Rating: 2.5/5 Stars (Two and half stars)
Star Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Katrina Kaif, Ram Kapoor, Sarika, Rohan Joshi, Sayani Gupta, Rajit Kapoor
Director: Nitya Mehra
What’s Good: Getting to watch a regular Bollywood romantic drama after long time. The exotic locales, pretty looking star cast and hummable music!
What’s Bad: Sidharth’s constantly perplexed expression. Amateurish writing of the second half!
Loo Break: May be one in the second half!
Watch or Not?: Definitely not a case of Baar Baar Dekho! This film has its share of flaws but only if you’re a fan of love stories, you will be able to look above them.
Jai Verma (Sidharth Malhotra) and Diya Kapoor (Katrina Kaif) are childhood sweethearts. While Jai is a brilliant mathematician who is extremely ambitious, Diya is a free spirited artist who dreams of nothing but becoming Mrs. Verma.
When the two are about to tie the knot, Jai starts to feel trapped in their relationship. He starts feeling that the wedding is a huge compromise he is making that will affect his career.
Just then, a time traveling twist comes into the plot. What does the future have in store for Jai and Diya?
Baar Baar Dekho Review: Script Analysis
Baar Baar Dekho tries to act as a mirror into our relationships. Today, we are low on patience, we don’t have time for great romances, we are the heat-of-the moment lovers. With high flying careers and materialistic pleasure, we often forget to cherish what we already have, very much like Jai.
The writers involve a time travel twist to this love story and that keeps us chasing them from 2016 to 2023 and so on. While the thought behind this tale is quite endearing, it does not sum up perfectly.
We have seen these concepts earlier in Hollywood too and this one does not match up to them. The twists that have been built up in the second half are not up to the mark. The first half seems slightly stretched and especially since the second half has repetitions of it, they could have worked on it better.
Little elements like, Jai’s character saying ’46 mein aisa dikhta hoon’ as he looks at the mirror is clever. Even men are conscious enough about their beauty and no harm in portraying that.
What essentially this movie tries to tell you is that time is the key. Time has all the answers, it is the healer of all pain, misconstrued conversations and most of all, love!
Baar Baar Dekho Review: Star Performance
Sidharth Malhotra looks contrived as Jai and it can easily be said that for most of the time he has a perplexed expression. Nonetheless, he has a great screen presence and many girls will be drooling over his looks.
Katrina Kaif looks ravishing with her hot bod. Her acting is not upto the mark. She is weakest in the emotional scenes. I’d say even her killer abs act better than her!
Ram Kapoor plays Katrina’s dad and his character is fun. He does a good job.
Rest of the supporting cast consists of Sarika, Rohan Joshi, Sayani Gupta, Rajit Kapoor put up a decent act.
Baar Baar Dekho Review: Direction, Music
Nitya Mehra debuts as a director with Baar Baar Dekho. Her direction is fresh but definitely has hints of Karan Johar style larger than life storytelling.
The film takes off with the soothing number Kho Gaye Hum Kahan and is a montage of Jai and Diya’s relationship as childhood sweethearts. The colorful setting for Jai and Diya’s wedding looks eclectic and to top it all the fun Punjabi number Nach De Ne Saare.
The real problems in Mehra’s film starts with its wavering pace. While the film revolves around the concept of time travel, our clock seems to slow down as a viewer in the first half. Also, in general, the film’s long run time is slightly disappointing.
The prosthetics used to age the characters as the film progresses are below the mark and Katrina hardly comes close to looking like a mother of two kids, let alone act like one.
Mehra rushes in the second half bits where Jai is trying to figure out the purpose of his time travel and what is it that he has to fix.
Rajit Kapoor’s spirit guide like character is not explored much and I feel it could have brought another fold to this story.
Jai and Diya’s honeymoon is shot beautifully in Thailand. The cinematography for Sau Aasmaan is quite pleasing.
Baar Baar Dekho Review: The Last Word
Baar Baar Dekho is an ‘Ek Baar Dekho’ affair. A fresh pairing of good looking actors, good music and a commercial love story is the mainstay. I’ll go with a 2.5/5 for this romantic drama.
Baar Baar Dekho Trailer
Baar Baar Dekho releases on 09th Sept, 2016.
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