Love, BreakUps, Zindagi Movie Review

Love, BreakUps, Zindagi Movie Poster
Love, BreakUps, Zindagi Movie Poster

Is love an option or a choice? The scuffle of conferring another love-ka-funda is about to begin in LOVE, BREAKUPS, ZINDAGI! In the league of 'feel-good' rom-coms, Bollywood is all set to deliver out another lighthearted entertainer that is embellished with all the ingredients of 'feel-good' factor cinema that primarily includes the feel of congenial upbeat melodious music. After being humbled with a series of flops, actors Zayed Khan and Dia Mirza expect a big resurrection and grand success from this flick.

Fresh from last year's huge musical success of BAND BAAJA BAARAAT (2010), Salim-Sulaiman are all set for the first big musical release of this year. If one goes by the mood, choice and taste of multiplex audiences, then there are big expectations from this rom-com (most preferred genre), and names of lyricist Javed Akhtar and Salim-Sulaiman promises a big musical show. Can they deliver it with style? Let's find the musical facts?

Optimism filled with cheerfulness open the musical gates for the album and the 'feel-good' factor domineers with breeze of soft-rock ballad in 'Rozanna'. Salim-Sulaiman jester this lovable melody in 'advertisement jingle' format as the song ushers innocence 'n' hopefulness in its motivational wordings. Salim Merchant's courteously crooned voice in soft tones is pleasant to the ears and so do the genteel touch arrangements that connect well to the spirits of the track. Javed Akhtar's poetic inferences ('Rozana, subah leke aati hai roshni, Rozana hai shaam laati dilkashi') are moving and so are its inspirational prosaic verses ('Phoolon mein khushboo, Kaliyon mein rang jaise, Hum mein hai jeenay ki ik umang jaise?' ) that forms a serene support to this 'full-of-life' track. Despite a lovable hear to ear, it's a meaningful attribute that talks of optimism in the mundane happenings of day and night with a promise of carefree living.

The composer duo starts with a big promise and makes it big with its 'remix version'. 'Rozanna (remix)' capitalizes the youthful jovial feel and mixes the disco 'masti' in its 'clubs remix' version. It has hip-hop turntablism fervor packed in its prelude, followed with contemporary DJ antics that play to the needs of party animals. Lively!!!

Zayed Khan... Jai
For once, he restrains himself, rather than running way with his dialogues and character. Kept on a tight leash by Sahil.
Performance rating: 7/10

Dia Mirza... Naina
Very much in love. But is this love? She is faithful to the point of breaking her heart, and ruining her life. A real character you often see in unhappy marriages.
Performance rating: 9/10

Cyrus Sahukar... Govind
Never lets his television persona override his character. Not your typical screen buddy who goes by what the hero says, but has a say in what he has to say. As a man in search of romance after two broken marriages, he brings a distinct warmth to his character. No, he is not disillusioned by love. For him it is a process.
Performance rating: 9/10

Tisca Chopra... Sheela
Earthy and warm. Sheela is someone you would bump into at a party. Takes to the advances of Govind in a mature manner. If Govind has been in a hurry to marry, Sheela has waited and waited. Another real character you often find who have crossed their 30s and are still looking for love.
Performance rating: 8/10

Satyadeep Mishra... Arjun 
Stays in sync with his part. His scene where Cyrus 'accidentally' refers to his girlfriend as hot is what every lad wants to hear about his spouse to be. Or is it?
Performance rating: 9/10

Auritra Ghosh... Gayatri
Like Satyadeep, she keeps within the confines of her role.
Performance rating: 8/10

Vaibhav Talwar... Dhruv
Brings a steely coldness to his character, where figures matter more than the emotional quotient. He is busy climbing the corporate ladder while missing out on the little things that make life truly beautiful.
Performance rating: 8/10

Pallavi Sharda... Radhika
A go-getter who wants things done her way; does not matter if her partner has a say. She has chalked out her life. Everything seems perfect, at least on paper. Until, she gets a dose of reality.
Performance rating: 8/10

Guest Appearances:
All four guest appearances (Shabhana Azmi, Shahrukh Khan, Boman Irani and Riteish Deshmukh) score high. They are woven seamlessly into the screenplay. Boman, especially, as father of the bride is hilarious. No forced comedy.

LBZ celebrates love. Go for it!
    
They may have not made it big as actors, but as producers, they definitely are on target. Both Zayed Khan and Dia Mirza as first-time producers have come up with a winner on their hands.

LOVE, BREAKUPS, ZINDAGI is a story that is close to everyone's heart, no matter what age you are at. It has as its central theme relationship complications, which are not new to anyone. The movie also dwells on that 'once in a lifetime moment' that you have to be able to grasp and the ultimate move you have to make, no matter what it takes. You may be in love, but is this love? Tough question, which LBZ makes you answer. Love has no logic... its pure magic! Debutant director (also producer), Sahil Sangha gets it right.

At the helm are five couples. One is getting married. At their sangeet, two settled love birds will find the truth their relationships are based on. While a third, will try and test the other to see if they are compatible. The fourth will gorge on ice-cream after breaking into that 'private zone' of her partner - reading an SMS!

The first half is a breeze. Sahil takes you through the lives of the love-birds without an effort. The marriage scene in Chandigarh (shot on location in Alibaug) are not the ones you see in movies, dhol, shol, et al. This one is different. It entertains you. The ceremonies leading to the wedding and the shock episode a day before the pheras leave the cast wondering what life is all about.

Though technically sound with melodious music flowing in, and dialogues which have freshness to it, the second half tends to go off track a wee bit before. This is where a few 'cuts' were recommended. However, Sahil manages to steer the ship back to course. A few 'unkind cuts' where scenes jump between Cyrus and Tisca, too put a blotch on the product. Otherwise, it's a commendable effort from the entire team. Dia as Naina is outstanding in the final scene bringing in the fragility of love in a helpless manner.

Killer move:

The song from KHUDGARZ, aap ke aa jaane se is superbly choreographed and gracefully performed. Gives the whole sangeet scene, a welcome feel. Takes you to the eighties, giving a Boney M feel when Disco was king. The camera pans beautifully on the actors capturing the moves of everyone and their perfect lip-syncing. It will have you grooving to the beat.

Since it is the first for two young actors, on the other side of the fence, I have decided to go a different route to chart the story and also rate the performances.

 

Rating 3/5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Zayed Khan, Dia Mirza, Cyrus Sahukar, Tisca Chopra, Satyadeep Mishra, Vaibhav Talwar, Auritra Ghosh, Umang, Farida Jalal, Pallavi Sharda and Soni Razdan
  • Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
  • Director: Sahil Sangha
  • Music Director: Salim Merchant - Sulaiman Merchant
  • Release Date : 07 Aug 2011
  • Movie Duration : 2h 30m