The premise is funny — there’s even an unnecessary ‘no sex before Date 3’ rule thrown in — but it’s not enough to keep the movie going. Varun and Sia alternate between calm and befuddlement. Anmol, who is making his acting debut, is no match for Ashton Kutcher and Saif Ali Khan. It’s a tall order, but the film makes a valiant effort. There’s no immediate synergy between the leads, and they’re all stuck in an absent father arc — Bollywood slang for “commitment phobia.”
The supporting cast saves the movie on occasion. As Sia’s estranged parents, Niki Walia and Parmeeth Sethi are appealing. The Pakistani café owner played by Kamini Khanna reminded me of her role in Kal Ho Na Ho (2003), when the NRI comedy genre was still popular. It’s also entertaining to see Parvin Dabas, who used to play eligible bachelors, appear as a groom.
London doesn’t add much to a movie that is mostly set in cozy coffee shops. Despite the fact that it is produced by Bhansali, the film is visually unappealing. Varun asks Sia what she despises the most in movies when they are both relaxing in a jacuzzi tub. Sia takes a step forward and mimics Shah Rukh Khan’s pose. They also appear as Salman Khan and Sridevi at a party in other scenes. The references aren’t clever, but they all made me laugh during my screening. Bollywood is dozing off. Stronger coffee is needed.