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‘Namaste England’ review: Out of joint

A still from “Namaste London”. Photo: Special Arrangement  

At a time when you thought Bollywood had progressed in some measure in its portrayal of women, comes a film that marks a thumping return to regressiveness in the most dated way possible with inane characters and motivations, asinine plot twists and sheer lack of logic to boot. The film’s team clearly thinks nothing of the Indian audience’s intelligence and sensitivity.

 

The pursuit of Jasmeet (Parineeti Chopra) makes Param (Arjun Kapoor) balance uncomfortably between being an aashiq (true lover) and a mawaali (boor) even as steady gaze at her is justified in the film as that of admiration and affection. Alright. Meanwhile, Jasmeet wants to be a jewellery designer but her dad and brother think that a woman’s job is to breed and raise kids. She looks at marriage with Param as an escape route to seize control of her choices, dreams and life at large. Instead of having any empathy for her very legitimate issues the makers turn her into some kind of misguided dimwit who thinks her dreams can only be fulfilled abroad. And guess who makes her eventually understand that she had been wrong all along? Her husband Param, of course. The man, afterall, knows the woman better than she herself. He has to show her the way ahead in life. “Ek aurat ka affair ek shehar ke saath” (a woman’s affair with a city) is how he sums up her wife’s obsession, rather sagely at that.

Namaste England

  • Director: Vipul Shah
  • Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra
  • Storyline: Jasmeet goes to England to pursue her dreams, husband Param follows
  • Run time: 2 hours 15 minutes

In the middle of all this nuisance there is Param’s estranged friend who keeps being the spoke in the wheel, coming in the way of the couple’s visa dreams and ensuring it be denied to them. In the process he makes the consulates and embassies of all the countries seem utterly compromised and corrupt. There is a flat, half baked subplot about illegal immigration and the usual righteous show of desh bhakti. And not a single intelligent moment to balance out the daftness on display. Just what were the makers thinking when they were hatching this senseless film in their collective head!

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