There are two types of bad movies: One which are so bad that you actually start enjoying them and the next are those where you start realizing that the movie could have been so better only if the film makers had a tinge of common sense. Baar Baar Dekho(BBD) belongs to the second category. Honestly speaking, the reason I had some expectations from the movie was because of two big brands like Excel Entertainment(Farhan Akhtar) and Dharma Productions(Karan Johar) coming together to produce a movie. Now lets delve deep and see where it falters and how much!
Baar Baar Dekho speaks about two protagonists Jay Varma(Siddharth Malhotra) and Diya Kapoor(Katrina Kaif) who are childhood sweethearts but completely different people. Jay is an “off beat” Mathematics professor and Diya is a painter who loves modern art. Life takes a massive turn when Jay starts time travelling only to realize that his approach in life where he thinks about future more than present will only result in a disaster for him. Now, how this happens shouldnt really be “logicalized” but yes it happens! This is the first piece where common sens starts fading away. So lets dissect the movie even deeper.
The first half of the movie where they introduce the characters leading upto the time travel is actually engaging. As a viewer you really want to know what happens and moreover why this is happening. But this is where the movie falls apart on a massive scale. Everything is so unconvincing that as an audience you start losing interest and this is exactly where the film makers of BBD fail. So Nitya Mehra, the director who comes with reputation of assisting in movies like Life of Pi and Lakshya, struggles to narrate this tale about time travel. Moving on to the performances; I never expected histrionics from Siddharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif. The only time they seem watchable is when they have to portray themselves as a lovey-dovey couple(without any dialogues); otherwise they are very unconvincing. I still do not understand the motive behind such an average starcast. There should have been atleast one actor who could have carried the film. The rest of the cast Ram Kapoor, Sarika, Rohan Joshi, Sayani Gupta keep hopping in and out of the screen.
On the whole BBD could have been an very engaging watch if
- the makers had maintained the novelty in time travel(Adam Sandler’s Click)
- reduced the dramebaazi (result of adding too much desi tadka)
- trimmed the movie atleast by 15-20 mins!
An excellent decision to avoid the movie and spend a peaceful weekend at home. And yes, for those who are in deep love with “Kaala Chashma”; Youtube rocks!