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Movie Review : Love, BreakUps, Zindagi

 Love, BreakUps, Zindagi
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Starring :
 Sahil Sangha
 Salim Merchant - Sulaiman Merchant
 Javed Akhtar
 Zayed Khan, Dia Mirza, Cyrus Sahukar, Tisca Chopra, Satyadeep Mishra, Vaibhav Talwar, Auritra Ghosh, Umang, Farida Jalal, Pallavi Sharda and Soni Razdan

Love, BreakUps, Zindagi Movie Review

October 6, 2011 05:59:56 PM IST
By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
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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.

Here's the report card

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!

Rating - 3/5

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