Two longtime lovers takes a break from love -- and unfortunately, from laughter.
Two longtime lovers takes a break from love — and unfortunately, from laughter — in the limp Hindi romantic comedy “Break ke baad.” Debut feature from director Danish Aslam revels in the perceived exotica of Australia’s Gold Coast (although it was actually filmed on Mauritius), but its young stars just punch the clock. Despite opening during the Diwali holiday, India’s most lucrative release season, this lackluster effort looks set to become the frame’s biggest disappointment.
Grounded and settled Abhay (Imran Khan) feels abandoned when his feisty childhood sweetheart, wannabe thesp Aaliya (Deepika Padukone), announces she’s leaving Delhi for a study year on the Gold Coast. Australian academia boosts Aaliya’s penchant for partying, spurring Abhay to pursue her, but their love has trouble regaining its balance, as does the film. Khan looks bored, while Padukone tries to deliver oomph in a part that makes her “Om shanti om” days seem a lifetime ago. Forgettable songs paper over the lazy transition montages; helming is serviceable, and Mauritian scenery delightful, but overlit lensing gives indoor sequences a bleached appearance. Other tech credits are OK.