New York - Movie Review

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New York is the best Yash Raj movie after Chak De India. There were theories that New York is a movie that has come way too late, considering it is based on 9/11. But more than dealing on 9/11 attacks, it is about how South East Asians were detained and treated like animals by the Bush government. One such person is Sameer (John Abraham). Read on to know more about New York movie review.

Omar (Neil Nitin Mukesh) is arrested by the FBI as a set-up. The whole deal is that the FBI officer Roshan (Irrfan Khan) wants Omar to work as an undercover secret agent and infiltrate the life of his friends Sameer (John) and Maya (Katrina) who were his friends 8 years back. Roshan has an inkling that Sameer is running a sleeper terrorism cell and wants him caught red-handed. Omar agrees on the condition that there would be no harm done to Sameer.

The trio, Maya, Sameer and Omar were college friends and Omar used to secretly love Maya but the latter was interested in Sameer. When Omar came to know about this, he discreetly backed out of their lives and decided not to interfere in their married life, till the FBI made him enter the lives of the couple. Omar is exposed to a lot of things in Sameer's life that make him confused about whether he should really spy on his friend or back out of the plan laid by the FBI.

Plus points of New York:
1. Well-researched film. Full marks to director Kabir Khan and his team for coming up with an interesting subject. He proved that he was quality material with Kabul Express and New York is yet another confirmation.
2. Adherence to the subject at hand: New York does not deviate from its plot and keeps going steady. The pace of the movie is good and the performances are commendable.

Minus points of New York:
1 The movie may not catch the fancy of the masses. At the cost of authenticity, New York may lose vernacular audience. The movie touches some crucial points and the dialogues are delivered in English. In fact, 40 percent of the movie is English. So, New York a movie with a universal theme may come across as a niche subject that may be patronized by multiplex crowd.

2. The movie is similar to Fanaa, Don-The Chase Begins and Jannat in some areas. Though they are not intended, you may experience a feeling of Deja vu while seeing New York.

3. The climax is a bit skewed and though there can be 'n' number of ways at how the movie could have ended, what is shown may not be agreeable to viewers. Also, Neil Nitin Mukesh does not say 'the right urgent things' to John Abraham at the climax and his lines sound filmy and corny at the end.

Best scenes of New York:
New York had some amazing scenes that are worth applauding:
1. The frisking scene of Katrina Kaif by a cop at wee hours of midnight
2. Irrfan Khan's talk about why America is and always be the land of opportunities. He tells why inspite of being a Muslim, the US has looked at his credentials and given him the job to check on sleeper terrorist activities which were run by muslims.
3. The end credits which show information on how Asians were subjected to illegal detention after 9/11-really leaves an impact.
4. The gory detention scenes really make you cringe.

Performances in new York:
John Abraham after a long time, has come up with a very good performance, perhaps his best after Jism. He is totally in his element and plays his role very well. Katrina Kaif too has got a meaty role to chew on, and she does a very good job at it. Watch Katrina Kaif emote during the preclimax and climax scenes...she is superb. Neil Nitin Mukesh pulls on a superbly restrained performance. The pick of the lot is Irrfan Khan, a flawless performance. He manages to dominate almost all the scenes where he features, and that too effortlessly.

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This article was published on 2010/03/31