Aspiring filmmaker Naresh's (Udai Kiran) girlfriend Nitya (Swetaa Varma) breaks up with him because of a lack of clarity in his career. Dealing with the heartbreak isn't easy for him and he contemplates suicide. But things eventually change.
The oft-seen women bashing - portraying them as heartless and cunning opportunists notwithstanding, Wish You Happy Breakup is a cute film at the outset. A coming-of-age drama about the youth of today, and the turns in their lives because of ups and downs in their relationships, the film is a complete urban drama that is fun, entertaining and relatable.
If you are a youngster who grew up in today's urban setup, most characters in the film will seem right out of your life. The hero who's forever with his camera, the roommates who look at alcohol as the solution to every problema in life, the irritatingly good people everyone meets in life, the girl who is secretly in love with the best friend, the flirtatious friend who eventually gets trapped, the excitement about free drinks at a party and the list goes on.
But this film isn't just about these moments because without the good writing involved, it wouldn't be as delightful an experience. The first half of the film captivates you only because of some witty one liners. Sample this: Aina kadupainaka condom vadte manchiguntunde annatu... ippudu ediste emostadi bhayya?
The most interesting aspect about the film, though, is the narration technique with the camera in several interesting angles. The hero constantly shooting himself with the camera is a very novel idea, and the end result makes the film seem like a documentary. A sequence where Tejaswi (as Nikki) and Udai are sitting at a pool is probably one of the best captured scenes alongside the scene where Udai attempts suicide.
Despite being made on a stringent budget, the director's advantage comes in the form of a strong technical team and very notable performances. While Tejaswi's short appearance steals the show - especially since her character is well written - Udai and Swetaa are great too. But one person who really makes a mark is the hero's friend Sam (Ravi Kamath). His natural swag and effortless ease with the dialogues make you vouch for him despite knowing he isn't right most of the time. But, despite some great acts, most of the characters lack a screen presence.
And then, as we said, the film's main negative is the women bashing which could get a wee bit irritating after a point. Constantly stereotyping women to be the reason for men's major problems did get to the nerves of the writer at a point in time considering she is one of them! Also, the second half is slow and preachy with jokes not seeming as funny as they did earlier. As opposed to the first half which seemed to finish in a jiffy, this part stretches. The excessive use of English proves to be a turnoff and doesn't really work after the proper mix of English and Telugu in the first half.
However, you'd like to that this film was made in a short span of two months but took nearly two years of struggle to release. Just lasting for 107 minutes, the film doesn't have any songs. Interestingly, only seven crew members were on board throughout! One is glad the film finally did see the light of the day because even though it isn't a gem, it stands out. It's the kind of film you wouldn't mind watching with a group of friends just for evil pleasure or with a date to liven up a boring evening.