Debutant director Nitya Mehra's "Baar Baar Dekho" is unlike any romantic yarn '. It is the ultimate what-if saga, narrated with a tender care and subdued splendour that makes every moment between the lead pair precious and gladdening.
Sidharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif look so made-for-each-other that it seems absurd to even suggest that they can be separated by destiny or design -- or in this case by designed destiny.
The real hero of the film is Ravi K Chandran's camerawork. The magician that he is, Chandran imbues every frame with warmth charm and beauty. Sequences recreating Cambridge University (where a Ramanujan-like professor mentors Jai) reminded me of that very fine Ramanujan biopic "The Man Who Knew Infinity".
"Baar Baar Dekho" is about getting a chance of changing the mistakes in life without making them.
Jai Verma, played by the dishy Sidharth Malhotra, is a brilliant mathematician in Baar Baar Dekho. The strapping young lad is a genius when it comes to multiplying big numbers, but he isn’t the brightest bulb when it comes to figuring out his love life. He has a perennially perplexed look on his face and Diya, played by the superbly toned Katrina Kaif, just wants to be Mrs Verma. She’s an artist, but fortunately isn’t as angst-ridden like her lover. One partner, arguably Jai, is at flight risk and that’s enough to exhaust the viewer.
This is no baar baar dekho, which means to watch again and again. Reserve this for a one-time watch.