Shades Of Words

New York


new-york-hindi-movieI always get a gut feeling about the movie from it’s trailors and I am usually never wrong. When I saw Katrina Kaif swaying to the awesome beat of “Mere Sang”  (another hit for Sunidhi Chauhan) I knew I wanted to watch the movie.

New York is about the story of three friends – Omar (Niel Mukesh), Sameer (John Abrahim) and Maya (Katrina Kaif) who meet at New York State University campus and build a close bond over the next two years of their education. As it always happens in the movies, Omar falls head over heels for Maya only to find that his love is unrequited. Then 9/11 happens and things change forever.

NY4The movie starts from the future , 8 years after 9/11, where Omar is apprehended by the FBI for his alleged connections with a terrorists.  We soon learn its a frame-up to get him to work undercover for the FBI agents to gather proof against Sameer, who for sure is running a terrorist cell in New York. What follows is an extremely emotional and sensitive journey for Omar into Sameer’s and Maya’s  lives – only to change it irrevocably forever.

Directed by Kabir Khan, New York deals with sensitive issues like cultural differences, discriminations towards Muslims after 9/11 and unscrupulous FBI interrogation practices. The story line is a little weak and implausible at  times with its own touch of  Bollywood masala, but what’s incredible are the performances. No,  they are not very good and yes the could have been much better, however they are much better than expected. I have had very little respect for John as an actor, but he has probably given his career’s best performance. I actually cried while watching the intense torture scenes. Katrina falters with her acting and accent but is still believable. Neil and Irrfan are excellent  Neil is a superstar in making – the looks and the acting are simply wow! If he does not do well in the industry, then it’s for no fault of his.


The music is pleasant and fits well with the movie. Not sure if  its ‘ forever classic’ material.

Verdict : I was really moved by the movie. But I have also heard mixed reviews. So watch it once and make up your own mind.


Author: Vipula

Before talking about who we are, we’d like to tell you a bit about how and why Shades of Words came into being. It all started with the idea of “A place where we could share with likeminded people about things we enjoy. From books to music to movies to travel; Shades of Words was to be a place about the best of our experiences” We thought about why should anyone read us? The answer was that whatever we review would be a mix of our experience of the thing along with interesting and useful information about it. So in case you are reading us regularly or even checking us out once in a while then we have succeeded in our efforts someway somewhere. Who are we? Known as Kapil Sood and Vipula Gupta, we thought of Shades of Words on one fine Sunday afternoon. Tired of writing interesting RFP’s and project documentation; we decided to give this a shot. Yes! We work in Indian IT industry. Cupid struck us while were innocently slogging together on the highly intricate job of formatting and beautifying documents! And since then, we have been working together to establish Shades of Words as a place that we can claim as ours. (Because buying a house is still years away!) What else? Kapil also writes some blogs which you can read here and here.

2 thoughts on “New York

  1. Hmmm…I think this was the only movie in which they have not dubbed a voice over for Katrina…I agree the movie was Okay…

  2. To cover up for Katrina’s accent I think they should have depicted her as an out and out American who learnt a little Hindi out of choice..
    The scene where they interrogate John for the pictures of WTC he had taken as a student made me feel, how an innocent person is caught for a simple deed which the FBI believed to be a terrorist suspect. I cant imagine the state of those who underwent such torture once released… Really sad …..

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