London Dreams is a Bollywood musical film directed by Vipul Shah. Starring Salman Khan and Ajay Devgan in lead roles, the film also features Asin Thottumkal as the lead female character. The film which released on 30 October 2009 has music by the trio of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy with lyrics by Prasoon Joshi.
The story revolves around two childhood friends Arjun [played by Ajay Devgan] and Mannu [played by Salman Khan] who have some music lineage in their family history. Arjun dreams of being on stage as a performer in the music industry, to live up to his grandfathers unfulfilled ambitions. Mannu however has little interest in his music tutor fathers instruments and is content with remaining a child at heart with a simpleton attitude.
Through the course of the movie, Arjun diligently pursues his dream, at one point almost leaving an uncle who is his only family. He finally makes it to London where he believes he can succeed.
Arjun creates a fledgling band with Zoheb and Wasim [Rannvijay Singh and Aditya Roy Kapoor respectively], two brothers who duped their relatives in Pakistan to travel to London in pursuit of their musical aspirations. He also brings aboard Priya [played by Asin], a music enthusiast from a conservative South Indian family. The other protagonist of the movie, Mannu, is shown to be trying to make his livelihood by playing as a wedding band performer at the village back in India.
Arjun eventually invites Mannu to London to complete his band contrary to his own belief that the latter could create competition within the band.
Upon forming the band, Mannu is shown to have musical talent and the qualities of an entertainer. He therefore becomes popular with the audiences with his unique style of performing. This is in contrast to the earlier part of the film where Arjun struggles to captivate the attention of the crowd despite the music.
As hinted earlier in the movie, Arjun starts feeling envious of the rising success of Mannu. As a further extension of the jealousy, Arjun who is starting a budding relationship with Priya starts sensing that she is now smitten by Mannu. While the latter now starts a relationship with Priya, he does become the target of Arjuns frustrations who seeks to sabotage Mannus career. Zoheb, who doesnt like Mannu, decides to help Arjun.
The band embarks on a three-city tour spanning Paris, Rome and Amsterdam. Here Arjun deceives a naive Mannu into a rollercoaster ride of promiscuous sex and illicit drugs. He tricks him, gets him addicted to drugs, and then gets him arrested in a car full of them. While pretending to help Mannu, Arjun leaks the drug story to the press. As the three-city tour concludes, the band heads to London to perform at Wembley Stadium in front of an audience estimated at 90,000 [which is of significance since, earlier in the movie, the viewer is told that Arjuns grandfather had failed before a similar audience]. Knowing how important this is for Arjun, Mannu tries to give up drugs. But Arjun decides that his success and Mannus total failure are related. He pays a girl to have sex with Mannu, which makes Priya break up with Mannu. In this fragile state, Zoheb pushes Mannu toward drugs again so that he cant come on stage.
In the moments leading up to the stage entrance, Mannu comes to senses and chooses the righteous path and runs to support his mate. But Arjun, who has become incensed with the crowd chanting Mannus name, confesses his envy of Mannus talent and what he did to finish Mannu off. The audience boos Arjun, the band breaks up and a sad Mannu goes back to his village.
Arjuns uncle, Om Puri, advises him to apologize to Mannu. In the village, however, Mannu tells him not to apologize saying that it was his fault that he didnt see Arjuns sorrow. They get back together and London Dreams becomes a successful band again.
Initially Raj Kumar Santoshi wanted to work on the project with Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan to do the leads but when the ongoing face-off between the two Khans became a hindrance Santoshi backed-off from the project. Santoshi later roped in Salman Khan and Ajay Devgan and even shot parts of the film before shooting was stopped. Salman finally got Vipul Shah to produce and direct the film. For the lead actress, names such as Rani Mukerji and Priyanka Chopra have been mentioned, but were never confirmed.
The song style is generally rock inspired to match the motifs in the movie. "Khanabadosh", "Shola Shola", "Barso Yaaron", "Khwab" and "Man Ko Ati Bhavey Saiyaan" were very popular songs; "Man Ko Ati Bhavey" and "Khanabadosh" being the most popular ones.
| Track || Song || Artist[s] || Duration
|| Vishal Dadlani, Roop Kumar Rathod
||Man Ko Ati Bhavey Saiyaan
|| Shankar Mahadevan
|| Feroz Khan
|| Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shankar Mahadevan
|| Roop Kumar Rathod, Milind Diwadkar
||Jashn Hai Jeet Ka
|| Abhijeet Ghoshal
|| Zubeen Garg from ASSAM
||Man Ko Ati Bhavey [Remix]
|| Shankar Mahadevan
||Tapke Masti [Remix]
|| Feroz Khan
The film had an average opening despite facing competition from All The Best: Fun Begins, Blue, Aladin, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, Kurbaan, De Dana Dan, Paa, Three Idiots and Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year. The film grossed a decent Rs. 31,00,00,000 [Rs. 31 Crore] and was declared an Above Average.
London Dreams has received mixed reviews and did average business in box office. Taran Adarsh praised the performance of the principal cast, while criticizing the climax. Rajeev Masand made a scathing review of the movie, describing it as a "frustratingly foolish film about foolish people." Chandrima Pal of Rediff criticising the background music of the movie, while praised the dialogues and performance of Ajay Devgan. Noyon Jyoti Parasara of AOL said "The last twenty minutes of ''London Dreams'' take away half its spirit." NkS Reviews It rated it 3.5 out of 5 and wrote, "London Dreams goes down as one of the bollywoods best friendship script.Its fabulous on entertainment,tearjerking and really fulfills what you wished from it."[sic] Gorafied.coms Aatif Nawaz noted the "stilted and uneven nature" of the script, but praised the lead characters performances.
Some critics believe this to be Salman Khans best performance till date and praised his scorching screen presence and showmanship.
*[http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/movies/review/12833/index.html Review-Taran Adarsh ]
*[http://www.filmicafe.com/movie_page.php?movie_id=402&value=review London Dreams - Review ]
*[http://movies.rediff.com/review/2009/oct/30/review-london-dreams.htm Review- Rediff ]
*[http://www.indicine.com/movies/bollywood/london-dreams-movie-review/ Review-Indicine ]
*[http://www.aol.in/bollywood-story/london-dreams-movie-review/645552 Review-AOl.in/Noyon Jyoti Parasara]
*[http://sites.google.com/site/nksreviewsit/london-dreams-review-1/ NkS Reviews It ]
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