Maths professor Jai Verma and his childhood sweetheart
Diya Kapoor dote on each other. But life’s all about number crunching for Jai
who can’t think beyond his thesis and his future in Cambridge. It’s left to
Diya to take the relationship forward and build a life together.
The reluctant bridegroom snaps at the noisy Punjabi
wedding preparations, it’s all so illogical to him. When the pandit explains
the marriage rituals of seven pheras,
he’s impatient and wants to know why they can’t finish it in three rounds.
Does the pandit have anything to do with what happens
next? What does happen is that Jai is taken through several time periods in the
future to see how terribly wrong his calculations can go.
Unfortunately, director Nitya Mehra turns Sri Rao’s
story into such a tiresome trip that by the time Jai goes to 2047 and returns,
you feel the exhaustion of time travel.
What Nitya wants to say is simple but fantastically
un-original. Live in the present, appreciate the small things in life, it’s the
old stop-and-smell the flowers advice.
The storytelling is so convoluted and confusing that
until Jai returns as an enthusiastic bridegroom to go down on his knees and beg
Diya to marry him, you’re as clueless as he is when he keeps waking up at
different time periods.
The screenplay by Nitya, Sri and Anuvab Pal takes a
bit of the mathematics genius of A
Beautiful Mind, the several time periods of Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Inception and the silliness of future
technology that was seen in Harman Baweja’s Love Story 2050.
Making it tedious is the fact that there’s no sparkle in
the scenes. So when there’s a repetition of dialogues and situations, the 2hrs
21 minutes seem like double the time. For instance, Diya keeps asking Jai why
he loves her. Jai has to travel to 2047 to learn even how to answer Diya’s
By the time Jai returns chastened and ready for the
full saat pheras, you have to stir yourself out of slumber and dance to the much-awaited
‘kala chashma’ which rolls along with the end credits.
What one can say about Katrina Kaif’s performance as
Diya is that she wears gorgeous clothes. Sidharth Malhotra as Jai Verma is as
handsome as ever and is shaping into an interesting actor but even he can’t
bring you back for a second dekho.
For a film where the scenes don’t add up to great
entertainment, Baar Baar Dekho gets
a 2* rating.
Bharathi S Pradhan
Senior Journalist & Author