Had 'abandoned' this review some time back. Thought of completing and posting it today.
Executive summary of the review:
Good movie, hot Preity Zinta, cool Saif Ali Khan, idiotically hilarious Javed Jaffrey, surprisingly different and funny Abhishek Bacchan, PATHETIC music, and two monstrous pre-natal babies.
Full text of the review:
Salaam Namaste has a yummy looking Preity Zinta, she's looking a tad old - but hey what the heck, she's lost weight! One advice though - "Don't show your belly Preity! You look pretty unpretty with that deshaped navel of yours!" Then there's Saif, with Superman knickers and Playboy boxers.
Ambar (Zinta) is an RJ @ Salaam Namaste - an Indian radio channel @ Melbourne. Nick is the chef cum architech who can't get up early in the morning, and Ambar is the modern girl with an attitude. Ambar screws Nick's (Saif) happiness on-air when he doesn't turn up for an early morning live interview. That leads to a lot of kashamkash between the two with the regular ladna-jhagadna, flirting-shirting that ends up with Ambar and Nick living-in together. The rest of the movie is all about the trials and tribulations of a live-in couple with Ambar getting pregnant and Nick not wanting to take the responsibilty. Zinta does another "Kya Kehna" by not aboring the kid - and in the end makes Saif realize what a dork he's been. A happy-happy ending!
Salaam-Namaste treats the subject of an Indian couple living-in together pretty well. Even sex before marriage is shown- that's like social Hara-kiri! And btw - there's one or two nice smooch scenes out there :-)
Javed Jaffrey is a treat! You'll ROFL when he comes on the screen! I've seen nothing like it before. Debonair (and that's a characted in the movie) - Ambar's boss @ Salaam Namaste Radio Station - was overplayed. Could've skipped.
The last few minutes of the movie, where Ambar and another woman are delivering their babies in the same room is a laugh riot with a surprise package - Abhishek Bacchan - YES! I feel the scene was copied from some Hollywood movie - though I couldn't figure out which. Abhishek Bacchan is amazing though!
The movie drags on during the middle - but it's worth a watch. If nothing else Javed Jaffrey will pull you through :-D