No go, folks.
You can skip London Dreams, according to Indian movie critics who have thrashed the movie (featuring Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn and the Mallu midget Asin).
Here are some galling excerpts from the reviews of a sample of Indian critics:
London Dreams is a frustratingly dim-witted drama about artistic passion, friendship and insecurity. The script, written by Suresh Nair, has the complexity of a cartoon . Moments of high drama are undermined by sheer silliness.
….Most of us donâ€™t watch Hindi films for their verisimilitude but honestly, how much disbelief can a viewer suspend.
The biggest problem with London Dreams is that in a film about music and its lessons in humility, the most crucial musical moments are handled amateurishly, which makes it all look unconvincing.
The band’s spectacular rise is as hurried and implausible as Devgn’s growing up in an alien country on his own by playing flute at street corners.
* Reuters India:
The film is replete with sweeping scenes of rock concerts and is shot all over Europe. Shah tries to lend an epic, grand feel to his film, but is not supported either by the script or the performances. The music also doesnâ€™t stay with you.
Ajay Devgn tries hard to make his character work, but doesnâ€™t fit naturally into the role of a rock star as the protagonists of â€˜Rock Onâ€™ did.
Considering that music (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy) is a predominant theme, the soundtrack is unexciting. The film is further hampered by poor sound (the concert feel is missing), average cinematography, and inexplicable costuming. It is also difficult to imagine the over-40 Devgn and Khan as rock stars. There are too many missing dimensions to the storyline, and Shah falters in developing situations and characters details even within 2 hours 30 minutes.
The filmâ€™s first half is dreary and repetitive ….Dialogues are unimaginative ….The film revolves around Arjun, and in effect music. But it is this aspect that sorely disappoints. Songs by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy are strictly average and youâ€™re not moved even once as the characters perform one song after the other on stage. The choreography is also uninspired.
London Dreams, directed by Vipul Shah, is a frustratingly foolish film about foolish people….Vipul Shah’s latest is a clunky melodrama that’s as loosely directed as it is scripted….For its dim-witted writing and sloppy direction, London Dreams is ultimately a tiresome watch.
Sorry but as a film it is a head-clangier, lengthier than your lengthiest yawn, and totally destroyed by a story-script which is about as convincing as a technicolour zebra. Honest!
Sure, some of the critics may also have found one or two nice things to say about London Dreams but overall they are definitely not pleased with the movie.
Stay at home, folks. Don’t waste your time and money.