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FILM REVIEW: Zara Hatka Zara Bachke

Not Hatke but stay Zara Bachke from this Rating: 1.5/5 Cast: Vicky Kaushal, Sara Ali Khan, Neeraj Sood, Akash Khurana, Rakesh Bedi, Shar...

Not Hatke but stay Zara Bachke from this

Rating: 1.5/5

Cast: Vicky Kaushal, Sara Ali Khan, Neeraj Sood, Akash Khurana, Rakesh Bedi, Sharib Hashmi

There's a good parallel between the films Dinesh Vijan produces and directs and the films Luv Ranjan produces and directs. Both are about the two ends of the social economy; and while neither of the two are good directors or have made good films, the parallel is still pretty interesting. Luv Ranjan shows the lives and the romances of the elite class and upper middle class while Dinesh Vijan shows the lives and the romances of the lower middle class and the lower class. Both have repeatedly proved that they can't think outside the two subjects they usually make films about and while both the filmmakers' produced and directed films spoon-feed you some jokes that will make you laugh occasionally, none of the two have made an everlasting comedy like Billy Wilder's Some Like it Hot or the old screwball comedies. That said, Zara Hatke Zara Bachke follows the same formula of every Dinesh Vijan film and feels identical to Luka Chuppi in its structure and screenplay.

Kapil Dubey (Vicky Kaushal) a yoga instructor lives in Indore with his parents and is happily married to Somya Chawla (Sara). For the last 6 months, his maternal uncle & aunt with their kid have been residing with them and because of this, the young couple is forced to give up their bedroom for them, leaving them with no privacy. They start house hunting, but as real estate prices are sky-high they realise they can’t afford a flat. One day Somya learns about Jan Awas Yojna, a government scheme that provides houses at cheaper rates for economically weaker sections of society who do not have houses of their own. They meet a shrewd Jan Yojna employee Bhagwandas (Inaamulhaq) who gives them the idea of a divorce on paper so that Somya can get the house in her name. 

The film starts with a montage of the couple literally playing "Luka Chuppi" in what's supposed to be their new home - which they eventually don't buy as it exceeds their budget - set to the RD Burman gem Dekho maine dekha hai ye ek sapna (Love Story). The scenes that follow are lackluster and unfunny for the most part. Vicky Kaushal overacts as much as he can. Sara Ali Khan seems dull no matter how lively, happy and funny she tries to be and look. All the supporting actors are the basic actors you'd expect to see in a movie like this but they're entertaining to watch which makes the film a little watchable. The funniest of the supporting actors is Rakesh Bedi as he perfectly captures the image of funny Punjabis we have in mind with his dialogue delivery. The songs too are good. Laxman Utekar’s direction seems like the work of filmmakers whose films were made exclusively for TV. The screenplay is a mish-mash of Piya Ka Ghar, Love Per Square Feet and Luka Chuppi.

Zara Hatke Zara Bachke may be an entertaining film, but not one that you can rewatch.


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