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I Love NY : Movie Review

Cast: Sunny Deol, Kangana Ranaut, Prem Chopra

Direction: Vinay Sapru and Radhika Rao

Genre: Romance

NY stands for New York and New Year. We get it, this film is about spending NY in NY. But what we don't get is how it manages to drag on for 136 minutes with a one-line-script. Bordering on experimental theatre, it plays out in real time, laboriously building every scene with repetitive dialogue. Staring into the popcorn machine during the interval is surely more entertaining than what's on the screen.

I Love NY poster

The film begins in Chicago, where Randhir Singh (Sunny Deol) is pep-talking himself to propose to his lady love Riya (Tannishtha Chatterjee). "You can do eeet!" he says to himself. But the fateful evening when he's about to pop the question, happens to be December 31, when he ritually meets his friends at the health club.Following an inebriated evening with friends, a fantastic accident finds him in New York, where he meets Tikku Verma (Kangana Ranaut). A hopelessly-in-love-20something, Tikku is scripting her own proposal to Ishaan (Navin Chowdhary). Even if it's not obvious where this supposed comedyof-errors is headed, it's not worth finding out.

While it's good to notice that Sunny Deol's face hasn't aged a day beyond 35 (he's actually 57), it's upsetting to see that his performance hasn't either. Kangana is her chirpy, squeaky self and since this film was shot before Queen, she lacks the stride of the confident actor she is now. Tannishtha Chatterjee possibly agreed to this cameo as she happened to be in NY and had nothing better to do.

Sunny Deol with Kangana Ranaut in I Love NY

The production even cheats by trying to push off Thailand as US in a couple of scenes. The Thai `exit' sign at the airport and the Thai ads in the Metro call them out. While the film was mostly shot in New York and there's a montage towards the end ticking off all the touristy staples, 90 per cent of the scenes are indoors. This makes it even less lucrative for those who hoped this film would let them stroll through the Big Apple. If you plan to catch this, happy hangover to you too.


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