It’s Ali Zafar's third Bollywood movie and it’s a first for Aditi Rao in a lead role. 'London, New York Paris' is heavily dependent on the support of the urban audience for its theme. The top Bollywood stars have been supporting the movie through word of mouth. Recently Hrithik supported by tweeting about the trailer saying that it is a promising film. This is a make or break movie for Ali Zafar. So far he had Osama, Imran and Katrina helping him pull off the films. Let’s see if he can carry the film on his own.
Nikhil (Ali Zafar) and Lalitha (Aditi Rao Hydari) are complete opposites and of course opposites attract. The film follows them through the various stages of love and life as they meet in London, Paris and New York for a day in each city.
The film is a refreshing romantic comedy. The comedy does not set out to make you laugh but it leaves you with a wide smile. For a first time director, the film is well paced, and focuses on the two main characters only.
Ali Zafar’s performance is excellent especially in the emotional scenes and he is a star in the making. He carries the film forward smoothly with his acting skills. Scenes like the church scene and the shot where he cries out about his love to Aditi, though not very unusual, have been executed beautifully and he exudes great acting. He exhibits versatility in his performance as he acts his age in each stage of the film. Aditi Rao is a promising actor. She has shown flashes of brilliance in her small roles in Delhi 6 and Rockstar. She exhibits oomph, confidence and maturity in her role play. She is sure to capture the heart of the youngsters not just with her looks but also with the way she handles her role. The performance of the two side characters is commendable.
Technically, the film is up to the mark. The various locales abroad provide ample opportunity for some scenic and well taken shots. The editing is absolutely slick. The film moves with a pace that is rare in Bollywood films. Ali Zafar exhibits brilliance not just in acting but also in the music of the film. Except a sad number, the film’s music is already doing the rounds via radio stations and phone downloads.
Overall, Ali Zafar continues his success streak with this film that is a breath of fresh air that will light up your face with a smile.
Verdict: Mature, cool and fresh