Namastey London

I completely LOVED Namastey London!  It has been awhile since I have watched a film that made me laugh so hard, tear up, and feel the chemistry between the characters so well. NL is about Indians born abroad who either forget their heritage or try to rebel against it. This is a common topic in more recent Bollywood films as there are many Indians living aboard who can identify with this. NL is also a typical rom com where boy likes girl, girl despises boy, and boy works really hard to get the girl to fall in love with him. It works really well in this movie for a couple of reasons.

Akshay Kumar (Arjun) and Katrina Kaif (Jasmeet, Jazz) have fantastic chemistry. From their first meeting, to the balcony, to the final scenes, they just were spectacular. I have always liked Akshay Kumar, especially after watching Andaaz, but I think he shot way up my list of favorites to number 5 (behind SRK, Aamir, Amitabh, and Saif Ali). So many great moments with him. However, this is the first film I have watched with Katrina Kaif in it. I heard a lot about her but never watched a film. I am definitely looking for more now. She was perfect.

There are just incredibly funny scenes and lines. I was doubled over watching the prospective groom who thought he was on a soap opera. It makes me laugh just thinking about it. Also, Katrina’s date in the beginning with Riteish Deshmukh in a cameo was priceless. But my favorite line was when Akshay and Katrina were watching the rugby match. Katrina asks him, doesn’t he know why the British guys challenged the Indians guys to a rugby match and not cricket. Akshay answers, completely serious, “I thought he must have watched Lagaan”. I was cracking up!!!

The music was great, from the score to the individual songs. Check out the chemistry in action in these songs: “Yehi Hota Pyaar“, “Chakna Chakna“, and “Rafta Rafta“.

And not to be left out is the great supporting cast. I must be on a Rishi Kapoor movie streak, because here he was again. Then there was Upen Patel as Jasmeet’s best friend, Imran. He was great and has a seriously cute chin dimple (hehe). And Nina Wadia was great as Jasmeet’s mother. Clive Standen was great as the object of Jasmeet’s affection though you never really liked him much.

Hope you all watch and enjoy the film!


Hum Tum

It does not get much cuter than Hum Tum (Me – You). Karan and Rhea meet by chance on an airplane when they are both moving from India to New York. After their initial less-than-perfect (although memorable) meeting, they part ways both hoping forever. The film spans nine years of chance meetings, growing friendships, and good byes. Interspersed through the film are funny animated sequences of Hum and Tum, a young boy and girl, who are the main characters of a cartoon strip Karan pens.

I just loved these animated bits. When I looked online, I was happy to see that they actually made the comic into a strip. It seems to have run in the newspaper for awhile and was penned by Vijay Raibole and his wife. He posted them all on his blog, and though some are in Hindi, you will understand how funny they are from the ones in English. Now I just wish there was a whole book of them :).

The music is also top-notch in the film as is the chemistry between Saif Ali Khan (Karan) and Rani Mukherji (Rhea). From the wonderful love song “Hum Tum” to the fun and feisty “Gore Gore Say Chore“, I could listen to these songs over and over again. You can see from these songs that the relationship between these two characters has its ups and downs, and plenty of butting heads, but they will melt your heart in the end (as well as each others).

I really though both, Saif Ali and Rani, did an excellent job with their acting. Saif Ali begins cocky and obnoxious, then adds some charm, and finally becomes sincere though unsure of his newly acknowledged self. Rani starts out very sure of herself and continues that way until a huge life change. Then she becomes much more calm and collected until Karan brings her back to herself, granted a more mature version. Also worth acknowledging are Rishi Kapoor as Karan’s father and Kiron Kher as Rhea’s mother. My friend says that Kiron Kher “is the perfect mother” in Bollywood. I told him it is because his first film was Main Hoon Na ;).

Happy Watching!

Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic

Today I was in the mood for something light, cute, and funny. I definitely picked the right film to watch. Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (A Little Love, A Little Magic) was such a surprise. I knew nothing about it when I began but immediately noticed similarities between it and one of my all time favorite films, The Sound of Music. Especially when the angels are singing “Bulbula” about the kind-hearted angel, Geeta (Rani Mukherji), whose head is always in the clouds (literally). It was just like the nuns singing about “Maria“. It made my heart smile.

The story is about Ranbeer (Saif Ali Khan), who kills the parents of four children in a car accident. He is sentenced by the court to raise them on his own. Neither he nor the children are happy about this and Geeta is sent down to Earth from Heaven to help make them a family. There are also shades of Mary Poppins and Nanny McPhee to be found as Geeta becomes the nanny with special powers. There are many funny and touching moments in this film.

While I loved it, it will not make it to my favorites list. Rani and Saif Ali usually have great chemistry (Hum Tum for example), but it fell a little flat in this film. I would have enjoyed watching the movie a little bit longer just to see them develop their chemistry a bit more. However, the kids were fantastic and there was a great chemistry between the whole cast together. The butler, Pappu, cracked me up and Rishi Kapoor was great as Bhagwan (God).

My favorite part of the movie was when Geeta takes the kids to the museum, and takes them on a journey through Indian history and shows them how much their country has done and is capable of in the song “Beete Kal Se“. I would definitely recommend this movie to people as it has a great message and a very sweet story.