Love Breakups Zindagi

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quick review:

Love Breakups Zindagi is a very sedate kind of a relationships film. It is a casual and everyday-like take on the subject but it also turns out to be long-drawn and boring. Not worth a trip to the theaters for the one or two insightful things it has to say about romantic relationships.

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Director: Sahil Sangha
Running time: 150 minutes
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Love Breakups Zindagi - Preview

Love Breakups Zindagi seems to be satisfying this week's requirement of the "a rom-com a week" trend. And given how clichéd the genre can get, the movie looks promising. Despite, Zayed Khan. Case-in-point, minute 1:33 in the trailer below. Awesome line, awful delivery.

There are other light, fun elements in the film. Also, the film seems to be based on a theme within the "romance" sphere - that of the fallacy behind "opposites attract".

"Is this your story?" the closing line of the trailer probes. Not mine, but I'd love to watch it. Okay-okay maybe some bits in my relationship too has fallen prey to the said fallacy. But, that's the beauty isn't it? ANY relationship would have some elements that face in diagonally opposite directions, and it becomes a restraint in one way or the other. I think it'd be fun to make fun of that, and in some sense celebrate those differences via the characters.

The hope is that the other actors do a better job at timing their lines. And of course, another hope is that not all the punch lines are exhausted in the trailer.

Something about the trailer, makes me look forward to the film. I think a lot of it goes to the light look of the film. And the background music that enhances the peppy feel. The music isn't being raved about, but has gotten above average reviews. Here's hoping that the movie rings a similar tune with its audiences.

Music Reviews: Milliblog - "strictly functional soundtrack from the usually dependable duo."
Music Aloud - "7/10"
Bollyspice - "3/5"
Bollywood Hungama - "3.5/5"

- meeta, a part of the audience

Love Breakups Zindagi has very deliberately written and made film. You can see the thought put in the growth of the characters and their interactions. Unfortunately, the makers aren't able to build momentum soon enough. They take too long to establish the chemistry between various characters and it ends up being a little too slow.

Unfortunately, this happens because they are trying to imitate life. It takes time to establish friendships and romantic relationships. The little things that attract people to each other take their own sweet time to reveal themselves. Real people give a lot of thought before breaking up with their partner and it is a tough decision. But, there are times when the slow pace works in a film and there are times when it doesn't. In Love Breakups Zindagi it mostly doesn't.

Sadly, it is not for lack of trying. I really like the simple theme picked to make the film about, "Opposites attract, but choose a like-minded partner" but ironically, the simplicity makes it too dull. The effort is visible. The restraint in spending about 30-45 minutes of a film in a wedding set-up and keeping it quite is visible and I actually appreciate it too. But, the dialogue is too plain and thus too boring.

Maybe, if the film were left to better actors, it would have pepped the film up a bit. But, Zayed Khan just doesn't work as a romantic hero. Every time he tries to emote a sentimental emotion, he brings a cringe. Dia Mirza is good as the confused girl who wants to do the right thing, but there is nothing special about her. Cyrus Sahukar has an effected dialogue delivery, the words don't flow. Tisca Chopra is the only one who looks competent and fit for her role, but then again this must be a cake walk for her.

I usually, avoid talking about cameos, but here Shah Rukh Khan's special appearance brings about a very real, very believable reaction from Naina (Dia Mirza). It is adorable. But other than that the cameo, like most cameos, is dispensible.

And that hurts because the biggest culprit in Love Breakups Zindagi's failure is the length. Had these cameos been chopped off, had a couple of side-stories been taken away, the film would be a crisper product rather than a limp one, which you are most likely to watch among many other things while flipping channels.

Love Breakups Zindagi is one of those cases where rating it as "watch if you have nothing better to do" sounds a bit too harsh. It doesn't have laugh out loud or super-aawwww moments. But it is sweet and it does have a few relatable insights about relationships. But you have to be a very patient person to enjoy them.

