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    Cast: Imran Khan, Deepika Padukone
    Director: Danish Aslam
    Producer: Kunal Kohli
    Music: Vishal-Shekhar
    Lyricsrasoon Joshi, Vishal Dadlani


    Really, if not for Deepika's terrific act as a young 20 something girl who loves taking risks in life and wants to try out everything before crying that it is all too late, Break Ke Baad by debutant director Danish Aslam wouldn't have been half as enjoyable as it ultimately turns out to be. She gets the best dialogues, the best scenes and the best moments that bring an altogether different facet of her acting capabilities.

    She is someone who challenges age old traditional system (why should one touch the feet of elders every other minute?), smokes even with family members around ('smoking is as much injurious to health of men as it is for women' - she reasons), gets drunk in company of her best friend who also doubles up as a boyfriend (watch out for her enacting Shah Rukh here) and somewhere in her heart knows deep down that he (Imran Khan) would hold her strong if at all she would fall down.

    So far so good and this is what makes Break Ke Baad a good entertaining watch till the break actually happens. The break too comes in its own phases. First it is with physical distance, then comes a 'choti si break' [something which Imran is constantly perplexed about], this is followed by a 'I need my space' stance, the adage of 'I need to discover myself' is repeated thereafter and finally comes the dreadful talk of 'yes, let's break up now'.

    When Imran still sticks on her side, well literally as he stays put at her place with bag and baggage intact till she 'gets back to normalcy', one expects some funny incidents to follow that would reunite the lovers. However, this is where Break Ke Baad falters as instead of turning funny, the story turns out to be a huge drag. For 30 odd minutes after the interval point, there is one boring scene after another that actually makes you sink down your seat inch by inch.

    The spunk of the first half goes missing and one clichéd after another is repeated as the film even enters the territory of Love Aaj Kal with the protagonist (Deepika wears the shoes of Saif here) stops enjoying the very dream that she wanted to be a part of. The film gets totally talk heavy as elders join all the drama as well with Sharmila Tagore (playing Deepika's mother) and Lilette Dubey (as Imran's 'bua') begin their dose of 'gyaan' in philosophical and humours manner respectively.

    Frankly, the movement of storyline here, despite a year going by, is hardly interesting and only leads to restlessness and impatience. In addition to that, a subtle side track of Shahana Goswami and Yudi, friends of Deepika and Imran, only turns out to be a distraction. In fact during this entire duration, the lovers do turn into friends but the way their chemistry returns almost to normalcy only makes one kick the floor harder and wonder that why aren't the two reuniting yet.

    Thankfully, things perk up towards the last 15 odd minutes from pre-climax onwards. Realisation of true love takes a done-to-death approach with clichés written all over. Still, you don't quite mind it as the film's pace finally picks up and smiles returns all over again. Add to that some good dialogues mouthed by Deepika and you know what you were missing all this while. Of course there is happy ending 'break ke baad' but you do wish if the point was made much sooner than now.

    While Deepika gets brownie points for her performance, Imran isn't much far behind either. His role required him to stay far more subtle and patient than his beloved and in this regard, he is happy to take a back step without being overtly greedy about trying to get the best lines. This is a performance which is far better than his last flick I Hate Luv Storys. As for the others, Sharmila Tagore is just about okay, Lilette Dubey is as usual, Shahana natural but overconfident at places and Yudi irritating to begin with but settling down eventually.

    The film has a rich look throughout and one has to compliment the art direction, cinematography and costumes team for that. Background score is good while music by Vishal-Shekhar, though good on ears, brings down the pace of the film at a few junctures, especially in the second half when the going is anyways not as interesting.


    Break Ke Baad comes in an eye catchy paper and plastic packaging that is difficult to be missed on the stands


    The film's duration is 112 minutes


    - Making of the film
    - Making of the songs

    Yeah, now this is how a 'making' should look like if it has to convey the feel of a film in a short and sweet manner. No talks about 'what a character is all about', 'how the casting decisions were made', 'how it was tough to be shooting' or 'how working together was like being a picnic'. In fact it all turns out to be one young and cool 'making' segment where cast, producer, director and composers end up pulling each other's leg rather than coming up with any forced compliments.

    So what one sees is Deepika saying with a straight facing - 'Director ke saath kaam karne mein bahaut maza aaya aur seekhne ko mila' and then breaking into a giggle, hence conveying loud and clear that actors too want to move out of clichéd Q&A sessions during such 'making' segments. Then producer Kunal Kohli too goes about mentioning that how he was 'dying to work' with Danish Aslam. It is light moments like these which make this segment a breeze to watch, something which is missing in the 'making' segments of 90% of the movies.

    Making of songs too are fun to watch as Vishal and Shekhar get some good footage for themselves as they step out of the studios and instead of doing some routine talks, they join the gang while the choreography is on. Some good fun here!


    - 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation
    - Subtitles - English & Arabic
    - Dolby Digital 5.1 and Stereo


    Rs. 299/=


    'It's complicated' - sighed Himesh Reshammiya when he turned lover boy for Radio. A film about relationships between urban couples, the film went unnoticed. The film's cast as well as its overall set up was blamed for that. Hence, one did have good expectations from Break Ke Baad, which again deals with complexities in relationships between urban couples, since the film boasted of a good set up [Kunal Kohli as a producer] and has a far more happening cast in the form of Imran Khan and Deepika Padukone. Does it work? Partially and that too mainly due to a very good first half and career best performances of it's lead pair.




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