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Break ke baad has Deepika Padukone and Imran Khan go all wordy and repetitive on us. You've seen the promos, you've seen the film. The few insights either get lost in the rambling or become redundant with every recurrence. Just like real life. But, of course, the film is far, far from it. So, watch if you've nothing better to do, haven't fought with the partner in a while and are missing the banter.

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The question is no longer, "how many love stories can you watch?" It is now, "how many love stories with break-ups and the inevitable patch-ups can you watch?" And at this rate, it might as well be, "how many love stories starring Deepika Padukone having break-ups can you watch?"

Director, Danish Aslam promises that we will find parts of ourselves in the lead pair. If even half the things he says about the lead pairs relationship really comes out in the film, I'm likely to enjoy the film -

This is not a love story. It’s a story about how to make love work. It’s a story about the many many facets of love that we experience every day of our modern, sped-up, sanitized lives: falling in it, falling out of it, taking it for granted, not realizing that it’s dying a slow claustrophobic death, fighting for it with every last reserve of strength & shred of dignity, rescuing it from the worst possible whimsies of fate & character and emerging triumphant, bloody, battered & glowing from the sheer ecstasy of it all.

Earlier in the same piece, he mentions that he sees a little of him in both the Abhay (Imran Khan) and Aalia's (Deepika Padukone) characters. That struck me as odd, as in a film acknowledging that each one of us has a bit of both feminity and masculinity, our gender usually determines which traits dominate. Not too many films make such comments especially in context of a man-woman relationship. A look at the promo below takes it a step further. Very few men behave the way Abhay behaves here.

The role reversal of the stereotype continues -

Looking at all these trailers is surely getting me excited. And I always look forward to see Sharmila Tagore on screen. She has such a warm presence. I only hope they haven't exhausted all the fresh lines in the promos.

Meanwhile, I've been listening to the music as I write this article and have enjoyed every song. Here are the regular reviews -

milliblog - "It’s a delightful feeling to see Vishal Shekhar deliver great music so consistently!"

dunkdaft - "a nice little soundtrack that shines with awesome lyrics by Prasoon Joshi "

music aloud - "8.5/10"

apun ka choice - "Light rock music of the 80s has clearly influenced the album as most of the songs are not too hard on ears; they are rather soft and fresh in approach."

Bollyspice - "2.5/5"

Bollywood Hungama - "3.5/5"

Rediff - "The man's flair for juggling with words and imagery is at its optimum in Dhoop ke makaan, easily the best of the lot."