Baar Baar Dekho Review by Indicine
The script of Baar Baar Dekho has clearly been written and rewritten many times because the moments portrayed in the film have a deftness about them. There’s a certain sense of déjà vu for the normal viewer as the story is very relatable. Who wouldn’t want to see their future and set things right? Nitya Mehra does a commendable job at utilising the full potential of this unique (maybe not so much) concept. Baar Baar Dekho doesn’t have too many rip-roaring moments as the emotions are kept subtle, and it entertains without going overboard. Technically, Baar Baar Dekho looks like a movie mounted on a big scale even though it is a medium budget film. This is due to the smart production design and the technically efficient cinematography. The editing is fluid and none of the scenes feel displaced. The music of Baar Baar Dekho is a strong point. Kala Chashma has already become a rage. And other songs like Khair Mangdi, Nachde Ne Saare and Dariya all become ear worms. This is a well put together soundtrack which suits the nature and tone of the movie very well. A good all round effort.
Baar Baar Dekho Review by Bollywood Hungama
When BAAR BAAR DEKHO’s promos were released, it gave a feel that the film was a sincere attempt in the genre of time travel. In reality, the film’s screenplay (Sri Rao, Nitya Mehra, Anuvab Pal) completely gives the film in. Besides being confusing, the film’s screenplay is totally slow and un-relatable, which makes it extremely difficult to find resonance with the audience. The film’s dialogues (Anvita Dutt) are very average with no outstanding one liners or anything to that effect. Though humor is sorely missing in the film, it is loaded with moments of unintentional comedy. Despite having assisted on successful films like LIFE OF PI, DON and LAKSHYA, debutante director Nitya Mehra struggles while narrating BAAR BAAR DEKHO. The way in which she has handled the aspect of time travel in the film is very weak, which only goes onto prove that such genres definitely require an ‘experienced hand’ for the film to be worth its salt. As the film progresses, one does start feeling about BAAR BAAR DEKHO being heavily ‘inspired’ by the Hollywood flicks like the Nicholas Cage starrer THE FAMILY MAN and the Adam Sandler starrer CLICK. While BAAR BAAR DEKHO’s first half (especially the first 30 minutes) is engaging, the film starts collapsing piece by piece as Sidharth’s character starts time travelling. The film’s second half only gets worse and tests your patience as Sidharth starts travelling back and forth in time. It won’t be wrong to say that, while BAAR BAAR DEKHO’s essence is Indian, the concept is totally alien. All of this results in BAAR BAAR DEKHO becoming a mash up of sorts, thus, landing nowhere. And when the film’s ridiculous suspense is revealed towards the end, it totally shows how much the makers of the film take the audiences for granted.
Baar Baar Dekho Review by Manjusha Radhakrishnan on Gulfnews
After a row between these two lovers before their wedding day, Jai is miraculously gifted the ability to travel forward in his life. He gets to visit several momentous occasions in his life such as his honeymoon in Thailand, his wife’s delivery in London and his post-retirement days. Some phases, such as the one where he’s trying to be good husband, are engaging, but some are downright cheesy. Malhotra, who was producer Karan Johar’s discovery in Student Of The Year, doesn’t have the heft to pull off such a substantial role. The phase in which he’s an old, dejected soul looks terribly contrived. Even Kaif cannot pull off a fake grey wig and doesn’t age too well. Those phases are amateurish, but what keeps this love story afloat are the moments in which the couple try to work through their skewed work-life balance. It’s a problem that many modern-day couples face and the diatribe about ‘you don’t spend enough time with me’ hits close home. Both Kaif and Malhotra have enough sizzle to keep us guessing.
Baar Baar Dekho Review by Ritika Handoo on Zeenews
The chemistry between Sid and Kat is stupendous, and certainly, after this film, we want to ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ them together again. They do exude a certain kind of freshness which can be tapped more on the reel. How Jai’s character grows and what happens to his relationship with Diya—their journey, hardships and struggle in keeping up with the tale or rather twist in time is what ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ has to offer. It has a subtle yet very important message underlying which we all must understand and try to live every moment with the person we love the most! And yes, for once I am happily saying ‘chill, if you can’t hold that mathematical equation for once’, as there’s more to life than one plus one two!
