Zara Hatke Zara Bachke Movie Review: This Vicky Kaushal - Sara Ali Khan Rom-Com has Neither Romance Nor Comedy

Rahul Desai

A Potentially Fun Idea Wasted

At first, it sounds like a fun idea. (Please remember “At first” for the rest of this review). In theory, Zara Hatke Zara Bachke is the exact inverse of Love Per Square Foot (2018), another romcom featuring Vicky Kaushal as a middle-class man aspiring to own a house.

Regressive Story Posing As Woke

So perhaps it’s only fitting to say that Zara Hatke Zara Bachke – like its predecessors – is a bad film pretending to be a good one. It’s also a regressive story posing as a woke one, and a tone-deaf movie pretending to be a funny one. Some of us don’t mind getting fooled. Some of us do.

Sparks of A Potentially Cool Romcom

There are sparks of a potentially cool romcom in the way Kapil and Saumya’s relationship pans out. Even after landing a divorce and qualifying for the scheme, the two initially can’t keep their hands off each other.

Emotionally Manipulative

Zara Hatke Zara Bachke’s emotional manipulation and home-is-where-the-heart-is theme slowly inch into Luv Ranjan territory.

The Wait For A Good Romcom Continues

Alas, the wait for a sweet and entertaining romcom – one that doesn’t overreach for cheap giggles; one that doesn’t use Hrishikesh Mukherjee as a front to appropriate middle cinema.