Baar Baar Dekho is a romantic drama by Nitya Mehra. Although this is her debut as a Director in Hindi Film Industry, she was assistant director to films viz. Life of Pi and The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Baar Baar Dekho reiterates one of the biggest philosophies of life i.e. to learn to live in present.
We, human beings, have a tendency to either cling to past or future; either we find ourselves stuck in the past or we get worried about the uncertainties of the future. And amidst all these, we forget the most basic thing, i.e. to appreciate the present, not to take our present for granted. We also ignore to value what we have in our present, be it our relationships / family, be it small moments of joy, laughter etc. And by the time, we realize that we have left our people, our happiness far behind, we long for another opportunity to undo certain actions of ours of the past. But the truth is, life does not give one a second chance to rewind in the past and change the actions and choices made. Then, what remains with us is a sense of regret and loss. The film also showcases how important it is to balance personal and professional lives.
Cast and Crew Details (Source: Wikipedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baar_Baar_Dekho )
Cast: Sidharth Malhotra (Jai Varma), Katrina Kaif (Diya Varma), Sarika (Jai’s mother), Ram Kapoor (Diya’s father), Taaha Shah Badusha (Tarun), Sayani Gupta (Chitra), Rohan Joshi, Rajit Kapur (Cameo)
Directed by: Nitya Mehra
Produced by: Karan Johar, Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar
Written by: Anvita Dutt (Dialogues)
Screenplay by: Nitya Mehra, Anuvab Pal, Sri Rao
Story by: Sri Rao
Cinematography: Ravi K Chandran
Edited by: Amitabh Shukla
Music by: Amaal Mallik, Arko, Badshah, Jasleen Royal, Bilal Saeed
Production Company: Dharma Productions, Excel Entertainment
Distributed by: Eros International
Release date: 9th September, 2016
Duration: 2 hours 21 minutes
Baar Baar Dekho begins with the birth scenes of Jai and Diya in two different continents followed by a song showing the growing up of these two children. They meet at eight and become great friends thereafter. Jai and Diya grow into adults (Sidharth and Katrina) and their friendship turns into love. Diya is vivacious and a great artist. Jai is a Maths professor, who is very much passionate about Vedic Maths. He has also done research on Vedic Maths and submitted his theses to Cambridge University. His life is driven by calculations and logics and he aspires to go to Cambridge University for building his career. Diya, half British, is in love with India and family. She loves Jai and wants to settle down with him in India itself. Diya ends up proposing Sidharth. Though Sidharth loved Diya, he is uncertain about the fate of their relationship. He is afraid thinking that marriage might change their equation. But finally decides to marry Diya. Ram Kapoor, who essays the role of Diya’s father, Sarika (Jai’s mother), Taaha Shah Badusha (Tarun, Jai’s brother) and all others are excited about Jai and Diya’s marriage. Jai finds himself absolutely lost amidst all preparations. He takes out his frustrations at Diya. Diya gets disillusioned with Jai’s dilemma.
The film moves further through various events. Time clock moves ahead by days, months, years. What happens to Jai and Diya with the passing timeline and time leap? How do their lives change ? What all choices Jai make in his life and how his choices impact his relationship with Diya and also with his and her families ? Whether Jai gets a second chance in his life to choose a different set of actions than his previous ones ? Is Jai able to fix things ? How Jai goes through self-actualization process ?
There is no doubt that the film is based on a great concept and philosophy of life, but it suffers in the execution. The film lacks passion, brightness, humour. The film could have also shown the beauty as well as complexities of relationships in a much better manner.
Sidharth as Jai is good, Katrina is cold in her performance, lacked her passion of Newyork and Dhoom 3. The chemistry between Sidharth and Katrina is not established properly in the film. Sarika’s prosthetics looked bad in some scenes. Rajit had a small role but is good. Ram Kapoor is also ok.
As far as the music is concerned, although ‘Kala Chashma’ is ruling as a blockbuster song, the songs ‘Sau Aasman’, ‘Dariya’ sound very good.
Dialogues which are good: Badi baton pe nahi, choti baton pe dhyan do (Focus on small things and not on big things); Balance ke bagair koi equation perfect nahi hoti (No equation is perfect without balance).
Baar Baar Dekho is indeed based on great philosophies of life i.e. to live in present, to enjoy the small moments of life, and to have work-life balance. It also reiterates that one cannot afford to live life only on the basis of logics and calculations, but emotions and sensitivities have to be kept alive. With such a beautiful concept, the film should not have faltered in execution, the storytelling could have been more passionate.
Rating : 3 / 5 (Good)