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London Dreams Movie Review: Should I Watch London Dreams?

January 28, 2011 on 8:23 pm | In Dream Types | No Comments

London Dreams produced and directed by Vipul Shah, on a grand platform, looks like it is made by two directors. At some places, the movie is excellent with good grip on drama and smooth handling of comedy and at other places, it looks amateurish and unconvincing. Though the director of course is one, the script stills look the culprit here as it did for the other much-hyped Blue. Other than this, London Dreams is a good one-time watch, if you are able to digest the loopholes in the script. You can afford to have the ‘devil may care’ attitude about logic in movies like All the Best, but movies like London Dreams and Blue, should have no room for errors Story of London Dreams London Dreams is inspired from the 1984 classic film Amadeus, which was a take on Mozart, and the story of two music directors. A similar kind of story was seen some years ago in the insipid Shakalaka Boom Boom. In that one, Bobby Deol had played the role that Ajay Devgan essays in this film, and Upen’s role has been played by Salman Khan Story of London Dreams: London Dreams revolves around the lives of two childhood kids Arjun (Ajay Devgan) and Mannu ( Salman Khan). Arjun has it in his DNA to be a musician and his dream is to perform at London’s Wembly Stadium, so that he could fulfill his grandfather’s unfilled dreams. Mannu (Salman Khan) is a happy-go-lucky guy whose main interest lies in bedding women but at the same time, he is blessed with unique ability to create music. Arjun moves to London at a very young age and Mannu passes his time in Punjab. After Arjun attains success and forms a music group London Dreams(titled aimed at the NRI market, mind you), he comes to Punjab and witnesses Mannu’s mastery over music. He arranges him to come to London and join their group. The group tastes success but there comes a point in time, when Arjun sees that Mannu becomes super-popular with the crowd, and Arjun begins to detest this. He also sees his love Priya(Asin) falling in love with Mannu. Not able to digest this, Arjun then schemes with a confidante group member (Ranvijay) to bring Mannu’s fall-from-grace. Mannu who has decided to reform his womanizing for the sake of Priya, finds himself sinking in a concoction of drugs, and stumbles towards numbness. Plus points of London Dreams 1. Salman Khan: He is the main point of interest in the film. Salman Khan has been given the best lines in the film and the director makes Salman Khan live up to his signature image and trademark humor, that the crowd loves 2. Excellent characterization of Salman Khan: The director and the script writer Suresh Nair has characterized Salman Khan’s character well, right from the childhood to the end of the move. The same cannot be said about Ajay Devgan’s character though. 3. Opulence: The grandeur of London Dreams is amazing. The Wembley Stadium’s mood and ambience is captured very well Minus Points of London Dreams There are many minus points in London Dreams, most of them related to script. Here goes: 1. Ajay Devgan’s characterization: Ajay Devgan’s character is established like that of a goal oriented and jealous person, but the script reduces him to foolish and indecisive especially at the end. He just seeks forgiveness from Salman Khan, as if he is sorry to steal his beer bottle. Instead, given the fact that he deeply relented for the way he destroyed Salman’s career; the scene should have been more emotional from Ajay’s side. 2. Formation of Arjun (Ajay Devgan’s) band: It is stupid about the way his band is formed. He croones at London’s Trafalgar Square and suddenly Zohaib(Ranvijay) on the keyboard and Wasim (Aditya Kapoor with an acoustic guitar) join him. By the time, the song is over; a band is formed, voila! And Zohabi and Wasim are happy to announce Arjun as their leader. All in a matter of two minutes. 3. Nothing is shown about how Ajay Devgn becomes a success, the director decided to bypass the struggle phase. 4. Asin’s entry in the group is with the hopeless question”Main kya karun?”, to which Ranviay says “Just go with the flow” Asin dances and grooves along with the groove and they manages to impress the judges. 5. What is perhaps the worst part about London Dreams is the last few scenes especially the climax, when Ajay Devgan emotionally bursts at a huge crowd assembled at Wembley. The lines are pretty lame and do not sound convincing. Also, we get the feeling that he gives in too easily. Something doesn’t gel: if the intense and non-compromising Ajay Devgan is so determined about seeing his performance at Wembley to success, why does he just go berserk and bursts when he sees Salman Khan? 6. Ranvijay who seems to be ‘shaana’(secretive) in the group spills the beans to Wasim and says he was the one who gave drugs to Salman Khan. Wasim never threatened him; Ranvijay just says it, why? Was the director ended in just wrapping it up? 7. Bad Music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy: Shankar Ehsaan Loy has disappointed with London Dreams. A musical movie like London Dreams has boring music, what can be more paradoxical? London Dreams is one of Shankar Ehsaan Loy’s worst albums, it may be critically ok, but London Dreams music should have been aimed at the youth and the mass. You cannot take Mozart seriously these days 8. One scene from London Dreams does look controversial, where the little Mannu wears reflectors on his shoes and follows girls so that he could see their undies on them. Such things shouldn’t be encouraged because this concerns the innocence of kids. Best scenes of London Dreams Whenever Salman Khan comes in the movie, there is fun and obviously, the best scenes revolved around Salman Khan 1. Salman Khan’s cute double-innuendoes with the airhostess and then with Asin is very funny. 2. Asin’s dance mix of classical and hiphop in the saree, to emphasize on her background, is superb and invites applause from the audience. Best performances of London Dreams Salman Khan is the soul of London Dreams. Though he looks disorganized, his style and charisma works to the maximum in the movie. Asin, who is nicknamed ‘Chennai Express’ looks beautiful, and shows promise in every scene. This girl is blessed with loads of talent and she should take more author-based roles to prove mettle. Ajay Devgan is miscast sadly, and though he acts his trademark intensity well in London Dreams, he does not seem cut-out for the role. The same Ajay Devgan who was superb in All the Best, the biggest hit of 2009, has his performance weighed down by lame lines and sad characterization in London Dreams. You cannot fault Ajay Devgan for his performance, but the guy needed better lines, especially at the climax and towards the end. To sum it up: London Dreams is an average movie made on grand scale. Take Salman Khan out, and the movie is nowhwere.

