Critic-turned-filmmaker Kunal Kohli, whose repertoire boasts of two hits in the form of Saif Ali Khan's first solo success HUM TUM and Aamir Khan-Kajol's FANAA, suffered a slight setback with his first part production venture, THODA PYAAR THODA MAGIC. The composers at the helm of Kunal's first two successful films, HUM TUM and FANAA were the melody kings of that time, Jatin-Lalit, and indeed they were excellent with most of the songs from the films turning out to be hits. In fact FANAA was also their swan song and its music remains a favourite amongst many die-hard romantics till today. After they parted ways, Kunal turned to the versatile Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for his THODA PYAAR THODA MAGIC, and the film as well as it's music (although classy) turned out to be dampener but that did not deter him from trying another hand at production, and for his latest venture, a frothy fresh romance, BREAK KE BAAD, starring Imran Khan and Deepika Padukone, Kunal has chosen the in form Vishal-Shekhar, who are really riding high with two musical hits, both youth oriented romantic outings, I HATE LUV STORYS and ANJAANA ANJAANI. Incidentally both the mentioned films starred the hottest new teenage sensations, the latest Bollywood stars on the block, Imran Khan and Ranbir Kapoor. This time around the man wielding the megaphone is debutant Danish Aslam and not Kunal himself. The album is quite unique in one way as it sees V-S teaming up with National Award winner, the intellectual Prasoon Joshi, who has earlier worked with Kunal in FANAA. Expectations naturally abound so let's get things rolling and check their latest musical offering.
Soft rock makes for an enchanting outing with the highly foot tapping "Adhoore" certainly not the kind of 'judaai' numbers that we are so used to in Bollywood over the years. Vishal Dadlani, who till now had mostly restricted himself to rendering songs with a hard rock touch makes an exception and comes behind the mike for this absolutely gem of a number and does a splendid job. The exuberance and energy in his youthful vocals certainly adds to a charm which will definitely translate on the big screen via Imran Khan's drop dead looks. He has Alyssa Mendonsa for company who impresses with her dew fresh husky vocals that will suit the lead actress Deepika to a tee. Amongst the many pluses one that deserves special mention is the highly infectious chorus (O.. adhoore tum, Adhoore hum) that leaves a long lasting impression as well as the 'mukhda', just the right precursor to a great number first up. The song becomes all the more special because of some great innovatively fresh lyrics by Prasoon, who sparks up the normally dull and boring separation/'judaai situation with his super lyrics . "Rishta ye kaisa jalti rait paaon ka, Rishta ye kaisa jhal jhal dhoop chhaon ka." A song that will mostly appeal to the youth in the big cities and metros, the real target audience of this film.
The "Adhoore' remix by Abhijit Vaghani has too much heightened tempo and rhythm but that does make for a more party/club friendly outing .
Once again just like the first number, Vishal-Shekhar come up with unconventional music for another very favourite Bollywood situation, the enticing 'padosan'(neighbour) who is the centre of attention of many young hearts! Kishore da's "Mere saamne waali khidki pe" (PADOSAN) and Mohd. Rafi's "Ye khidki jo band rahti hai" (MAIN TULSI TERE ANGAN KI) are a few tracks that remain a favourite till now. But V-S go one step ahead and adorn the second track "Ajab Lehar" with all out jazz -rock display complete with trumpets, amazing saxophone display (by Rhys D'souza) , brass band and beads and drum, the confluence of which really perk up the proceedings. And surprise surprise, it's Pritam's golden boy, Neeraj Sridhar, the voice behind countless chartbusters who gets to render this amazing retro number that takes us back to the Shammi Kapoor days of rock and roll. And he is superb despite omitting his trademark style! The back up English chorals by Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani too add to the festivities . The icing on the cake is once again the lyrics by Prasoon, who is in excellent as always, conjuring up similes and words that are so simple yet so apt and endearing and unimaginable! Just the 'mukhda' can tell exactly what we are saying, "Ajab lehar hai meri padosi, Ajab se chheete ajab ishaare". Who can imagine comparing one's beautiful neighbour to a wave, but he does that and succeeds in a big way!
Debutante director Danish Aslam doesn't show us anything which we haven't seen in past. Although that's still fine, the execution is feeble. It starts well, but soon become a test of your patience every passing second. The narrative becomes very dreary break (interval) ke baad
. Abhay and Aaliyah move frequently between India and Australia, but there is no movement in the story. There are no twists throughout the film, and the one that is there in the climax, is too good to be true.
The funky, conversational dialogues are very relatable. There aren't many lighter moments, which is a must for a romcom. Lilette Dubey blaming the several remakes of Devdas for spoiling the youth is uproarious and so is Abhay changing his relationship status on facebook to 'It's complicated'. Wish there were more of such moments. Vishal-Shekhar's music is wonderful with many hummable songs. Andre Menezes choreography captures the beauty of Australia effectively.
Imran Khan is well suited for the role of a lover boy and gives a decent performance. Deepika Padukone enthralls you with an earnest act. Even though they are good individually, the chemistry between them is missing. Sharmila Tagore is very good. Lilette Dubey is great and gets to deliver some hilarious lines. Shahana Goswami is admirable and so is Yudhisthir Das. Navin Nischol is good in his small role.
BREAK KE BAAD is an average affair which doesn't 'break' new ground in romcoms. Rating: 2/5
Movie Cast & Crew
Actor: Imran Khan, Deepika Padukone, Shahana Goswami and Sharmila Tagore.
Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi and Vishal Dadlani
Director: Danish Aslam
Music Director: Vishal-Shekhar
- Release Date : 26 Nov 2010