Baar Baar Dekho: Aesthetically beautiful but that’s about it

When I saw the trailer of Baar Baar Dekho, Katrina Kaif as the NRI Punjabi came to my mind. And I did see her in the film. I expected beautiful locations, a big fat Indian wedding sequence, some romantic songs, a different story and Kala Chashma of course. But to my disappointment, even after everything being there, I just couldn’t wait for the closing credits to start rolling so that I could leave the cinema hall. The movie has just two good things, the sequence during the opening credits when we get to know Diya and Jai’s love story and the closing credits when Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra are dancing to the peppy Kala Chashma. It is everything in between these two that goes wrong.

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Title: Baar Baar Dekho

Directed by: Nitya Mehra

Produced by: Karan Johar, Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar

Starring: Sidharth Malhotra, Katrina Kaif, Ram Kapoor, Sarika, Sayani Gupta

Production Company: Dharma Productions and Excel Entertainment

Release date: 9th September, 2016

Language: Hindi

Genre: Drama? (Maybe?)

Not letting out any spoilers, Sidharth Malhotra, who plays a Vedic Maths professor by the way, travels in time every time he sleeps. So he goes in the future, step by step and comes back, again step by step. Go see the movie to know why. (Please don’t see it). He travels in time once and you expect something to happen, but boom, welcome to a new time zone, and boom again, welcome to a newer time zone.

Jai loves Diya, or so we are told. Because he is always confused.  All through the movie, he has a stagnant confused expression, which I do expect in the later half, but bhai tumhari shaadi ho rahi hai, khush ho jao. Katrina Kaif looks like a dream. She has the perfect body and an even more perfect wardrobe. In fact, even Sidharth Malhotra for that matter has a good wardrobe. But that is all.

Both the leads try very very hard to contribute to the story, but the screenplay is just too weak. In a particular scene, Jai goes to Diya’s house for some wedding ceremony, but he enters the house and starts using his laptop, which he shuts in two minutes. In another, Diya tells Jai that he is useless to which he replies, “I’m not useless. I am Jai Verma…”  Anvita Dutt’s dialogues are so redundant and inefficient.

Sarika, Ram Kapoor, Rajit Kapur and Sayani Gupta light up the screen when they are there on it, but they are hardly there. In fact, Katrina Kaif is also sidelined. This is not her movie. Here again, she has been given pretty clothes to wear and dance numbers to dance to. The movie, is a lot Sidharth’s . The story is Jai’s. Katrina Kaif just plays his wife, Diya, in different time zones. She comes ready in make-up and costume to deliver her dialogues and dance and goes away.

The idea behind the story seems really promising, but Nitya Mehra’s talent to carve a narrative around it is too raw. The switch between time zones is too sudden and impromptu. In fact, the display of the time travel is such that people sitting next to me really thought Jai had been dreaming.

The cinematography is beautiful. There is an amazing Thailand to see, dance numbers shot from perfect angles and a cold Cambridge. The songs are good too, but I felt Nachde Ne Saare could have been better, happier. You want a wedding song to be like London Thumakda  and not Nachde Ne Saare, because it’s just too thanda. Sau Aasman is one song to look out to! Kala Chashma however nice, you don’t have the strength to sit any more. You just want to leave. YouTube pe dekh lo bhai.

All in allkya ho raha hai yeh? Shayad barf gir rahi hai…

My Rating: 2/5

Disclaimer: All the above images have been taken from Google. None of them have been created/clicked by me.

 

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