Mayank Shekhar's review: Love, Breakups, Zindagi

By Hindustan Times

Director: Sahil Singha
Actors: Zayed Khan, Dia Mirza
Rating: **

He’s young, in his early thirties, yet already twice divorced. His father was in the ball bearing business, which as you may guess, must be a fact quite hard to grow up with. Kids at school would give him a hard time, his dad was after all the “ball bearing man.”

Now he’s single, funny, doing considerably better with a “Rs 84,000 post-tax salary.” He has his eyes on a woman (Tisca Chopra) who’s 38, teaches Urdu at a university. “In which language does she teach,” he asks! Given the prominence, you’d imagine this is probably the description of the film’s hero. It's not, though he should’ve been. He’s merely the funnyman, the lead’s buddy, with a part just a little bit shorter in length though.

The film, a romantic comedy as you can tell, surveys the rich, urban, over-dressed Indian young, where clothes are sponsored by designers Ritu Kumar and Manav Gangwani, and BMW is the sedan of choice. The setting slightly reminds you of Rajshree Ojha's Ayesha from a year ago. This one’s infinitely better. One Cyrus Sahukar cracks it at this one, as he did in that last. He plays the hilarious ball bearing man’s son.

His best buddy, the hero (Zayed Khan, ah well) has been seeing someone for a while. There’s more planning than pyar (love) in their relationship. He’s committed to the idea of being committed. Which is true for so many couples. The ones here at least profess to represent ‘people like us’, dining at the Tasting Room, hogging at China Garden. The customary Bollywood guided tour takes place over New Delhi’s Rail Museum and Mumbai’s Leopold Café, as against a fancy, foreign capital. Rules of the genre still apply; right up to an imminent climax sequence set in the airport.

Here’s how it helps to keep things relatively real still. You can tell a believable love story, beyond the tiring idea of perfect soul mates alone. “All our habits were once our choices. The choice should’ve been right,” says the mild mannered, pretty heroine (Dia Mirza), who seems excessively sensitive to touch. “What if the choices are correct, but a better opt