Bollywood’s easy formula of success is a romcom with catchy songs, attractive locations, eye-catching clothes and scenes that radiate energy and freshness. Love Breakups Zindagi (LBZ), had all of these, yet failed to meet the expectations its eye-catching trailers had built. The only reason I wanted to watch LBZ was that the trailers were really promising with a fresh vibe even though it starred rather mediocre actors like Zayed Khan and Diya Mirza. Though LBZ didn’t entertain as much as I thought it would, it wasn’t too disappointing either.
Directed by Sahil Sangha, starring Zayed Khan and Diya Mirza in the lead along with Cyrus Sahukar, Umang Jain, Tisca Chopra, Satyadeep Misra, Auritra Ghosh, Pallavi Sharda, and Vaibhav Talwar, LBZ is a story about young people and relationships. Jai (Zayed Khan) and Naina (Dia Mirza) are young, successful and posh, like the company they keep, but both are stuck in unsatisfactory relationships. They meet each other at a friend’s wedding and sparks fly. The sparks keep flying over coffee and conversations until they realize they love each other and…well, you can probably guess what happens eventually. Yes, LBZ is that predictable and that’s probably its only flaw – but it’s a flaw that we can’t ignore.
Between the sparks-start-flying and happily-ever-after there are some great songs, which are easy to get hooked on to. The songs are picturised perfectly too so they look great onscreen. There are also some light moments but they leave one craving more. Indeed, LBZ has moments which make you laugh and smile, but a few more would have made it the romantic comedy it claims to be. Interestingly, all the actors look great and seem to be trying their best to rise above the mediocre script of the movie; it’s not their fault that the viewer can easily predict the story and we can’t blame them for that. Diya looks real, young and bubbly – just perfect for her role. Diya’s wardrobe is vibrant and looks great on her and she has never looked better than she has now. Beautiful is the right word for Diya Mirza in LBZ.
Zayed has delivered the best he could and he makes his mark in the movie. In fact it wouldn’t be wrong to say that both Diya and Zayed have given the best performances of their respective careers and considering they’ve produced this movie themselves, it was only in their own interest to put in effort. Tisca Chopra has also managed to look great and act well too. One can’t help but appreciate how this woman manages to look so young at 38. Cyprus, in the screen time that has been given to him, has done a good job and deserves credit. The film also includes cameos by several actors, including the one and only Shah Rukh Khan!
The first half of the movie has some movement but after that the story just drags. A few more powerful scenes, a slightly more interesting storyline with twists and a couple of light moments with the potential to induce laughter could save this sinking ship. But we can’t deny that the cinematography of LBZ is amazing. Despite the story being boring and clichéd, one continues to watch until the credits roll and that’s only because the movie is so colourful and oozes energy.
If we look beyond the clichés and the narrow scope provided to actors, we realize how LBZ is a slice of real life. At some point or the other it will remind you of a particular period in your life, a specific friend, an event, a wedding or a memorable phase. That’s because even though the director couldn’t gain the viewers’ interest, he did manage to make the film close to reality while keeping it glossy like a Bollywood film at the same time.
To sum up, the film is corny yet fun and has its moments, which are few and far between. It’s neither a must-watch nor a must-not-watch! – Hafsah Sarfraz