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.
Arjun (Ajay Devgn) and Mannu (Salman Khan) are childhood bussies. The
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
happen to Priya? And the band and the concerts? These questions are answered in the run up to the climax.
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 story is told on a grand canvas and this film is one of the best coming
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.
London Dreams deserves a visit for the memorable performances by Salman Khan and Ajay Devgan and for the technical brilliance of the film.
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
3 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar