Monday, October 24, 2005

Salaam Namaste aka Cultural Cross




Significant K and i went for Salaam Namste yesterday afternoon. Have been wanting to watch this movie for a while now, its been running at the local Naz 8 theatre here in Fremont for the past 5 weeks and finally we got to get out of the house last minute and landed 10 minutes after the movie started.

Another Yash Raj Banner production with a remake of its english counterpart 9 months and reminds the viewers of Hum Tum, another hit of Saif last year. Heard quite a bit about the controversy the film brought to the conservative Indian audience, as the storyline brings in a new concept to Indian cinema: "Live-in relationships." The entire movie is set in Melbourne in scenic "Austriliya"--thatz the Aussie accent the folks use on screen and starts off with a nice intro on each new character who appears. Saif as Nikhil Arora aka Nick is the handsome chef who leads an enviable carefree zindagi and finds himself getting into the wrong side of cuty Preity aka Amber who is a lively RJ for the "Salaam Namaste" show on radio. A few clashes and the opposite personalities attract each other and decide to move in together to get to know one another better. Marriage isn't an option that either of them want to consider and sharing a house with different rooms seems a daring beginning to this lively pair. Differences in habits and daily lives paving way for the adjustments each make in order to live with the other and eventually physical attraction sans logic and Amber gets pregnant.

The latter half of the movie is more poignant as Nick is afraid of commitment and Amber beautifully emerges as an independent woman who proudly carries her twins:) oh yes, they did that right! Javed Jeffrey and Arshad Warsi add to the story, but Javed's Aussie attire as Landlord and his australian english is hillarious enough to bring the roof down. Abishek Bachchan has a small role in the end, seemed a bit too annoying and unnescessary. The movie is definitely worth a one-time watch for all those folks who are still youthful at heart and for all those Preity Zinta fans and babe watchers.

Salaam Namaste- a recipe with a taste of cross cultural stuffing garnished with youthful decorations.

7 comments:

Rags said...

I was advised not to even think about watching this movie...

Sundar Narayanan said...

finally paaththuttengalakkum...

Ram.C said...

a different perception about the movie.. I was thinking of watching it soon!!!!

Priya said...

I didn't know this was a remake of "Nine Months"..interesting to know. Think I'll watch it when I get the chance (and a DVD with English subtitles, of course!).

vee-jay said...

Friends who share my taste had already warned me not to watch the movie - but you say that the movie was ok!!!

mitr_bayarea said...

rags:hmmm..it depends on what ur perspective is..it is definitely abt a live in relationship, so can't exactly expect all perfect stuff..

sundar: at last....we decided last minte and drove like crazy to naz and went in 10 minutes after the film started.

ram:hmm.yeah, i thought it was a resonably ok entertainer.

priya:sure....abishek bachchan as played the part of robin williams...

vee-jay:yeah, its definitely not a lesson in moral values and ethics, but comes with a different perspective and again it depends on the individual's taste. I liked scenic Australia, my hubby is a fan of Priety Zinta and we enjoyed it.

Raju said...

Nice review.. Enjoyed the part till they she conceives.. After that, it was too loud and jarring.. esp. the climax... wuff.. horrible..