Magazine article Screen International

Break Ke Baad

Magazine article Screen International

Break Ke Baad

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Dir: Danish Aslam. India. 2010. 133 mins

The story of two lovers separating, only to finally walk down the aisle has been done to death in Indian cinema, and Danish Aslam's Break ke Baad offers little new to the formula.

Imran Khan looks utterly bored, with an irritating deadpan look.

The film opened well internationally, but dipped in its second week with a gross of just over $5.5 million.

Abhay Gulati (Imran Khan) and Aaliya Khan (Deepika Padukone) meet as children and grow up watching Bollywood blockbusters like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Mr India. Unfortunately, an adult Aaliya seems to chase dreams that only come true on celluloid, while Abhay appears to have left them behind.

So, they decide to split, but promise to get together again after a suitable space of time.

The break seems mainly an excuse to take viewers on a tour of Australia, where Aaliya decides to study, getting distracted by modelling and movie assignments as well as romps on the beach and boisterous parties. …

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