Namastey London

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Namastey London
Theatrical release poster
Directed byVipul Amrutlal Shah
Screenplay bySuresh Nair
Story bySuresh Nair
Dialogue by
Produced byVipul Amrutlal Shah
CinematographyJonathan Bloom
Dariusz Wolski
Edited byAmitabh Shukla
Music bySongs:
Himesh Reshammiya
Background score:
Distributed byAdlabs Films
Blockbuster Movie Entertainers
Eros International
Release date
  • 23 March 2007 (2007-03-23)
Running time
128 minutes
United Kingdom
Budget210 million[1]
Box office714 million[1]

Namastey London (transl. Greetings London) is a 2007 Indian romance film, directed and produced by Vipul Amrutlal Shah, starring Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif in lead roles. It also stars Rishi Kapoor, Nina Wadia, Javed Sheikh, Upen Patel and Clive Standen in supporting roles. The film is originally based on a real life story of Kumar's friend. Riteish Deshmukh appears in a cameo role in the film.

Namastey London released on 23 March 2007 and it received positive reviews from for its direction, screenplay, soundtrack and particularly Akshay Kumar's performance was highly acclaimed. It was also a box office success, earning 71.40 crore worldwide, thus becoming the third-highest grossing Hindi film of 2007.[2] The success of the film ended a long dry spell of box office failures since the release of Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love which released on January 2007.

At the 53rd Filmfare Awards, Namastey London received 1 nomination – Best Actor (Kumar).[3]

Several critics noted similarities between the film and Manoj Kumar's Purab Aur Paschim (1970),[4][5] though the director denied it being a remake.[6][7][8]


Indian-born Manmohan Malhotra (Rishi Kapoor) re-located to London, England, established himself, returned to India, married Bebo (Nina Wadia), and after four years got a visa for her so that she could live with him. Shortly thereafter, she gave birth to Jasmeet (Katrina Kaif). Manmohan was always embarrassed by Bebo as she was overweight and could not speak English. As a result, he always left her out of important occasions, while he socialised. Bebo did not want Jasmeet to end up like her, so she got her educated in an English school, encouraged her to mingle with British friends, and Jasmeet was transformed into Jazz – a beautiful young woman, modern in looks, talk, habits, and heart.

Her father had set her to meet a young lad, Bobby Bedi (Ritesh Deshmukh), though the date turns out to be a disaster and Bobby rejects her. Manmohan thinks that it is impossible to get him an Indian son-in-law, although his British Pakistani friend, Parvez Khan (Javed Sheikh), is in a similar situation with his son, Imran (Upen Patel), who has an Indophobic girlfriend, Susan (Cathy Barry). Manmohan takes his family for a tour in India and forces Jasmeet to marry Arjun Singh (Akshay Kumar) who does not know how to speak English.

On their return to London, Jasmeet announces that she will marry an English man named Charlie Brown (Clive Standen), who is well educated and has good friends and connections, even with Jimmy Savile. She refuses to recognise her marriage to Arjun as there is no legal proof of the wedding. When Jasmeet is introduced to the friends of the Brown family, she is subjected to considerable abuse (Eve teasings, Indian rope tricks, Jai Shri Ram) as well as a quote from Winston Churchill: 'When we leave India, the country will be in the hands of goons'. Arjun then tells the gentleman about the achievements of India which includes about the derivation of English words from Sanskrit like 'Mother', 'Brother' , 'Trignometry' and 'Geometry'. During this period, Jazz becomes close with Arjun who still supports her. Charlie Brown then has a rugby match against the Indians/Pakistanis and Arjun, with the Desis emerging triumphant and Brown is verbally abusive towards them. Imran is then asked by Susan's parents to leave Islam, become a Christian, change his name to Emmanuel or Ian, as well as provide written proof that his family is not associated with terrorists. The film ends on a happy note when Imran decides not to be a Christian and Susan is accepted by Imran's family; Jazz realises that Arjun lied to her about not knowing English and runs away from her wedding to Charlie Brown, and goes with Arjun back to India where they are seen riding Arjun's motorcycle. While they are on the motorcycle Arjun reveals that all along he knew how to speak English, and that he had already dropped the clue when he got offended at Charlie's uncle's derogatory comments on India. He adds that he lied because he was still an Indian at heart.



