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Baar Baar Dekho

By Armin S. Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 06:33: PM
Sidharth Malhotra, Katrina Kaif, Ram Kapoor, Sayani Gupta
Dharma Productions, Excel Entertainment
Nitya Mehra

A romance through time. A romance that is atypical in its treatment. A romance betwen two beautiful people. But does it work?

Jai (Sidharth Malhotra) only understands logic. This math wizard gets up on emotions and things that require thinking with his heart. That doesn't seem to be a problem for Diya (Katrina Kaif). When she pops the question, Jai's world starts going into a state of chaos. From dealing with a father-in-law (Ram Kapoor) that is overbearing and bossy, to dealing with an over-the-top wedding that seems to be at odds with his personality, Jai loses it completely and goes into a spell where he fast-forwards to his future, then rewinds back to his past, and is given opportunities to correct his behaviour through trial and error and lots of guesswork. He is in a perpetual state of confusion.

I will preface this review by saying that this film will not be everyone's cup of tea. When a film showcases a hero that is flawed and confused throughout an entire film, it makes for an audience who may find it uneasy to relate. As a Hindi film audience member, while we have come to accept our protagonists with some grey shades, we still cannot accept a protagonist who is in a perpetual state of confusion. What makes matters worse is that the audience will be able to solve the character's predicament and the message of the story quite some time before Jai does. Therein lies the problem. A mediocre screenplay with some mediocre editing, but with a message shelled in gold. The reason why this film will be liked by some is because they will get past the flaws and look at the effort and the message in the grand scheme of things. That is why it is a winner - because of its message. 

Sidharth Malhotra carries this mediocre script on his shoulders alone. This is his film. Less of a romance and more of a life lesson seen through only one lens, that being Jai's, Baar Baar Dekho challenges Sidharth in a way that some of his previous films, such as Brothers and Ek Villain have. I don't buy into the whole pretty faces can't act. People said the same about John Abraham but it's because people cannot get past the prettiness that they cannot forget the real person playing the character. Sidharth Malhotra makes a commendable effort in ensuring we understand Jai's predicament. Sidharth Malhtora grows with each film. 

Katrina Kaif is better than many of her films but she comes across as awkward, because, despite this being a romance, her character never really develops. I don't think I quite understood her. Ram Kapoor is effective. Sayani Gupta is effortless in her role. The rest of the actors in the film seem wasted.

This one is a winner because it teaches you to love your loved ones - which is a message we must take in stride in this day and age. Fantastic attempt - that will likely not be recognized by many.

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