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1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible nasty small-minded racist film - can't I give no stars at all?, 2 May 2010
This review is from: Namastey London (UK Release) [DVD] (DVD)
I'm an Indian man who has lived in the UK for 25 years. India is a magical country. I was born there and grew up there. I will always love India, but my home is here now. I have had a very good 25 years here on the whole and have made great friends of all races and backgrounds.

My sister and I were looking forward to seeing this film, but we found it so distasteful in its portrayals of British people that we were really angry and upset. According to the film, British people are racist, ignorant, indecent, cheap, vulgar, unprincipled, stupid... you name it. Not like decent, upstanding, religious, respectful Indians, of course!

Quite a few Hindi films include this sentiment, but none more offensively to me than this one. The part where an Indian Muslim guy is told he will not be allowed by a British family to marry their daughter unless he changes his name to "Emanuel" was ridiculous. I've never ever heard of anything like that here. However, in India I do know an English girl who had to legally change her name to a Hindu one and become a Hindu before she was allowed to marry an Indian man.

As for the speech given by Akshay Kumar (what's with the bright orange hair, by the way?), I've also seen inequality, racism, sexism, vulgarity, drunkenness, marital violence and other problems and injustices in India. India has its share of these, just like anywhere else. They aren't just Western problems, as films like this would have you believe.

Hindi films also show Western women as promiscuous and "cheap". However, as a teenager there, a good many of my Indian female friends under the age of 16 and from "good families" were sexually active. It happens all over the world. Yes, in India too. And frankly, if being a good woman is to be submissive and walk in her husband's shadow as a lot of Hindi films portray, how outdated a notion - dreamt up by men, of course.

Many Hindi films have patriotic themes running through them, but you can show love and pride for your country without ridiculing and denigrating others. That's not patriotism, in my books. It makes me cringe, just as it does when I hear people here make fun of the French, for instance.

There is a lot wrong with the UK, a LOT. I've seen racism, ignorance and much more besides here. However, when I was last in India in 2008, I heard people using the N word to describe black people, I heard derogatory comments about Chinese people. I remember a friend in India having huge problems because she was Bengali and wanted to marry a Gujarati man. Not to mention how I saw the poor being treated. There's bigotry and intolerance everywhere, in any country you go to. Sad, but true. It's certainly not just a British problem. Having lived equal halves of my life in each country, I find there is no more bigotry here than there. I don't tolerate it when I come up against it in my life and would not have bought this movie had I known what a horrid, ignorant, racist, little movie it was.

Namastey London is stuck in pre 1947 India. It's still "fighting the Raj". It's got a huge chip on its shoulder. My DVD copy ended up in the bin along with the BNP flyers that came through my letterbox.
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Initial post: 28 Mar 2013, 00:35:49 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Mar 2013, 07:32:02 GMT
geniusvfx says:
In this world UK Home Office is known for it's most racist immigration policy. UK has the biggest number of illegal immigrants in the world who are living in slavery & most of them r from East India. This films tales very few words than real racism in the UK. The man who reviewed here couldn't get deep in to the theme of this film. He found pre 1947, but it teased 20th century british ppl. He didn't see there is a true love between a White British Girl & Pakistani Muslim Boy.
Only In the UK if an indian immigrant doesn't get permission to stay, s/he cannot appeal to court, it's just an extra judicial decision where UK Immigration Police themselves r Saying they don't respect their court, already whole world know how they rob Foreign Students & Business Investors. Only in the UK a British born Indian or Pakistani hates their own country boys & girls & call them fresshy but they forget that time that their parents or grand parent were freshy too. They may have no quality to survive out of UK yet they hate an Indian Boy & call freshy even if that boy is a NASA Scientist. This film didn't show total bad sides of UK at all & in India the people will be misguided thinking it's only about few British Racists....
In reality who ever has British Identity thinks they are Superior to any Indian just because of they are born in England, even if that British is Originated from an Indian Family. Sometimes they openly shows it in racism but mostly, like this man they say it in sweet polite words & takes a failed attempt to hide inner ego... it's just a shadow of Colonial Guilt on them & still they think they are the Masters or Office Staffs of Masters & all Indians are their slaves or subjects not human. In India ppl call Black people 'Negro' cause they don't know it's a swear word, it's just synonymous to Black man to them & they call even their black saints with this. Surprisingly they are trained to call them in this name by the British Colonist. So who is still living in 1947 by judging people for the mistake done before 1947?

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Aug 2013, 19:08:02 BST
'Genius', the very fact that the original post is intelligent and tells both sides yet yours is simply an assault on British culture explains why you fail to see the racism in this film. Yes, there are many issues between Britain and India historically, and yes, as the original poster suggests, this film does a pretty shocking job of being neutral about them.
Your blanket statements and clear anti-British sentiment are no better, you'd do well to remember that colonial times ended before the vast majority of modern day Brits were born, and most of us are intelligent enough not to think that way. For the record, I'm a Brit who loves India. I also despise parts of my own country's culture. The fact remains that this movie has no positives when it comes to British culture, and paints India as a saintly place that sadly it isnt. In an area absolutely filled with grey, this is a blunt instrument of frankly depressing bias only capable of dealing in either black or white. Basically, the plot comes across like it's written by a bigotted simpleton with understanding of only one of the cultures involved, and that's at best misguided.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2014, 05:10:47 BST
Last edited by the author on 7 Sep 2014, 22:12:57 BST
geniusvfx says:
the very fact that the original post is intelligent and tells both sides yet yours is simply an assault on British culture... your this comment is utterly invalid, he didn't say for both side that is why he didn't mention that a Christian Girl right in this film went in a Pakistani Muslim boys house as a Christian Wife. Yes you are right Colonization has ended but your mentality has not been changed yet. Which is why your Common Wealth Ministry is the most useless ministry, you were suppose to return all of our tax or to share public services,but now you share those with EU and ask us why we are in the UK? British ppl tortured Indians for 250 years, yet in their country they don't have a gang who hates British ppl Officially but UK has a party who openly hates South Asian people and attack them, few off Asian was even murdered by them. Last year one Indian student was stubbed to death by them. This film is not against good british ppl rather against those racist british who still believe and act upon colony attitude. If you fail to identify that you actually support them. Moreover this movie also showed the dad did find some cowboys and jerks in India but didn't think perfect match for his daughter, you racist ppl trying to overlook that. This movie shows a decent loving husband from India is much better than many jerks in Indian and cowboys in London, just because off he is from India doesn't mean he cannot be better than a Londoner. But there can be many boys in British community who are decent and honest but they are not subject of this film. It did show the father of that british lad who was honest, sober and decent.
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