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LONDON DREAMS - Movie Review : A good take on professional jealousy but with a feeble musical score. (Review By Bobby Sing)
30 Oct, 2009 | Movie Reviews / 2009 Releases

Vipul Shah once again returns with his uniform Punjabi flavour & the India-London theme. Taking another step ahead of his “Namaste London”, this time he impressively comes up with a good take on pop singers and the back stage drama in their over famous lives. But in an otherwise well directed, intense and emotional drama, he is sadly not accompanied by an equally enjoyable musical score (as in Namaste London), which was much needed by the subject and its script. So minus the songs and uninspiring music, here we have a well directed movie with some entertaining & enlightening moments and a worth watching climax (again subtracting the last song).

With a story about changing relationships between two childhood friends, “London Dreams” starts with a notable opening dialogue from Ajay Devgan and then moves into the flashback of the same overused fields of Punjab. After a few introductory scenes, a song and 20 minutes into the movie, enters Salman Khan, who simply sets the screen on fire with his superb effortless acting and hilarious comic timing. From here on the film takes off in actual terms giving way to a brilliant in-flight sequence where Salman interacts with the passengers, an airhostess and the security men in his own impeccable style. And then the first half ends with a well conceived on-stage sequence, which successfully excites you enough to see the further developments on the screen.
 
Post interval the narration moves into more serious matters, showcasing the cut-throat competition between artists, the feeling of jealousy among themselves and the evil games they play to taste success in their professional lives. The emotional conflict between Ajay and Salman further leads to a completely unexpected and splendidly conceived climax which gives new meaning to the spirit of friendship between two artists and childhood friends. In fact the climax sequence of Salman and Ajay at the Railway Station rightly deserves to be applauded for its superb writing and enlightening execution. Salman straight away wins the heart of every single viewer in the theater, coming up with a completely unimaginable solution to the problem existing between the two friends and gives a new meaning to the “Art of Forgiving”. But a whole song after their re-union was not creative or intelligent from any angle and the movie should have ended right at the Railway Station.

Performance wise Salman comes at the top with a great act, which includes comedy, emotion, tragedy and even trauma of a drug addict. Ajay Devgan gives another intense and explosive performance different from his current famous comedy movies. He looks dashing in his rough performer getup, but lacks the youthfulness and body flexibility of a rock artist. In other words, he seems to be quite stiff in his stage acts and moreover his self torture scenes were also not needed at all. They give you the feeling of Deja vu, since these kind of sequences were more seen in the movies of 70s & 80s, like the one in Amitabh’s “Mahaan”. Asin is breath-taking gorgeous and looks much better than “Ghajini”. Her short Sita-Gita act was enjoyable only because she looked equally beautiful in both kind of dresses. Though she didn’t have much to do in the project but she surely has got immense talent in her to be explored. Om Puri is cool and calm in his few scenes and notable dialogues but Ranvijay Singh gives an ok performance in his debut movie. He looked more confident in his “Roadies” act on the small screen. Aditya Roy Kapur, as Ranvijay’s brother is impressive & Brinda Parekh repeats her act of “Corporate”.
 
It can be said that director Vipul Shah is back with a commendable effort talking about the ugly side of human characters who happen to be stage artists in the current script. But the theme is equally relevant in any business form in this cunning monetary world. Vipul realistically directs few praiseworthy sequences in the movie like the one where Salman transforms two lines of a song in different kind of compositions having different tastes and the worth watching emotional climax scene at the railway station. However, along with these well directed ones, he also delivers a questionable sequence, when all the four members of the band except Ajay freely move out of the Wembley Stadium’s green rooms to the lonely, dark backyards, breaking all the security circles, on the very night of their much awaited performance.

Unfortunately, Vipul majorly faulted on his choice of compositions for a project which entirely talks about a musical band and its members. For such a script based on music itself, the songs and score by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is too feeble to get register. There is no melody anywhere in the songs except one or two. In fact the most important song of the movie, which the band plays at their night in the Wembley Stadium, is completely uninspiring and boring. On the other hand the cinematography captures the essence of the subject superbly. The stage sequences and the Wembley have been shot real well along with some great computer graphics.
 
