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Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra made an awesome pair offscreen as they promoted Baar Baar Dekho. People couldn't stop gushing about how good looking this couple looked together. And the Kaala Chashma song was an instant hit too. So we were kicked about the film and wanted to see if Katrina and Sidharth manage to impress us with their latest outing. Here's our verdict on Baar Baar Dekho...
What's it about
Time travel films are tricky. It is a concept that needs to be executed with a certain level of finesse. The idea that a character can oscillate back and forth between two time periods provides ample scope to build up a dramatic narrative, but the flip side is that if it isn't executed well it might end up being a disaster. Nitya Mehra's Baar Baar Dekho isn't a disaster but it dangerously treads on plot lines and illogical premises that prevent it from being more than a gimmicky concept. Jai (Sidharth Malhotra) and Diya (Katrina Kaif) grow up together, we see them from the time they are toddlers to the moment they decide to take the pheras and get married. Jai and Diya are different from each other and want separate things from their life, yet their love is something that binds them together. The first half sort of struggles to put a cohesive premise meandering into songs and good looking locales in the process compromising on a solid story line. Jai develops cold feet just before his marriage and therein begins the erratic time travel journey. We watch Diya and Jai jump across their ages from their 20s' to 40's to their 60's. The transition isn't smooth and Jai is as perplexed with what's happening around him as much as us! Despite the technicalities the idea is simple - if you had a chance to live an entire day in your future would you then change your present and do things differently or would you succumb to destiny and let it takes its course ? The answer my friend is as jumbled up as Jai's Vedic Mathematics puzzle!
Baar Baar Dekho is an extremely good looking film with fine production values. When you have Sidharth and Katrina as your leads your poster could look like a page out of a high fashion magazine! These two look really good together and film makers should cast them in the future (with no time travel) and give them better scripts. Nitya keeps the premise easy and light in the first half, we get to see Jai and Diya up close and understand their values and notions about life. Jai's ambitious personality and career driven hunger for success is diagonally opposite to Diya's want to find joy and happiness in simple and small things. Nitya does a good job of creating some really beautiful moments between these two. The dialogues aren't heavy or melodramatic, they sound like what two grownup adults would be saying while having an argument or making up. I liked Sidharth's character more than Katrina's only because there was ample scope for him to do more. There is immense maturity in his performance and he's come to know his craft better. Sidharth has an old school charm and is able to use that well to play Jai. Katrina looks like a million bucks and her scenes in the second half where we see them as a married couple with kids are good. The music is already a success and the songs especially 'Khair Mangdi' and 'Sau Aasman' fit well into the storyline.
My biggest grouse with the film is that I couldn't buy into the concept it wanted to sell to me. I tried hard to connect and give into the narrative but the lack of logic and shoddy editing that gave the film a hurried and rushed feel failed to let me jump onto this time travel experience. Jai is a Vedic mathematician in the film, which means that his entire life is based on logic and reasoning and numbers, then how does he allow a certain pandit's philosophy of saath pheras to cloud his thinking? Jai is a man who would question anything that raises doubt and suspicion then how does he let go of those values so easily? Even if we give into Nitya's world of time travel and decide to embark on this journey where you toss logic out of the window, there is that 'this isn't making any sense' feeling that creeps into you every 15 minutes. Like Edge of Tomorrow, Baar Baar Dekho isn't an action thriller, neither is it a story of reincarnation, it is a beautiful illusion that loses its steam way before the curtains come to a draw. I get the fact that they wanted to show different periods of life in Jai and Diya's timeline, but to watch good looking actors like Sid and Katrina grey and look wrinkled and old for long portions of the film sort of put you off. The biggest bummer was the end! Without any spoiler alert I can say that like Jai you too might end up wanting to believe what you watched was nothing but a bad dream! P.S - if you have come for Kala Chashma your wait might be agonisingly painful!
What to do:
Baar Baar Dekho is an unique concept that fails to keep you interested because of its weak execution. This is a time travel journey you might want to fast forward!
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2 out of 5