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Before I went to watch this film, I had already been bombarded with a host of negative reviews. I had no expectations and generally when I go with such a mind set, I end up liking the film. Surprisingly enough, I still felt that Baar Baar Dekho was an utter drag.
When it comes to an acting performance by Katrina Kaif, there are obviously no expectations and we very well know that Siddharth Malhotra is still to mature as an actor but still both the actors manage to disappoint with their performances. The story unoriginally springs from a mundane mash up of films and books like Groundhog Day and The Time Traveller’s wife. The first half of the film is starkly The Time Traveller’s Wife and the second, Groundhog Day. As a whole the film is highly predictable but that’s not all what is disappointing about the film. The story jumps from one emotional high point to another without any transition. This rough, jagged texture makes it difficult for the viewer to understand or empathize with the characters. None of the characters seem to get enough screen time to get established throughout the film and I think that is why the viewers are dryly peeled away from any kind of emotional response.
The film talks about the importance of family and emotions in one’s life which I think is a relevant topic today but what I found disappointing was how the filmmakers portrayed that how easy it is to reach professional peaks in an academic career and how it happens without putting any kind of hard work at all and how unimportant it is – an idea that has massively destroyed our young generation and seen repeatedly in countless Bollywood films.
Baar Baar Dekho does pick up eventually but that happens too close to the end of the film to really appreciate it. Watch the film if you are okay with 2 hours of irritation and 20 minutes of satisfaction. I feel the film might have worked better if the film makers would have worked longer on the writing table. Some sequences seem extremely stale, clichéd and in turn, plain boring to the eyes and mind of an average movie goer.
The film is obviously unoriginal. So if you have that bug in your mind that prohibits you from enjoying unoriginal material, you may want to stay away from this film. But then, to think of it, if we have enjoyed RD Burman’s music for decades, would we really mind this copy paste? I would like to leave that for you to decide.
Under the banner of Dharma Productions, the film is produced by Farhan Akhtar, directed by Nitya Mehra and co-written by Sri Rao (Story and Screenplay), Nitya Mehra (Screenplay), Anuvab Pal (Screenplay) and Anvita Dutt (Dialogue).
P.S. – I went to watch the film only the end credits song – Kala Chashma. (And how could I not? Our college performed on the original during our college fest way back in 2003!)
P.S.S – Yes, I can be that frivolous at times.