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Namastey London (2007)

NamasteyLondon2007

Namastey London (2007) is a 2007 Bollywood film. The romantic comedy film is directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah and stars Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif. It also stars Rishi Kapoor, Upen Patel and Clive Standen in supporting roles.Riteish Deshmukh has a cameo role in the film. The concept of Indians being born in foreign nations and forgetting their Indian roots and instead trying to become like people of that nation is drawn from the Manoj Kumar starrer Purab Aur Paschim. The film is made for an Indian audience in India, with most of the topics being controversial in India, like openly kissing in public and alcohol abuse.

It was remade in Bengali, as Poran Jaye Jolia Re.

Plot

Indian-born Manmohan Malhotra (Rishi Kapoor) decided to re-locate to London, England, established himself, returned to India, got married to Bebo (Nina Wadia), and after a period of 4 years got a visa for her so that she could live with him. Shortly thereafter she gave birth to Jasmeet (Katrina Kaif). Manmohan was always embarrassed of Bebo, as she was fat and could not speak English, as a result he always left her out of important occasions, while he socialized. Bebo did not want Jasmeet to end up like her, so got her educated in an English school, encouraged to mingle with British friends, and as a result Jasmeet was transformed in to Jazz – a beautiful young woman, modern in looks, talk, habits, and heart. Her father set her to meet a young lad, Bobby Bedi(Ritesh Deshmukh), although the date turns out to be a disaster and Bobby rejects her. Manmohan thinks that it is impossible to get him a Indian son-in-law, although his friend, Parvez Khan (Javed Sheikh), is in a similar situation with his son, Imran (Upen Patel), who has a blonde girlfriend, Susan (Tiffany Mulheron). Manmohan decides to take his family for a tour in India, and forces Jasmeet to marry Arjun Singh (Akshay Kumar). On their return to London, Jasmeet announces that she is getting married to Charlie Brown (Clive Standen), who is well educated and has good friends and connections, even with Prince Charles, and refuses to recognize her marriage with Arjun as there is no proof of this wedding. When Jasmeet is introduced to the friends of the Brown family, she is subjected to considerable racist abuse (snake charmers, Indian rope tricks, tandoori chicken) as well as a quote from Winston Churchill: ‘When we leave India, the country will be in the hands of goons’. while Imran is asked by Susan’s parents to leave Islam, become a Christian, change his name to Emmanuel or Ian, as well as provide a written undertaking that his family is not associated with any terrorists. The film ends on a happy note with Imran and Susan being accepted with Imran’s family and Jazz runs away from her wedding to Charlie Brown and goes with Arjun back to India, as they are both seen riding on Arjun’s motorcycle.

Cast

Akshay Kumar as Arjun Ballu Singh
Katrina Kaif as Jasmeet M. Malhotra Singh (Jazz)
Rishi Kapoor as Manmohan Malhotra
Clive Standen as Charles Brown (Charlie)
Upen Patel as Imran P. Khan
Javed Sheikh as Parvez Khan (Imran’s father)
Tiffany Mulheron as Susan
Nina Wadia as Bebo Malhotra
Shaana Diya as Laila
Riteish Deshmukh as Bobby Bedi (Guest Appearance)
Vipul Shah as special appearance

Sound Tracks

“Annan Faanan”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Himesh Reshammiya
Performed by Jayesh Gandhi, Alisha Chinoy
Music Label Eros Music

“Annan Faanan (Mehfil Mix)”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Himesh Reshammiya
Performed by Jayesh Gandhi, Akruti Kakkar
Music Label Eros Music

“Annan Faanan (Remix)”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Himesh Reshammiya
Performed by Jayesh Gandhi, Akruti Kakkar
Music Label Eros Music

“Chakna Chakna”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Himesh Reshammiya
Performed by Himesh Reshammiya
Music Label Eros Music

“Chakna Chakna (Remix)”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Himesh Reshammiya
Performed by Himesh Reshammiya
Music Label Eros Music

“Dilrooba”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Himesh Reshammiya
Performed by Zubeen Garg, Alisha Chinoy
Music Label Eros Music

“Dilrooba (Remix)”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Himesh Reshammiya
Performed by Zubeen Garg, Alisha Chinoy
Music Label Eros Music

“Main Jahaan Rahoon”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Himesh Reshammiya
Performed by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Krishna
Music Label Eros Music

“Main Jahaan Rahoon (Mehfil Mix)”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Himesh Reshammiya
Performed by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Krishna
Music Label Eros Music

“Main Jahaan Rahoon (Remix)”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Himesh Reshammiya
Performed by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Krishna
Music Label Eros Music

“Rafta Rafta”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Himesh Reshammiya
Performed by Rhythm Dhol Bass(RDB)
Music Label Eros Music

“Rafta Rafta (Remix)”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Himesh Reshammiya
Performed by Rhythm Dhol Bass(RDB)
Music Label Eros Music

“Viraaniya”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Himesh Reshammiya
Performed by Himesh Reshammiya
Music Label Eros Music

“Viraaniya (Remix)”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Himesh Reshammiya
Performed by Himesh Reshammiya
Music Label Eros Music

“Yehi Hota Pyaar”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Himesh Reshammiya
Performed by Himesh Reshammiya, Sunidhi Chauhan
Music Label Eros Music

“Yehi Hota Pyaar (Mehfil Mix)”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Himesh Reshammiya
Performed by Himesh Reshammiya, Sunidhi Chauhan
Music Label Eros Music

“Yehi Hota Pyaar (Remix)”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Himesh Reshammiya
Performed by Himesh Reshammiya, Sunidhi Chauhan
Music Label Eros Music

Reviewed by ChathuRangA on 15 May 2011

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