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Baar Baar Dekho - Movie Review

Verdict - "Kabhi Matt Dekho"

Baar Baar Dekho directed Nitya Mehra is a story about two childhood friends Jai and Diya (Sidharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif) who love each other and plan to get married in a naïve fashion. Prior to the day before the marriage, Diya explains Jai about their endeavours after getting married and Jai replies that he is not yet ready for the marriage as he is planning to do bigger things in life and accomplish his goals. Disconcerted with Jai's response, Diya concludes the discussion by mentioning that she will never talk to him again and leaves. Some time later, Jai, who is already disgruntled with the situation falls asleep all alone and wakes up ten days later and finds himself spending his time in a honeymoon in Thailand with Diya. How ?

Described as a high-concept modern-day love drama, this film was terribly messy and befuddling at the same time. The screenwriters were pretty much unclear with their narration from the start till the finish and the storyline felt pointless when I took the time to reassess after watching the film. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy time travel films when the idea helps the movie to get better by advancing the storyline. But in this case, it just felt like the director is taking us through a series of shorts, set in different timelines and beautiful locations which don't really make a whole lot of sense or prove a proper point.

Yet more, the most disconcerting aspect of the film apart from the story, screenplay and direction were the horribly written characters. Although the performances were quite decent from the entire cast, with Sidharth looking confused and Katrina being depressed nearly 80% of the film, the characters didn't have much depth, the relationship between the lead couple was not well explained as a result it didn't make me believe in them and culminated in becoming a bad movie experience. 

Overall, Baar Baar Dekho is a colossal failure in terms of writing and direction and winds up as a seamless example of how not to make a time-travel film. The lengthy 147-minute runtime and the horrid storyline will turn you delirious after watching the film. So, consider staying at home and spending time with your family.

My Rating - 2/5
Grade - C (Meh! Probably a rental)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Hasee Toh Phasee - Movie Review

Verdict – “Heartfelt and profound at times, but it's nothing unusual to the regular Bollywood rom-com genre”.

2014 is just a number when it comes to Bollywood, cause we are surprisingly stuck at a point where everything was normal, routine and more intently just trying to play safe. Hasee Toh Phasee falls into that category where it was slightly genial, inexplicable and customary.

Ensuing the same the old formula, Hasee Toh Phasee kicks off with Nikhil (Siddharth Malhotra) who was impulsive and enduring in his character getting married to the deliberate and charming Karishma (Adah Sharma) after upholding their relationship for seven long years. Right before their marriage, Karishma's sister Meeta (Parineeti Chopra) appears.

Being dissimilar and disparate in her behaviour Meeta is considered as an odd one who is purposely hated by everyone in the family and was completely excluded. Karishma requests Nikhil to take care of Meeta during the whole occasion as he hesitantly accepts and he eventually discovers that he and Meeta had a brief meeting seven years ago. Will Meeta and Nikhil develop an unfeigned relation between them? That's predictable!

The traditional storyline doesn't really astonish for a brief amount of time, a series of unwanted cliched predictable scenes drags to a point where it has nothing to offer. Parineeti's wayward and striking screen presence keeps you engaged for a while but the underwhelming and the unthoughtful screenplay may let you down if you're able to pick up the sequence rapidly which I twig that as predictability.

But then again, don't get me wrong. Hasee toh Phasee had it's emotional stirring moments within the climax where it gets serious and somber about the situation. However, it's quite late!

Director, Vinil Mathew is impressive, as his main job is to manage and pull out some decent performances from the leads, he had done his part quite well. But the screenplay and story by Harshavardhan Kulkarni doesn't really engross me and with a monumental team including Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya and Vihas Bahl monitoring the whole thing happening, where did it go wrong? Even the music from Vishal-Shekhar didn't really engage with the movie, it was quite normal and outmoded.

Nevertheless, the performances from the cast were splendid. Parineeti Chopra stole the entire movie with her dexterous screen presence, a clever female character is quite rare to find in Bollywood and Parineeti impressed me with her genuine ingenious performance and certainly the best she had given till date. Siddharth intregrated well with his character and was a perfect fit for that unsure, skeptical role.

On the whole, Hasee Toh Phasee had it's heartfelt moments to care about but it's monotonous story and screenplay doesn't really had the potential to twirl the movie into a successful one. Anchored with few great performances from the leads, HTP is a decent one time watch if you feel like investing your money into something which was not that spectacular.

My Rating - 2.5/5
Grade - C+ (It deserves your attention for a while!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM

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