STOP! Director Ajai Sinha could have called cut 45 minutes before the end! Sinha has mixed two 2007 releases -- Vikram Bhatt's LIFE MEIN KABHI KABHI and Manoj Tyagi's MUMBAI SALSA. The cocktail is similar, so is the end.
In short, watching STOP is like boarding a flight and knowing where you are headed to.
STOP is about four friends, three girls (Ishitta Arun, Gauri Karnik and Tejaswani Kolhapuri) and a guy (Rocky Bhatia). The movie revolves around their lives as a unit and then steers off for an individual build-up. It's interesting in the beginning but before you know, it starts dragging. Songs are interspersed without need and plots lengthened, without any cause. The editor could have done with sharper scissors.
For example, the plot between Tejaswini and her father did not have to be prolonged. Even after he is dead, life is a party for her. Rocky Bhatia's and Dia Mirza's scenes too are unnecessary. So is Ishitaa's scenes with the guy she is dating.
Ishitaa is Sonia, who runs a boutique in Dubai, Tejaswini is Tina, a theatre actress, Gauri is Pooja a successful Radio Jockey and Rocky is Om, working for a corporate. All friends share an apartment in Dubai and are inseparable, so to speak. Rohit, Om's colleague in office befriends Sonia, Pooja is propositioned by her lewd boss at the radio station, Tina is troubled by her alcoholic father and Om's past has come to haunt him in the form of Shama (Dia Mirza). How everyone battles their respective life with the support of their friends is what the story is about. For the record, STOP stands for the initials of the friends.
On the acting front, all three girls do a good job. Tejaswini is quite a revelation. Ditto Ishitaa and Gauri. Bhatia picks up post interval. As for Harsh Chhaya, he continues from where he left in LAAGA CHUNARI MEIN DAAG.
This could have been a quick fun movie if only Sinha knew when to STOP!