Break Point Review: Star Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Mould: Mahesh Bhupathi, Leander Paes, Sania Mirza, Amitabh Bachchan and many others.
creator: Nitesh Tiwari and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Director: Nitesh Tiwari and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Streaming on: Zee5
Runtime: About 40 minutes in each episode.
Break Point Review: What It’s About:
Over the years we have heard of Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes winning championship after championship and making the country proud. But have we ever heard what happened behind the scenes? It was a love story, and was alive for the public to hear. Both are telling the story of their love, bonding, brotherhood and love. You must listen to it.
Break Point Review: What Works:
Raise your hand if tennis is no more for you than when you read headlines about Mahesh Bhupathi, Leander Paes or Sania Mirza bringing fame to the house. Break Point is created just to make you realize how ignorant you are about the most important part of the history of our Indian sport. About the partnership that made waves in the history of tennis, the most elite sport of all time.
The break point begins with the introduction of two unusually born boys. One is called the Olympic Child (Leander), the other the Miracle Child (Mahesh), they were about to meet. Of course, it is a diksha-series and the men talk about their illustrious life, but Ashwini and Nitesh shape it up like a love story. And that’s where all the magic of the break point lies.
We see them on the day they met and almost like star par lovers. Soon they fall in love with each other and become a team that goes on to conquer the world. And by the world I mean the world. Only Google holds the number of Grand Slam, Wimbledon and Asian titles together and respectively. I refuse to believe that there is any magic or any divine blessing associated with them. The story the two have lived together is a tailor-made fodder for a fully-fledged Bollywood film. Nitesh, known for his sports style films, took this supporter of the entire project and hit a six.
With Ashwini he creates a three-act structure. Introduction, confrontation and resolution. And dare you to think that men are uncomfortable speaking about their weakest moments at any given moment. While they address the bad air between them with the most candid attitude, they also try and deliver their own version of an unblemished story. While Mahesh doesn’t shy away from saying that Leander went out and spit poison in the press, Leander almost cries that Mahesh chooses someone else over him.
The break point captures men discussing the highest highs and lowest lows without any filters. Leander also reveals at one point when he was conceived, so you know what level of unfiltered candor I’m talking about. The thing that matters the most here is the resolution. We all knew that the two broke up in 2006 and never got back together. The series brought them together for 18 months and the final chest bump where they smile at each other is the same we see in episode 7. I want them to be together forever.
Break Point Review: Star Performance:
These are real life people telling their stories. One expressive enough to let his emotions flow freely (Paes), the other introverted and composed (Bhupati). I was living for that moment when Leander called Mahesh his younger brother. The affection with which he looked at his hash in all the old photographs. There was only undying love for the boy he believed in.
Mahesh is a man of few words. But his response to Paes’ antics is proof of what they mean to each other. At a crucial point, a friend reveals that Bhupathi cried his guts for Leander at a pub in America and he talks in quantity.
Break Point Review: What Doesn’t Work:
For someone who isn’t that great with games, wanted a little more explanation for the complex jargon people used on screen.
Break Point Review: Final Words:
i like the show. It doesn’t matter whether you like it or not, the fact that these guys have come together after 20 years and are ready to be on the same tennis court makes a difference. Also, can we make a movie about these two soon? (though not a typical biopic).