Slaps: Few logic defying scenes, too many flashbacks and flashforward doesn't give you enough time to get totally engrossed in film
What's New: Nitya Mehra uses the tool of unconventional narration to make an important point about love in today's times.
Popcorn Refill: Strictly interval or else you might find yourself confused with what's happening on screen
Plot: 'Baar Baar Dekho' opens with how Jai Verma (Sidharth Malhotra) and Diya Kapoor (Katrina Kaif)'s lives are intertwined with each other since the time they were kids. Our hero grows up to be a dishy mathematics professor aspiring to make it big in the world of calculations whereas the damsel chooses to be free-spirited artist. Life's a fairy tale for these childhood lovers until one fine day Diya proposes to Jai over dinner.
The boy wants to soar his ambitious wings high and is unsure about settling down. But somehow Diya manages to convince him and there you have a big Punjabi fat wedding just around the corner with lots of naach-gaana. However Jai still remains unimpressed with the events unfolding in his life and a day before the wedding he bares his heart to Diya. She tries hard to make him understand that life is all about the present moments and that one should learn to enjoy them. Unfortunately, the adamant Jai prefers to choose his ambition over Diya and the latter walks out of the house heartbroken.
After this spat with Diya and a drunken night Jai finds himself miraculously gifted with the ability to see some crucial highlights from his future. Will these sneak-peeks change the maths prodigy's perception of living life or will he continue his chase of searching the perfect 'future'?
Performances: Sidharth Malhotra delivers his honest best and is the 'heart-and-soul' of 'Baar Baar Dekho'. He is yet to become a fine actor but the young lad has a great screen presence which camouflages most of his flaws. Not to mention his drool-worthy looks that's surely going to make the ladies go weak in the knees.
Hats down, Katrina Kaif has the best killer abs and lends some effervesence! But acting skills, well, that still needs some sharpening. This time Nitya plays safe and has the most valid reason for the actress' accent in the film.
The prosthetics used in the film to age the lead couple doesn't leave behind a convincing mark and some of those scenes look a tad weird.
Ram Kapoor adds his comical touch whereas Sarika is what 'all mums are like!' Rohan Joshi, Sayani Gupta and Taaha Shah Badusha suffer from under-written roles. Rajat Kapoor = mystery!
Direction: It's extremely brave of Nitya Mehra to refrain from choosing the safe zone when it came to making her debut in direction. 'Baar Baar Dekho' is no candyfloss love. There are tears, heart-breaks, hope and ambition fueled dreams. But most importantly, it has a message that's so valid in the rat-race of this materialistic world. Yes, she stumbles and fumbles while making the point and there are times where writing takes a backseat. But Nitya stands tall and makes sure that you leave the cinema hall learning the importance of balancing the equations of life to derive happiness.
Ravi K.Chandran beautifully captures the breath-taking locales on his lens and they are a complete visual treat. The songs are already topping the chart-busters.
Amitabh Shukla's editing makes sure that 'Baar Baar Dekho' doesn't meander meaninglessly. However the film could have been snipped a bit shorter by a couple of minutes.
Combo-on-offer: Romance+ Drama
Verdict: We give 'Baar Baar Dekho' CLAPS for being a refreshing watch in the times of commercial potboilers and stereotyped love stories. If not 'Baar Baar' but at least 'ek baar' zaroor dekho for the sake of future times!