Baar Baar Dekho Review by Tushar P Joshi on Bollywood Life
Baar Baar Dekho is an extremely good looking film with fine production values. When you have Sidharth and Katrina as your leads your poster could look like a page out of a high fashion magazine! These two look really good together and film makers should cast them in the future (with no time travel) and give them better scripts. Nitya keeps the premise easy and light in the first half, we get to see Jai and Diya up close and understand their values and notions about life. Jai’s ambitious personality and career driven hunger for success is diagonally opposite to Diya’s want to find joy and happiness in simple and small things. Nitya does a good job of creating some really beautiful moments between these two. The dialogues aren’t heavy or melodramatic, they sound like what two grownup adults would be saying while having an argument or making up. I liked Sidharth’s character more than Katrina’s only because there was ample scope for him to do more. There is immense maturity in his performance and he’s come to know his craft better. Sidharth has an old school charm and is able to use that well to play Jai. Katrina looks like a million bucks and her scenes in the second half where we see them as a married couple with kids are good. The music is already a success and the songs especially ‘Khair Mangdi‘ and ‘Sau Aasman’ fit well into the storyline.
Baar Baar Dekho Review by Subhash K Jha on NDTVMovies
Debutant director Nitya Mehra’s Baar Baar Dekho is unlike any romantic yarn – I hesitate from giving it that loosely-used term the ‘rom-com’. It is the ultimate what-if saga, narrated with a tender care and subdued splendour that makes every moment between the lead pair precious and gladdening. Watching the film, we are just happy to see Jai and Diya together. It could be because they are played by two of the best-looking stars in our cinema. Sidharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif look so made-for-each-other that it seems absurd to even suggest that they can be separated by destiny or design – or in this case by designed destiny.
Baar Baar Dekho Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
What works for Baar Baar Dekho is its high emotional quotient. Malhotra has restricted himself from going overboard, and that works tremendously in favour of the film. He is relatable, likeable and confident. His chemistry with Kaif, however, doesn’t take off as the latter drastically fails to do the emotional bits. She looks ravishing in the songs, but that’s probably not enough.
Review by Ananya Bhattacharya on India Today
Mehra’s imagination makes Sidharth and Katrina travel from ages eight to their teenage, to mid-twenties, to mid-forties, and then late-fifties. The film essentially tries to drive home the message of carpe diem. The ‘concept’ could have taken off, but is let down by the execution of Baar Baar Dekho. That is, if you count out the half-hearted performances by the lead actors. Sidharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif both seem to think they are in the film to make it look good. There’s hardly any acting on the part of either. While Katrina’s moments of frustration and sorrow invoke the stray laugh from the theatre, Sidharth’s neither-here-nor-there Jai hardly makes an impact.
Review by Mehul S Thakkar on Deccan Chronicle
Editor Amitabh Shukla has cropped the film beautifully and makes the different timelines appear seamless and in flow. There is also freshness in the dialogues and also has enough room for comic relief, and the credit for that goes to Anvita Dutt. No one captures a film like cinematographer Ravi Chandran and in this film too he has showcased many stunning shots. Ram Kapoor gets his comic timing right and seems to enjoy himself on screen. In a few portions, the film makes you yawn but it soon recovers as the director manages to get it back on track. Sidharth’s performance is endearing and the many workshops conducted by Atul Mongia have really helped the actor to pull off this complex performance. Katrina Kaif’s performance is different than what we have seen the actress deliver so far. She looks absolutely revived as she manages to pull out several emotions and one can see that her craft has only gotten better with every film.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
A story about how looking at the bigger picture and not paying attention to the little moments in life can cause issues in relationships, would have been more relatable had it been weaved into a simple and sweet tale without exploring uncharted territories like time travel. The duration of the film is another issue as it seems to go on and on without an end in sight. In conclusion, ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ is worth watching just ‘Ek Baar’.
Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
Siddharth Malhotra is left to flounder, and that is heartbreaking because he is capable of so much more. He can underplay beautifully, and add nuance to any part (he was the best part of Dharma Production’s previous Kapoor & Sons) but here he is strictly one note. What the film needed was to borrow some of the high voltage energy of the madly addictive Kala Chashma ditty, which has turned into the season’s club song du jour. Baar baar dekho? Wishful thinking. Once is way more than enough.
Review by Renuka Vyavahare on The Times Of India
In true Dharma style, the film is visually and musically enchanting and is about loving your family. Good looking actors hum soulful songs on gorgeous locales. Both Sidharth and Katrina are easy on the eye and Sidharth pulls off his complex role with ease. Katrina, however fails to go beyond what’s expected of her as an actor. There are timeless love stories and then stories involving time travel. BBD belongs to the latter. Pleasant and fairly engaging but a tad tedious (like mathematics) to evoke a Baar Baar viewing. The foot-tapping kala chashma song in the end infuses that much required energy and zest into the film.