Namastey London
Soundtrack album by
Released27 January 2007
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelEros Now
Himesh Reshammiya chronology
Red: The Dark Side
Namastey London
Shakalaka Boom Boom

The soundtrack album was released on 27 January 2007 and received good reviews.[9] The songs were composed by Himesh Reshammiya. Salim–Sulaiman composed the film score. All songs were penned by Javed Akhtar.[10]

1."Chakna Chakna"Himesh Reshammiya5:45
2."Viraaniya"Himesh Reshammiya5:43
3."Main Jahaan Rahoon"Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Krishna Beura6:22
4."Yahi Hota Pyaar"Himesh Reshammiya, Sunidhi Chauhan6:23
5."Rafta Rafta"RDB4:42
6."Annan Faanan"Jayesh Gandhi, Akriti Kakkar6:02
7."Dilruba"Zubeen Garg, Alisha Chinai5:31
8."Maha Kali" (Death Mix)Jon Nödtveidt6:36
9."Aanan Faanan" (Mehfil Mix)Jayesh Gandhi, Akriti Kakkar7:19
10."Chakna Chakna" (Remix)Himesh Reshammiya3:53
11."Dilruba" (Remix)Zubeen Garg, Alisha Chinai5:12
12."Main Jahaan Rahoon (Remix)"Rahat Fateh Ali Khan5:09
13."Yahi Hota Pyaar" (Remix)Himesh Reshammiya, Sunidhi Chauhan4:40
14."Aanan Faanan" (Remix)Jayesh Gandhi, Akriti Kakkar4:57
15."Main Jahaan Rahoon"Rahat Fateh Ali Khan7:07
16."Yahi Hota Pyaar" (Mehfil Mix)Himesh Reshammiya, Sunidhi Chauhan6:36
17."Viraaniyan" (Remix)Himesh Reshammiya4:23
18."Rafta Rafta" (Remix)RDB3:47
Total length:96:47

Release and reception[edit]

Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif on the set of Namastey London

The film was released on 27th March, 2007 worldwide.

Namastey London received positive reviews from critics upon release. Taran Adarsh of wrote, "Namastey London is addictive stuff. You watch it once, you wanna watch it again."[11] Kumar received almost unanimous praise for his portrayal of Arjun Singh, with a critic saying "Kumar certainly leaves his mark throughout the flick. One of the coolest performances of the star."[12] Adarsh said "One of his finest performances so far, Namastey London also marks the coming of age of an actor who was often dubbed as an action hero or a funster. Kumar not only wins the heart of Kaif on-screen, he's sure to win the hearts of millions of moviegoers with a terrific portrayal in this film." On Katrina Kaif's performance he wrote, "she handles the complex part with remarkable ease. The pretty lass is only getting better with every film."[11] Despite the generally favorable reviews, Prachi Singh of Moviewalah panned the film, with a verdict of 2 out of 5 stars.[13]

Box office[edit]

Namastey London opened to a good response and mainly picked up momentum after the second and third day of its release, a major reason being India's exit from the 2007 Cricket World Cup. The film did extremely well in the northern parts of India, especially in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh.[1] It also did well in Mumbai and in the first week of its release collected 73,575,657.[14] The film was also received well in other parts of the country. The success of the film ended a long spell of box office failures since the release of Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love which released on January 2007. The film went on to gross 714,102,500 worldwide,[1] making it one of the top hits of 2007.[15]

The film was also successful overseas. It debuted at number 9 on the UK charts and similarly debuted within the top 20 in the United States and Australian charts. The film collected £238,841 in the first week of its release.[16] As of 27 July 2007, the movie grossed an estimated $15,273,747 in five territories, which included the United States ($4,149,772), Australia ($197,148), India ($17,267,662), Malaysia ($15,285), and the United Kingdom ($9,021,900).[17]

Remake and sequel[edit]

The film was unofficially remade in Bengali as Paran Jai Jaliya Re starring Dev and Subhashree Ganguly. The Kolkata High Court in December 2009 banned the screening of the film for plagiarism after a petition was filed by the film's producers.[18]

In March 2011, Shah had announced a sequel, Namaste England.[19] Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha were initially signed to play the leads in the sequel.[20] Namaste England was released in October 2018 with Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor starring.


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