Ek hi Baar Dekho!

G9 Divya Solgama reviews the movie Baar Baar Dekho

While Hollywood has been churning out loads of time travelling based films, out here in our film industry this genre has hardly been explored. There are very few films like ‘Love Story 2050’, ‘Action Replayy’, ‘Shree’ and ‘Funn2shh’ where this genre was visited including the Aamir Khan’s incomplete film ‘Time Machine’. In Hollywood, this genre had been utilized in almost all sub-genres (thriller, action, drama, romance, comedy, etc.). While out here, except for ‘Shree’ all others focused more on the superficial factors rather than using the proper sense of the concept. ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ trailer promises to explore this unusual genre and that too with romance as its main backdrop. So let’s find out whether ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ will do proper justice to this untouched genre or might succumb to plagiarism and give us yet another frame to frame copy of any Hollywood film.

baar-baar-dekho-fiji‘Baar Baar Dekho’ is a story of Jai (Sidharth Malhotra) and his best friend Diya (Katrina Kaif). Together they are in love with each other right since their adolescent age. Diya decides to get married to Jai, while Jai wants to concentrate on his career by going to Cambridge and completing his theses’ on Vedicmath. Jai fails to handle the marriage preparation pressure and decides to call off the marriage. Jai wakes up the next day and find himself on a honeymoon with Diya in Thailand. Later he realizes that ten days have passed by and he is not able to remember any of them. Next morning Jai finds himself in the year 2016 with many other happenings in his life. This keeps continuing daily and Jai has to figure it out that what’s happening in his life. Jai feels he could fix everything but destiny has something else to offer and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.

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The story is different and breaks away the barriers of the stereo type treatment which he have seen in time travel based films. The screenplay is tight and intriguing, especially in the first half of the film. Sadly, it goes on the repeat mode and tries to forcefully confuse the viewers in the second half of the film. Though, the makers have a logical ending for all the happenings, but despite of that there are many glitches in a few of the tracks (especially the one which is set in 2034 and beyond, where Sidharth is shown easily adapting the latest technology and knows several details about his life). The movie is set in various time zones such as 2016, 2018, 2024, 2034 and 2047. It might be easy for viewers who follow such types of films to understand the different time zones while the others will be confused and find it hard to follow. On the positive side the movie begins with a sweet title track showing the backstory of Sidharth and Katrina followed by the whole marriage preparation part, Sidharth in 2034 is interesting to watch where the makers have restrained themselves from over usage of futuristic technology. Whatever is shown is done with proper grace. The finale part is emotionally engaging and talks about the small necessities of life. The dialogues are witty and goes well with the flow of the film. The cinematography by Ravi K Chandran is of top notch. Editing should have been tight in the second half as the movie seems like never ending drama in the middle portions.

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Music is one of the biggest highlights of the film. ‘Kho Gaye Hum Kahan’ is a sweet and soothing song with superb picturization. ‘Sau Aasman’, ‘Nachde Ne Saare’ and ‘Kala Chashma’ are the chartbuster foot tapping songs, which keeps you entertained in the film.

Director Nitya Mehra was assistant director on films like ‘Life of Pi’ and ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ and this is her directorial debut. She comes up with an unusual story with effects similar to the time – travel genre, but sums it up by delivering a different type of love story. It’s only that the different time zones and bit jumbled up screenplay might not go well with the sensibilities of the mass audience. The movie should have also been bit trimmed down as in the second half it drags to the fullest. Full points to her for showcasing the love in the finale part, though we have seen something similar in films like ‘Hum Tum’, ‘Love AajKal’ and few more films.

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Sidharth Malhotra’s role was initially offered to Aamir Khan and HrithikRoshan. Sidharth tries hard to do justice to his role. He manages to pull the show on his young shoulders, but still needs a good amount of experience and finesse. Katrina Kaif looks smashing and does her part with total grace. In terms of their physical appearances Sidharth and Katrina complement each other in the movie. Ram Kapoor, Sarika and RajitKapur lend good support. Sayani Gupta, Taaha Shah Badusha and Rohan Joshi are wasted.

So on an overall basis ‘BaarBaarDekho’ is a worth-a-dekho-only-once for its unusual theme, initial chemistry of Sidharth and Katrina, decent storytelling and foot tapping music. The length, repetitive screenplay and stretched second half might not go well with the mass audience. The average cine-goers may find the movie a bit hard to understand, maybe they might get the crux of it in the second viewing and do proper justice to the title of the film. It might not be one of those candy floss type of simple entertainers, but still has a good amount of flavour of those films.

Rating – 3/5 (Source – Bollywood Times)