ravings, rantings and ramblings
A man is known for the company he works for. Holds true if you watch debuting director Danish Aslam’s Break Ke Baad. Mr Kohli must be beaming like a proud mentor. But we are not.
This film is like having a dish at a restaurant that reminds you of three other dishes at different restaurants, and that takes away from the dish you are currently having.
That should, pretty much, sum things up.
Now if a young love story as this is targeted at teens and the ‘young, directionless in love‘, then one might add how a film like Wake Up Sid managed to strike a chord with an audience that wasn’t all teenagers. The idea or plot certainly had merit, only if the handling was a little matured.
There genuinely was no acting in the entire film. Sharmila Tagore and Lilette Dubey were wasted, as was Shahana Goswami. One would tend to ignore the forced comic timing of Yudhistar Urs who tried walking the inspired walk of Crocodile Dundee a.k.a Jaaved Jafferi from Salaam Namaste.
Casting two young starlets (Imran Khan and Deepika Padukone) who we haven’t seen together is a good idea, but the storyline didn’t have gum enough to hold the two in any sort of screen chemistry. If my memory serves me right, Rahul Bose and Mallika Sherawat had better on-screen oomph.
There were a few moments that evoked smiles. Like there were moments in Ranbir Kapoor’s Anjaana Anjaani but they were insufficient to string together a whole film.
Music was bland. Like an insipid smoothie.
Kunal Kohli probably would recover with multiple brand endorsements like Nestle’s Kit Kat (that asks you to take a break) and he could thank the multiplex masses going in to watch the film over the week-end. But try asking the name of this film next Friday!
There is one way to salvage this film. Compose a 15 minute song, get Sonu Nigaam to sing it and star in it and release it as a music video. That should do it. You have good locales from New Delhi to Gold Coast, the boy and girl are good-looking, good wardrobe, chics, beer and… well, I can’t seem to think anymore.
Right, time to get my hard drive out and select a good film for the rest of my week-end.
Oh! And one last thing. Everybody has seen the sitcom series Friends. So building a story out of Ross and Rachel fighting over whether it was a ‘break’ or a ‘break-up’ is not just a great idea. Take a break guys.