- meeta, a part of the audience

24 reviewers(?) - 3 yays 8 so-so 13 nays

Warning: clicking on "full review" will take you to an external website that could contain spoilers.

Thumbs up, Movie Talkies : ...Love BreakUps Zindagi' is definitely worth a watch for the light-heartedness of the movie and the few quirky comic scenes.... full review

Thumbs up, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...Salim-Sulaiman’s music is foot-tapping and elevated by Javed Akhtar’s superb lyrics.... full review

Thumbs up, by K N Gupta, : ...Actors shoulder the movie!... full review

So-So, by Shalu Dhyani, Bolly Spice : ...Isn’t good enough to be called a ‘must-see’ nor bad enough to be called a ‘must-not-see’... full review

So-So, by Akansha Naval-Shetye, DNA : ...Love, Breakups, Zindagi is clichéd, but fun... full review

So-So, by Deepa Gahlot, Film Impressions : ...Love Breakups Zindagi is a reasonably well made but very formulaic story.... full review

So-So, by Martin D'Souza, : ...Its a very light and a really family entertainment.... full review

So-So, by Divya Solgama, : ...It’s not a bad film, but not a great one too. ... full review

So-So, by Komal Nahta, koimoi : ...Zayed Khan does a fair job. Dia Mirza is earnest and acts ably... full review

So-So, The Friday Freak : ... Music, performances and direction are strong points to some extent.... full review

So-So, Zee News : ...'Love Breakups Zindagi’ is a light-hearted film!... full review

Thumbs down, by Aparajita Ghosh, Apun Ka Choice : ...Love Breakups Zindagi is too cheesy and long a flick to make for an entertaining watch. Better avoided.... full review

Thumbs down, Daily Bhaskar : ...Love Breakups Zindagi is a poor affair... full review

Thumbs down, by Smita, Desi Martini : ...Its predictable and boring. Break up time. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Deepa Deosthalee , Film Impressions : ...MORE WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL... full review

Thumbs down, by Deepa Garimella , Fully Hyderabad : ...Poor storyline, non-impactful dialogues and editing are weak points.... full review

Thumbs down, by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times : ...Don’t expect too much from this, and I think you’ll do just fine.... full review

Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...Love Breakups Zindagi' offers nothing new... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta , indian express : ...Rajeev Khandelwal yet again proves his acting prowess... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta , indian express : ...This film, by a brand new director with absolutely no distinction... full review

Thumbs down, by Swati Rohatgi, Now : ...Love Breakups Zindagi can be a onetime watch if you have nothing else to do.... full review

Thumbs down, by Preeti Arora, Rediff : ...Love Breakups Zindagi is for people who like cute, cheesy, breezy love stories.... full review

Thumbs down, by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India : ...Not quite the perfect debut from Sahil Sangha as director and Dia and Zayed as producers... full review

Thumbs down, by Mr Care, Upper Stall : ...Love Breakups Zindagi is a dull fare and given its poor start, will fail at the ticket windows... full review

21 tweeters(?) - 10 yays 4 so-so 7 nays

sweeetstarr1: Just Saw LOVE BREAKUPS ZINDAGI in DUBAI ! Total Paisa Vasool Movie ★★★★ ! Loved eachhh scene ! U and Zayed RoCk ! @deespeak @FarahKhanAli

SharvanaG: Watched Love Breakups Zindagi & Force this weekend.. both were good.. ^_^

rawatkamini: love breakups zindagi.... good movie

Rahul_Prasad: Wishing all th vry best: Love Breakups & Zindagi. Gr8 wrk Born Free Ent. - Dia, Zayed, Sahil n Co. Its a fresh one for sure. Paisa Vasool :)

junaidarfi: Love Breakups & Zindagi .. a must see

ItsAmanSagwal: HAPPY SURPRISE!! Just saw "love breakups Zindagi" n WHAT a WONDERFUL film!! Laughed so hard after a (c...

iHrithikFan: (@iHrithik via Twitter ) HAPPY SURPRISE!! Just saw "love breakups Zindagi" n WHAT a WONDERFUL film!! Laughed so...

