Actress: Dia Mirza, Pallavi Sharda, Tisca Chopra
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: 7th Oct, 2011
Cast: Zayed Khan, Dia Mirza, Cyrus Sahukar, Umang Jain, Tisca Chopra, Satyadeep Misra, Auritra Ghosh, Pallavi Sharda, Vaibhav Talwar
Writer/Director: Sahil Sangha
Producer: Born Free Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and Sahara Motion Pictures
Plot: Born Free Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and Sahara Motion Pictures present their first production, Love BreakUps Zindagi. An exploration that asks if opposites attract or repel?
Is love an option or a choice?
And what if The One is already with Another?
Written and directed by Sahil Sangha, tuned by Salim Sulaiman and with lyrical inputs by Javed Akhtar, the film takes us into the baffling core of modern relationships.
For instance, Jai (Zayed Khan) and Naina (Dia Mirza) are almost “settled” in their life but missing something or someone who will complete them. Jai feels that magic and serendipity have passed him by. Naina has taught herself that a less than fulfilling life is enough for her. But is it?
Govind (Cyrus Sahukar) has a colourful past and is on his way to another major, seemingly all wrong relationship. But what if this ‘mistake’ is the love he has been looking for all his life?
Sheila (Tisca Chopra) has stayed single for a long time waiting for Mr. Perfect. When he does appear, will she take her chance at love, look beyond the odds that divide to see what binds them in a perfect whole?
Ritu (Umang Jain) lives on breakups and ice cream. Will she ever find a man, and share a beginning and not just a closure?
Arjun (Satyadeep Misra) and Gayatri (Auritra Ghosh) are the perfect couple on the brink of a dream wedding. Will their love inspire the others to listen to their heart?
Dhruv (Vaibhav Talwar) and Radhika (Pallavi Sharda) are driven workaholics ignoring the small text of their lives. Will they wake up to see what they have missed in their desire for everything?
Watch these characters as they find personal truths, shed illusions, laugh, cry, grow up and learn the biggest lesson of all. That even if you don’t go looking for love, it will come looking for you.
Zayed Khan is on the threshold of marriage to Pallavi Sharda. Dia Mirza is also planning to get married to Vaibhav Talwar. But things change once Zayed and Dia meet at the wedding of their friends in Chandigarh. Find out what happens to them in the review of Love Breakups Zindagi.
Business rating: 1/5 star
Star cast: Zayed Khan, Dia Mirza, Cyrus Sahukar, Tisca Chopra.
What’s Good: The songs; some of the performances.
What’s Bad: The excruciatingly slow pace of the drama; the lack of emotions in the film based on relationships; lack of novelty; predictabiltiy of the drama.
Verdict: Love Breakups Zindagi is a dull fare which will not get much love from the paying public.
Loo break: Several.
Watch or Not?: Watch Love Breakups Zindagi if you like slow films.
Sahara Motion Pictures and Born Free Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.’s Love Breakups Zindagi (UA) is a story about relationships. It questions the theory that in life, it is opposites who attract each other.
Delhi-based Jai (Zayed Khan) and Radhika (Pallavi Sharda) are in a steady relationship and are contemplating marriage. But Jai feels that the magic in his relationship is missing. It is probably because Radhika is a workaholic, too prim and proper and the dominating type. Bombay-based Naina (Dia Mirza) and Dhruv (Vaibhav Talwar) love one another and they also have plans to get married to each other. Dhruv has no time for Naina because of his work schedules and although Naina is unhappy about this, she is forgiving and takes it in her stride. Govind (Cyrus Sahukar) is Jai’s best friend and has had two divorces. He is single now. Ritu (Umang Jain) is Naina’s roommate who has had a breakup with her boyfriend (Ritesh Deshmukh in a friendly appearance).