Conversely, I wondered that if a project is around Punjab and also requires a great amount of Punjabi language, music and feel to be incorporated into it, then why not they hire some actual Punjabi Professionals for the job, who can rightly guide them about the Punjabi dialogues, their pronunciations and the Punjabi melodies in the songs. Why they insist of using people who are no doubt immensely talented but they actually don’t know about the real feel of the soil and its musical requisites. For instance, Salman keeps on calling Ajay as “Bhara” which means brother, with a faulty pronunciation.
 
In simple words, if the entire actor fraternity in Mumbai can take classes for “Hindi” & “Urdu” languages, then why not they take classes for “Punjabi” when they have to portray the role of a Punjabi character. 
 
Summing up, I would like to say the “London Dreams” just missed out to become a masterpiece flick based on a good subject. It is Salman’s movie all the way, who will appeal to everyone from a city professional to a village farmer. Besides him, the movie and its theme will also appeal to wannabe artists from the younger generation. But it cannot be called a finely polished product as it has many unwanted songs and scenes which could have been easily edited out. And I wish it had some good melodious songs which would have taken the brilliant performances in the movie to another level alltogether.
 
Rating : 3 / 5

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30 Oct 2009 / Comments ( 6 )
bollywooddeewana

I couldn't get over some plotholes, is the comment i've just ranted over on another review of the film + the film relied too much on song montages in the first half to push it forward. Below is my exact comment on another review of it

I'm all for the leave your brains at home movies but such movies were cute back then.

How the hell did Arjun fund his way through Music school from Childhood to adulthood

How did he manage to outrun the cops all the way from the airport and even find his way through London.

Considering performances Salman was funny for sure and delightful but Asin's character was nothing more than a background character, her role wasn't fleshy enough for me but she did her best with what was given to her

There were some too filmy instances that had me rolling my eyes, like when Asin walked in on the other girl who set up a fake 'Bj' encounter with Salman as well as the scene where her father appears from no where to catch Salman flirting with her

Ok Ok i'm ranting too much but this film was average or should i say below average to me. I give it 4.5/10

Bobby Sing

Hi,
Frankly speaking, I rated it above average and a good take on professional rivalry due to its good direction far better than other mediocre and predictable releases. In other words I rate it better than moves like NEW YORK which heavily rely on glossy romance and usual love dramas.

Regarding the loopholes, there are many and thats why LD couldnt get more than 3/5 from me. 

Otherwise I consider the sequence right before the interval one of the best directed ones in the recent times and also loved the unexpected forgiving act of Salman in the end.

But the songs and the climax stage composition complelely killed the movie on the whole.

Keep writing and take care...

Cheers!

jagadish

hey bobby,

I saw "london dreams" yesterday and it was kinda average movie for me
......music wasn't that good, no catchy numbers.....only one thing came to my
mind after i came out of the movie is that after a long time i liked the
performance of salman......

Bobby Sing

Hi Jagadish,

The movie falls flat without Salman's applaudable cool act, especially towards the end.
A better musical score could have brought more success to the movie undoubtedly.

Moreover i strongly felt that the director used the wrong kind of TV promos for the promotional campaign which were not exciting at all. With such strong scenes of Salman in the movie, A few better cut, inspiring promos could have generated much more excitement for the project.

Frankly speaking, I really wish i would be given chance to cut the promos someday as that is also my main forte in my current assignments.

So lets hope for His Blessings.

Pravin S. Pendkalkar

My rating of the movie is same as bobby singhji, I am great salman khan fan but I must say the film totally belongs to ajay devgan, what an acting I think ajay devgan shall be nominated for two wards this year one for ALL THE BEST and another for London Dreams.

I really fail to understand why our famous trio failed to give us the good music, this film is superbly directed byVipul Shah but the music was a big letdown after singh is king and namaste london I would have expected vipul shah would have been more careful with the songs and music of his film london dreams.

Nevertheless vipul shah you really deserve an applause from me for giving us such a nice movie. And one more thing I have to say about the promos of the said film on TV as I am a salman Khan fan I went and I saw the movie in theatres but vipulji others are not going to come by seeing the bad promos of your film, now also vipulji you have got the time to once again give us new promos.

Bobby Sing

Thanks Pravin Ji for your comment and glad to see that you rated it also the same as mine.

Frankly speaking, I really wish Vipul Shah reads this Comment Chain and works especially on the promos of his next movie carefully...........May be someday I would get a chance to prove my capabilites in this area.

Thanks again and keep posting.!

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