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Upperstall Review



Love Breakups Zindagi


Hindi, Drama, Romance, 2011, Color

The film takes us into the baffling core of modern relationships.

Jai (Zayed Khan) and Naina (Dia Mirza) are almost "settled" in their life but missing something or someone who will complete them. Jai feels that magic and serendipity have passed him by. Naina has taught herself that a less than fulfilling life is enough for her. But is it?

Govind (Cyrus Sahukar) has a colourful past and is on his way to another major, seemingly all wrong relationship. But what if this 'mistake' is the love he has been looking for all his life?

Sheila (Tisca Chopra) has stayed single for a long time waiting for Mr. Perfect. When he does appear, will she take her chance at love, look beyond the odds that divide to see what binds them in a perfect whole?

Ritu (Umang Jain) lives on breakups and ice cream. Will she ever find a man, and share a beginning and not just a closure?

Arjun (Satyadeep Misra) and Gayatri (Auritra Ghosh) are the perfect couple on the brink of a dream wedding. Will their love inspire the others to listen to their heart?

Dhruv (Vaibhav Talwar) and Radhika (Pallavi Sharda) are driven workaholics ignoring the small text of their lives. Will they wake up to see what they have missed in their desire for everything?

Through the film, the characters find personal truths, shed illusions, laugh, cry, grow up and learn the biggest lesson of all. That even if you don't go looking for love, it will come looking for you.

There is an idea somewhere in this opera length feature, about a love story between two people who are in a relationship with two other people, but realize that they love each other instead. There, I did it. Told you what this film is about. Donít blame me if you still want to see it, and find out thereís absolutely nothing more to it. How they made a complete film around those two lines is probably the only thing I donít fathom about Love Breakups Zindagi (LBZ).

There is nothing here that you havenít seen before. And there is nothing that happens even remotely beyond the predictable. You know how Jai and Naina are going to meet, you know how they are going to fall for each other, and you know how they are going to resist being with each other in spite of being irrepressibly attracted, and you know they are obviously going to be together in the end. But we have seen much better films being made within this premise. DDLJ managed to become an all time great with this, and therein lies a lesson for the makers. They failed in creating compelling moments of emotional drama, and they did not take the effort to be original and fresh in executing this story. LBZ tries very hard to be charming and cute, but does not have the originality or the warmth to achieve this. Attribute this to unimpressive writing. Both screenplay and dialogue lack the wit and strength to pull off a story like this, leaving you with a laborious watch with not one new idea to offer. Most of the times, the film just doesnít go anywhere. The ending is almost an anti climax, and takes the easiest way out to resolve the issue of how they get together.

There are the odd positives, thanks mainly to Cyrus and Tiscaís track. It is far more real and appealing than Zayed and Diaís, and the film is much better of with it. This is a credit to both actors as well, especially Cyrus, whoís understated performance and dry wit remains a pleasing watch. The film is replete with cameos Ė Ritiesh, Shabana, SRK, and a hilarious Boman Irani Ė in an attempt to liven up the proceedings. Dia looks undeniably gorgeous, and Zayed is likeable too, but both are severely limited by the writing to make any real impressions.

The two breakups that happen in the film are so calm, so quite, and so matter of fact, youíre almost taken aback. In both, the reason was clearly a lack of emotional connect between the two couples. Unfortunately, thatís pretty much how youíre going to feel about LBZ too.

Upperstall review by: Mr Care





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