Once is more than enough
Baar Baar Dekho
Genre: Romantic Drama
Director: Nitya Mehra
Cast: Katrina Kaif, Sidharth Malhotra, Sarika, Ram Kapoor
Being screened at QFX Cinemas
A promising storyline, beautiful setting, and some good-looking actors — Baar Baar Dekho boasts of some promising elements. Yet the venture of debutant director Nitya Mehra fails to manipulate those elements, thus creating a very boring flick.
It is the story of two childhood friends — Mathematics professor Jai (Sidharth Malhotra) and artist Diya (Katrina Kaif). One day Diya proposes marriage to Jai, he accepts. But a day before the wedding, Jai, who wants to focus on his career, has a fight with Diya as he is not ready for marriage. Diya leaves him promising never to come back. After drinking a bottle of champagne, Jai falls asleep, only to wake up in Thailand. He finds that he is there on his honeymoon with Diya and he’s been married for 10 days. Yet, Jai has no memory of the past 10 days. Since then, every time he goes to sleep, he wakes up in a different time and place of future — only to see lots of ups and downs in his life.
The director struggles to narrate the film — the film is okay in the first-half, but as Jai’s time travel begins, the film falls apart. It tests your patience — by the time the suspense is revealed, you are so restless that you won’t even care about it. Even the suspense is nothing worth waiting for. In such a boring execution, Baar Baar Dekho even tries to lecture you at one point, and it’s quite annoying! A slow and confusing screenplay, average dialogues and moments of forced comedy are its drawbacks.
And the lead actors can’t contribute anything especial — Kaif and Malhotra are both fitter and hotter, and that is all. Though Malhotra has most screen space in the film, he is average in the role of a young man. And the older version of him is not convincing enough. Kaif as always can’t emote — her abs would draw more attention than acting!
Supporting cast are entertaining — Ram Kapoor as Diya’s father gives you a chance for the occasional laugh. Sarika in the role of Jai’s mother is good.
One of the few good things in the film is its music — while the track Kaala Chasma is already a hit, other tracks are also okay. And cinematography in praiseworthy too — the scenes in Thailand and Galsgow captured by cinematographer Ravi K Chandran are beautiful.
If you are able to tolerate this film in the theatres for once, it is more than enough!