Ashwini Chaudhary's last film GOOD BOY BAD BOY was in 2007. It was a disaster. Five years later, he emerges with JODI BREAKERS. There's no difference between the two films. Only shift is that the hero himself is trying to be a good boy and a bad one!
Madhavan is just divorced. His marriage has lasted two months. What he is angry about is not that his wife has left him but that she has gone away with his Rs-30 lakh Audi and an expensive watch. He also has to pay her alimony, which is hurting him. He decides on a novel way to earn quick money. He specializes in a very niche field - that of being a divorce expert. No, he is not a lawyer; he just helps the disgruntled party to a quick end to their marriage. This he does, either by creating more confusion in their lives with the help of his client (either the husband or the wife), or by getting them caught red-handed in immoral acts.
So where does Bipasha Basu fit in her? She does not fit in. Chaudhary pushes her into the script with such force that her character neither has meat nor meaning. That shows in her expression throughout. Only reference to her being a divorce expert is that she helped her parents break up 10 years ago. Which technically makes her a senior and they (she and Madhavan) quickly agree to be partners in the flimsiest of scenes you will ever witness with two seasoned actors.
That's how interesting a plot JODI BREAKERS is. The acting is shallow. It's almost as though the actors are told to perform at gunpoint. There's no expression nor is there any energy. Madhavan and Bipasha both, execute their 'on screen' duties like any professional who hates his work, but has to register his attendance in office.
In a recent interview, Chaudhary has stated that Madhavan has given five expressions in every scene. If only there was one proper expression!
The film labors through the first half with no script, bad acting and an annoying Omi Vaidya. Someone should tell him that speaking in the same accent like he did in 3 IDIOTS is not going to take him anywhere. It may have worked then because he was new. But this act of his is now beginning to get on the nerves, and unless he cleans up his act, he will soon find himself out of work. Grow up Omi.
The first half ends with an interesting twist. So you hope for a better post-interval performance. That does not happen. One scene where Madhavan has to just tell Milind Soman that he (Madhavan) is responsible for his plight is not forthcoming. It happens in the last reel. Forty minutes to get this one scene through!