Too long by at least thirty minutes, Love Breakups Zindagi is the kind of over-familiar schmaltz that might have felt less of a slog, had it featured charismatic leads with sizzling chemistry. But Zayed Khan and Dia Mirza can’t unfortunately pull off this film’s cliché-ridden screenplay that borrows heavily from the Aditya Chopra/Karan Johar brand of breezy, urban romances.
It all starts at (where else!) a big fat North Indian wedding, where our protagonists meet as strangers, but over the course of much singing, dancing and making merry, discover that sparks have begun to fly. Since both are already in committed relationships, neither of the two articulates their feelings for the other, although everyone from their friends to you in the audience can see exactly where this is going!
From tight close-ups of pakodas and jalebis being fried in hot oil, to Farida Jalal as a kindly grandma who begins matchmaking from the moment we see her, the film’s first half is bursting at its seams with every wedding-movie stereotype you can possibly think of. Yet, it’s sitting through the film’s corny post-intermission portions that require nerves of steel. The screenplay limps along unhurriedly through a series of contrived ‘meet-cute’ moments between the leads, and the characters spew so much relationship mumbo-jumbo that you feel like you’re inside a Hallmark card factory.
Zayed Khan and Dia Mirza go through their scenes with a filmi flair, their acting always coming off as ‘acting’. It’s the film’s comparatively fresh supporting cast – particularly Cyrus Sahukar and Tisca Chopra– who inject some humor and a hint of relatability into their scenes.
Love Breakups Zindagi is an inoffensive film that has pleasant music and neat production design. First-timer Sahil Sangha directs with an easy hand, giving the film a light-hearted feel. Alas, he’s working from a script that offers nothing new or exciting to chew on.
I’m going with two out of five for Love Breakups Zindagi. It’s a tiring retread of a once popular formula that’s wearing thin now.