Movie Review: Salaam Namaste

A complete “topo” of a Hugh Grant film, “Nine months”. The basic theme of the story is a little bit of a stretch for the Indian audience. To counter this fundamental issue, the director conveniently set the story in Melbourne in Australia! The hero is an architect turned cook! The heroine is a radio jockey (RJ)! A bunch of highly contrived circumstances result in the two in a live in arrangement as room mates. As always, one thing leads to another, they fall in love, and the heroine gets pregnant! The standard drama follows until the two come together in the end. A bunch of songs (nn of them really catchy) are thrown in as well.

Saif Ali Khan plays the hero and Preiti Zinta plays the heroine. After the success of Hum Tum, the Director attempts a movie with a similar look and feel but failed to come up with anything noteworthy. Saif does a decent job as he seems to do lately. Preity is too hysterical as the RJ. Her acting in this film reminded me of her poor show in Armaan. She seems be an actress who needs a good director to bring the bes out of her.

The movie makers show their ignorance about southern Indian states by introducing a “Nair” character (supposedly for comedy purposes!) who talks like a Tamilian!

If you haven’t seen the original, you might be able to survive this movie. Else, I would recomemed you pass on it.

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