Time for a break
Director: Ashwini Chaudhary
Starring: Bipasha Basu, R Madhavan
After a certain point in the movie, which I am sorry to say was fairly early on, I found myself obsessing about Madhavan ‘s weight. Why would an actor so fine as he not lose weight for a role which is designed to relaunch his image as hero of rom coms after last year’s charming Tanu Weds Manu. Who chooses his wardrobe-or do the clothes choose him based on his weight. Why does Bipasha Basu not include him in her workout regime? It’s a pity because the film starts off with some promise.
It’s an interesting, even if borrowed, idea. And there’s some clever writing, involving Nano (Omi Vaidya, trying very hard to recapture the glory of 3 Idiots, including reading a wrong speech in disguise at Baba Kaamdev) but it’s a mess. Madhavan is Sid and Bipasha is Sonali and together they use their wits to help couples divorce. But then there’s a twist involving Madhavan’s ex wife and Milind Soman’s millionaire businessman. Soman as Mark and Dipannita as Maggie make a cool couple especially when wearing lovely linens and flowing gowns (that’s Soman wearing the linens and Dipannita wearing the gowns).
But there’s just too much philosophizing about romance involving copious amounts of champagne being drunk. It falls flat especially when the protagonists return to Mumbai and then go off to Goa where poor old Helen is wheeled out to resolve a crisis. Now I adore Helen but really we’d like to remember our icons at their best, wearing feathery boas and fringed skirts. Some hospital visits ensue and there’s a nasty little turn involving Mrinalini Sharma as an evil wealth-obsessed woman. But by then Madhavan’s weight had done me in. I had given up concentrating.
Which is a pity. Bipasha has never looked so radiant and her acting has never been as spontaneous. The break-up seems to suit her. Madhavan is one of our most talented actors. Omi Vaidya really has to find a new gag for himself. Avoid. Watch the Oscar nominees instead. I recommend The Artist. Uggie, the dog, will break your heart. In the best possible way.Ashwini Chaudhary Bipasha Basu India today Jodi Breakers Kaveree Bamzai Madhavan Reviews