Since this is pretty late for a review and you would’ve read many by now, I’m gonna keep this brief.
This is one movie that had awesome potential with an exciting premise of live-in relationships. But it really doesn’t exploit it much.
Don’t get me wrong though. Salaam Namaste is entertaining, has pretty decent performances by Saif, a slimmer Preity, a loud cameo by Javed Jaffery and a very underplayed Arshad Warsi and rocking end-credits.
The pace is tight and the tone pretty light till the Nine Months-inspired climax. It just does not work! I just don’t understand how can you just take the supposedly mature tone of a movie and infuse it with loud slapstick humour for an end. It seemed so forced.
And oh yes! The second half does make for some excruciatingly painful viewing if you have bullshit-allergy. Preity’s pregnant pot-belly is the work of a highly untalented blind potter. And the way she dances to a song makes you wish someone got the director young Siddharth Anand pregnant just so that he would know what it really feels like.
There is a touch of smartness here and there: the breaking of stereotypes with role reversals for example. Saif cries at the movies, cooks, wears pink and all sort of effeminate clothes, likes to keep his place clean while Preity hates to clean up or cook. The ‘Mouna Raagam’ sort of setting where a couple has to share the roof for a year even after the break-up is again a very nice ploy in the script.
But here’s why I was let down:
The movie makes live-in relationships look like a stupid idea.
It makes it look like sex is the first thing they explore.
And worse, it makes it look like protection is of no use really cuz the girl ultimately gets pregnant.
So basically, the film tells you: Guy and a girl move in, they f*** like bunnies apparently … cuz the girl gets pregnant within two months in spite of them using protection. And then they have no choice but to get married. Whoa!
Salaam Namaste is likely to find appreciation in the 18-22 age group. The older adults would find it ridiculously simplistic and dumbed down for a country at the crossroads of social change. Hum Tum was a much better film in the same genre.
Apart from that, it is a good tour of Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road. So now I don’t have to show you guys pics from my video grabs.