London Dreams

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London Dreams
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Vipul Shah
Produced by Vipul Shah
Screenplay by Suresh Nair
Story by
  • Suresh Nair
  • Ritesh Shah
Starring
Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Cinematography Sejal Shah
Edited by Kunal Midtha
Distributed by
  • Headstart Films UK Limited
  • Blockbuster Movie Entertainers
Release date
  • 30 October 2009 (2009-10-30)[1]
Running time
153 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

London Dreams is a 2009 Bollywood musical drama film directed by Vipul Shah. The film features Salman Khan, Ajay Devgan, and Asin in lead roles. It released on 30 October 2009. The music was by the trio of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy with lyrics by Prasoon Joshi.

Plot[edit]

The story revolves around two childhood friends, Arjun (played by Ajay Devgn) and Mannu (played by Salman Khan). When Arjun was 17-years old, he was more focused on becoming a singer but his father disagreed therefore he began praying for his death so he can go to London. The only one who consoled him was his 15-year old friend Mannu. After Arjun's father dies, he finally travels to London with his uncle (Om Puri) whom he later runs away from after arriving.

Arjun, now 35-years old creates a fledgling band with Zoheb and Wasim (Rannvijay Singh and Aditya Roy Kapoor, respectively), two brothers who duped their relatives in Pakistan to travel to London in pursuit of their musical aspirations. He also brings aboard Priya (played by Asin), a music enthusiast from a conservative South Indian family. Back in India, Mannu seduces married women and finds himself in debt with the locals.

After paying his debt, Mannu goes to London to join Arjun's band, but becomes more popular with the crowds. Mannu also flirts with Priya.

The band embarks on a three-city tour spanning Paris, Rome, and Amsterdam where Arjun deceives a naive Mannu into a rollercoaster ride of promiscuous sex and illicit drugs. He tricks him, gets him addicted to drugs, and then gets him arrested in a car full of them. While pretending to help Mannu, Arjun leaks the drug story to the press. As the three-city tour concludes, the band heads to London to perform at Wembley Stadium in front of an audience estimated at 90,000 (which is of significance since, earlier in the movie, the viewer is told that Arjun's grandfather had failed before a similar audience). Knowing how important this is for Arjun, Mannu tries to give up drugs. But Arjun decides that his success and Mannu's total failure are related. He pays a girl to pretend to have oral sex with Mannu, which makes Priya break up with Mannu. In this fragile state, Zoheb pushes Mannu toward drugs again so that he can't come on stage.

In the moments leading up to the stage entrance, Mannu comes to senses and chooses the righteous path and runs to support his mate. But Arjun, who has become incensed with the crowd chanting Mannu's name, confesses his envy of Mannu's talent and what he did to finish Mannu off. The audience boos Arjun, the band breaks up and a sad Mannu goes back to his village.

Arjun's uncle advises him to apologize to Mannu. Then it is revealed that after knowing the truth Priya and Mannu reconcile. Also, she marries Mannu and lives with him in his village. In the village, however, Mannu tells him not to apologize saying that it was his fault that he didn't see Arjun's sorrow and Priya also pardons Arjun for his wrong deeds. They get back together and London Dreams becomes a successful band again.

Cast[edit]

Actor Character
Salman Khan as Manjeet "Mannu" Khosla
Ajay Devgn as Arjun
Asin as Priya
Rannvijay Singh as Zoheb Khan
Aditya Roy Kapur as Wasim Khan
Om Puri as Arjun's uncle

Production[edit]

Priyanka Chopra was the original choice for the lead actress role. However, Salman Khan forced the director to remove her from the film. He had earlier removed Chopra from the Shah's Namastey London in 2007.[2]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

London Dreams received mixed to negative reviews from critics. Taran Adarsh praised the performance of the principal cast, while criticizing the climax.[3] Rajeev Masand gave a scathing review of the movie, describing it as a "frustratingly foolish film about foolish people."[4] Chandrima Pal of Rediff criticized the background music of the movie, while praising the dialogues, as well as Ajay Devgan's performance.[5] Noyon Jyoti Parasara of AOL said "The last twenty minutes of ‘London Dreams’ take away half its spirit."[6]

Soundtrack[edit]

The song style is generally rock inspired to match the motifs in the movie.

No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "Barso Yaaron" Vishal Dadlani, Roop Kumar Rathod 05:48
2. "Man Ko Ati Bhavey Saiyaan" Shankar Mahadevan 05:14
3. "Tapke Masti" Feroz Khan 04:29
4. "Khanabadosh" K.Mohan 04:41
5. "Khwab" Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shankar Mahadevan 06:15
6. "Yaari Bina" Roop Kumar Rathod, Milind Diwadkar 04:32
7. "Jashn Hai Jeet Ka" Abhijeet Ghoshal 04:11
8. "Shola Shola" Zubeen Garg 05:31
9. "Khanabadosh" (Remix) K.Mohan 05:00
10. "Man Ko Ati Bhavey Saiyaan" (Remix) Shankar Mahadevan 05:30
11. "Tapke Masti" (Remix) Feroz Khan 04:20

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