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Baar Baar Dekho | Film Review
Nitya Mehra’s directorial debut Baar Baar Dekho has the perfect recipe for a typical Bollywood movie - good looking cast, sizzling chemistry between the pair, catchy music, exotic locales and a love story. What it does miss is that magic or 'super spark' that one would have expected after watching the trailer and promos over the last couple of months.
Jai Verma (Sidharth Malhotra) and Diya Kapoor (Katrina Kaif) are your quintessential rom-com movie couple - absolute opposites, but still so much in love. Jai is a mathematical genius, a man of logic and solutions while Diya is an artist, extremely happy-go-lucky and all about living in the moment. As credits roll out, the film opens with the beautiful and soulful “Kho Gaye Tum Kaha”, sung by Jasleen Royal and Prateek Kuhad. The song has been penned by the latter and really does warm the tingles of your heart.
The movie takes its audience through a 30 year journey of Jai and Diya’s life, as they experience the circle of life. While the first half focuses on all the things that could go wrong in their relationship, the second half takes a cheerful turn. There is a bit of back and forth in time, while Jai tries to make things right. The movie is not focusing on science fiction or time travel, but just highlights the ups and downs in any relationship experienced by a couple (even if you aren’t as beautiful or charismatic looking as these two).
Of the performances on screen, Kaif looks gorgeous through her 30 years of life, even at her 40 something, the woman is a stunner. Malhotra emotes and performs well. Must give Sid some serious credit, as a large part of the film rests on his young shoulders and needless to say, he does good justice to his role. Sayani Gupta [her last release - Fan] playing Chitra, was a bit of a surprise spark. Although she had very little screen time, she did her bit of leaving a mark.
The music was bang on, as expected and everybody looked great. Baar Baar Dekho has it's share of wonderful moments that stay with you. But overall, it falls into the category of films that takes some time to settle into the system. We would say, go and dekho ek baar. That's it!
Verdict: Baar Baar Dekho is a foot-tapping, beautiful looking one time watch, that brings with it some fine performances!
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