Movie review: Baar Baar Dekho-
by Hiba Usmani.
What would you do if you were given the chance to see your future? Would you have a peek at your future wife, your future home, your future job, or take the chance to see if you cut off those extra 10 pounds?
What if you were forced to see the future: forced to see how the minutest action you have taken today affects your life, and eventually the lives of your loved ones in the future. This concept forms the premise of Baar Baar Dekho.
Diya’s (Katrina Kaif) sole purpose in life is to be an artist and become Mrs. Jai Verma as soon as possible. Jai Verma (Sidharth Malhotra) is a brilliant mathematician who aims to soar very high in life.
While in love and engaged to be married, the obvious conflict in what the two want leads to Jai ending their engagement hours before the wedding. In what can only be described as ‘Karmic justice‘, Jai finds himself in an unusual situation where he travels to different times in his future life, a life where he is married to Diya.
It’s a good thing Diya and Jai have so many scenes together, because the audience just couldn’t ‘visibly‘ get enough of them.
The chemistry between Katrina and Sidharth is so sizzling and so full of fire, that one just might need to wear ‘kala chashmas‘ to sit through it. Both the actors have sunk their seasoned teeth into their respective characters and it is more than visible on screen.
Katrina has given possibly the best performance of her career; the actress has come a long long way from when she was unable to even put a Hindi sentence together. Now, she is not only delivering her dialogues but delivering them with the pain, anguish, and heartbreak that her character feels.
Sidharth, while a more recent entrant into cinema, does not seem to be slowing down at all. Every film he stars in, further proves why he belongs in Bollywood and Baar Baar Dekho serves as a catalyst.
While his previous characters were of more masculine and self-assured men, Jai required much more bewilderment and confusion, which Sidharth pulled off perfectly. Even the supporting actors such as Rajit Kaput (who plays the pundit) pulled off astute performances.
First time director, Nitya Mehra has chosen a really unusual topic for her debut film and justified it too. While undoubtedly a romantic movie, it does not fall under any broad category as such. It cannot be tagged as a rom-com, nor is it science fiction.
No! the movie is not even aimed at teaching moral lessons, but it does the work of a lens through which one can recognise their overwhelming problems that could be avoided if only were they less selfish in making decisions.
The movie does an excellent job at displaying the marital problems without the use of sermons or lessons. It takes a page out of actual, real life problems that married couples genuinely face and makes them into problems Jai and Diya face. The movie is only somewhat let down by the jarring pace it makes its viewers sit through.
The shifts between times are originally confusing to grasp, and just when one begins to understand what time period they are in, there is another shift.
The beauty of the music in Baar Baar Dekho is the lack of it. Long periods occur where the tone of the scene is set by the actors and their dialogues without the use of background music. In fact, the songs such as ‘Kala Chashma‘ ruin the mood and pace of the film.
A wonderful movie by a first time director, we are definitely going to Baar Baar Dekho this one, and you should too.