Film: London Paris New York, Cast: Ali Zafar, Aditi Rao Hydari, Directed by: Anu Menon, Duration 100 mins, Rating * * 1 / 2
He is a wanna be filmmaker and a fan of Andrei Tarkovsky while she is a feminist who dislikes Mills and Boons and prefers Will Durant instead. They have a sparkling chemistry between them and some funny repartees, but there isn’t much of story there. That ladies and gentlemen is London Paris New York directed by debutante Anu Menon, who does show considerable talent. Only if the plot was a little more exciting.
Set a few years ago, we have Nikhil (Ali Zafar) an aspiring filmmaker, who meets Lalitha (Aditi Rao Hydari) at the London airport. She misses her flight to New York so circumstantially they are forced to spend some time with each other. While he is a charming young man, she has dreams in her eyes to change the world. They spend the whole night gallivanting around in London and by morning, they are in love. But too bad, she has to catch her flight and go to New York. He promises to come and visit her.
Cut to Paris, a few years later. Mr Tarkovsky has made a film and he also learns that Ms Activist is in town. They have changed their looks and we learn a little bit about what happened in the past. They try to patch up and it works, almost. Next, the scene shifts to New York and as it has happened in a zillion Bollywood films, she is engaged to someone else and all set to get married. And like those zillion films, it dawns on the hero at the very last moment that he is truly madly deeply in love.
While the story is a bit contrived and weak, the factor that holds your attention is the way some of the scenes are crafted. The lady director certainly has a refreshing approach and the production values are also high. The dialogues are peppy and the conversations are amusing. While the music is easy on the ears, the songs pop up with the same frequency as political candidates doing the rounds during election time.
On the acting front, both the lead players have done a fine job. Aditi Rao Hydari is more impressive of the two; she fits in the role perfectly. Ali Zafar was excellent in Tere Bin Laden but as he did Mere Brother ki Dulhan, he tries to be too suave and stylish. Maybe that charm works well on the ladies but doesn’t necessarily make the character more convincing. On the whole, LPNY is a marginally above the average romantic comedy.