Film: LONDON DREAMS
Banners: Headstart Films UK Limited, Blockbuster Movie Entertainers
Cast: Salman Khan, Ajay Devgan, Asin, Rannvijay Singh, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Om Puri, Khalid Azmi, Baby Artner, Brinda Parekh, Michael Gamarano, Manoj Pahwa etc
Music: Shankar- Ehsaan - Loy
Cinematography: Sejal Shah
Director: Vipul Shah
Producer: Aashin Shah
Release Date: October 30, 2009
A tale of friendship and envy, the story is about two close buddies. While one is Arjun (ajay), the ambitious guy who believes only in his goal and that is to becomes famous on the stage so that he fulfills his grandfather's dream, on the other hand, there is Mannu (salman) who lives for the moment and is a charmer with his honest heart. Both Arjun and Mannu have a rare passion for music. While Arjun goes to London and forms a band with Zoheb (rannvijay), Wasim (aditya) and the south Indian Priya (Asin). The story takes a turn when Arjun gets Mannu to London and in no time, he realizes that the charms of Mannu gets him closer to the audience while Arjun's dreams seem to be in danger. Also, he receives a big blow when his secret love for Priya goes bust as Mannu manages to win her heart. What happens from there forms the rest of the story.
The director has come up with an emotional tale and though the presentation has been good, the narrative has not been upto the mark. The dialogues were alright, the script was having flaws and the screenplay was a bit erroneous. The major drawback happens to be the music as songs were not impressive, cinematography was a major consolation with excellent capture of the concerts and other angles. Editing could have been better, full marks to the costumes and art departments. Salman Khan carried off his role with energy and causes impact, Ajay Devgan was impressive and gives an intense act, Asin was neat and carried her role elegantly, Rannvijay was regular, Aditya was apt, Om Puri was brief, Brinda was average, Manoh Pahwa managed few smiles. The rest didn't have much to offer.
The film is ideally a musical but then it took a beating since the songs and music were a let down. While the first half goes about with the building of the plot, the momentum picks up in the second half and builds up but then the ending has been very disappointing. Few important things are left to a very filmy ending which has spoiled the entire flavor. The film might appeal to the urban and metro audience in an angle but this won't go well with the B and C centers. This could be an average grosser at the box office.
Bharatstudent Verdict : Okay, could have been better