Gimme a break!
Danish Aslam’s debut direction Break Ke Baad hit the screens today hoping to blow away the ‘gen y’ audience with their ‘oh-so-cool’- break-up story. Sadly BkB offers neither coolness nor freshness to cinema… it’s a predictable clichéd story that relies heavily on its star value to sell. Sure, stars like Deepika, Imran, Sharmila Tagore and Lilette Dubey add a lot of glimmer to the film but stars can only do so much to salvage this ‘breaking’ script.
The story revolves around Abhay [Imran Khan] and Aliyah [Deepika Padukone] who have been in love since they were in school. Abhay is the rock that keeps free-flying Aliyah earth-bound. Now on the brink of adulthood Aliyah makes a career choice that takes her to Australia for a year… away from Abhay. Thus begins the ‘break-up’… for the next 2 hours or so the film drags on in Gold coast where Aliyah and Abhay constantly battle their complicated relationship. Annoying characters like Yudi are added… great actors like Shahana Goswami are wasted and finally after much debate, the film finally ends with an extremely predictable ending.
Right from the word go BkB opens mushy, reciting Kuch Kuch Hota Hai lines and with Imran practicing his proposal to Deepika with a really hammed dialogue. Imran’s character is unimpressive and at times annoying. Deepika’s is kinda clueless. Their performances don’t impress either. Deepika’s been much more impressive in Love Aaj Kal … considering that BkB’s storyline is somewhat similar to Love Aaj Kal. Lilette Dubey and Sharmila Tagore are pleasant to look at in their small roles. Shahana Goswami on the other hand is getting extremely typecast … in fact her role in this film is almost identical to the one in her last film Jashnn… I wish we’d see more of the Shahana we saw in Firaq.
The music is refreshing with Adhure and Dooriyan being the highlights and the rest of the sound track is pleasant as well. The cinematography is good giving a vibrant feel to the film. The dialogues though are a huge let down.
On the whole Break Ke Baad is a huge let down… not worth a trip to the theatres.
Rating: 2 /5