London Dreams: Movie Review

Dear Vipul,

If only you knew that we, the people of India, who happen to be your audience, are living in the 21st century and not in ’70s or ’90s, London Dreams would be a blockbuster. Still, your effort was good, and I must congratulate you for a better than average movie you made.

That was all I had to say to Vipul Amrutlal Shah, the Producer-Director of London Dreams. It was a great story, and Suresh Nair deservesappreciationfor that. And while Vipul has done a lot good in the movie, there have been some spoiler moments that make the movie an above-average from a blockbuster-to-be.

WIth London Dreams, the first thing I was in doubt about was the cast. This was the first film of Vipul where he didn’t have Akshay Kumar. And Ajay Devgan, Sorry-Devgn, was not considered a good choice for a rockstar by many, probably most. But the intensity of Ajay’s character is something that would be difficult to find with Akshay. So I sort of agree with the idea of taking Ajay, and in time, he sets himself in the movie well. Salman has lived his role fine, but in parts he’s made to play Govinda which becomes too much at times. Asin is fine in her not-so-much-to-do role and looks fresh. In fact as Priyanka cannot be there in every movie, Asin seems like a good choice.

Om Puri, though, is just for adding weight to the cast and hardly has a role. He is limited to giving free advices to Ajay which he only listens to at the end of the movie.

London Dreams

When I started the movie I had zero expectations but as the movie grows up, it gets better and your expectations rise. Ten minutes before the interval, during Barso Yaaron, the movie reaches its peak and for once you feel it’s the end. But then, the movie proceeds, story going in a somewhat Shakespearean style and keeps you sticked to the chair until the on-stage one-way fight between Ajay and Salman. And that is where the movie falls apart. Entire intensity of the movie suddenly vanishes in the air with a bad climax. You see a good movie but if the end is bad, everything is bad. Though the happy ending makes things look okay but the movie ends on that note only: okay.

As far as music is concerned, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have been okay but their level has come down. Thankfully, this time at least all songs are not similar, nor all are sung by Shankar himself, the two mistakes they did in Wake Up Sid. But still, the music is not up to the level S-E-L are known for. Other than Barso Yaaron, every song seems to have some drawback. While the first two songs in the movie, Zubeen’s Shola Shola and Tapkey Masti are just fine, Yaari Bina, one of the best songs of the movie is not given proper space. Khanabadosh is just okay again and Man ko Ati Bhave Saiyyan seems like an addition to make it a typical Bollywood movie. At the end, there is Jashn hai Jeet ka, which actually tells a lot about the movie and is beautifully written by Prasoon Joshi. The song is superb but it looks too less from the perspective of a rock show which is supposedly the only ambition of someone’s life.

The last song, Rahat and Shankar’s Khwab jo, is good but this time both Ajay and Salman appear in suites which I completely missed. Even if it’s not a rock show, those suits are out of my reasoning. Vipul, or anybody else, tell me if there is something behind the suites.

The best part of the movie is its story. There is more to movie than I thought in terms of story. Right from the point Salman’s rise starts, until the start of Ajay Devgn’s idiotic speech in the climax, the story keeps you almost immovable.

The worst part of the movie, other than the climax and Salman’s Govinda-chhaap comedy is where Salman swears about not being a drug addict to Asin and the background music is unmistakably the start of Fiqrana. The fact is, while writing this, I still can’t believe it happened and I cannot decide whether it was a copy of Rahman by Salim-Sulaiman, the background composers for London Dreams, or viceversa.

Overall, the movie is intense, kinda Shakespearean, high on emotions and relations, especially the one called friendship, and surely worth a watch if you can pardon the director for his climax.

PS: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, we love you. So please come back to creating good music or take some rest.

लेखक: Harshit

Madman. So-called Computer Engineer. Hindi Music Freak. Hindi Movie Buff. Thinker. Reader. Critic. Blogger. PJist. (bath)room Singer. Madman.

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