Film: Zara Hatke Zara Bachke
Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes
Director: Laxman Utekar
Starcast: Vicky Kaushal & Sara Ali Khan
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3.5 stars
Zara Hatke Zara Bachke Review:
Indian filmmakers have really mastered the art of telling romantic stories on the big screen. In fact, some have even given it the modern twist called rom-coms, which are delightful to watch. Maddock Films’ latest Zara Hatke Zara Bachke is also a modern tale of romance infused with some comedy. Starring Vicky Kaushal and Sara Ali Khan in the lead roles, the Laxman Utekar directorial is sure to put a big smile on your face as you walk out.
What I like the most about the Dinesh Vijan production, Zara Hatke Zara Bachke is that it’s a simple story about a young couple working towards accomplishing their happily ever after. Soumya and Kapil (Sara and Vicky) aspire to have their own home, a dream relatable to every young working individual in this day and age, the struggles and drama that ensue in achieving that dream are what form the major part of the story. The performances are great, and what I loved, even more, was that this is the first time I saw the supporting cast also have such a strong part in the story.
While there are a few flaws, overall, it is a cute film to watch on 70 mm. It is something every newly married or even young couple will relate to and take away great deed from the message the film carries.
What’s great about Zara Hatke Zara Bachke:
Vicky and Sara’s performances
I have to say, I have really liked Vicky and Sara’s on-screen pairing a lot. They have a certain chemistry between them that looks very organic. In fact, even without any dialogue Vicky and Sara complement each other so well. In terms of performance, Vicky is quite charming, he is a simpleton but also very sweet and attractive. Sara on the other hand has shown such a varied range in her performance. There was a sense of maturity and balance I saw in Sara’s act. Both Vicky and Sara had many layers in their characters and they transitioned through them quite effortlessly.
The supporting cast
The actors who play Kapil and Soumya’s families are just too good. Everyone fits in the parts so well, however, three of my favourite people were the kid, Sushmita Mukherjee (who plays Sara’s mom in the film), and Sharib Hashmi. They only make the family drama crazier and funnier, which adds to the entertainment quotient of the film.
The entire album of Zara Hatke Zara Bachke is quite good. Every song is so beautiful, soulful, and well-placed in the story. Seems like Laxman has paid great attention to the flow of the film, especially, in the first half. But yes, the songs do add the right emotions to the story and only work in favour of the film.
Drawbacks in Zara Hatke Zara Bachke:
While I stand by the fact that it is a cute film to watch, there are some loopholes in the story too. The first half of the film is better, stronger, and funnier. While the second half is more emotional and dramatic, still it lacks impact. The punches in the second half seem a little superficial and the entire emotional segment in the hospital looks quite unnecessary. In the second half, even though you feel bad for Kapil and Soumya, you don’t feel their pain.
It is not like you will get bored in the film, but there will be moments where you will feel it is dragged. Even the moments of laughter have long intervals between them, there are funny jokes, but they take some time to make you laugh.
Laxman Utekar has told this massy love story in quite a classy way. It has the laughs, the drama, the romance, and all that is much needed for an entertaining film. So you should definitely meet Soumya, Kapil, the Dubeys and the Chawlas on the big screen for they will be quite the stressbuster for you. The film is fun to watch in a theatre hall with your loved ones.
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