Namastey London is a 2007 Bollywood film. The romantic comedy film is directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah and stars Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif. It also stars Rishi Kapoor, Upen Patel, Riteish Deshmukh in a cameo, and Clive Standen in supporting roles. The concept of Indians being born in foreign nations and forgetting their Indian roots and instead trying to become like people of that nation is drawn from the Manoj Kumar starrer Purab Aur Paschim. The film is made for an Indian audience in India, with most of the topics being controversial in India, like openly kissing in public and alcohol abuse.
Indian-born Manmohan Malhotra [Rishi Kapoor] decided to re-locate to London, England, established himself, returned to India, got married to Bebo [Nina Wadia], and after a period of 4 years got a visa for her so that she could live with him. Shortly thereafter she gave birth to Jasmeet [Katrina Kaif]. Manmohan was always embarrassed of Bebo, as she was fat and could not speak english, as a result he always left her out of important occasions, while he socialized. Bebo did not want Jasmeet to end up like her, so got her educated in an English school, encouraged to mingle with british friends, and as a result Jasmeet was transformed in to Jazz - a beautiful young woman, modern in looks, talk, habits, and heart. Her father set her to meet a boy Bobby Bedi[Ritesh Deshmukh] but she made up stories of some boyfriends whom she just dumped and also dressed oddly. Bobby rejected her. Manmohans plans to get her married to an Indian boy have been wasted. His friend, Parvez Khan [Javed Sheikh], is in a similar situation with his son, Imran [Upen Patel], who has a blonde girlfriend, Susan [Tiffany Mulheron]. Manmohan decides to take his family for a tour in India, and forces Jasmeet to marry Arjun Singh [Akshay Kumar]. On their return to London, Jasmeet announces that she is getting married to Charles Brown [Clive Standen], who is well educated and has good friends and connections, even with Prince Charles, and refuses to recognize her marriage with Arjun as there is no proof of this wedding. When Jasmeet is introduced to the friends of the Brown family, she is subjected to considerable racist abuse [snake charmers, Indian rope tricks, tandoori chicken] as well as a quote from Winston Churchill: When we leave India, the country will be in the hands of goons. while Imran is asked by Susans parents to leave Islam, become a Christian, change his name to Emmanuel or Ian, as well as provide a written undertaking that his family is not associated with any terrorists. The film ends on a happy note with Imran and Susan being accepted with Imrans family and Jazz and Arjun getting married in the end.
Namastey London opened to a good response and mainly picked up momentum after the second and third day of its release, a major reason being Indias exit out of the 2007 Cricket World Cup. The film did extremely well in the northern parts of India especially in Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. It also did well in Mumbai and in the first week of its release collected Rs. 7,35,75,657. The film was received very well in other parts of the country. The success of the film ended a long spell of box office failures since the release of Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love in January 2007. The film went on to become a huge hit & grossed Rs. 48,37,00,000 making it one of the top hits of 2007.
The film was a huge hit overseas. It debuted at number 9 on the UK charts and similarly debuted within the top 20 in the United States and Australian charts. The film collected £ 238,841 in the first week of its release
As of 27 July 2007 the movie has grossed an estimated $15,273,747 USD in five territories which included the United States [$4,149,772], Australia [$197,148], India [$17,267,662], Malaysia [$15,285], and the United Kingdom [$9,021,900].
The reviews of the film were generally positive. Taran Adarsh of indiafm.com wrote, "Namastey London is addictive stuff. You watch it once, you wanna watch it again."
Akshay Kumar has received almost unanimous praise for his portrayal of Arjun Singh, with a critic saying "Kumar certainly leaves his mark throughout the flick. One of the coolest performances of the star." Adarsh said "One of his finest performances so far, Namastey London also marks the coming of age of an actor who was often dubbed as an action hero or a funster. Akshay not only wins the heart of Katrina on screen, he''s sure to win the hearts of millions of moviegoers with a terrific portrayal in this film." On Katrina Kaifs performance he wrote, "she handles the complex part with remarkable ease. The pretty lass is only getting better with every film." Despite the generally favourable reviews, some critics panned the film, with a verdict of 2 out of 5 stars.
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