New York Hindi Movie
After the well-made Kabul Express that didn't click at the box-office, mainly due to lack of entertainment value, director Kabir Khan and Aditya Chopra come together once again with New York.
Set against the backdrop of a city often described as the centre of the world, New York is about three friends - Sam (John Abraham) Maya (Katrina Kaif) and Omar (Neil Nitin Mukesh) who meet at the New York University. The three bond and soon became great friends, but a larger than life incident changes their lives forever. An FBI undercover agent Roshan (Irrfan Khan) sets the race on a high pace and the three face a series of tumultuous events that turn their lives into a dangerous and thrilling roller coaster ride.
Kabir Khan deserves credit for directing New York with such dexterity and precision. There's no denying that, finally after a long time, probably the first time in 2009, a movie can be termed as a must-watch. The first half is good, the initial few reels are fun-filled, the characters are established pretty quickly and the pace is good . The well narrated first half is followed by an equally fascinating and enthralling second, there sure is a dip in pace post-interval and a few unnecessary sequences could have been edited out, but then no movie is completely flawless.
New York is packed with some great moments throughout; The painful flash back at the detention center narrated by Sam (John Abraham) sends a shiver down your spine. Also the whole frisking episode of Katrina Kaif by a cop, on the road, late night and the sequences that follow is shot brilliantly.
The climax though, could have been better. But that certainly doesn't ruin the New York experience as the film lingers in your mind long after the credits role. Cinematography is first-rate and so is the editing. Music is easy on the ears; Hai Junoon and Mere Sang are great.
New York works well also because of the power packed performances by its lead cast. John Abraham is fantastic, still a bit wooden but he's improving with each movie. Neil Nitin Mukesh looks amazing as both a college student and a young man. He is excellent in his act throughout. And your not gonna believe this; Katrina Kaif can act! Something that I thought I would never write.. Amazing! This eternal beauty with amazing screen presence, delivers a heart-warming performance. Irrfan Khan is at his usual best.