London Dreams produced and directed by Vipul Shah, on a grand platform, looks like it is made by two directors. At some places, the movie is excellent with good grip on drama and smooth handling of comedy and at other places, it looks amateurish and unconvincing. Though the director of course is one, the script stills look the culprit here as it did for the other much-hyped Blue. Other than this, London Dreams is a good one-time watch, if you are able to digest the loopholes in the script. You can afford to have the ‘devil may care’ attitude about logic in movies like All the Best, but movies like London Dreams and Blue, should have no room for errors

Story of London Dreams

London Dreams is inspired from the 1984 classic film Amadeus, which was a take on Mozart, and the story of two music directors. A similar kind of story was seen some years ago in the insipid Shakalaka Boom Boom. In that one, Bobby Deol had played the role that Ajay Devgan essays in this film, and Upen’s role has been played by Salman Khan

Story of London Dreams:

London Dreams revolves around the lives of two childhood kids Arjun (Ajay Devgan) and Mannu ( Salman Khan). Arjun has it in his DNA to be a musician and his dream is to perform at London’s Wembly Stadium, so that he could fulfill his grandfather’s unfilled dreams. Mannu (Salman Khan) is a happy-go-lucky guy whose main interest lies in bedding women but at the same time, he is blessed with unique ability to create music. Arjun moves to London at a very young age and Mannu passes his time in Punjab.

After Arjun attains success and forms a music group London Dreams(titled aimed at the NRI market, mind you), he comes to Punjab and witnesses Mannu’s mastery over music. He arranges him to come to London and join their group. The group tastes success but there comes a point in time, when Arjun sees that Mannu becomes super-popular with the crowd, and Arjun begins to detest this. He also sees his love Priya(Asin) falling in love with Mannu. Not able to digest this, Arjun then schemes with a confidante group member (Ranvijay) to bring Mannu’s fall-from-grace. Mannu who has decided to reform his womanizing for the sake of Priya, finds himself sinking in a concoction of drugs, and stumbles towards numbness.

