New York (2009) *HQ*

When a hardcore commercial flick gets a standing ovation and a huge round of applause at the end of the show, you know that there is something definitely right that the director has done.In this regard, Kabir Khan can take a bow because he has done exceedingly well in making a film that is not frivolous, has a message and still carries enough commercial ingredients to reach out to masses as well as classes.His “New York” is a gripping dramatic thriller that has all the trappings to finally end the drought that Bollywood has been facing for an entire year so far.

Cast: John Abraham, Katrina Kaif, Neil Nitin Mukesh

Sameer (John Abraham), Maya (Katrina Kaif) and Omar (Neil Nitin Mukesh) are close friends studying together at the New York State University. Maya who loves Sameer is unaware of the feelings Omar harbours for her. When she does realise this, it is too late. The Towers have fallen and Omar has decided to move out of their lives.Years later, Omar is forced to return to them when he is falsely implicated in an arms case. Roshan (Irrfan Khan) strikes a deal with him and gets him to spy on Sameer, a suspected terrorist.

After settling into their house, Omar hints at taking the extreme step hoping that something might trigger a reaction from Sameer. Finally, when he does Sameer asks him to leave.Glad that he’d proven the FBI wrong, Omar is ready to pack his bags when he sees a side of his best friend he hadn’t seen before.

Thematically, New York is closer to Khuda Kay Liye, the Pakistani film that dealt with the torture terror suspects had to undergo in the US. However the similarity between the two movies ends there.In fact, it wouldn’t be entirely incorrect to say New York takes the story forward… only in a much slicker fashion, packaged in a glamorous Bollywood box, complete with songs and a love triangle.Indeed, Kabir Khan has a good story to tell and narrates it quite effectively. However, he often resorts to clichés especially in cinematography and the plot.

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