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February 24, 2012

Couples therapy

Filed under: Our FIlms — Rajeev @ 10:48 pm

February 24, 2012

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

Director: 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 Dipannita 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.

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)


  1. Thnx for your review rajeev.
    U really save me to hang.

    Comment by Purab shrivastava — February 25, 2012 @ 8:18 am

  2. Bollywood has started increasingly delivering films that should directly be poured into gutter. Very high rise in utterly non-sense love stories and rom-coms from last 2 years. Most people are itching to go to watch movies nowadays but there is hardly one movie in a month that is worth watching in a theatre.

    Comment by Jay Jani — February 25, 2012 @ 8:28 am

  3. one movie in a month … that’s also a lot dude …. i could count exactly 5 good films last year …. though now atleast promos of kahaani and talaash look interesting …. let’s see !!!!

    Comment by sanket shah — February 25, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

  4. Dint see the movie but as far as trailer is concerned the movie sucks big time..Especially the music by salim sulaiman which has a single tune and rhythm ever since they started out.Give us a break.

    Comment by gururaj — February 28, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

  5. The review is point balnk. The worst movie of the year. What an utter waste of hard earned money and quality time i would have spent sleeping instead of this very(infinity) stupid movie. I feel this should not be called a movie too…

    Comment by Rachael — March 7, 2012 @ 5:34 pm

  6. This is a Oscar quality film and will surely be contender for international awards. Rajeev Masand does not know how to appreciate classic cinmea. Jodi Breakers is a difficult to understand film for those endowed with low IQ. Even Satyajit Ray would have been proud of this movie. Why do inidan critics blast perfectly good movies. This movie will win the Academy Awards. Just wait and watch my words. The direction and screen play are world class. Masand is jealous of this classic.

    Comment by dr sudhakar — March 12, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

  7. Very good review. The movie script appears as if it’s created in blender — Up in the Air, 3 idiots and RHTDM and bits & pieces of other places blended together.

    Comment by A Bisht — May 21, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

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