Like all ‘high concept’ movies, Baar Baar Dekho (BBD) can be explained with the help of a single ‘what if’ question. Clarifying that BBD is not about time travel, here’s how producer Farhan Akhtar has described the film’s premise – “What if you could see the future of your relationship? And having seen that future, what would you do differently?” The BBD trailer seems to have all the ingredients that make a modern day Bollywood love story. There are multiple foreign locations and there is a loud North Indian wedding. Playing Diya, Katrina Kaif looks predictably svelte and Sidharth Malhotra’s Jai seems typically confused. But then it is the twist that will set this tale apart.
The mathematical equations that matters most to Jai is, “Jai + Diya = Love”
Mathematical equations clearly matter to Jai, but there’s one that matters most – “Jai + Diya = Love.” Scenes of them at a beach are imbued with immense frolic, and they cuddle like any couple in love should. All this, however, changes when Diya drops that “will you marry me?” question. If you’ve seen Hasee Toh Phasee, you’d probably know that Sidharth Malhotra’s characters are prone to cold feet. Shortly before they’re about to tie the knot, Jai rejects his future domesticity. He wants to concentrate on his career. You’d expect heartbreak at this point. What you get instead is him waking up ten days later, in bed with Diya, his wife. The catch is he doesn’t know how he got there.
Jai’s life fast forwards rapidly. A persistent amnesia manifests as he travels from 2016 to 2018 to 2034.
Jai’s life fast forwards rapidly in this two-and-a-half minute trailer. A persistent amnesia manifests as a perpetual hangover. He travels from 2016 to 2018 to 2034. Yet despite this rapid progression of time, we don’t see him being informed by its experience. The math which he can be seen solving on ultra-hip and hi-tech surfaces eventually helps him conclude that he has just four more days to live and it is at this point that director Nitya Mehra seems to hit pause and then rewind. Jai will get his chance to make amends. He will get to inhabit his past with the foreknowledge of mistakes to come.
It is hard not to think of films like Groundhog Day (1993) and the 2013 British rom-com About Time when watching this trailer. We do, after all, hear the dialogue – “Who gets the chance to live the same day again and again?” BBD, however, seems more concerned about love than time. Jai and Diya oscillate between intimacy and distance, and that ‘high concept’, in all probability, will only accentuate the love story between the two protagonists, without drawing undue attention to its cleverness. From Diya asking Jai to “enjoy the moment”, we’ll see him make every moment perfect. There’s obviously much wish fulfillment at play here, but you can expect a healthy dose of reality too.
There’s much wish fulfillment at play here, but you can expect a healthy dose of reality too
Sidharth Malhotra overshadows much of this trailer, and that makes sense. We will, after all, spend much of this locked inside his head, travelling strange space-time equations. But the rest of the film’s cast too looks stellar on paper – Ram Kapoor, Sarika, Rajit Kapur and AIB member Rohan Joshi. Some mention must also be made of the film’s music. Having already revived Amar Arshi’s ‘Kaala Chashma’ in a video that went viral in the past week, you can also hear strains of Bilal Saeed’s 2012 hit ‘Khair Mangdi’ in this trailer. Since the film is all about reprising the past, it’s apt if its soundtrack does too.
You can watch the trailer here.