Anil C Menon's 'London Bridge' suffers from a repetitiveness that arises out of a triangular love tale that has nothing new on offer. With the three love poles all set, the film sets off on a highly recognizable journey down love lane, with slumber and tedium in tow.
Vijay Das (Prithviraj), a promising entrepreneur who has taken the London business scene by storm is spotted by biz baron Nambiar (Prathap Pothen) who asks if the young man would accept his daughter Pavithra's (Andrea Jeremiah) hand. Vijay readily accepts, despite Pavithra seeming like an oddball.
Destiny however has other plans in store for Vijay, who comes across a nurse Merin (Nandita Raj) who has just landed in London, on her first assignment. He finds himself falling for the charms of the innocent girl, and soon realizes that he has to make the most important choice of his life.
Jinu Abraham, who had impressed with the masterly script in 'Masters' has chosen to move about on familiar territory this time around. 'London Bridge' is a simple love tale, and at times it looks a bit too simple one, at that.
The plot is as uncomplicated as it gets, and there are no surprises lying around. The twists and the turns remains minimal as well, and as the film traverses along a much trudged along path, you expect some revelation to lie in wait, at the climax. However, nothing of the sort happens either.
There are a few glitches here and there, that become too obvious. Like for instance, there is this scene in which Prithviraj goes to meet Pavithra in a swanky red car, but when he is driving back home, he is seen driving a black Range Rover! Not sure, if he stopped by at a showroom to switch cars.
Despite the visual splendor that is on show, the thoughts in 'London Bridge' lie vagrantly scattered, and the clumsiness comes through, courtesy the dialogues that often are riddled with formulae galore.
In these days of fierce experimentation, anything that is middling is discarded with such vehement disregard, that only the most imaginative of the lot manage to survive in the cinematic jungle out there. 'London Bridge' however, does not make it to this survivor list.
Prithviraj does look every bit the man who is torn between two women, but at times, he looks terribly bored. The two women appeal on account of different reasons - Andrea delivers a confident feat, while Nandita looks as pretty as a pie. Sunil Sukhada is an actor who has impressed in almost all films, but in 'London Bridge' he looks out of place.
Jithu Damodar's camera has captured London in all its glory, and the city looks the perfect haven for a romance to bloom. Rahul Raj has composed a peppy score while Sreevalsan Menon has come up with an enchanting number that goes 'Ennum Ninne...' which has turned out to be my favorite pick from the lot.
Sadly, the film lives up to the rhyme that had made its title renowned all over the world.
"London Bridge is falling down,
Falling down, falling down."