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Love Breakups Zindagi (2011)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 7 October 2011 (India)
A couple and many of their friends experience changes and challenges in their respective lives after attending a wedding.

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Jai Malhotra
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Naina Kapoor (as Diya Mirza)
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Govind
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Sheila Thappar
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Arjun
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Bijji
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Delhi-based Jai Malhotra is engaged to Radhika and their marriage is expected to take place soon, while Mumbai-based Naina Kapoor has a boyfriend in Dhruv and both are also plan to wed. Both travel without their respective lovers to Chandigarh to attend the marriage of Arjun and Gayatri. They meet with Gayatri's grandmother, Bijji, and mingle with others. They also organize a night of entertainment, which is also attended by Dhruv. The festivities turn to sorrow the next day when Bijji unexpectedly passes away. After a brief mourning period, the marriage takes place, and everyone returns to their respective homes. With their minds still fresh from memories and photographs from the wedding, they then experience issues and challenges when they attempt to adjust back into their respective lives. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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INR 100,000,000 (estimated)
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Too much sugar in the cup always makes a bad coffee.
2 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

Post "Monsoon Wedding" which came in 2001, Indian Marriages and plots written around them have been the hot favourite of Bollywood directors. But now after a decade of using it over and over again it has almost lost its charm and freshness. Still, the basic premise of a marriage holds a good potential only if you have something novel to showcase revolving around the event. And the most recent example of this statement is the success seen by few movies such as "Tanu Weds Manu" and "Band Baaja Baaraat".

Unfortunately the current LOVE BREAKUPS ZINDAGI doesn't have anything unique to offer in the name of content and it very lazily tries to encash the same old concept of changing love interests during a wedding proceedings. But the film is not a complete washout since it has few positive points to keep you engaged at least for the first half of the film. To begin with it's a well presented film like a finely decorated wedding invitation card having the same routine message as usual. Along with talking about a normal love affair of Zayed and Dia, it also gives much time in its script to the sub-plot of a young guy getting involved with an elderly woman (Cyrus & Tisca Copra).

No doubt, it has scenes which are taken straight out of real life with very likable and believable dialogues. But at the same time the script also gets confused between its main and supporting plot, where no emphasis is given to the later one towards the end. And as a result the second half of the film becomes entirely predictable and uninteresting with the same routine kind of sequences coming one after another which we have already seen several times before. Moreover, the biggest drawback of the film remains its hugely unbearable length of more than two and a half hours. And that is the second big & decisive mistake made by its director after his first one of choosing an ages old rotten plot for his fresh movie.

However, the few bright points in LOVE BREAKUPS ZINDAGI are its eye catching frames, beautiful and believable outfits and the ravishing Dia Mirza, who cheers you up every time she is there on the screen with her gorgeous smile. The Cinematography deserves a special mention here related to the above mentioned visual merits of the film and so does its rich production design which is appealing. Music by Salim-Sulaiman is though above average but also nothing exceptional relying heavily on a Remixed Govinda Hit "Main Se Meena Se Na Saaqi Se".

Performance wise its surprisingly the best film of Zayed till date, where he has actually shown some talent, rather than just being stylish as usual. Cyrus as his friend is impressively natural and leaves a mark too. The rest of the male star-cast does well but the truth is that LBZ actually belongs to the ladies alone. It's a Dia Mirza film all together wherein she dominates with her pleasant performance right till the end, but sadly never gets to do even a single new scene throughout the film. And for that she should strongly blame both her director and the writers for wasting a fine opportunity by choosing such an overused plot for their film. Tisca Chopra delivers yet another fine lovable performance as the intelligent over-age lady and unarguably remains one of the few merits of the film.

Interestingly LBZ also has Shabana Azmi, Boman Irani, Ritesh Deshmukh and even Shahrukh Khan in a short cameo. But the fact remains that no reputed cameo of any kind or grandeur can save an otherwise uninteresting film which is just glossy in its presentation without any basic soul. In fact LOVE BREAK ZINDAGI can easily be compared to a badly made coffee which is too sweet in taste but it does have a beautifully carved cup, painted with many bright colours, kept nicely on the table. So if you are game for tasting a coffee served in that manner then you can surely try the film, may be just for Dia Mirza alone.


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