Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
‘Tis the season for romance — at least in Bollywood. After “Ek Main aur Ekk Tu“ and “Ekk Deewana Tha“ this month, comes Ashwini Chaudhary’s “Jodi Breakers“, another film that attempts to bring together romance and comedy and hopes to leave you with a warm, fuzzy feeling in your tummy. And fails spectacularly, I might add.
R. Madhavan plays Sid, a divorcee, who after his split turns into a divorce specialist, “breaking up” couples when one of them wants out. Bipasha Basu plays Sonali, his partner who, of course, falls hopelessly in love with him.
When the duo are entrusted with the job of “breaking up” a rich businessman (Milind Soman) and his girlfriend (Dipannita Sharma), Sid neglects to mention that he has a personal interest in this case, hurting Sonali and causing a rift between the two.
Chaudhary’s brand of humour is somewhere between silly and crass. Everyone, from Omi Vaidya (who plays a Casanova) to Helen, playing a shrill-voiced grandmother, is trying too hard to be funny, which is very difficult given that the jokes aren’t funny at all.