Ambar (Preity) and Nikhil (Saif) meet cute at a wedding Nikhil-the-chef is catering wherein Ambar is a bridesmaid. Ambar is an ambitious, responsible woman who's holding down a job as a DJ at a Melbourne radio station while studying to become a surgeon. Nikhil is, well, a really good chef. Also hot. His lifetime ambition is to own his own restaurant.
Meanwhile, he's working at someone else's restaurant and catering on the side. He's supposed to do an interview with Ambar on her show to promote his boss' restaurant but sleeps in instead. Ambar, pissed, decides to give him what-for in the very public forum her radio spot provides. After denigrating him on-air for what seems like forever (I kept on wanting to phone into the show and ask, "What, is fifteen minutes that important to you, Miss Anal?") their paths cross at the wedding.
Ambar's dil goes mmm while Nick plots how to get into her pants.
Yep, that's Nick. Takes his girlfriend to get an abortion and waits in the car.Salaam Namaste is noteworthy because it was the first Bollywood film shot entirely out of India--in Melbourne, to be exact. It's about two NRI's who are far away from their families and act accordingly--also unusual. The production values are high and Saif and Preity do a good job playing the characters they're given. It does owe something to the Hugh Grant movie Nine Months but, unlike that movie, it shows the development of the characters' relationship and their love for each other, thus giving the viewer more of an emotional investment in the outcome. Aaaand those're about the only positive things I have to say about it.
I think my biggest complaint is the way the movie wraps up. After all the heartfelt anguish of the second half, there's a slapstick stupid final sequence that is totally jarring and utterly unconvincing. Oh, yeah, Abhishek Bachchan does a cameo. Wheee. No, I'm just kidding, I like Abhi but his role is stupid. Stupid.
So. Salaam Namaste. Worth about a tenth of the price of admission. But, hey, that's just my opinion--it was a big hit both in India and overseas so apparently there's something I'm missing. Besides a decent hero. The best parts are the make-out scenes, which you can watch right here: