Critics’ Verdict: ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ Time Jumps Will Make You Dizzy

Critics react to the Katrina Kaif - Sidharth Malhotra starrer ‘Baar Baar Dekho’. 

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Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra in a still from <i>Baar Baar Dekho</i>. (Photo courtesy: Facebook<a href=";theater">/ Baar Baar Dekho</a>)

Film: Baar Baar Dekho
Director: Nitya Mehra
Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Katrina Kaif, Ram Kapoor, Sarika

Katrina Kaif, Sidharth Malhotra and the entire team of Baar Baar Dekho have had their fingers crossed, but the moment of truth is finally here.

Here are some excerpts from what the critics have to say about the film-

First-time director Nitya Mehra’s Baar Baar Dekho opts for an excessively imported concept of time travel, overloading the narrative with so many flashbacks and flash forwards that you might feel as dizzy as you would on a funfair’s merry-go-round gone out of control. Like it or not, BBD seems to be strongly influenced by Hollywood’s time-hop flicks like the Ashton Kutcher-toplined The Butterfly Effect and the Nicolas Cage thriller Next, not to omit Britain’s futuristic About Time. All points of resemblance, you’d like to think, are purely coincidental. Technically BBD is top-grade, but the to use the corporate argo, the content is a mind-bender. Mehra’s direction is serviceable, concentrating largely on the star value of Sidharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif. The question is: can they act or just look glam? The answer’s debatable: Kaif looks gorgeous in nearly 50 shades of lipstick, but when it comes to emoting, at points she’s stiff as starch. Malhotra’s strength is that at the very  least, he doesn’t ham, preferring to go low-key and allowing his eyes to spark up or melt to convey the moments of pleasure and pain. With all its ups and downs, then, is this time piece worth a multiplex visit? For a one-time watch, sure go ahead. Baar baar? Absolutely NO way.
Khalid Mohamed (SpotboyE)
The movie’s heart is similarly dual-faced. It wants to be seen as a departure from sentimental Hindi film romances, but it doesn’t want to let go of the messy bundle of emotions these films tap into. With a tighter screenplay, sharper dialogue and more accomplished leads, Baar Baar Dekho could have been that hybrid between Hollywood and Bollywood genres, but it is neither here nor there, neither of the present nor of the future. Mehra has a fashion catalogue writer’s eye for beauty, but this movie needed a Mills & Boon writer’s heart to make its fantastical premise work.
Nandini Ramnath (Scroll)
It’s a clash of different thought processes. While Jai is concerned about his own career, Diya is all for the community and how our happiness depends on people around us.There is no time machine, but time travel has been used as the narrative technique. Our professor keeps going back and forth in time and that doesn’t stop him from shaking a leg or enjoying exotic locales. In short, Nitya Mehra makes sure you don’t miss any of the typical Bollywood ingredients. Time travelling begins to lose its sheen after a while. Predictability and reluctance to break out of the comfort zone on the director’s part make it repetitive.What works for Baar Baar Dekho is its high emotional quotient. Malhotra has restricted himself from going overboard, and that works tremendously in favour of the film. He is relatable, likeable and confident. His chemistry with Kaif, however, doesn’t take off as the latter drastically fails to do the emotional bits. She looks ravishing in the songs, but that’s probably not enough. Baar Baar Dekho is hardly even a bird’s eye view of the new generation’s choices and desires. Its philosophy lacks strength and gloss takes the centre stage right from the beginning. But, if you stop taking it seriously then it may provide you some happy moments in exchange. After all, who doesn’t like a big, fat Punjabi wedding!
Rohit Vats (Hindustan Times)
Gorgeously shot by Ravi K Chandran, Mehra’s film is a worthy successor to a genre her producers – Karan Johar and Farhan Akhtar- seem to have perfected. In the film, rich and beautiful people have a minor blip in their lives, have an epiphany and then turn around completely to live happily ever after. Which is not to say it’s a bad thing.“Baar Baar Dekho”, for the most part doesn’t slow down its pace, and is peppered with expensive sets and lovely locations. It’s easy on the eyes and that makes it easier to watch. Baar Baar Dekho doesn’t want to ask the tough questions about family, equality, marriage, and whether they trump your other passions as the ultimate aim in life. Once you accept the film’s contention that life is all about your relationships, it passes the Bollywood romance test with flying colours.
Shilpa Jamkhandikar (Reuters)
Some phases, such as the one where he’s trying to be good husband, are engaging, but some are downright cheesy. Malhotra, who was producer Karan Johar’s discovery in Student Of The Year, doesn’t have the heft to pull off such a substantial role. The phase in which he’s an old, dejected soul looks terribly contrived. Even Kaif cannot pull off a fake grey wig and doesn’t age too well. Those phases are amateurish, but what keeps this love story afloat are the moments in which the couple try to work through their skewed work-life balance. Correct me if I am wrong, but sometimes it helps to have two divine-looking people in a frame. They look fetching together and it sometimes glosses over some glaring over-the-top twists. This is no baar baar dekho. Reserve this for a one-time watch.
Manjusha Radhakrishnan (Gulf News)

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