Aditi Rao Hydari seems to capture every scene she is in. Now, the attention-getting young actress is given the chance to shine on her own, as the female lead in “London Paris New York.”
Directed by Anu Menon, “LPNY” is a modern tale about Lalitha, a middle class south Indian girl who is on her way to New York to study politics with full scholarship; and Nikhil (Ali Zafar), a Punjabi rich kid who is going to study filmmaking in London on his dad’s dime.
The two cross paths in London, find a spark between them, and decide to make a promise to meet each other for one night, once a year, for the following eight years. “The film is in three chapters and each chapter is shot in a manner that mirrors the mental state of Nikhil and Lalitha,” said a spokesperson.
Hydari has appeared in several Hindi films to date, including “Rockstar,” “Yeh Saali Zindagi” and “Delhi-6.” India-West asked if Hydari believed in love at first sight, like that between Lalitha and Nikhil.
“I believe in instant connection,” she said in a recent phone interview. “Their lives are pulling in opposite directions, but they’re still influencing each other’s lives.
“It’s not ‘love at first sight,’ although the connection happens very quickly. Their journey is to define what the relationship is.”
Like “Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu,” which stars Imran Khan, “London Paris New York” is also billed as an independent-feeling comedy which owes more to Hollywood films like “500 Days of Summer” to the typical Bollywood flick. “It’s a slightly different take on a love story,” said Hydari, with snappier dialogue and no excessive styling” of the actors’ clothes and hair, resulting in a more natural, believable feel overall.
Asked to choose which of the three cities in the film’s title that would draw her back for more, Hydari was quick to name London. “It’s such a fun, vibrant city,” she said by phone from India Feb. 16.