New York

Trailers were impressive.

Cast was good.
Director Kabir Khan was credible (after the thoroughly enjoyable Kabul Express).
Written by Aditya Chopra (of DDLJ and RNBDJ fame)
Produced by Yash Raj Films
Music by Pritam

A very imaginative plot and storyline add to it. With all of this I expected an absolutely enjoyable thriller.

New York is the tale of 3 friends over a 9 year period. This period has its first 2 years prior to 9/11. The tale begins with Omar (Neil Nitin Mukesh) being interrogated by FBI Agent Roshan (Irrfan Khan) for his alleged terrorist links. The interrogation sets off a series of flashbacks where Omar reveals his days in the US of A from the first time he set foot in New York State University. He recounts his tale of meeting Maya (Katrina Kaif) and Samir (John Abraham). This leads you off into all those goody goody times that Yash Raj films are good at depicting with some good tunes by Pritam. The predictable then happens with Omar falling for Maya and Maya being in love with Sam. Then 9/11 happens and Omar chooses the time to go away.

The 9/11 and its aftermath has an effect on all their lives and the rest of the movie tries and highlights all of that. The attempt being made with this tale is that in tough times, tough measures and innocents pushed too far can backfire on a system. The tale also attempts to highlight the trauma and stigma that Muslims had to face post 9/11. It leads to a climax with decisions to be taken, decisions whether to put friendship above emotion, emotion above country etc etc.

While the film has its moments of entertainment, where it finally loses out is that it does not make you feel what they are attempting to make you feel. The scenes of torture and confinement may disturb you and in some case may anger you but what the film fails to do is make you feel the shame and the anger that the Muslim community felt as innocent victims of the 9/11 aftermath. So while the tale has its logic, it lacks the soul. It lacks the raw power to make you travel into the shoes of its characters. In the end, it becomes far too predictable and the characters end up becoming caricatures. The flaw possibly lies with the film's 2nd half. The first half entertains you and maybe even intrigues you but thereafter it largely becomes predictable.

It is indeed commendable for an attempt at this kind of storytelling, where entertainment is done with a purpose. That effort alone is worth it for a reason to watch this movie. Neil Nitin Mukesh puts in a stellar performance. Irrfan Khan does his usual stuff which is above average. John Abrham has been trying his best to act and frankly he has certain limitations with standard set of 4 expressions. Katrina looks ravishing and possibly puts in one of her best performances till date. I must add though that there are tons of technical flaws in the entire FBI and the action sequences. Possibly not enough research or not good enough consultants used to bring in authenticity to the background.

All in all, is it worth watching? Answer is maybe. You decide!
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Roshmi Sinha June 27, 2009 at 10:33 PM  

John.. I thought was an one expression wonder!

Will give this a miss... for sure.

Ved June 28, 2009 at 12:31 AM  

well...actually he tries hard and appears sincere but acting is not his natural talent, so with effort he is able to take one expression and adapt it to four

Roshmi Sinha June 28, 2009 at 1:25 AM  

Ha! Ha! Very well put... !

Electronicx Whizkid June 28, 2009 at 4:18 AM  

After a good drought of movies due to multiplexes and producers standoff and a few stale stuff releases...Newyork is absorbing tale.
Made with an excellent storyline, stand out characters, which I guess is the best for all of than in their careers other than Irfan, and a thrilling end...itis full paisa vasool...Kabul express had a documentry look and feel, so probably kabir khan tried to make it more commercially viable by adding a few elements which work for hindi cinegoers like element..which can make it a paisa vasool for Yashraj

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Simply Ridiculous June 30, 2009 at 6:56 PM  

Yes it is worth watching!! A good movie after a long long long time!!

Ved July 2, 2009 at 10:41 AM  

I think the drought of movies at the cinemas has made a lot of people rave over this medicore movie

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