Film Review: ‘Jodi Breakers’
Jodi Breakers is a film that lives up to its title. If you want your girlfriend or boyfriend to break up with you, you should take them to watch this movie. Written and directed by Ashwini Chaudhary, this poor excuse for a romantic comedy is so rife with non-jokes it seems like it was shot through a specially crafted Unfunny Lens.
Sid (Madhavan) has been dumped, and his ex-wife (Dipannita Sharma) has made off with a large sum of his money and even his car. Frustrated, he decides to pull off the opposite of what Will Smith did in Hitch and forms a “jodi breaking” agency that splits up couples in exchange for cash. This bit seems borrowed from the 2010 French film Heartbreakers, but Jodi Breakers is far more idiotic. After Sid’s venture takes off, he takes Sonali (Bipasha Basu) under his wing as a business partner. Predictably, Sonali falls for Sid, so when he starts plotting to break up his ex and her business-magnate boyfriend Marc (Milind Soman), it causes friction between Sonali and him.
There’s the usual roadblock where the protagonists part until finally everything falls into place for a happily-ever-after cliché-thon. Maddeningly, all the characters act surprised through all the hackneyed chestnuts and Chaudhary’s direction can’t hide the structural woes of his own script. It doesn’t help that gymbots Bipasha Basu and Milind Soman both come across as monumentally dim, and that Omi Vaidya, as a chick-magnet Casanova, employs the same set of linguistic and behavioral quirks he has displayed in every film of his to date. Vaidya, who plays the owner of the club where Sid and Sonali meet their clients, even repeats the speech gag from 3 Idiots. Madhavan, sporting a distracting chin rug, tries desperately to pull off a boyishly handsome shtick but fails utterly. As the lead, he exudes the charm of someone who is simply glad to have picked up a quick paycheck. One must also deplore the total waste of Helen who has a few terribly written scenes as Marc’s shrill grandmother.
You can however enjoy Jodi Breakers simply for the beautiful, sunlit Greece locations that are in fact nicely shot in widescreen by cinematographer Arun Varma. The Greece tourism board would be pleased, even if we’re expected to believe that the country’s nightclubs feature Bollywood songs and dances (cue the jhatkas and matkas!). But for the sake of all that lovely scenery, you’ll have to put up with an asinine plot, boring characters, and some horrendously unfunny dialogue.