Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Katrina Kaif, Ram Kapoor, Sarika, Rohan Joshi, Sayani Gupta, Rajit Kapoor
Director: Nitya Mehra
Technical Aspects: 3.5
Verdict: Starting off very promisingly BBD spirals into a pitfall especially post-interval with highly uneven pacing.The problem with Baar Baar Dekho is that the story is unoriginal, predictable and especially the ‘time-travel’ is conveniently used. And despite the fact that Hindi movie audiences are known to accept the most bizarre plots (like Rab Ne Bana De Jodi where a woman can’t recognize her husband without glass and a moustache), this one is just not entertaining enough. What causes the time travel? Is it the thread? The pandit? Is it all a dream? You will be left grappling with these questions after the film is over. All that going in the future, then past, then future again before finally coming back to the present without anything substantial happening is a let down.
Director Nitya Mehra shows promise in her debut but the script is a letdown.The catchy music and exquisite cinematography are high points but they only serve as distractions.The BGM is used sparingly and only where necessary which is great to see.
Katrina And Siddharth are strictly average in their performances and theydon’t age well either.They look good together as a couple though.The supporting cast does well too even as they remain underutilised.
The lead protoganists are unbalanced (ironic as the film preaches balance is the best medicine) where Katina’s Dia is an active passenger who can do a lot but does not get to d much and Sid’s Jai remains a passive driver who gets to do a lot but does not do much.
The dialogues are mediocre at best and could have been smarter.The film is technically brilliant which is a saving grace.
There a lot of liberties and logic holes in the film which only add to the confusion and frustration of the viewer.The film is quite different from generic bollywood and thus the percentage of audience who might enjoy this one is quite minuscule.It also takes very long (144 minutes) to deliver a short-sweet moral over and over again which was quite obvious to everyone else except the protagonist.
As it turns out: Baar Baar Dekho doesn’t have anything that can entice us into repeat viewings, because the execution is flat and banal unless you love Sid-Kat or love stories in which case..’Ek Baar to Dekh hi sakte ho’.