DIRECTOR: Sahil Sangha
CAST & CREW: Zayed Khan, Dia Mirza, Cyrus Sahukar, Boman Irani, Tisca Chopra, Vaibhav Talwar, Farida Jalal, Satyadeep Mishra, Auritra Ghosh, Umang
SYNOPSIS: Love BreakUps Zindagi is an exploration of obvious yet confusing questions about modern day relationships. Jai (Zayed Khan) and Naina (Dia Mirza) are settled in life but are missing a special something or someone who will complete them. Jai feels that magic and serendipity have passed him by while Naina has taught herself that a less than fulfilling life is enough for her. But is it?
REVIEW: Here’s another candy floss movie where everyone looks Kodak Ready with picturesque landscapes, must-have wardrobes and pearly-white smiles. You dig in expecting a good sugar high but are repulsed by the excessive sweetness (or artificial flavouring frankly). Barring Dia Mirza and Zayed Khan’s faces, Sahil Sangha’s “Love BreakUps Zindagi” brings nothing fresh. It’s the same old formulaic story of girl and boy attracted to one another while dating different partners. That’s still fine, romance being Bollywood’s most favorite genre, you still hope for a heartwarming Mills & Boon-ish story to sweep you off your feet. Instead you’re ripped off with a never-ending script (yawn… what we haven’t even reached interval yet?!) and dialogues so ‘creative’ that you find yourself mouthing ’em.
Jai (Zayed Khan), a marketing executive in Delhi, believes in the ‘opposites attract theory and exchanges his freedom and manhood to a completely dominating and career driven Radhika (Pallavi Sharda). Naina (Dia) is a Mumbai based independent photographer who believes in the ‘no relationship is perfect’ philosophy and dates the practical option, all–money-no-time investment banker, Dhruv (Vaibhav Talwar). Jai & Naina’s hearts flutter for each other at their respective best friends’ Arjun (Satyadeep Mishra) and Gayatri’s (Aurita Ghosh) wedding. From then on the film suddenly transforms into a Punjabi wedding video. Song, dance and merriment with plenty of family time and budding romance for the ‘committed-yet-available’ protagonists. The entire treatment is just a whole bunch of clichés that you don’t have the patience to watch for the nth time.
Brief relief is sporadically provided by an outlier couple. Jai and Arjun’s friend Govind (Cyrus Sahukar), twice divorced, falls for Arjun’s spinster aunt, Sheila’s ‘jawaani’. She’s an Urdu professor at Jamia Milia University. In fact, one of the best comic reliefs is provided by Jai’s confrontation with her retired army officer father, Boman Irani. Cameo’s by Shah Rukh Khan, Riteish Deshmukh and Shabana Azmi are thrown in for star power (helped in waking up the audience).
Music composers Salim-Sulaiman and lyricist Javed Akhtar save the day with their soulful numbers. Unfortunately, the main characters all lack soul. Jai-Naina and Govind-Sheila make cute couples, but their weak characters fail to hold your interest. Zayed Khan pulls off his usual boy-next –door charm and Dia mesmerizes with her graceful beauty and elegant dressing. Thumbs-up for Cyrus Shaukar’s super comic timing. He plays his odd-ball character with flair, definitely hope to see more of him on the big screen. Tisca Chopra is also noteworthy. The newcomers Satyadeep Mishra, Auritra Ghosh, Pallavi Sharda and Vaibhav Talwar are yet to leave a mark.
As SRK puts it in the film, “Eventually in life and films everything has a happy ending”, and so does this one but you won’t after the credits have finally rolled out.
VERDICT: Cliched Love, care-free BreakUps and a yawnful Zindagi