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Jodi Breakers review: Nice jodi; broken story

Movie:
Jodi Breakers
Director:
Ashwini Chaudhary
Cast:
Bipasha Basu, Madhavan, Omi Vaidya, Dipannita Sharma, Mrinalini Sharma, Milind Soman, Helen
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These things happen only in the movies. Where a grown man is making a living out of getting warring couples divorced. And that he finds a gorgeous business partner and soul-mate, just like that, in a bar.

Sid (Madhavan) a divorcee, takes it upon himself to make sure unhappy spouses get a divorce. No one in the film comes to him with a pressing problem – a husband wants a divorce from his sex-addict wife as she leaves the boxer husband no strength in the ring. A woman quips, “We have health issues. I am sick of him.” Indeed.

The film takes a turn when the  ‘jodi breakers’ are faced with a unique case. Just this once, they decide to forgo their professional rules. This Barbie-Ken pair has broken up over a misunderstanding and the jodi breakers decide to turn menders for the first time.

Divorce is a touchy topic, and though the film makes light of the issue, it’s done with a cheeky irreverence that makes you smile. Also, the film steers clear of being judgmental for the most part. Sid’s partner Sonali (Bipasha) says that if you marry the  wrong person, divorce could be an opportunity to find your true soul-mate. She herself had helped her parents get divorced. This must be a first for a Hindi film heroine!

So far, so good. But like many films that have a great start, this one too, slips miserably in the second half. Post-interval, the film loses its  sense of humour, and conforms to a sloppy sob-story. It’s like watching two different films in one. Helen’s sprightly act as the grandmother paces things up a tad.

The film’s strength is the story, dialogue and pretty strong performances by the cast. But the unusual coupling doesn’t always work. While their chemistry is palpable and their acting personas complement each other, there’s something off about this pair. For one, the fit and over-groomed Bipasha looks way out of Madhavan’s league (overweight and unkempt in this film).

That’ a recurring problem in the film, actually. Even his goofy friend (Omi Vaidya) is cast as a player who seduces vulnerable women after Sid is done breaking their marriages. Quite a stretch, really. He is believable when he’s goofy, and when he reads that funny speech (like in 3 Idiots) that incorporates names of various liquors.

There are several such moments that’ll make you crack up. The witty dialogue throws up several gems, but gets over-zealous at times bringing in rhyming words like 'shani' and 'alimony'. The slick film is strong on the technical front. The cinematography, editing, sound-design are a delight. Most of Salim-Sulaiman’s song are foot-tapping.

Director Ashwini Chaudhary’s (Dhoop, Good Boy Bad Boy) storytelling is assured and unselfconscious. The story is told with the zest it deserves and is enhanced by the sparkling dialogue. Sadly, the director has a messed-up second half on his hands. Still, worth your while for the unusual story, interesting coupling, and the irreverent humour.   

Rating: Two and a half stars

 

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