DevrajSanyal: Love Breakups Zindagi is the best new gen X movie to watch out for..incredible work...Dia, Zayed and Sahil..a must must see...

deespeak: Met audiences after a audience show of Love BreakUps Zindagi! What an amazing feeling when people hug you and say they loved the movie :):)

BhaBhaBlckSheep: Love Breakups Zindagi...a must watchhh....super fun with it's heart in the right place :) :) :)

Sugar_06: What I really liked about Love Breakups Zindagi, was it looked so fresh, very good humour and some touching scenes, with good performances.

SoniAggarwal: "@suhasinih: Pop-review: love,breakups,zindagi...tooooo long. Even real-life l,b,z ends quicker."But fun !

deep_ika: Watched Love, Breakups, Zindagi. Good movie but predictable, a bit dragged and slow!

ABVNambiar: zayed khan pls take vrs from acting and please stop spoilin decent movies with ur pathetic breakups zindagi one time watch!!!

vatsup1: What is Paras Tomar (once used to anchor a show on CNN-IBN) doing in Love, breakups, Zindagi. Walked outta show halfway. Total waste.

saanajain: Sahi mein yaaar,khatarnaak bakwaas movie"@oyeujuoye: FYI....*Love breakups zindagi* was .........mushy....real mushy..and i almost puked..."

movierecos: LOVE BREAKUPS ZINDAGI: REVIEW: Rating: 2 out of 5 stars DIRECTOR: Sahil Sangha CAST & CREW: Zayed ... @movietickets

MOVIE_PREDICTOR: my verdict - Love Breakups Zindagi will b a flop.

mohithbs: Love Breakups Zindagi is a woeful, sorry, poor, lamentable, deplorable, contemptible, paltry, insufficient, unsatisfactory movie ever

jenishkhanjala: LOVE BREAKUPS ZINDAGI Movie Review: The film lacks freshness

dev4sachin: Watch sumbody loving.... Watch some1s breakup.... Lyk ur zindagi... Bt dnt watch LOve Breakups Zindagi!! @MTVIndia @CoolKamikazeCat

5 readers - 3 yays 2 so-so 0 nays

Yay! Thumbs Up, by follow here in order to discov website

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Tistook : Very good movie.

Yay! Thumbs Up, by VINOD ARORA : 70

So-So, by KathieMelton

So-So, by Samantha : 10

This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

Plot Summary

Girl (Dia Mirza) meets boy (Zayed Khan). Only problem is girl has already met another boy and boy has already met another girl. Now what?

What Worked

  • Naina's (Dia Mirza) disappointment when she finds out her boyfriend is showing up.
  • I liked the fact that the choreography in the sangeet dance wasn't professional. Gave the wedding a very homely feel.
  • Dia Mirza outfit in the dance mentioned above.
  • The breakups are handled by characters in a very mature fashion.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • "main se meena se na saaki se" was cute for a bit, but the entire song?! Goodness no!
  • How come ALL people who have come for a wedding have appropriate white clothes for a funeral?!
  • There is no high point or conflict in the film.
  • Ritu's side story.
  • Boman Irani's character.
  • Riteish Deshmkh's character.
  • Shah Rukh Khanbeing himself.
  • Shah Rukh Khan handing away gyaan on relationships.
  • The "do it for biji" spiel in the end!

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: None
  • Language: Clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: None
  • Concept: That of waiting around till you find the right life-partner
  • General Look and Feel: It’s a sweet romantic environment.

Detailed Ratings (out of 5):

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Love Breakups Zindagi - Cast, crew, links

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Running time:
150 minutes

Comments (2)

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Nice to read this post..very live !!

While reading the review I was remembering a Brazilian writer from my creative writing classes.

"Art has to seem life-like but it should be without the boring parts of real life, that is the skill of the writer", she used to repeat.

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