Movie Review: JODI BREAKERS by FENIL SETA

Most experts and also moviegoers emphasize on the importance of a good script and believe that it is the basis of a well-made film. But I personally believe that it’s the execution that matters the most. After all, a film can rest on a waferthin plot but yet manage to entertain if it’s directed well. Conversely, a film can boast of an excellent storyline but execute it badly and your film will fall like a pack of cards. Jodi Breakers is the case in point! It has so many factors in its favour – ensemble star cast, hit music, fresh look and not to forget, a novel plot. But sadly, director Ashwini Chaudhary’s direction just spoils it all!

The story of the movie: Sid (R Madhavan) is a divorcee and a break-up expert. After working solo for sometime, he gangs up with Sonali (Bipasha Basu) and they both become jodi breakers. They successfully help dissolve lots of broken marriages. One fine day, they are assigned by Ira (Mrinalini Sharma) to spy on her husband Marc (Milind Soman) in Greece and photograph him enjoying with his mistress Maggie (Dipannita Sharma Atwal). In this case, the jodi breakers decide to tweak their rules and get a different culmination to the case. However, it changes their life for the worse.

Jodi Breakers has a breezy and an interesting first half. The comic moments compliment the proceedings well especially Baba Kamdev episode. The Greece portions too are well filmed, especially the lovely moments shared by the jodi breakers. The twist at the intermission point comes as a bolt from the blue. But sadly, it was so badly presented that viewers were left confused. In fact, the dazed audiences didn’t even get up from the seats for few moments as they were trying to get a hang of the sudden development in the tale! Not good! The film goes further down in the second half. As mentioned above, the film rests on a wonderful plot but direction doesn’t bring justice to it. Also, the sequences in Goa wherein Sid-Sonali are trying to rectify their wrongs weren’t that interesting and could have been better. Thankfully, the film has a rather funny climax and that in a saves the film from becoming ultimate disaster!

Performance wise, both the lead actors give their best. R Madhavan rises above the script and comes up with an excellent performance. It’s probably the first time that he gets to play such kind of role and he performs it with élan. Bipasha Basu looks super sizzling and gives a riveting performance. Omi Vaidya (Nano) was funny only in Baba Kamdev sequence. It’s disappointing to see a talented actor like him coming up with similar roles or the ones having the ‘Chatur Ramalingam’ touch. High time for Omi to change gears and surprise the audiences! Dipannita Sharma Atwal looks ravishing! An actress who deserves more! Milind Soman was alright and so was Mrinalini Sharma. Helen (Marc’s mother) was a treat to watch as always. Mazhar Syed (Sid’s friend Sahil), Tarana Raj (cardiologist Isha) and Paritosh Sand (doctor) lend able support.

Salim-Sulaiman’s music is as always pleasure to the ears. All songs of the film – Kunwara, Bipasha, Jab Main Tumhare, Darmiyaan and Mujhko Teri Zaroorat – rock. The background score enhances impact in few scenes. Arun Verma’s cinematography was fine, especially the long shots. Sanyukta Chawla’s story definitely had meat and had all the trappings of a fine entertainer, though it had the Band Baaja Baaraat hangover. But Aakash Kaushik’s screenplay had several loose ends and the same applied to Ashwini Chaudhary’s direction too. Many things didn’t make sense. For instance, Sonali quickly made up her mind to join Sid. No light was thrown as to what work she was doing before becoming a jodi breaker. Moreover, she fell in love with Sid too soon! Also, Marc-Maggie track in a way seemed half-baked. And as said before, the post-interval portions of Goa just didn’t impress. Very unfortunate!

Few good scenes of the film:
1. The songs Kunwara and Bipasha
2. Baba Kamdev episode
3. Nano in hospital
4. Sid-Sonali enter Marc’s house secretly
5. Sid-Sonali’s romantic moments in Greece
6. Sid enters operation theatre

On the whole, Jodi Breakers is a disappointing fare. The film had the advantage of fine music, performance, locales and storyline but direction and few loose ends ruin it all! Thumbs down!

My rating-** out of 5!

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  1. aryan 7 years ago

    Excellent review Fenil keep it up.

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