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What is the film about? The film, set in Australia, is about two lively youngsters, both away from home. Ambar, played by Preity Zinta, has ran away from her family, who currently is back in India. She was being forced into marriage by her parents. She finds this unacceptable so moves to Australia to study medicine. Funds are low and she needs money, so what better way than working at a radiop station. Ambar works at the Salaam Namaste Radio Station. It is listened to by almost every asian living in Australia. With heaps of music and gossip, who can resist listening to Salaam Namaste? On the other hand, Nikhil Arora (played by Saif Ali Khan), is also back from India. His father is an architect working in his own firm, he always wanted NIck to join the family business, but Nick, who was a very strange boy in his childhood, loves to cook - so he decides to escape from India and come to Australia to open his own restaurant specialising in Indian Cuisines.
It all starts
from here, this where the film and adventure of Salaam Namaste begins. Ambar, is supposed to interview Nick at her radion station, but like always, Nick wakes up late. Ambar ont he other hand, cannot be bothered, she just tells the listeners that Nikhil Arora doesn't care about anyone. He is a selfish shit bag! She tells everyone to stop going to his restaurant, as they might order a meal at breakfast time and get it during tea time. Bad mouthing him, like she doesn't care, she moves on with her life. Nick hearing this on the radio goes crazy! After hearing the ever-popular, Salaam Namaste Radio station, all listeners, stop going to Nick's restaurant. Nick goes furious, and demands for Ambar to apologise on the radio, she also insists that he apologises to her on radio.
As this continues, they both accidentally meet each other at a friends wedding. Both are unaware of who the other is. This is until secrets are revealed and they both get shocked. After realising who the other one is both are gobsmacked and depart their own ways. Nick finally apologises and decides to come to the radio station. There in the middle of his interview he tells Ambar that he loves her. This is a very funny situation as nearly half the population of Australia is listening to the radio station. Ambar insists that Nock has gone mad, but after a while they get together. They buy a new house and live there, each in there own bedroom, and see how life will be like.
Life is perfect, all fun and games, until one day Ambar realises that she is pregnant. Both are confused as they had used contraception, but like in all movies, fate plays a cruel game. Nick is desperate to get rid of the baby, he does not want to be a father, whilst on the other hand Ambar does not want to kill the baby. This is where the conflict begins.
Here we see a modern couple who argue throughout the film, in all situations. Both completely mad at eachother and going berserk over small situations, this is the perfect film to watch if you need to cheer yourself up. Although it is emotionally distressing to watch a woman go through this, I bet most of us have seen this type of stuff on british television. The movie is very funny, with Ambar having cravings for Dark Belgian Nut and Chocolate Ice-cream in the middle of the night. It is a hilariuos movie and I am 100% certain that you will love it. You have to watch it to find out what happens in the end.
The story of the film is completely original, when compared to other Indian/Bollywood movies, so its a wise watch.
The film is action packed, full of sad and hilarious moments, i would reccomend that children do not see this movie as "funny so called swearing" is used, and they show mothers giving birth, (not the best scene in the world). Overall the film is a 10 out of 10! And anyone who hates it, I'm challenging you to write a review!
I purchsed this film from abroad, It can be purcahsed from the amazon website. Please visit www.amazon.com for more details. Prices start at around £8.97.
Production Year: 2006 - Drama - Director: Deepa Mehta - Original Language: Chinese\Mandarin - Classification: 12 years and over - Starring: Lisa Ray, Seema Biswas, Rishma Malik, Kalbushan Kharbadna, Waheeda Rehman