The three metropolitan cities - London, Paris and New York - form the backdrop for an unlikely couple, an easy going Nikhil Chopra(Ali Zafar) and an intelligent Lalitha Krishnan(Aditi Rao Hydari), during their relationship from 2005 to present time. Anu Menon directs this enjoyable movie which is refreshingly different from anything that is churned out in the recent past under this genre.
Anu Menon's movie works because of the witty dialogues and novel casting though it reminds you of "Ethan Hawke"-"Julie Delpy" starrer "Before Sunset" during the initial segment. The two protagonists meet in three different cities during three different phases of their life and also relationship. The story then moves forward using their conversation. In order to make the proceeding interesting, the viewer should connect with the conversation. This is accomplished by lacing humour in the dialogues. When the two protagonists are of diametrically opposite personalities, the humour is more pronounced.
Ali Zafar and Aditi Rao Hydari are no Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. At the same time, they do not come with excess baggage as both of them have not acted in a lot of films before this. So the casting is innovative. The viewer doesn't have any expectations regarding the lead actors and you are in a for a pleasant surprise. The two young actors glue us to our seats.
On the flip side, there are unwanted songs which actually slows down the movie even though the movie is not very long. The three cities does not blend effectively into the movie. The intentions are good. But if you have never been to these cities, you will not know the significance of the locations. Moreover, the photography gives you the impression of a shoe-string budget as most of the shots look tricky as if trying not to look cheap.
All said and done, it is a breath of fresh air. I strongly recommend this movie for only one reason. If we do not encourage the good ones (or the good efforts), no one will. Go for it. You will not be disappointed. Beware this is not suitable for kids.