Indian cinema has truly perfected the skill of portraying romantic narratives on the grand stage of cinema. In fact, some filmmakers have even added a contemporary twist, known as rom-com, which provide a delightful viewing experience. The recent offering from Maddock Films, titled “Zara Hatke Zara Bachke,” also falls in line with this modern trend, blending romance with comedy. Directed by Laxman Utekar and starring Vicky Kaushal and Sara Ali Khan in the lead roles, this film is guaranteed to leave you with a wide smile as you exit the theatre.
What particularly appeals to me about the production by Dinesh Vijan, “Zara Hatke Zara Bachke,” is its simplicity—a tale of a young couple striving to achieve their happily ever after. Soumya and Kapil, portrayed by Sara and Vicky, share the relatable dream of owning their own home, a goal that resonates with every young professional in today’s world. The challenges and dramatic twists they encounter while pursuing this dream form the crux of the storyline. The performances are commendable, and what stands out, even more, is the impactful contribution of the supporting cast, who play a significant role in the narrative for the first time.
Though there are a few imperfections, overall, the film proves to be an endearing watch on the silver screen. It’s a story that will resonate with newlyweds and young couples, carrying a meaningful message that resonates deeply.
I must admit, the on-screen pairing of Vicky and Sara is quite appealing. Their chemistry is effortlessly organic, evident even in their silent moments. Vicky’s performance exudes charm—he’s simple yet irresistibly sweet and attractive. On the other hand, Sara showcases a remarkable range in her acting, displaying a sense of maturity and equilibrium in her portrayal. Both Vicky and Sara’s characters are multi-dimensional, and they navigate through these layers seamlessly. The actors portraying Kapil and Soumya’s families excel in their roles. Every cast member fits their part perfectly, but three standout individuals for me are the child actor, Sushmita Mukherjee (playing Sara’s mother), and Sharib Hashmi. They contribute to the familial chaos and humour, elevating the film’s entertainment quotient.
The soundtrack of “Zara Hatke Zara Bachke” is notably impressive. Each song resonates beautifully, adding depth to the storyline. It’s evident that Laxman has meticulously curated the film’s flow, particularly in the first half. The songs effectively evoke the right emotions and contribute positively to the movie’s overall impact.
While I maintain that it’s an adorable film worth watching, there are certain narrative loopholes. The first half stands out with its stronger humour and engaging plot. Conversely, the second half delves into more emotional and dramatic territory, yet lacks the same impact. The punches in the latter half feel somewhat superficial, and certain emotional segments, such as those set in the hospital, come across as unnecessary. Although you empathize with Kapil and Soumya’s plight in the second half, their pain fails to truly resonate.
Laxman Utekar skillfully presents this mass-appeal love story with a touch of class. The film encapsulates laughter, drama, and romance—essential elements for an engaging cinematic experience.