London Dreams Movie Review

London Dreams Movie Review

London Dreams Movie Review

The Film
London Dreams is a musical main stream emotional drama dealing with the affectionate bonding between two friends that gives way to envy and enmity between them.

The Synopsis
Arjun (Ajay Devgn) and Mannu (Salman Khan) are childhood bussies. The

London Dreams Movie Review

London Dreams Movie Review

former is a focused musician who wants to make a name in the international arena while the latter is a carefree blithe spirit happy with singing at wedding ceremonies.

Arjun relocates to London and assembles a band troupe with Zoheb (Rannvijay Singh), Wasim (Aditya Roy Kapur) and Priya (Asin). He also falls in love with Priya.

Arjun brings Mannu to London to be part of his band and then things start happening. Mannu who has natural talent and passion for singing becomes a star overnight and Arjun cringes with envy as his best friend is shattering his own dreams. Arjun becomes more hostile when Priya falls in love with Mannu.

Will Arjun destroy Mannu to achieve his own ambition in life? What will

London Dreams Movie Review

London Dreams Movie Review

happen to Priya? And the band and the concerts? These questions are answered in the run up to the climax.

The Performances
Salman Khan and Ajay Devgan have given scintillating performances. The free-spirited role played by Salman is in complete contrast with the powerful emotional intensity of Ajay and both characters complement each other. Asin paired easily with Salman and does well in her role. Om Puri is his usual self in a cameo. Aditya Roy Kapur does well to be noticed in spite of the presence of top stars. Manoj Pahwa, Brinda Parekh and Rannvijay Singh are adequate in their roles.

The Techniques
The story is told on a grand canvas and this film is one of the best coming

London Dreams Movie Review

London Dreams Movie Review

from Vipul Shah’s screen stable. The characters played by Salman and Ajay are well etched. In spite of a few drawbacks, the screenplay keeps the narration interesting though the climax could have been different and a little unpredictable.

Sejal Shah’s cinematography is fabulous, vibrant and colorfully pleasant. Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is good. Background score by Salim-Sulaiman is brilliant. Production values are high.

The Verdict
London Dreams deserves a visit for the memorable performances by Salman Khan and Ajay Devgan and for the technical brilliance of the film.

London Dreams Movie Review

London Dreams Movie Review

The Cast and the Crew
Salman Khan, Ajay Devgan, Asin, Rannvijay Singh, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Om Puri, Khalid Azmi, Baby Artner, Brinda Parekh, Michael Gamarano, Manoj Pahwa and others
Music: Shankar- Ehsaan – Loy
Cinematography: Sejal Shah
Producer: Aashin Shah
Banners: Headstart Films UK Limited, Blockbuster Movie Entertainers
Director: Vipul Shah

The Rating
3 out of 5

Review by Deen Kumar

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One Response to “London Dreams Movie Review”

  1. harsh says:

    First things first. London Dreams is no Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, neither its sequel nor it is Rock On. London Dreams is loosely inpired by Amadeus – the movie on Europe’s great musicians and composers of all time Mozart and Beethoven and Rajkumar Santoshi were to film on Shahrukh Khan and Aamir Khan once a decade back.

    London Dreams is the story of two childhood friends from Punjab, India. It is the story about one friend who dreams to be a pop star like Micheal Jackon by making it to Wembley Stadium, London and other friend who considers his friend to be God and supports his dream in every sense. London Dreams is about jealousy between gifted talent and hard earned talent for music and love. It is just coincidently has the love factor in common that of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam but no in the pivotal role of the subject. Music is the subject and so goes on the story.

    London Dreams is a story of one destined and god-gifted talent, Manjit Khosla a.ka. Manu (Salman Khan) and hard working musician with passion for music and dream to make it big especially at Wembley and the Lead Singer of London Dreams Band. Arjun (Ajay Devgan) and their friendship and struggle and the lost pride of the family and victory to make it to the most respected arena of Music or we can say Mecca of Music audience, the Wembley at London.

    London Dreams is the first Indian movie or movie by any Indian Filmmaker where in London is depicted so lively and so beautiful and so picturesque, so is piqturised Eiffel Tower of Paris in background when Salman proposes Asin.

    Thank God, London Dreams does not have the Yash Chopra Lobby style of Punjab. It would be outright incorrect to mention here any thing about the role depiction of Salman Khan and Ajay Devgan intentionally, because London Dreams is truly the first Blockbuster hit of 2009. About Asin, she reminds of typical south indian herione casted in a Hindi movie of 60s and 80s – a typical show piece and nothing do much about one thumka idhar and other thumka udhar and in the end go with the hero for an happy ending. But only new thing is Asin looks cute despite of her small
    role. But the plus point this is for the first time any south Indian heroine looking so cute in an Hindi movie.

    Music of the film barring a couple of songs is not hummable but easily gels with the theme in the movie. Screenplay is gripping and does not allow one to move out even during the songs. Cinematography by Sejal Shah is A class. Editing by Amitabh Shukla is par excellence especially the playing with the screen time and increasing it and making it gripping.

    Overall, London Dreams is the first movie in many months that lures one to go and watch it again and again in cinema halls for its sheer magnum opus quality maintained by the filmmaker, Vipul A. Shah.

    Do not get surprised if London Dreams sweeps away all awards in all awards functions.

    Ratings 4/5 stars