Baar Baar Dekho Movie Review: Ek Baar Hi Theek Hai
The last Dharma film Kapoor & Sons, a tale about estranged brothers and a dysfunctional family, had really won our hearts and so, when Baar Baar Dekho was announced, it was assumed that it would be another heart-warming and relatable tale. Does it live up to our expectations though? Read on and find out…
The film is about Jai (Sidharth Malhotra) and Diya (Katrina Kaif), who have been childhood sweethearts, but are as different as chalk and cheese. Diya is bubbly and fun-loving while Jai is a math nerd. However, when the two decide to get married, Jai, who wants to focus on his career, finds himself trapped in the situation and makes it clear that he wants to keep relationships on a back-burner.
The next morning, when Jai wakes up, he finds that it has been 10 days after the marriage and they are on their honeymoon! Every time Jai goes off to sleeps and wakes up, he realizes that years have passed by and he has no knowledge or memory of the intervening years, which confounds the mathematical genius.
However, all is not lost and Jai has the option of going back in time and setting things right for himself, his ladylove, his friends and his career. Will Jai be able to change the past and make his future happier? Watch the film to find out...
Katrina Kaif looks absolutely gorgeous in every frame (especially the songs) and the Brit beauty seems to have improved as far as emoting and performance is concerned. However, the same cannot be said for Sidharth, who has a perpetually perplexed expression on his face throughout the film. Moreover, the fact that he is jumping ahead in time doesn't seem to freak him out as much as it should have. Also, it is tough to digest that Diya had no idea about Jai's ambitions and his life goals despite being pals with him since 8 years old. The only saving grace about the pair is that they look good together and have a decent chemistry.
Another point worth mentioning about the film is that is a visual treat. From the farmhouses of Delhi to beach hotels of Thailand to snowy England, the movie is a delight to watch because of its vibrant colours and brightness. The songs are quite delightful, be it Kala Chasma or Nach de and the music of the film is sure to be a winner.
But having a good-looking lead pair and vibrant colours is not enough to save a film and Baar Baar Dekho fumbles the ball when it comes to logic and simplicity. The core message the film tries to send is that a person should live every moment and enjoy it to the fullest and this could have been achieved without coming up with a contrived story about time travel, specially when the makers do not even attempt to offer a logical explanation for the same. We have no issues with science-fiction as long as there is an attempt to explain something fantastical, but the film is bereft of that too.
A story about how looking at the bigger picture and not paying attention to the little moments in life can cause issues in relationships, would have been more relatable had it been weaved into a simple and sweet tale without exploring uncharted territories like time travel. The duration of the film is another issue as it seems to go on and on without an end in sight.
In conclusion, 'Baar Baar Dekho' is worth watching just 'Ek Baar'.
Release Date : 09 September 2016
Director : Nitya Mehra