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Vicky Kaushal, Sara Ali Khan, Enamul Haque, Neeraj Sood, Rakesh Bedi, Sushmita Mukherjee, Sharib Hashmi and etc.
Maitreya Bajpai and Rameez Ilham Khan
Dinesh Vijan and Jyoti Deshpande
02 June 2023
Zara Hatke Zara Bachke Review: Film exposes rigging in government schemes, salutes the courage of Laxman UtekarArtists, technicians, and directors from other languages have done a lot of work for Hindi cinema. One of these names is that of Hindi film director turned cinematographer Laxman Utekar from the film ‘Luka Chuppi’. Earlier, he had also directed two films in Marathi. Coincidentally, Jio Studios’ two films, ‘Mumbaikar’ and ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke,” are releasing this Friday, and both are by cinematographer-turned-director technicians. Utekar’s previous film, ‘Mimi,” was released directly on OTT. Utekar’s new film, ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke,” is also a bit different. In this film, he has shown the courage to satirise the society around him through cinema. His film very well exposes how a mafia is busy baking its bread behind the pucca houses being distributed free of charge all over the country. However, the film has been promoted as a love story, and going by its DNA, it fully deserves the title ‘Luka Chuppi 2’.
Vicky and Sara’s litmus test
Vicky Kaushal and Sara Ali Khan are the stars of the film ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke’. Their previous films as lead actors were released three years ago, after a gap of a week. ‘Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship’ and ‘Love Aaj Kal’ met the same fate at the box office. After this, Vicky’s two and Sara’s three films have been released directly on OTT. The fathers of both are still holding their place in the film industry in a strong way, and the stalwarts of cinema have also taken on the responsibility of keeping both of them stable in Hindi cinema. In this context, the film ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke’ is no less than a litmus test for both of them. During their promotions, both of them tried to make it clear that the film is a love story, but what Laxman Utekar actually made was kept under wraps throughout the promotion of the film.
The Dubey couple’s search for a nest
The film ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke’ is the story of a newly married Dubey couple who are desperate to make their own house in the cleanest city of the country, like Indore. Both relive their pre-marriage love through a song from director Rahul Rawail’s Love Story (1981) and come straight to where they desperately seek a peaceful ‘do pal’ night. It is decided that both parents will live separately. After showing the ground reality of the advertisements of the builders, the story turns towards the Jan Awas Yojana. If you have visited the villages of the country in the last four to five years, then you will see so many queues of pucca houses that you can even forget the way to your home. A forensic audit of these colonies divided among eligible and ineligible people can reveal the secret of a huge scam. And this is what happens in the movie Zara Hatke, Zara Bachke.
Sara Ali Khan shines somewhere and misses somewhere.
Producer Dinesh Vijan has to be commended for the fact that Kriti Sanon is neither a heroine in the film ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke,” nor have any of her dance numbers been kept in the film. The solo contract for Glamour is here on Sara Ali Khan. And, dressed in colourful sarees, a mangalsutra around her neck, sindoor on her forehead, and a cardigan, she is also very beautiful as the daughter-in-law of the Dubey family. After the twist of the story, though she goes into a salwar suit and other costumes, Sara’s effect in a saree is not felt by anyone else. Yes, his acting is also flourishing. Just when it comes to getting angry and getting the right facial expressions in intimate scenes, his facial muscles let him down. For the rest of the female characters in the film, Sushmita Mukherjee has also done her part well, apart from Vicky’s mother and maternal aunt.
Vicky Kaushal remained ineffective again.
Vicky Kaushal’s character appears to be an extension of his previous film ‘Govinda Naam Mera’ released on OTT. Laxman Utekar gives the impression once or twice that Vicky Kaushal will get bodybuilding done in his big action film while bathing in the bathroom wearing Janeu, but nothing special happens anywhere. All the action of the film’s story is with Sara Ali Khan and Vicky Kaushal’s role is just like a supporting artist in front of her. The only thing he does like the hero in the entire film is hand over the house he got for his ex-wife under the government housing scheme to the watchman of the society. And feel sorry for the writers of the film who do not know that the beneficiary cannot simply give the house received in any government housing scheme to anyone else. Getting the EMI of his house loan paid by someone else is a far cry. Akash Khurana, Rakesh Bedi, and Neeraj Sood are capable batting stars for the men’s team. Neeraj Sood has given tremendous emotional support to the film, especially in the scene after his wife is admitted to the hospital in his role as a son-in-law. But if any artist has given the most attention-grabbing performance in the film, then it is Enamul Haque. Being a peon by day and a silver cutter by night, Enamul has impressed again after the film ‘Jolly LLB 2’.
And, hit wicket, became captain.
I feel like saluting Laxman Utekar for making this film. There are only a few people left in cinema who keep an eye on the present and try to present an event with an unbiased perspective instead of any bias. His story is good. The screenplay is good, and the dialogue of the actors in the Indori accent is excellent. Yes, the film falters because of those small mistakes and long scenes, which are written only to increase the length of the film. And this deficiency will be considered his captain. A 90-minute film based on the story would have been great, and audiences would throng the theatres to watch such a film without an interval. Nonsensical scenes and clumsy dialogue spoil the fun of the film, as it neither turns out to be a complete comedy film nor does it live up to the love story it was promoted as. The cinematography by Raghav Ramdoss has left no stone unturned to make the film a tourism film for Indore. The songs written by Amitabh Bhattacharya and composed by Sachin Jigar are excellent. Especially the song ‘Tu hai to mujhe phir aur kya chahiye,” sung by Arijit, is amazing.