DREAMS MOVIE REVIEW
by : Harish V
Salman Khan, Ajay Devgan, Asin,
Om Puri, Khalid Azmi, Michael
Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani,
Headstart Films UK Limited, Blockbuster
Dreams has been in news for
more than a year now and finally
the time for its release has
dawned upon us. Vipul Shah the
man with the Midas touch who
made 'Aankhen', 'Waqt', and
‘Namaste London' and produced
the blockbuster 'Singh is Kingg'
is back behind the camera for
this mammoth musical drama.
Vipul also takes the extra burden
of being the co-producer of
this movie with Headstart movies,
This first Indo-UK collaborated
movie is about a musical genius
named Arjun(Ajay Devgan) whose
only aim is to play at the Wembley
stadium. Being a goal-oriented
person, he tries to avoid any
distractions that could deter
his way towards his dream and
that also include an attractive
girl in his band Priya (Asin).
His band London Dreams slowly
gets popular and touches the
peak when Arjun brings his childhood
friend Munnu (Salman) from a
small village in Punjab who
excels in singing. His freakish
charm makes him an instant hit
amongst the audience.
Arjun realizes that his dream is being taken
over unwittingly by Munnu and when Munnu
also gets a nod from Asin, Arjun loses it
and decides to take the grey route to success,
fame and glory at the expense of his friendship.
Will Arjun be successful in doing that forms
the rest of the story.
Vipul, who showed his talents in his earlier
movies, proves once again why he is considered
to be a top director by making a visually
stunning movie with almost flawless direction.
Some scenes like Ajay Devgn talking to a
drunken Salman about being sorry for what
he is about to do is poetic brilliance.
Salman Khan's misadventures in the flight
are entertaining. Though Salman Khan's dialogues
in the climax are melodramatic it works
for the scene brilliantly. But the movie
suffers due to few reasons, like some sloppy
transitions, unwanted songs and most of
all selecting Ajay Devgn to play a rock-star.
He is a star alright and the emotional scenes
proves how much he has improved as an actor
but the character needed a person who is
much more energetic on screen and especially
on-stage, which he lacked completely. The
introduction scenes of all the lead, except
Ajay, have been done badly; especially Asin
who comes into the picture from no-where
and ends up in the band. The pre-climax
in the Wembley stadium is laughable, with
90000 people in the audience waiting for
Ajay to utter some Hindi dialogues and sending
their empty water bottles up in the sky
on a regular basis is not at all acceptable.
Salman Khan's energy works well with the
movie and he also impresses in the emotional
sequences. Asin is brilliant even if her
role demanded lesser histrionics she showcases
her talents quite well. Ranvijay is good
as one of the musician in the band and Adithya
Roy Kumar also does his bit convincingly.
Om Puri is at his dignified best.
Other important aspect which elevates the
movie is its cinematography. This award-worthy
work behind the camera by Sejal Shah demands
applause from the audience from start to
finish. The editing by Amitabh Shukla is
with flaws but impressive at most places.
Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy which should
have been extraordinary with this being
a musical is just about passable with two
exceptions - Barsoon Yaaro and Khwab ko
- which stays with you for a long time.
The lighting and costumes need special mention.
The movie is high on the emotional quotient
like Vipul's last two directorial ventures
but will 'London Dreams' sustain at the
box-office as they did will be interesting
to see. But overall, a decent movie with
some interesting performance and amazing
camera work .
Vipul's Indian Dream impresses, but not