After the overdose of sweet and bubbly that makes you feel like you are stuck in fantasy land, you need to take a break, and dig into a big juicy burger to balance the sugar rush. After a delayed release and a long wait, Break Ke Baad fails to impress.
The characters are an extreme of their personalities. Aliya, who comes from broken home, is overly hyper and rebellious, and very poorly impersonated by Deepika Padukone who seems to be playing an annoying incarnation of her Love Aaj Kal character. Imran no doubt fits the role of the grounded, doting boyfriend, Abhay, but needs to quit playing the same character.
The movie opens on a bright note. The childhood sweethearts balance each other, and the friendship is evident. Aliya believes in only living for herself and her dreams, without giving a second thought to the feelings of the 2 important people in her life- Abhay and her Mom (Sharmila Tagore). She takes off to Australia to pursue her dreams, leaving a disheartened boyfriend to deal with a ‘break’.
After walking out of her Maasi’s house there, she gets lucky and finds a cool pad on the beach, with shack et al. Her landlords, tattoo artist (Shahana Goswami) and playboy bartender (Yudi) recite ‘cool’, done-to-death dialogues throughout. The distance makes Abhay insecure and he lands up at Aliya’s house a day after the mention of another guy.
The story deals with their break-up, finding themselves and living their lives. Everything right till the end is predictable, including the climax. The movie has nothing new to offer. A lot more could have been done with the story, which just goes along casually and lacks passion. The smaller nuances of a relationship like theirs evoke the occasional ‘awww’ but that’s about it. Lilette Dubey adds some spice as the Punjabi Aunt and her one-liners are the highest points of the movie.
Kit Kat is repeatedly panned on which is no surprise as it borrows from the tagline.
After this movie, definitely break banta hai.