I 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.
The 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.