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Mar 03, 2012 at 06:13am IST

Masand: 'Jodi Breakers' lacks basic aesthetics

Cast: R Madhavan, Bipasha Basu, Omi Vaidya, Dipannita Sharma, Milind Soman, Helen

Direction: Ashwini Chaudhary

R Madhavan, looking like he's just devoured an all-you-can-eat buffet, frolicks with a dozen-or-so bikini-clad extras by a sun-kissed pool. 'Jodi Breakers', directed by Ashwini Chaudhary, clearly doesn't bother with basic aesthetics. To be fair, the film doesn't bother with a coherent script either.

Madhavan is Sid, a happily divorced 'break-up expert' who splits up couples for a living. Business booms when he takes on a partner in Sonali, played by Bipasha Basu. But things go downhill when Sid accepts a job to separate the perfectly compatible Pereiras (Milind Soman and Deepanita Sharma) for all the wrong reasons. This cheerfully mediocre film throws in a lazy twist at interval point, and from then on 'Jodi Breakers' only slips deeper into a quagmire of stupidity.

Intended as a romantic comedy, the film fails on both counts. The humor is pedestrian and includes tired gags involving gay bartenders, and doctors arguing during surgery. The romantic portions too are corny…particularly some long, drunken babbling about the perfect kiss.

Packed with every standard romantic-movie cliché, 'Jodi Breakers' is a strain on your nerves, and it doesn't help that most of the cast is as dull as dishwater. Omi Vaidya as an oversexed lothario is a bitter pill to swallow, and Milind Soman and Deepanita Sharma were evidently hired only for their looks. The charming R Madhavan has a few inspired moments, but he comes off as too sloppy to play a rom-com lead. Bipasha Basu, on the other hand, is a gorgeous distraction, but doesn't have the spontaneity of her co-star.

Despite an interesting premise, the film doesn't work because its characters inspire no affection. I'm going with one-and-a-half out of five for director Ashwini Chaudhary's 'Jodi Breakers'. Feast your eyes on the stunning Greece locales; it's the only pleasure this film provides.

Rating: 1.5 / 5

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