Baar Baar Dekho

barbardekoCAST: Katrina Kaif, Sidharth Malhotra, Ram Kapoor, Sarika
DIRECTION: Nitya Mehra
GENRE: Romance
DURATION: 2 hours 20 minutes

STORY: Jai Verma (Sidharth Malhotra), a mathematical genius, finds himself randomly travelling through time – (into the past and future) until he learns to value his present. He gets to relive a significant day of his life in order to avert future setbacks. Can this disorder alter his life for better?

REVIEW: Bearing the brunt of his ‘going to sleep and waking up in a new time period’ routine, is his ‘abs’olutely stunning wife Dia Kapoor (Katrina Kaif), who’s the ‘driver’ in their relationship. She’s too clingy, he’s too disinterested and busy with his calculations to notice her unconditional love for him. The film unravels what lies ahead for these childhood sweethearts.

What would you fix if you could travel back in time? The thought is interesting and the message, beautiful – life isn’t a series of calculated events so seize the moment. True happiness lies in the smallest of things. However, the film’s reasoning is flawed. Unlike movies like ‘About Time’, which have explored the fantasy time travelling theme with much heart, this one uses it as a punishment to ‘conform’ the man, who is devoted to his ambitions. You don’t see anything wrong with his choices to begin with so his change of heart doesn’t tug at your heartstrings either.

In true Dharma style, the film is visually and musically enchanting and is about loving your family. Good looking actors hum soulful songs at gorgeous locales. Both Sidharth and Katrina are easy on the eye and Sidharth pulls off his complex role with ease. Katrina, however, hasn’t gone 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.