Films | Love, Breakups, Zindagi – Movie Review

Love, Breakups, Zindagi – Movie Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on October 7, 2011 | No Comments

PRODUCER – Dia Mirza, Zayed Khan, Sahil Sangha
DIRECTOR – Sahil Sangha
WRITER – Sahil Sangha
CAST – Zayed Khan, Dia Mirza, Cyrus Sahukar, Tisca Chopra
MUSIC – Salim Merchant, Sulaiman Merchant

Cute feel-good marries everyday life quirk and some filmy ever-lasting-ness in ‘Love, Breakups, Zindagi’. One would think it is a rather over-done combination but Director Sahil Sangha ensures he keeps the drama and cliché in check. What rolls out is a package that is part surprise and part surprisingly too ordinary.

Jay (Zayed Khan) and Naina (Diya Mirza), and Govind (Cyrus Sahukar) and Sheela (Tisca Chopra) meet at their best friends’ wedding. A good half of the movie is spent on wedding naach-gaana, complete with an item dance on the re-recorded version of the lilting Govinda-Neelam’s ‘Main Se Meena Se’. Jay and Naina are in a relationship with other people, Govind is twice-divorced and Sheela an Urdu Professor and single by choice. The little too neat and clean wedding brings everyone closer and once over leaves them pondering on what has changed.

Which is when the movie actually begins and unfortunately begins to lose itself too. Both couples do their dilly-dallying and courtship bit, inevitably to a predictable end. But they do so with an easiness that dangerously seems like indifference in one couple’s case and in the other’s case, a difficulty that seems suspiciously crafted to manipulate deeper sighs than a breezy movie as this can evoke. The treatment of both romantic tracks are filled with sweet and familiar moments but without an edge to arouse enough interest. Much like the shaadi itself in the first-half, which after some adequate cheer is wrapped up with a cold swiftness leaving an unfulfilled taste behind. More importantly, it devalues the impact of the story to come.

The characters are styled with a unique flair for fashion. A keen eye is sure to notice the Delhi-ness and Mumbai-ness in characters. This mildly extends to the manner of speaking and communication adding that touch of realistic flavour. There are no fancy frills to the film, no exotic locations, no sweeping panoramic shots, no camera-created visual beauty. This keeps the drama and glamour to the minimum but nowhere does the film appear poor or the canvas small; a remarkable feat. The lacklustre music, woven into the film’s narrative, however doesn’t help much.

The film largely wins one over by Diya Mirza’s petite prettiness and her unaffected, daisy-like performance. Her touch-n-go personality adds to the simplicity and vulnerability of her character but avoids making her a wishy-washy mushpot. She delivers with sparkling constancy be it breezy scenes or emotionally wrought sequences carrying the range with pleasing effect. Zayed Khan carries his good-guy-in-a-bad relationship role till he doesn’t have to cry or get emotional. Once there he falls apart like he is always known to. Cyrus Sahukar provides the comic relief with a not-so-funny deadpan expression and Tisca Chopra’s striking elegance speaks through her demeanour adding a very watchable pizzaz to the screen.

The film has no story except the traditional lover’s tale where things generally fall into place if you follow the heart. Packaged in an urban, 21st century setting, wrapped in colloquial dialogue-baazi and peppered with special appearances from stars ranging from Riteish Deshmukh, Shabana Azmi and Shahrukh Khan himself, it delivers most of what it promises. Fair enough, one is likely to agree.

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