This Friday sees the release of London Dreams directed & produced by Vipul Amrutlal Shah starring Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn, Asin Thottumkal, Ranvijay, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Om Puri, and Brinda Parekh. This is Salman Khan’s third film in last 2 months after immensely successful Wanted and disaster Main aur Mrs Khanna, Ajay Devgn’s second film this month after All The Best and Asin’s second release after her debut last year.
He began his film career with a Thriller called Aankhen (2002), followed it with a highly emotional film Waqt (2005) and took it to next level by making Namastey London (2007) which was a Romantic. The person I am talking about is Vipul Amrutlal Shah. Besides producing all his directorial ventures, he has also produced a comedy Singh Is Kinng which became a Super Hit. His production company is called Blockbuster Movie Entertainers and yes they do deliver blockbusters.
Expectations: London Dreams was to be made a decade ago by Rajkumar Santoshi and the star cast was to be Shahrukh Khan & Aamir Khan, then there were rumors that Abhishek Bachchan & Hrithik Roshan would star in the film. But these couldn’t materialize and finally the movie went to Vipul Shah who made a lot of changes in the script and casted Salman Khan & Ajay Devgn who are coming together after a decade. There last & only outing together was in Hum Dil Chuke Sanam in 1999.
When you have such great history behind the making itself, you would expect it to be written in history as a master piece. Moreover, names like Vipul Shah, Salman Khan, and Ajay Devgn increase the anticipation level and make it massive. The music is another USP for this film which I am in love with.
Script/Story: The story is about two friends who are complete opposites but are still attached to each other and music is what they have in common. This takes them to fulfill a dream, a London Dream. Definitely, the story of this film is one of the best this year, the fact that two hero films are not being made these days especially after the success of Multi starrers also makes this film a memorable ride because this film gives equal footage to both the lead actors.
But, the writing has a lot of flaws. Although the film begins with a bang with intense & dramatic moments going hand in hand with romantic & comical moments but somewhere dragged in the second half where it became a little silly and slow. I think the script lacks the nourishment because scenes like the outburst of Ajay Devgn could have been written more effectively which I think is the most crucial segment in the film. Average
Acting: Salman Khan gave one of his best performance this year with Wanted and followed it with a dull one in Main Aur Mrs Khanna but now again has given something which nobody has ever seen before. I haven’t seen much of the 90’s Salman but can certainly say that this is his best work if we talk about this decade. He makes you cry, he makes you laugh and he makes you feel the pain that the character goes through with ease. I don’t have words to describe what this film has done to me as a small time Salman Khan fan. I am a bigger fan of this Khan now.
The second lead Ajay Devgn is a two time national award winner and this performance adds value to those acclaims that he has been getting since last so many years. He plays an intense character and has performed them with great sensibility. Although, he could have done better in the second half but nevertheless has given an outstanding performance. Asin has done well to the limited screen space she has got. Aditya Roy Kapoor has done a commendable job, while Ranvijay has disappointed. He looks too crude in this film. Others are fine. Very Good
Music: The music of London Dreams has been on my playlist since last two weeks and I love Khanabadosh, Khwab Jo, Yaari Bina, Jashn Hai Jeet Ka, and Tapkey Masti which means I love almost all the songs. This album is certainly one of the best this year and is way ahead of its time which is the reason why people aren’t so found of the music. It adds value to the goodwill of the music composers Shankar Ehsaan Loy who earlier enjoyed success with albums like Wake Up Sid, Rock On, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Taare Zameen Par just to name a few. Background music by Salim Suleman is soulful and fits in well. Brilliant
Direction: Kudos to this great filmmaker for choosing such diverse topics in every film. The director has an eye for visuals which is evident from the cinematography which is top notch and visual effects which are fantastic and show that the Indian Film Industry is growing. The direction is good and he has created great moments which anybody can enjoy. The best scene is when Media is rude with the band and Salman Khan outbursts. Salman Khan acts so well that this scene makes you numb for a minute because of the way it is shot. the director has created such dramatic & intense musical which is the best in recent times. But the direction also has many flaws, one of them being the lip syncing of the songs. This film is a musical and the actors have not lip synced the songs properly. It is the work of a director to take care of such mistakes which look small when made but are major flaws when released which makes you realize later on that if a few steps would have been taken before, it could have been a better deal. Good
Overall, the film is an intense musical which has a lot of merits in the form of performances, music, story, cinematography and a good direction. This is indeed a Blockbuster material which should be a good watch this extended weekend. A special mention for Salman Khan who has given a monumental performance.
Rating: ***1/2 (Good)
At box office, it should emerge a winner (Hit) but considering the dull opening, huge costs and immense competition from Aladin, Ajab Prem Ki Ghajab Kahani & Jail, it should atleast emerge an earner (Average).
Box Office Verdict: Average/Hit
Recommended for Salman Khan fans & intense film lovers. Not recommended for masala film lovers.