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In Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee’s clever and amusing cinema, innocent lies, minor conflicts, and plentiful misunderstandings led to much hilarity.
As fond as its memories are, the world has grown a lot more cynical since, and typical difficulties of newlyweds, such as those in Hrishida’s Kisi Se Na Kehna or Basuda’s Hamari Bahu Alka, no longer have the same effect or naivety.
In Zara Hatke Zara Bachke, director Laxman Utekar strives to channel the energy of these masters of feel-good. Zara Bachke succeeds more than his Luka Chuppi, who fashioned a mountain out of a molehill but fared better while forging its own identity.
Despite the fact that it’s the same old small-town pattern of joint family scenes in tight and crowded homes in noisy neighbourhoods, it’s almost a relief to see performers other than the usual suspects — Seema Pahwa, Pankaj Tripathi, or Sheeba Chaddha — living within.
Zara Hatke Zara Bachke Shoot in Indore
It’s also set in Indore, so there will be at least one reference to pohe-jalebi.
Zara Hatke, on the other hand Zara Bachke skips the obligatory meet-cute and happy marriage to begin with a second-anniversary celebration that reveals everything we need to know about Kapil Dubey’s (Vicky Kaushal) and Saumya Chawla Dubey’s (Sara Ali Khan) caged up existence.
He’s a penny-pinching yoga instructor, she’s a class-conscious school teacher — desperately craving privacy in their modern-day Piya Ka Ghar setup, chock full of shuddh Brahmin values that throws a fit at the sight of non-eggless cake and their Punjabi bahu’s protests but only too happy to accommodate Kapil’s acrimonious aunt (Kanupriya Pandit), speculative uncle (Nee
Add to this familial chaos is Saumya’s whisky-guzzling father (Rakesh Bedi) and continually gasping mother (Sushmita Mukherjee), Kapil’s Muslim neighbour harbouring an early crush, Saumya’s creepy colleague hitting on her, their loud lawyer buddy (Himanshu Kohli), the poor disgruntled judge whose ears he screams into, Inaamulhaq’s resourceful sarkari sepoy by day and blingy broker by night, Sharib Hashmi popping up belatedly as a nosey watchman.
A home away from home appears to be the ideal solution for all of their issues and individuals. Except that dreams and the middle class rarely mix.
In our rom-coms, the golden blend of jugaad and jhooth has transformed modest undertakings into an overdone course of action.
What follows is a colourful jumble of shady housing schemes, real estate swindlers, phoney divorces, and some moral science teachings on privileged taking from the poor’s portion, it’s all about loving your family, and so on.
Romanticising liars and fraudulent activities is not the same as depicting individuals in crisis as sympathetic characters. Nonetheless, Bollywood always finds lovely ways to excuse deception as a means of achieving bubble-gum ambitions.
Zara Hatke Zara Bachke, like Jug Jugg Jeeyo, has moments that make you assume it’s a lot deeper than its cheery exterior suggests.
A more astute filmmaker would delve deeper into a couple’s hidden accusations and the stinging tone of disappointment in a real quarrel.
But Utekar and his co-writers, Maitrey Bajpai and Ramiz Ilham Khan, are more interested in turning Zara Hatke Zara Bachke into a raucous romp, seizing every opportunity for a joke or quip.
Its sitcom hilarity comes and goes in fits and starts.
Vicky Kaushal’s Performance in Zara Hatke Zara Bachke
Silly confusion within a bickering small-town household is a tiresome stereotype that should be abandoned, as should its tendency for homophobic comments. The casually uttered zingers, on the other hand, elicit easy laughter. The courtroom comedy between a yelling divorce attorney and an impatient judge is very amusing.
A strong supporting cast in Zara Hatke Zara Bachke, seamlessly captures the setting and all its flaws, keeps the mood light and breezy.
It’s Vicky Kaushal‘s mingy everyman, buck tooth and all, and Sara Ali Khan’s informed pluck that tint their starry-eyed husband and wife combo in lovely, passionate shades of friendship and romance.
When Zara Hatke Zara Bachke slows down for some serious mindfulness, it lacks the perseverance to look into the issues it delicately raises about provisions and privilege.
Wishy-washy government housing initiatives — a subject worthy of its own film — are a realisation that comes to Utekar after he’s bitten off more than he can chew.
Distractions ensue as sentimental twists about an obnoxious family forcefully grab centre stage, making one wish they’d kept to the good old climatic emotional speech for reconciliation.
Zara Hatke Zara Bachke was victorious after 132 minutes. Zara Bachke gives it to it when it’s had enough mush and melodrama.
After all, it’s not too hatke , but there’s no reason to stay bachke either.
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