Review by Sarita A Tanwar on DNA India
The problem with Baar Baar Dekho is that the story is frustrating and inane. 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 believable. What causes the time travel? Is it the thread? The pandit? Is it all a dream? You will be left grappling with these questions till half the film is over. All that going in the future, then past, then future again before finally coming back to the present makes BBD a repetitive bore. Director Nitya Mehra has put her focus on all the things inconsequential (futuristic gadgets, styling, time travel). The very simple and important idea of the story – cherish the ones you love – is lost in translation. Was the time travel gimmick really needed to relate a very simple message? It’s an undercooked time travel tale. Ek baar dekhna is tough enough.
Review by Raja Sen on Rediff
Characters go through a lot in this film — the Groundhog Day section of the script is the most tedious and the most contrived — but none more than the audience. Diya, portrayed by Katrina as high-strung and shrill, is — by my reckoning — the most patient and understanding wife in the world. Married to an utter idiot, her outbursts are entirely justified, and come what may, she does put up with him and consents to loving him. Poor thing. And yet, even at the end of this unbearable film when things are finally, belatedly being set right, the fool husband complains about her impossible temper. As if it’s her fault. Poor show, Ms Mehra. If you could go back in time to set this film right, make something else instead.
Review by Rajeev Masand on News18
It’s a shame it’s the superficial stuff – the frills and the trimmings – that stay with you longer than the characters or their emotions. The film is gorgeously mounted like a spread straight out of Architectural Digest, shot at stunning foreign locations, and set to a slew of chartbusting tunes. Sidharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif have faces and bodies that justify 50-foot marquees, but the passion is missing. Despite both their efforts to infuse feeling into the scenes, they’re let down by a script that is colder than the weather in England, where a chunk of the film is set. For a film about romance and love, Baar Baar Dekho is curiously lacking the messiness of real relationships, and trades in quick-fix solutions to complex personal issues. At 2 hours and 21 minutes it’s way too long, and never once succeeded in making me care if Jai and Diya would end up happily ever after.
Review by Mayank Shekhar on Mid-Day India
Does this seem merely an exercise in makeup artistry then? In that sense, the old Sidharth looks a lot like the current Shah Rukh Khan, if you ask me. And Katrina is the mannequin all the way. Be that as it may, I suspect both of them, few years down the line, looking back at this movie, might feel rather embarrassed nonetheless.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
For a debut, Nitya Mehra took on a very ambitious project with a wafer thin script. Fabricating the future is challenging. You go with jet packs and flying cabs and end up like Love Story 2050. You ditch the gadgets and make tomorrow seem like today and it would be just as upsetting. Here, we see gesture-controlled computers, buses with touchscreen windows and the most imaginative production input — a funeral pyre burning inside a lotus-shaped glass enclosure (probably an environment-sensitive breakthrough). While these bells and whistles are mildly distracting, there’s little happening in the film to steal attention away from it.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
Sidharth and Katrina look extremely good together. Their older versions are scary but overall they are a delight to watch on screen. Katrina looks ravishing and Sidharth improves as an actor. Cameos by Sarika, Ram Kapoor, Sayani Gupta and Rajit Kapur are good. Technically a polish product with rich production values, BAAR BAAR DEKHO also serves good in its music by Amaal Mallik, Arko, Badshah, Jasleen Royal and Bilal Saeed.
Baar Baar Dekho Review by Indiaglitz
Although not a typical Karan Johar type film, Baar Baar Dekho deserves to be seen for its music, glamour and unusual theme. Jumbled up screenplay and dragging second half might put off the audience.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
A grouchy young man seems to be living a sort of groundhog day when everyone around him is happy celebrating his wedding to his childhood sweetheart. We know he has to re-live the day that changed his fate but we don’t know why. And despite Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra’s ‘hotness’ which drew the audiences in, the story leaves you cold.
Review by meeta on Wogma
The back and forth, if you can call it that, in the film’s narrative gets tiring by interval. Thereafter the rhythm doesn’t vary much either. What the writers might have thought of as variation and/or a twist to catch the audience off-guard isn’t much of either – change or surprise. The non-linear cum time travel exercise then, comes across merely as a cute idea, rather than romantic or insightful. The problem isn’t that there is little romance or profundity. The problem is that the film thinks it is being charming and insightful. Even so, Siddharth Malhotra tries his best. You get his confusion. You kind-a sort-a get his eureka moment too. The one or two moments of “aawwww” felt over-written because they are repeated. The actor’s conviction in dialogue delivery isn’t enough then.
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