable actions?
Love at first sight, but the girl wants more than just love. Off she goes to England (by hook or crook) and brings in more characters, who don't matter, not that her Dadaji in India in the first half did. And who was that another unimportant Dadaji on the wheelchair, in England? Uff, do I need to tell you that the boy follows her in the next reel?
Arjun And Parineeti From Namaste England
Music is noise. Editing is amateurish, Amitabh Shukla doesn't seem to know how much to cut and how much to retain. Vipul has Script Supervisors on credits, one of them goes by the name Amit Mishra- is he the Indian cricketer who bowls leg spin?
A Still From The Movie Namaste England
So, what's the saving grace? Say namaste to Arjun in the scene where he delivers a hard-hitting monologue in praise of India. Watch his comic timing in the second half, which may keep you awake unlike the first which has its countless share of lows. Say namaste to Parineeti's outfits, she looks lovely. But, Vipul lets both of them down so badly and so consistently that hardly any pleasing reflections of the film remain in my mind- despite writing this just an hour after the screening. Ji, Namaste England is forgettable--- this Shah needs to dash to the drawing board but not before admitting his blunder with a namaste, err, folded hands.
So, say namaste to Namaste England but only from a distance. Meanwhile, I am going with TWO.