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Jodi Breakers  : Give us a break, guys
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Friday, February 24, 2012
Ashwini Chaudhary
R Madhavan, Bipasha Basu, Helen, Dipannita Sharma, Mrinalini Sharma, Milind Soman
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They are the opposite of a love guru coz they help distressed couples get divorced quickly and easily. But the quirky partnership heads the cliché way when the two inevitably become a couple.

The plot: It’s celebration time for Sid (R Madhavan) as he has just got his divorce. A sample of his happiness: Sid’s thoroughly enjoying his own bash when he stares at a photograph in his wallet and goes moony over his good old days “her”, the long drives, the wonderful hours spent together when it was just him and “her”.  But “she” is not ex-wife Ira (Mrinalini Sharma), it’s “horny”, his favourite car, which he had to give away as alimony. Ever since his own divorce, Sid’s all for it and breaking up marriages that don’t work becomes his sworn profession. On one of such case, he randomly encounters Sonali (Bipasha Basu) who has successfully got her parents divorced and shares a similar distaste for falling in love. Soon it’s a working partnership but somewhere en route Sonali falls in love. Remember Band Baajaa Baraat? The guy doesn’t reciprocate until several reels later, the tubelight is hit by the grand realisation that he’s in love too.

The good: The profession of jodi breakers is a fresh concept which had great scope for a really rib-tickling screenplay. Unfortunately, clichés pockmark the proceedings.

Madhavan is endearing to watch even if his dancing is un-funnily awkward. Bipasha also tries hard and is entertaining in parts along with Omi as Nano, Taraana as Isha and grand dame Helen as the grandmom. Dipannita as Maggi and Milind as Marc make a cute couple and share a warm chemistry   between them.

The film does have its funny scenes and dialogues but they are so limited and infrequent that they don’t adequately cover the flaws in the narration.

The bad: The film should have ended long before it actually did. Almost everything is said and done by interval point but is stretched without adding much entertainment value. Length, crisper; humour, more, would have worked better. Its predictability dulls the mind as for the umpteenth time a girl and a guy make a pact of not falling in love; after one particular night the girl falls for him, the guy frets, lots of overplayed and under-interesting drama ensue until the guy realizes he loves her too. Phew, no more, please.

It’s also difficult to digest Madhavan getting his bread, butter and cheese only through the profession of jodi breaking. It is also unacceptably convenient how Bipasha meets him and before you can pop the popcorn into your mouth, they’re doing business together. Their chemistry too doesn’t work and fizzles out so soon that you tune off, not really caring whether they’re in love or not.

Post-divorce Madhavan throws his arms open for all girls in his number ‘Kunwara’ but doesn’t exude the right personality for it, especially with his weird dancing. Choreographer Rajeev Surti should have done better with that sequence. Bipasha’s much-announced number choreographed by Bosco-Caesar is embarrassing and desperate.

The songs too fail to soothe or smoothen the long, cliché-ridden journey. Salim-Sulaiman, this one’s definitely a forgettable album.

Overall: The treatment is stale and the humour comes between long intervals, making it a below average watch.

– Pooja Thakkar

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