DVD London Paris New York

DVD London Paris New York
DVD London Paris New York

Run time: 100 min
Rating: 5.7
Genres: Romance
Director: Anu Menon
Writers: Anu Menon, Anu Menon
Stars: Ali Zafar, Aditi Rao Hydari, Candice Pereira
Capturing the angst of the young twenties, “London Paris New York” is the story of Nikhil and Lalitha two completely different individuals who are drawn to each other in spite of their differences or perhaps because of it. The film follows their journey of love as they meet in London, Paris and New York for a night in each city. The film is a coming of age love story mirroring 3 states of love and brings back the wit into Bollywood’s romantic comedies. Written by Anonymous
Plot Keywords: new york, one night stand, premarital sex, new york city, paris france
Country: India
Release Date: 2 March 2012 (UK)


  1. Romantic comedies or Rom-coms are not a new genre. Love stories have been told in the past too and will be told in the future. Every rom-com has a bit of predictability in it but still every now and then, a 'Jab We Met' comes. A film which has that special visual treatment, powerful performances, gratifying moments and a good feel to them. London Paris New York (LPNY) is one of those special films.

    Set in three lovely cities of the world and spread over more than half a decade, LPNY is a story of Nikhil (Ali Zafar) a happy-go-lucky charming boy and Lalitha (Aditi Rao Hyderi) a simple, nerdy Madrasi girl falling in love with each other thrice in six years.

    And that's it.

    That's all LPNY is. No impediments, no pretentiousness, no preaching, no 'zaalim samaaj' and even no supporting cast. The only third person with a line to say is Dilip Tahil who appears in the last ten minutes of the film.

    The first few looks of the film give an impression that it has shades of 'When Harry Met Sally' which has already been done in Bollywood (Hum Tum), however, LPNY is a different story with a different treatment. In fact, it's closer to '500 Days of Summer' and also has a peculiar similarity with 'Rodger Dodger' because of its heavy dependence on dialogue between only two main characters. Nonetheless, LPNY is a lot simpler than any of these movies. Instead of relying on twists and complications of the plot, it thrives on performances and the affability of the lead characters.

    It's a short film of less than two hours, one of the strongest points of the film because of which it does not drag at any point and is fairly gripping for a simple story. The first story of London is a bit tacky and one takes some time to get comfy with the characters specially the extrovert Nikhil. As the story moves forward, the entertainment and audience engagement bars go up. Paris story is better than London and then New York wins from Paris hands down. The climax is beautiful. Watch out for the penultimate sequence at Hudson River; best scene of the movie. The film could have finished at that point and it would have ended at a high second to no other love story of recent times. No complains though.

    Ali Zafar is dynamite. 5,000 tons of talent. Besides being the lead actor in the film, he is the music director, singer and lyricist as well. While he has done well on all the fronts; acting still takes the cake. In Tere Bin Laden, you were convinced on his comic timing but needed convincing on his ability to handle emotional scenes as TBL had none. LPNY has shown the audience his flexibility, range and ability to carry the film on his shoulders. He shows his emotional side and what a show this has been. His comic timing in London segment, impatience in Paris and outburst at the climax in New York… fantastic performance. Amazing screen presence and charm.

    Aditi Rao Hyderi is not far behind either. Her portrayal of Lalitha and transformation the character goes through are extremely natural hence authentic. Her adorably shy demeanor in the first story, sultry looks and heartbreak in the second and mature conduct in the third are absolutely brilliant. Her best performance after smaller roles in 'Yeh Saali Zindagi' and 'Rockstar'. She looks gorgeous in rain sequence in London and steals the hotel room scene in Paris which of course is a defining moment in the story too.

    The third star of the film is Anu Menon. Anu too has worn multiple hats for the film. She has written the script, directed it and has also written the dialogues. Had I not known, I would have thought LPNY is an Imtiaz Ali film and that's a huge compliment for Anu. Her aesthetic senses deserve applause for the way he has handled intimate scenes between the lead pair. The story has been kept simple, narration even simpler while dialogues put soul in the film. They do get cheesy at times but that is the requirement for Nikhil's character build-up. Anu hasn't gone over the top and has kept the film as close to reality as possible. If there is a term 'Unrealistically Realistic', it fits LPNY. I can swear several guys have gone through what Nikhil goes through on the bench in London. Yes, it's that real. She also deserves credit for keeping the film short, not going beyond two hours by dragging the film needlessly. The credit for this should also go to the debutant editor Sally Salgoanker.

    LPNY is exactly the way love stories should be made. Trendy, Urban and fairly realistic. It takes great courage to make an entire film for only two characters, played by new comers and that too a talkie one. Even if it does not win bumper opening at the box office, it will increase the audience size for Ali, Aditi and Anu significantly. A beautifully made artsy commercial film which deserves a successful run.

  2. Contrived after Before Sunrise and Before Sunset is an enjoyable movie but missed "the perfect milestone" by few miles. Movie is one of it's kind which will either be loved or hated (not for those who love run off mill Rom – Com). Surely you will notice a nagging feeling of "it could have been just a little bit better(not much, but just teeny weeny better)" to each encounter between the couple, that's because the director was racing against the clock, desperate to emulate too much of Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. The leads did justice to their roles.The breezy vibe and the crackling chemistry between the duo is splendid and the humor, isn't of the laugh-out-loud variety, but includes some clever zingers. The spontaneous outburst from Ali in a climax scene in New York is superbly written and nicely performed. Watch it for its freshness and you won't be bored.

  3. London Paris New York is a film about 2 Indians,Nikhil (Ali Zafar) and Lalitha (Aditi Rao Hydari) who meet in London and spend a good time together and they start feeling for each other but due to some reason they had to apart. after few year's they met in Paris and felt it for each other but thing's don't go well and they apart again.Their story ends in New york. The first half of film is very entertaining and it makes you laugh a lot where as the second half is more romantic and dramatic. Ali Zafar and Aditi rao have shared a good chemistry kin the film and both were really superb in their roles, Aditi rao was very hot and sexy while Ali safari was also looking good and both acted very well especially Ali safari's acting at the scene at before end where he express his feelings to Lalitha. The music is very good and it really go well with the tempo of the film. and finally the work of Anu Manon as director was really impressive and she is a much better director than her acting skill's. unlike usual Bollywood romantic film L.P.N.Y is not very lengthy and it is a promising entertainment and a must watch film..

  4. Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! Cannot believe that such a movie could be made in Hindi cinema.Complete Kudos to the screenplay,director,actors and the whole team for producing such a brilliant movie.

    It would be a mistake according to me not to support such movies. Reality is it is a sensible movie which talks to all walks of life.

    The balance between reality and humor has been taken care off in the most spectacular manner; never making the audience feel small,blamed or negative.

    The characters are very real and they do make a lot of sense.

    Once again awesome job to the rang London Paris New York Team .

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