Jai and Naina meet at the wedding of Arjun (Satyadeep Misra) and Gayatri (Auritra Ghosh) in Chandigarh. They take an instant liking for one another but are both in a state of denial because of their loyalties to their respective partners. Govind, who has also come for the marriage, meets Sheila (Tisca Chopra), who is still a spinster because she did not find the right man at the right age. Govind and Sheila grow close to one another and also spend time with each other. Dhruv joins the elaborate wedding celebrations spread over some days, later.
Naina and Dhruv return to Bombay after the marriage which, incidentally, had turned into a sober affair due to the untimely demise of Arjun’s grandmother (Farida Jalal). Jai and Govind return to Delhi. Naina and Jai miss each other’s company but are still in denial mode. Then, one day, Jai has to go to Bombay on a work assignment. He meets Naina there and they come closer to each other.
What happens thereafter? Is Jai able to break free from Radhika or does he continue in the relationship that has begun to suffocate him? Is Naina able to forget Jai and live happily ever after with Dhruv? Does Dhruv get to know that Jai and Naina have gotten fond of one another? Are Govind and Sheila able to take their relationship forward? Does Ritu patch up with her partner?
Love Breakups Zindagi Review: Script Analysis
Sahil Sangha’s story has several tracks as it deals with different characters in varied situations. In spite of the variety, none of the characters or situations is different from those one has seen in earlier films. What’s more, Sahil Sangha’s screenplay moves at such a slow pace that it tests the audience’s patience. Frankly, the film is about modern youngsters but their behaviour is not very contemporary, if only because today’s generation thinks and acts fast, unlike Jai and Naina. The two central characters, Jai and Naina, take so long to come to the point that by the time they do so, the impact is diluted a great deal. What’s more, with the problems in Jai and Radhika’s relationships on the one hand and in Naina and Dhruv’s relationship on the other being revealed quite early on in the drama, it becomes predictable and follows the obvious path. Probably, the weakest point of the screenplay is that in spite of the film being one of relationships, rarely does it emotionally involve the viewer. This could probably be because neither Radhika nor Dhruv is shown to be a negative person. Several scenes don’t really create any impact because they’ve not been explained well enough. For instance, what’s the big thing about the early morning drive the youngsters go on with the grandmother. Jai proposing that the marriage should not be postponed in view of the grandmother’s demise looks rather silly when there are so many elders in the family. And what is it that Jai means when he very seriously asks Arjun to speak about not postponing the wedding, to Gayatri. It is Arjun’s grandma who has expired, not Gayatri’s. Obviously, Gayatri can’t have a problem about going ahead with the wedding if Arjun doesn’t. So what is Arjun supposed to speak to Gayatri about? Dialogues, penned by Sahil Sangha, are alright.
Love Breakups Zindagi Review: Performances
Before one talks about the performances, it must be said that this film needed more mature actors than the ones taken. Zayed Khan does a fair job. Dia Mirza is earnest and acts ably. Cyrus Sahukar has his cute moments but they are more class-appealing than mass-appealing. Tisca Chopra is average. Satyadeep Misra hardly gets any worthwhile scenes to perform; he is good. Auritra Ghosh is okay. Vaibhav Talwar makes his presence felt. Pallavi Sharda also stands her own. Umang Jain is quite alright. Farida Jalal passes muster. Soni Razdan and Kamini Khanna fill the bill. Shah Rukh Khan lends star value in a friendly appearance. Boman Irani evokes laughter in a friendly appearance. Ritesh Deshmukh and Shabana Azmi are okay in very brief friendly appearances. Others lend ordinary support.
Love Breakups Zindagi Review: Direction & Music
Sahil Sangha’s direction is fair for a debut-making attempt. But the pace of his narration is disturbingly slow. Salim-Sulaiman’s music is melodious. All the songs have appealing tunes and a hummable quality about them. Javed Akhtar’s lyrics add to the appeal of the songs. Song picturisations are okay. Camerawork (by Aseem Bajaj) is of a good standard.
Love Breakups Zindagi Review: Komal Nahta’s Verdict
On the whole, Love Breakups Zindagi is a dull fare and given its poor start, will fail at the ticket windows.