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SALAAM NAMASTE

Director: SIDDHARTH RAJ ANAND

INDIA| 2005. SUBTITLED. COLOUR. ANAMORPHIC. DOLBY DIGITAL STEREO. 157 MIN.


In 2006 Bollywood will enjoy regular screenings (the first weekend of every month) at the IFI with Yash Raj’s Salaam Namaste, which combines a comedy about Indians Down Under with a drama about a yuppie facing up to fatherhood. Bright young leading man Saif Ali Khan plays Nikhil Arora, a failed architecture student turned chef who’s a minor celebrity in Melbourne.
Preity Zinta, the most substantial actress among the younger Bollywood crop, is Ambar Malhotra, a medical student from Bangalore who moonlights at a local radio station named ‘Salaam Namaste’. In typical romantic-comedy style, the two self-obsessed leads get off on the wrong foot, but eventually she agrees to his proposal that they take a beach house together for a year to see if they’re really compatible. The couple’s relationship comes under threat when Ambar becomes pregnant, but the film never reverts to high melodrama thanks to the excellent performances and clever direction by first-timer Siddharth Raj Anand.

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