If I had the chance, to go back in time, I would change my mind, and not go for Baar Baar Dekho, opting for a quiet dinner instead. Starring Sidharth Malhotra, Katrina Kaif, Sarika and Ram Kapoor among others, Baar Baar Dekho, is directed by Nitya Mehra, who has worked on some absolutely wonderful films as an assistant director.
For Mathematician, Jai Verma, his life is his work, Maths is not a subject for him, it is his passion. (The Dyslexic in me, judged him right there.) Added to that, his chirpy, bubbly and beautiful lady love, Diya Kapoor, who he calls DK (How did nobody get the innuendo here?) asks him to marry her, while he’s trying to be an established professor. He has big dreams, but he also loves Diya. So, when she proposes to him, he agrees and here starts the story.
Bring on an overly excitable and interfering father, a younger brother with fetishes, a cryptic pandit and the big fat Indian wedding, an unconventional, logical minded Jai is overwhelmed and ends things with Diya. After shutting his eyes for the day, he finds himself transported in time seemingly living the highlights of his life – Honeymoon, Child Birth, Divorce etc. – taking time and space travel to a whole new level. The pandit, who put Jai in this situation, clearly has only one point to make, but Jai is daft enough to not get it – because hey, dreams! Jai calls himself a genius, towards the end of the film, when he finally realizes what poor Pandit Ji is trying to tell him since the longest time – Don’t be a workaholic, and go live with your wife – It took me, all I had to not scream at the screen. Jai finally realizes, he sets things straight with Diya by giving her some time, DK is happy, chapter closed. Happily ever after! And end credits – *sings Kaala Chashma*
Although, in all fairness, the concept of the film is fairly nice. More along the lines of Time Travelers Wife meets Typical Bollywood Romance. I’m sure when they sat down in the board room for a narration, the film blew most people away. But, the minute it came down to actual execution, it somehow fails. For me, it was a beautiful looking film, but the emotions were off. Where I should have been feeling upset, I was laughing at the ridiculousness of it all. Where I should have been smiling, I was confused about what I was watching. Everything said and done, Nitya Mehra has managed to capture one thing. Jai & Diya’s chemistry. As much as I think Katrina can’t emote at all, and Sidharth has just one expression, they go well together. I honestly think, if there were better actors, instead of eye candy, this film would have worked better. Crisper storylines, and screenplay writing would have helped too.
If you like having headaches, want to ogle at Sidharth Malhotra or Katrina Kaif, or just plain and simple watch a film that does nothing to you – Baar Baar Dekho is for you.