Film: Baar Baar Dekho

Director: Nitya Mehra

Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Katrina Kaif, Ram Kapoor, Sarika, Sayani Gupta and Rajit Kapur

Rating: **1/2

A film that has its heart in the right place, Nitya Mehra&’s directorial Baar Baar Dekho attempts to decode the questions that most lovers face sooner or later in their relationship — where will it go a few years down the road?

Two eight-year-olds grow up together, fall in love and decide to walk down the aisle. Sidharth Malhotra plays the commitment-phobic and mathematic genius Jai and Katrina Kaif essays the role of Diya, an artist. As Diya proposes Jai, he finds himself in a confusing situation and wants to break out of the matrimonial ensnare.

The night before their wedding, they finally have a war of words and Diya leaves him. Tippling down a bottle of champagne, Jai gets tipsy and drowses off to sleep. Well, he wakes up, but only to find himself in a new place and a new time. Each time, he wakes up, he is in different time zones of his life.

The movie whirs past the present and wheels you into the future to decipher if you would live your life differently after foreseeing the future.

In the first half, each frame is drop dead gorgeous but is a huge let-down in its emotional connect. The key scenes; the wedding sequence, the time travel or the funeral; could have had a lasting impact if the sentiments were in place but instead look flawed and too fictitious.

Swinging up as a saviour, the second half brings back what was missing. Love, compassion and empathy might still not be in its finest flavour, but it doesn’t disappoint you either.

As the storyboard reaches the shores, it triumphs in bringing love back to the fore despite its glitches that trouble you throughout the narration.

What works magic for the film is Sidharth&’s candour and relatability. He has, indeed, come a long way from his amateur performances in Student of the Year and Hasee Toh Phasee.

Sidharth&’s chemistry with Katrina thwarts as it is quite bland. Even as they cosy up onscreen, neither does it ignite compassion nor passion. On top of that, the latter&’s power of emoting doesn’t match up to the former&’s.

The supporting cast – Ram Kapoor, Sarika, Sayani Gupta or Rajit Kapur – none of them put up an act worth remembering. Coated with overacting, their performances have several loop holes.

For a first-time director, Nitya&’s film is perfect when it comes to cinematography, set design, costumes or good-looks! But, the ingredient to win hearts has not been sprinkled well.

In fact, the song and dance has a certain edge over the drama. Not just Kala Chashma, but the other tracks – Kho Gaye, Nachdene Saare, Khair Mangdi, Sau Aasmaan – play in the minds more than the romantic reels.

The theme of the film goes in tune with the dialogue, “Life mein balance nahi ho toh sab galat ho jaata hai…” Well, the “balance” is missing from the film too.

It wouldn’t come as a surprise if you would want the makers to go back in time and ‘fix’ the errors in making the film. Flawed it may be, but movie buffs can surely go for an ek baar dekho splurge, if not a baar baar dekho spree.