In the Indian societal setting, marriages mark a significant episode in an individual's life and Hindi movies have, very often, mirrored this fact. But the question is, can one snap off a relationship/marriage if it's not working? Is it easy for the respective individuals to start life afresh after a bad marriage? A lot of people I know are constantly under social and familial pressure to maintain the picture of contentment, even when they are not hitting off.
But times are changing rapidly. Marriage as an institution isn't sacrosanct anymore, with divorce becoming a commonality in urban India. Breaking free from a relationship calls for a celebration these days, with theme parties being organized to celebrate 'freedom'.
JODI BREAKERS narrates the story of a couple [R. Madhavan and Bipasha Basu, in this case] who help break up miserable, disgruntled couples. What makes JODI BREAKERS an innovative experience for Hindi moviegoers is the fact that a majority of our films are about people falling in love, but this one is about a pair that specializes in separation. It tells you to break the shackles and find a path of your own, after love goes wrong.
Wait! Does the plot ring a bell? Does JODI BREAKERS borrow inspiration from two films, as the rumor mills want us to believe, LAWS OF ATTRACTION [Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Moore] and the French film HEARTBREAKER [Romain Duris, Vanessa Paradis]? Not really, barring a similar-sounding title with the latter. In fact, a few random moments bring back memories of YRF's immensely likeable BAND BAAJA BAARAAT.
To put things in the right perspective, JODI BREAKERS is routine, clichéd and formulaic, at least initially. Add lazy and unenergetic too. Director Ashwini Chaudhary doesn't get a grip of things, except in a couple of sequences. But the twist and turns in the post-interval portions are of an interesting variety [writer: Aakash Kaushik], with a major chunk of the second hour succeeding in making you erase whatever misgivings you may have had from the first hour.
Sid [R. Madhavan], a divorcee, realizes that happy marriages are a myth. He decides to become a break-up specialist on a rebound. He comes into contact with Sonali [Bipasha Basu] and the duo decides to become jodi breakers. But a major incident changes their lives and the duo decides to rectify the wrong they had committed.
JODI BREAKERS is a mixed bag, frankly. It's like watching two different films in those two hours. Let me explicate. The first half is largely dry and insipid and talks of jodi breakers. The succeeding half is exactly the reverse. It holds your attention since the characters change gears. The drama in the post-interval portions compensates for the blemishes that stare at you initially. The film concludes on an extremely pleasant note, which is what the viewer actually carries with him/her when he/she exits the auditorium.
Director Ashwini Chaudhary has the makings of a fine raconteur. This, one realized much earlier [DHOOP] and now, in JODI BREAKERS, Ashwini proves his credentials yet again. What's noteworthy is that he keeps the drama straightforward, unfussy and unpretentious. Besides, he makes his lead pair shine magnificently in the radiance of a well-tailored script.
The songs of JODI BREAKERS have already merited a place in popular charts and ace composers Salim-Sulaiman deserve credit for it. It's a damn good soundtrack, with several tracks staying fresh in your memory -- 'Kunwara', 'Darmiyaan' and 'Bipasha'. Even the song in the finale, which may give an impression that it's forced in the narrative, helps the story move forward. The cinematography [Arun Varma] is of standard, with the scenic locales of Greece and Goa giving the film that rich texture.
JODI BREAKERS holds your attention for a key reason. It doesn't fall prey to the conventional pairing. While he captured the hearts of cinegoers playing the conventional good boy in TANU WEDS MANU, Madhavan does a somersault in JODI BREAKERS. He underplays his character ingeniously and is incredible when he communicates his sentiments. Bipasha looks fresh, glamorous and most importantly, one hasn't watched her in the way you will get to see in JODI BREAKERS. Part of a rom-com for the first time, let me tell you, she is very good in the film. Besides, she's sure to send viewers into raptures in the 'Bipasha' track. The tender moments between Madhavan and Bipasha are tastefully handled.
Milind Soman and Dipannita Sharma are truly wonderful. Mrinalini Sharma portrays her part with gusto. Omi Vaidya provides some laughs, especially in the Baba Kamdev sequence. Tarana Raja is first-rate, while Helen adds sparkle to her part.
On the whole, JODI BREAKERS has an engrossing and smartly executed second half that tilts scales in its favor. The right dose of drama and romance, besides a trendy, harmonious musical score, only act as toppings.
External Hindi Movie Review with Ratings of Jodi Breakers (2012) from all the popular movie critics and websites. Starring: R Madhavan, Bipasha Basu, Omi Vaidya Director: Ashwini Chaudhary
Taran Adarsh, BollywoodHungama.com: 3/5 JODI BREAKERS has an engrossing and smartly executed second half that tilts scales in its favor. The right dose of drama and romance, besides a trendy, harmonious musical score, only act as toppings ... Complete movie review
Komal Nahta, ETC & Koimoi.com: 1/5 Watch it for the performances and the music, but do not expect much else ... Complete movie review
Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times: 1/5 A movie can either make sense or money. So some filmmakers strongly suspect. Why did we expect anything better here? We always do ... Complete movie review
Avijit Ghosh, Times of India: 2.5/5 Jodi Breakers isn't entirely without merit though. Madhavan is earnest. And Bipasha looks stunning ... Complete review
Piyali Dasgupta, NDTV: 1.5/5 I kept thinking of Madhavan’s earlier films to remind myself that he is a good actor. Sadly wasted. Just like Bipasha is nothing to write home about. Looks, even chiseled ones, do not make a film ... Complete movie review