Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Break Ke Baad could just have been the next level of Indian love stories

In Indian Film Industry, its hard to step into the genre of love stories. Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Veer Zaara, Jab We Met, DevD and Love Aaj Kal have been some of the milestones in this genre and with each passing year, it has become all the more difficult to come up with something new and refreshing in this genre. Yet, every second movie that is made in the industry attempts this genre and tries to create new standards for love stories by doing something different. Most of them fail and only a couple are actually able to create a mark. Break ke Baad, directed by debutant director Danish Aslam, is arguably very engaging and manages to take Indian love stories to the next level in totality. It is the best love story to come out this year for sure.

BREAK KE BAAD deals with space issues in a relationship, a much exploited and abused word used a lot in the present-day scenario. Space is almost like a break-up mantra and BREAK KE BAAD explores this concept rather than being a conventional love story. What works for the movie is the innate freshness with which the director deals with the issue and the character of Aaliya at the forefront, played by Deepika with great sensibility and maturity. Break Ke Baad also rests on an ensemble of characters and they live upto the expectation. The director punches in endearing moments to convey his thoughts on the relationship with a lot of light-heartedness. Abhay's journey (Imran's character) is pretty much a subplot to Aaliya's journey and this is what sparkles and nourishes the chemistry between the lead pair. The basic working point of the movie rests in Aaliyas character, she is believable and real-life girl. Abhay, maybe a little far-fetched and cinematic, still manages to convince you with his true love for Aaliya and willing to go any lengths for her. The film has a totally urban feel to it, and handles the relationship with metro sensibilities which might work against it for traditional family audiences but lets face it, these are real people from the youth of today. The conflicts between the couple and their treatment are lovable.

However, Break ke baad is not free of glitches. One fails to understand why the girl drops the guy like a hot brick. The film also runs out of ideas in the second half to keep the attention of the viewer but the last 20 minutes lift it up again. Aslam doesnt go overboard in handling their relationship, infact the point Abhay exits Aaliya's life, although underplayed, works well. Many sequences are handled exceptionally well by the director such as the one when Abhay comes back to manao Aaliya after their first spat, the scene when Aaliya earns her degree, the rooftop scene when both of them are drunk, Aaliya's birthday sequence and more.

The biggest forte of Break ke Baad is Deepika Padukone. She plays Aaliya with a confidence you haven't seen in her performances before, and creates a solid, believable character that's somewhat misguided but endearing nonetheless. Its easily her career best. She brings a lot of spontaneity and believability into the character and truly overshadowns the scene. Imran Khan, although shows improvement, but it still doesn not match up his performance in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. He is just a lovesick puppy and you tend to hate that fact sometimes. Lillette Dubey and Shahana Goswami are in the skin of their character. The music scores and Vishal-Shekhar deliver yet another feather to their cap. Cinematography is usual but dialogues are witty and make you smile.

In the end, Danish Aslam makes a respectable debut with an entertaining piece of cinema which can definitely qualify as the next generation of love stories, majorly backed by Deepika's performance. Watch it for its endearing qualities!

Rating - 3/5

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