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Salaam Namaste

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Product Description

Set in Australia, a Radio Presenter decides to interview a Head Chef as part of her 'Indians living in Melbourne' programme. Unfortunately, he doesn't turn up. Despite feeling that this man deserves to learn a few lessons in life, she meets up with him at a beach wedding and they are instantly attracted. They fall in love and decide to live together but is their relationship as perfect as they thought?


Its one of my personal favourites. A movie cannot get cooler than this! Its the best romantic comedy I ve watched so far. The best thing about "Salaam namaste" is Saif. He is the most versatile actorwe have in bollywood. He has grown a lot as an actor. On one hand, he gets accolades froms critics and masses for performances in movies like Omkara, Being Cyrus, Ek hasina thi and on the other, he does complete justice to light-hearted movies like Hum tum, Kal ho naa ho and Salaam namaste. His comic timing is superb. Saif as "Nick" is the coolest thing to happen in bollywood. no other actor could play this role the way he did. it was tailor-made for him. Preity Zinta does a decent job here, after playing a completely opposite character in Veer-Zaara. Arshad is another actor to watch out for. His comic-timing is naturally charming. The director, Siddharth Raaj Anand shows a lot of promise. Looking forward to watch "Tara rum pum". more hit from the Yash Raj banner!

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Product Details

  • Actors: Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan, Arshad Varsi
  • Directors: Siddarth Anand
  • Producers: Yashraj Films
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Hindi
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: Yashraj Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2005
  • Run Time: 152 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I0RV90
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,569 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. R. on December 26, 2008
Format: DVD
Set amidst the picturesque cityscape of Australia, 'Salaam Namaste' is the story of two displaced Indian young people (Saif Ali Khan and Preity Zinta) who meet and suddenly decide to live together. If that premise seems like I am leaving something out, rest assured that is not the case. In typical Bollywood fashion, the two leads detest each other initially only to end up together. But instead of having them do so at the end of the film, the writers chose to have them profess their love and live together after only a couple of days of having known one another. How could that possibly go wrong? This is part of the underlying problem with the film. In trying to avoid many of the conventional Bollywood cliches, the film-makers instead set up over the top situations for the leads that lack any logic or sense. 'Salaam Namaste' also seems to try too hard to have a little bit of everything. It is filled with slapstick comedy and romance that is quickly interrupted with deep rooted conversations about abortion and the definition of life when Preity turns up pregnant. As one can imagine, this feels very awkward and out of place considering everything that surrounds it. The movie only gets increasingly nonsensical as the story unfolds. Without giving too much away for those who might want to watch this, there are situations that develop that feel as though they were lifted right out of a Three's Company episode with Jack Tripper being put in compromising situations that are then misunderstood.Read more ›
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 25, 2006
Format: DVD
This film is so good, and it came so close to greatness!

The story is developed beautifully, showing how Nick (Saif) and Ambar (Preity) almost fall in love, almost learn to hate each other, then realize what they have nearly lost. The film is beautifully photographed, the music is first-class and the acting is wonderful.

So, why only four stars? Someone decided that there should be some "comedy" in the film. I thought the silly, idiot-in-authority role was starting to disappear from the best Hindi films, but here we get not one but three (radio station manager, landlord and doctor). And the last one makes his appearance just at the time when the plot should be winding up and everyone in the theater should be wiping tears of joy from their cheeks.

We did not laugh at this, but rather got angry because we had been deceived. The climactic scene was so carefully prepared and the audience so ready, and then in comes this idiot with his slapstick routine and undoes everything the film had worked so hard to accomplish.

If the writer and director had resisted this temptation, or at least left it out of the final scenes, I would have called this a truly great film. As it is, it's a good film ruined by a very bad judgement about the end.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 13, 2007
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SALAAM NAMASTE tells the romance of Nick and Ambar, two young, independent Indians living abroad in Melbourne, Australia. And it doesn't start out well for them. Nikhil "Nick" Arora (Saif Ali Khan) is an architect and also the head chef at the restaurant Nick of Time. Ambar Malhotra (Preity Zinta) is a medical student and, to help pay her bills, she also moonlights as a radio jockey at Melbourne's local Indian radio station, Salaam Namaste (101.5FM). Nick is a chronic oversleeper and wakes up one day very late for his radio interview with Ambar. Ambar is furious and begins to put down Nick and his restaurant on air. This leads to a heated, insult-heavy phone conversation which is broadcasted on Salaam Namaste.

Later that day, at a wedding, Nick and Ambar meet in person for the very first time, but she doesn't know that he's that "Nick" and he, that she's that "Ambar." They find out soon enough, but the spark's been lit. However, they aren't sure if this spark is truly love and they want a chance to get to know each other, so, what do they do? Naturally, they end up living together.

Their cohabitation gives rise to revelations about each other. Ambar, it turns out, loves pizza, doesn't want to marry, yet loves children. Nick is a neat freak and is afraid of hospitals, doctors, and the sight of blood. And he doesn't like kids, dismissing them as "irritating bloody creatures." So imagine his reaction when Ambar gets pregnant.

This is a fun, fun romantic comedy, packed with many genuine laughs. The film follows the Bollywood formula of being breezy and slapsticky in the first half, and more somber and melodramatic after intermission, replete with many shouting matches between Nick and Ambar.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lyn on January 4, 2009
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This isn't the best Bollywood I've seen. Both lead actors do well as they usually do- though a little less 'cute' from Preity would have improved this more.
It is an often serious attempt to look at issues of commitment in a way you don't usually see in Bollywood. There is living together, the shadow of an abortion question etc - even some 'almost bedroom scenes' when the protagonists aren't married. There are the usual unlikely Bollywood elements that I'm happy to live with. I agree with other reviewers who felt the comedy could have been omitted. There is an uncomfortable discordancy in the 2 comic foci - a 'Crocodile Dundee wanna-be Indian' and Abhishek in a cameo role playing over the top slapstick (which he does well but this wasn't the movie to do it in).
The music wasn't that memorable nor the minimal dance scenes. This is more a movie focused on the leads and their dilemmas and their solid acting saves it from mediocrity.
I live in Melbourne, where it was filmed. and appreciate the cinematography that bought a lot of beauty out of the city and its nearby coast and forecasts.
This movie didn't quite hit the high spots for me but they did a reasonable job short of that.
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