Friday, November 26, 2010

Break Ke Baad Movie Review: Take a Break from This Boredom

The only thing original about Break Ke Baad is the credit-roll. A story that has nothing new to offer, it is tepid from the beginning and insipid after the break.

Story of Break Ke Baad: Abhay ( Imran Khan) and Aaliyah ( Deepika Padukone) are childhood sweethearts; the girl is practical and way too ambitious while the lad is yet to figure out what to do with his life. After establishing through some scenes about how they bicker, fight, make up, make out... director Danish Alam takes the Jaane Tu Ya Jaane route where the girl declares that she has to go to Australia for mass communication course. Imran didn’t like it then, and he does not like it now; as well.

But in this case, the action actually shifts to Australia where Deepika stays with a sex weirdo Yudishtir (really weird) and Shahana Goswami (wasted) thoroughly. Our hero comes there as well, even though Aaliyah maintains she wants to take a break from the relationship After some misunderstanding enough for the boy to make it big and the girl to sacrifice her ambition, Aaliyah realizes her folly and becomes a part of an ever abused filmi climax set at the wedding arena.

Plus points: A fine performance by Deepika Padukone and good cinematography. After seeing the unique manner in which the credits were shown, one expected a better treatment, if not a good story. But that was not meant to be.

Minus points of Break ke Baad:
1. Everything is so very Jaane Tu, I Hate Luv Storys, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Hum Tum, Kal Ho Na Ho and Salaam Namaste and Love Aaj Kal. The movie borrows copiously and ends up quite lame. You just get a déjà vu experience and there is hardly a single scene that you can carry with you. If you thought that the girl going down her knees to propose was cute, Katrina Kaif did that way more sweetly in a song from New York!
2. The director could have exploited the long distance angle in a very good, moving manner. But no, he makes Imran come all the way to Australia and spoils, what could have been an interesting angle.
3. The pace of the movie is slow, the plot uninspiring and the dialogues jaded. Somehow Lilette Dubey gets the best lines (you crackle when she says 'get her some boobs' ).
4. Absence of a good background score; something peppy would have been better for a film of this sort.
5. The movie unnecessary pretends to be cool by using words ‘screw you’, ‘I am screwed' etc .  All that brouhaha about appealing to the Internet generation as hyped in media, is reduced to Imran wondering what to put in Facebook-Complicated or Single.
6. There is no chemistry worth mentioning, Deepika ends up looking more like Imran’s big, haughty sister.
7. The screenplay by Renuka Kunzru and Danish Aslam is such a mess. What was the producer Kunal Kohli doing, he is supposed to be a film critic as well, with a fine eye for films. How did he approve of this?

Performances in Break Ke Baad
Imran Khan needs to take a break, his choice of films is so similar, that it hurts. Let's see what he does 'Break Ke Baad'. He seemed jaded in this one. Deepika Padukone is a fine actor, who has given an earnest performance but she needs something that can justify her talent, like Lafangey Parindey did. The lesser said about the character actors the better; with weak characterizations; none of them make any sort of impact. Sharmila Tagore and Naveen Nischol are reduced to pale shadow of themselves..

Conclusion; Lack of originality and a much traveled terrain makes Break Ke Baad avoidable. Need a break from this boredom.



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