Director Laxman Utekar takes on a unique concept in Zara Hatke Zara Bachke but falls short of delivering a compelling and plausible storyline. Starring Vicky Kaushal and Sara Ali Khan, this film explores the theme of family love but fails to provide a satisfying conclusion. While the first half of the movie engages the audience with comedy and entertaining moments, the second half lacks believability and relies heavily on emotions, resulting in a rushed and half-baked attempt.
Set in Indore, the story revolves around Kapil (Vicky) and Saumya (Sara), a couple living with Kapil’s parents. Seeking privacy, they decide to find their own apartment but are hindered by skyrocketing property prices. To overcome this obstacle, they devise a risky plan that tests their relationship and their bond with their families. The plot unfolds with a mix of confusion, drama, emotions, tears, and comedy.
The film begins on a promising note and maintains engagement until the intermission. The first hour provides ample comedic situations, thanks to the witty dialogues by Maitrey Bajpai and Ramiz Ilham Khan. Despite the predictable narrative, there are some high points that captivate the audience during this initial portion. Sandeep Shirodkar’s background score enhances the sequences, while the music by Sachin-Jigar adds value to the overall movie experience. Songs like “Phir Aur Kya Chahiye” and “Tere Vaaste” are magical compositions with heartfelt lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya.
Director of Photography Raghav Ramadoss captures the essence of Indore beautifully, and the production designers Subrata Chakraborty and Amit Ray maintain the film’s authentic look and feel. Costume designer Sheetal Iqbal Sharma successfully brings the director’s vision to life through the costumes.
However, the second half of the film, particularly the lead-up to the climax, falls flat. It heavily relies on emotions while sacrificing believability, resulting in an underdeveloped and rushed execution. In an era where relatable stories are appreciated, filmmakers should ensure plausibility is not compromised. Director Laxman Utekar, along with writers Maitrey Bajpai and Ramiz Ilham Khan, could have spent more time refining the script in this aspect. Editor Manish Pradhan could have also tightened the second half, which feels slightly stretched.
In terms of performances, Vicky Kaushal shines as the star of the film. He flawlessly portrays a small-town, adaptive, sincere, and deeply in love character, elevating even the monotonous sequences. Sara Ali Khan’s dedication to delivering a sincere performance is evident, excelling in comedy scenes, but showing room for improvement in emotional scenes. The supporting cast, including Inaamulhaq, provides able support to the lead pair, with Inaamulhaq nailing his role.
Despite commendable technical support, Zara Hatke Zara Bachke disappoints in terms of the overall story. The film deserves a rating of two stars, but an extra half-star can be attributed to the music and Vicky Kaushal’s performance.