Before a release of a film, we start building certain expectations, sometimes they grow very high, sometimes they are pretty low. Almost all films have to fight up with its audience and their expectations towards the film. Some times their expectations matches and then there are times when expectations are more than the film. Same goes with Star sons and other celebrities. For e.g. When Zayed Khan came people were expecting a dashing personality like Sanjay Khan or his uncle Feroz Khan. Poor guy had to compete with all these tall obstacles in front of him. He did manage to make a small mark with certain film, but later surrendered himself in front of this glam world. After a long time he comes back with another example of great expectations – Dia Mirza in their co-produced film ‘Love Breakups Zindagi”. I am sure people won’t have many expectations with this film and its actors as it’s been a long time one saw them on silver screen in a memorable role. But as they say if the content is good, it does not matter if your film has salable actors or vice versa. So with pretty minimal expectations let’s find out what lies beneath this film.
“Love Breakups Zindagi” is story of Jai (Zayed Khan) and Naina (Dia Mirza) who meet each other in their friends wedding in Chandigarh. Naina is in relationship with Dhruv (Vaibhav Talwar) and Jai with Radhika (Pallavi Sharda), but there is something missing in both of theirs relationship. Out here in the marriage they become best friends and develop a deep bonding between each other. Simultaneously Jai’s best friend Govind (Cyrus Sahukar) a two time divorcee falls in for middle aged Sheila (Tisca Chopra). Love in is the air until the wedding lasted, after that all go to their respective cities and follow the same routine life. But Jai realizes his love for Naina and thus breaks all barriers, but does Nania also love him? Well that’s what the entire film is about.
Story is simple and I guess been told many times, but out here it’s the treatment of the film which works. Screenplay has some sweet and loving moments like Zayed convincing Pallavi not to come for Wedding, Dia Peeing in road trip, Zayed and Cyrus discussing about Auritra Ghosh in car, The whole Sangeet planning, Cyrus’s reaction over the word- Maasi, Dia-Zayed chat over Relationships, Cyrus Facebook funda, Cyrus – Boman Irani meet, Umang Jain doing breakups, Dia’s reaction over meeting SRK followed by the Game at Vaibhav’s party. The first half is sweet and pleasant, second half has its moment but keeps dragging a lot and at many times out of track. Scenes like Zayed’s street fight, adopting the stray dog and few more does not gel with the movie. Also the climax was quite hurried and predictable. Yes we know all Love Stories end almost at same note, but the treatment has to be different. But out here it’s typical and again too filmy. Camera work is nice and has managed to give the film a fresh youthful look. Editing was required in second half as the movie keeps dragging at many points. Also the pace is quite slow and gives you a T.V serial type of feel.
Music by Salim Suleman is fine. “Rab Rakhha” is a sweet number and goes well with the film. “Love Love Love” and “Jisko Hai Bhool Jaana” are average. One does need more romantic numbers in a romantic film, sadly its missing out here. Rajesh Roshan’s – “Main Se Meena Se Na Saaki Se” song from Khudgarz has been nicely remixed out here.
Sahil Sangha takes up a simple romantic film and manages to put some nice and sweet moments in it. Also his F.R.I.E.N.D’s type of humor adds the charm to the basic plot. But goes for toss in the second half and fails to connect on emotional content. The way he added the sweet romantic moments in the film, he should have done the same in the climax scene too, which looked so filmy and predictable.
Zayed Khan has given a decent performance, probably one of his best works. Dia is fine, but looked bit out of place in some scenes. Curus is awesome, wished they had more of him in the film. Tisca Chopra is looking more and more beautiful day by day. Farida Jalal, Vaibhav Talwar, Pallavi Sharda , Satyadeep Misra and Auritra Ghosh do a decent job. Umang Jain, Soni Razdan and others hardly had anything to offer. Cameo by Boman Irani was superb, Ritesh looked forced, Shabhana was fine and last but not the least – Shah Rukh Khan looked quite old and non charming.
So bol meri “Filmi Khopdi” is film mein kitna hau Dum?
Dum hai, first half mein aur kutch acche moments mein dum hain. The movie will be loved by its audience [of youngsters] and others for the first half and some sweet moments. But as said thanks to dragging second half, some unwanted tracks and weak climax the sweet moments get totally diluted. It’s not a bad film, but not a great one too. As far as Zayed Khan and Dia Mirza’s career goes I remember an old song – “Zindagi Ki Yahi Reet Hai, Haar Ke Baad Hi Jeet Hai”. The movie might not be proper winner for them, but in comparison to their most of works it’s a small time winner.
Ratings : 2.75/5