I haven’t watched Game of thrones. But from what I heard about it, I can say Baar Baar Dekho feels like GoT. Not in a good way. Just when you think things start falling into place and narrative gets intriguing, the screenplay tumbles like a character getting killed in GoT.
The opening credits sequence is extremely promising with the beautiful “Kho Gaye” in the background. Though Jai and Diya are born in different continents, they’re destined to meet each other in their childhood. They grow up liking each other and eventually fall in love. When Diya proposes to Jai to marry her, he agrees, but he constantly fears he has to sacrifice his career for their future. With all the wedding hungama, he gets even more scared and decides to call off the wedding. Then comes the time travel aspect. He sleeps and wakes up in different places and different times in future. Every time he wakes up, he’s at an important juncture of his life. It’s like the important events of his life flashed like a trailer infront of him. Eventually, he realises the importance of balance between career and love.
As a story line, Baar Baar Dekho sounds intriguing. One of the best things about Baar Baar dekho is that it’s visually sumptuous just as any other Dharma/Excel’s production. The clothing and locations look amazing. Camera work by Ravi Chandran is the main reason for the visual beauty of the film. Special mention to the make-up team. The story moves back and forth many years at a time. It’s really important to give the characters a believable look for their age at a given point of time.
Coming to the lead pair, Siddharth and Katrina look smashing. Compared to their previous work, they tried really hard to get the emotions right this time. Of course, they danced damn good in the songs. But they don’t get enough support from the writing. Jai (Sid) keeps waking in different years. For the first few times, you may be invested in that. But after a certain point, it stops making sense. We might feel good when everything falls into place in the end. But, if the characters were a bit more well written with more depth in their relationship, the film would’ve really benefited.
Overall, it’s a good debut for Nitya Mehra. That opening sequence, usage of music and the last 20 minutes are promising.
So, for 150 bucks, you can watch all the stunning locations, stylish outfits, good looking lead pair, a mildly intriguing story and yeah… dance in the end for the insanely addictive “Kala Chashma”.
I’m going with two and half stars.