Plus points of London Dreams

1. Salman Khan: He is the main point of interest in the film. Salman Khan has been given the best lines in the film and the director makes Salman Khan live up to his signature image and trademark humor, that the crowd loves

2. Excellent characterization of Salman Khan: The director and the script writer Suresh Nair has characterized Salman Khan’s character well, right from the childhood to the end of the move. The same cannot be said about Ajay Devgan’s character though.

3. Opulence: The grandeur of London Dreams is amazing. The Wembley Stadium’s mood and ambience is captured very well

Minus Points of London Dreams

There are many minus points in London Dreams, most of them related to script. Here goes:

1. Ajay Devgan’s characterization: Ajay Devgan’s character is established like that of a goal oriented and jealous person, but the script reduces him to foolish and indecisive especially at the end. He just seeks forgiveness from Salman Khan, as if he is sorry to steal his beer bottle. Instead, given the fact that he deeply relented for the way he destroyed Salman’s career; the scene should have been more emotional from Ajay’s side.

2. Formation of Arjun (Ajay Devgan’s) band: It is stupid about the way his band is formed. He croones at London’s Trafalgar Square and suddenly Zohaib(Ranvijay) on the keyboard and Wasim (Aditya Kapoor with an acoustic guitar) join him. By the time, the song is over; a band is formed, voila! And Zohabi and Wasim are happy to announce Arjun as their leader. All in a matter of two minutes.

3. Nothing is shown about how Ajay Devgn becomes a success, the director decided to bypass the struggle phase.

4. Asin’s entry in the group is with the hopeless question”Main kya karun?”, to which Ranviay says “Just go with the flow” Asin dances and grooves along with the groove and they manages to impress the judges.

5. What is perhaps the worst part about London Dreams is the last few scenes especially the climax, when Ajay Devgan emotionally bursts at a huge crowd assembled at Wembley. The lines are pretty lame and do not sound convincing. Also, we get the feeling that he gives in too easily. Something doesn’t gel: if the intense and non-compromising Ajay Devgan is so determined about seeing his performance at Wembley to success, why does he just go berserk and bursts when he sees Salman Khan?

6. Ranvijay who seems to be ‘shaana’(secretive) in the group spills the beans to Wasim and says he was the one who gave drugs to Salman Khan. Wasim never threatened him; Ranvijay just says it, why? Was the director ended in just wrapping it up?

7. Bad Music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy: Shankar Ehsaan Loy has disappointed with London Dreams. A musical movie like London Dreams has boring music, what can be more paradoxical? London Dreams is one of Shankar Ehsaan Loy’s worst albums, it may be critically ok, but London Dreams music should have been aimed at the youth and the mass. You cannot take Mozart seriously these days

8. One scene from London Dreams does look controversial, where the little Mannu wears reflectors on his shoes and follows girls so that he could see their undies on them. Such things shouldn’t be encouraged because this concerns the innocence of kids.

Best scenes of London Dreams

Whenever Salman Khan comes in the movie, there is fun and obviously, the best scenes revolved around Salman Khan

1. Salman Khan’s cute double-innuendoes with the airhostess and then with Asin is very funny.

2. Asin’s dance mix of classical and hiphop in the saree, to emphasize on her background, is superb and invites applause from the audience.

Best performances of London Dreams

Salman Khan is the soul of London Dreams. Though he looks disorganized, his style and charisma works to the maximum in the movie. Asin, who is nicknamed ‘Chennai Express’ looks beautiful, and shows promise in every scene. This girl is blessed with loads of talent and she should take more author-based roles to prove mettle. Ajay Devgan is miscast sadly, and though he acts his trademark intensity well in London Dreams, he does not seem cut-out for the role. The same Ajay Devgan who was superb in All the Best, the biggest hit of 2009, has his performance weighed down by lame lines and sad characterization in London Dreams. You cannot fault Ajay Devgan for his performance, but the guy needed better lines, especially at the climax and towards the end.

To sum it up: London Dreams is an average movie made on grand scale. Take Salman Khan out, and the movie is nowhwere.

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