One of the much-awaited sequels this year starring Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra is finally hitting the theatres ahead of Dusshera, but is it any good? While the popular on-screen couple became an instant rage at the box-office post their debut film ‘Ishaqzaade’, it is the burden of proving their mettle as new-age artists that has consumed both the actors this time around in a poorly-written film. Walking the footsteps of Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif, Arjun and Parineeti attempt to take things up a notch with this sequel.
Touted to be a coming-of-age love story, the film revolves around the story of ambitious Jasmeet (Parineeti) and extremely supportive Param (Arjun), who is a farmer in Punjab. The duo, who falls in love with each other, soon gets married. However, their love becomes prey to the undying patriarchy where Jasmeet’s rights to work are revoked by the members in the family. In an attempt to establish her career, she feels compelled to escape to London, leaving a lovelorn Param behind who then breaks the shackles to bring Jasmeet back.
One could trace the story of ‘Namaste England’ from its trailer itself. This Vipul Amrutlal Shah directorial brings two important characters Jasmeet and Param in the forefront, but while on one side, both are progressive as a couple, on the other hand, the society including family members try their best to clip their wings. Jasmeet, who lives in a male-dominated family, dreams of being a jewellery designer in London, so much so that in the conquest, she leaves behind a life with her husband Param, who then ensures all hell breaks loose to win back the heart of the love of his life. What follows is a series of dramatic events that forms the backbone of the film. Both Arjun and Parineeti put a great effort to give justice to their characters.
With the film touted to be a modern-day love story, one expects to see a storyline that embraces progressiveness. While Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s ‘Namaste England’ tries to do just the same, but the way it has been executed is what disappoints. Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra’s on-screen performance with a cameo by comedian Mallika Dua seems like the only saving grace of a poorly-written film.
Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Aditya Seal, Satish Kaushik
What works: The director’s vision to recreate ‘Namastey London’.
What doesn’t: The melodrama
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