A good looking film but a tedious watch
Baar Baar Dekho starts promisingly enough, quickly wrapping the protagonists’ early years while the credits roll. By the time credits are done, the boy and the girl are almost at the altar, ready to exchange vows. Though the girl Diya Kapoor (Katrina Kaif) is excited about her nuptials, the boy Jai Verma (Sidharth Malhotra) is less than happy with the arrangement. He is an upcoming mathematician with skyrocketing opportunities in Cambridge, UK and feels getting trapped in the Punjabi businessman lifestyle of Diya’s family. He wants to call off the wedding. After a mandatory Karan Johar’s Punjabi wedding song, Jai wakes up to find that he has moved ahead in time where he is honeymooning with Diya in Thailand. Things are further complicated because he does not know what happened in the intervening time between his present and the future he is in.
Through series of travels to various points in the future, Jai learns about his future kids, disintegrating family life and a broken marriage. Throughout the film, our hero travels in the future, returning to present only towards the end. There is no back and forth between present and future. After a while the dramatic time lapse, the flow becomes tedious. Infact, you may start questioning why the writer needed time travel to show a story that could very well have been a linear narration, and perhaps more interesting.
The film has a message – professional success should defer to more immediate needs of the family. The smaller day to day living adds up to a successful happy life, not some grand design for the future. The film goes about spelling the message out in convoluted ways.
Sidharth Malhotra, in almost all frames of the film,had ample opportunities to prove his histrionics in a story that is solely woven around his character’s point of view. He, however, fails. His performance is strictly one-dimensional -a dazed expression throughout the film. Katrina too has ample screen time but the story does not delve into her struggles in the marriage, putting the onus of saving it solely on Sid’s shoulders. She looks a million bucks but offers nothing more. Ram Kapoor as Diya’s father and Sarika as Jai’s mother can’t do much to salvage the film. Rajit Kappor’s priest in the film could have been highlighted more but that opportunity is not explored. He is supposedly the one who sends Jai on his trip to the future but strangely has little to do after that.
Baar Baar Dekho was heavily promoted through Kaala Chashma, but the song is just an item number that must have been a deliberate insertion to bring the audience in. The promotions set up expectations of a jazzy rollicking fare but this film is far from it. It is rather staid. So staid, I was looking at my watch every few minutes for a huge ‘time lapse’. Even one viewing is too many for Baar Baar Dekho.
By Dharma Productions, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50261493
Rating : 2/5
Starring: Sidharth Malotra, Katrina Kaif, Rajit Kapur, Ram Kapoor, Sarika
Director: Nitya Mehra