Zara Hatke Zara Bachke Movie Review: A Lighthearted Journey with Missed Opportunities

Zara Hatke Zara Bachke Movie Review: A Lighthearted Journey with Missed Opportunities

Zara Hatke Zara Bachke follows the story of a young couple from Indore who decide to get a divorce in order to qualify for a government housing scheme. However, their plans go awry, leading to a fallout between them. The film revolves around the question of whether the couple, who are deeply in love, will reconcile or choose separate paths.

Zara Hatke Zara Bachke Review

With its whimsical premise set in a small town and a cast of eccentric characters, Zara Hatke Zara Bachke presents itself as a romantic comedy of errors. Director Laxman Utekar manages to deliver on this promise for the most part. The movie kicks off with Kapil Dubey (Vicky Kaushal), his wife Saumya Chawla Dubey (Sara Ali Khan), and their extended family, setting the stage for a laughter-filled ride. Chaos ensues when the priest’s family accidentally consumes a cake containing eggs. Kapil’s aunt (Kanupriya Pandit) mocks Saumya, a Punjabi daughter-in-law, which prompts her to assert her desire to move out and escape the constant taunts. Thus begins the couple’s quest to buy a house, which proves to be an unaffordable proposition.

The plot takes a bizarre turn when Saumya discovers a government scheme that could grant her eligibility for a flat. However, there’s a catch—since Kapil’s family already owns a house, he is deemed ineligible. Enter Bhagwan Das (Inaamulhaq), a dubious agent who informs them that Saumya can qualify under the women’s quota if she divorces Kapil, with the plan of remarrying after securing the home. From this point on, the film delves into a series of comedic mishaps as the couple pretends to fight, attempting to convince their family and a judge that they genuinely want a divorce. To add to the chaos, a love triangle and a nosy security guard, Daroga (Sharib Hashmi), are thrown into the mix.

While the film’s basic storyline feels far-fetched, with the couple resorting to extreme measures to acquire a house when they aren’t in dire need, the first half is particularly hilarious. However, the entertainment value diminishes in the second half due to unconvincing and exaggerated tracks. For instance, the duo pretends to be siblings, and a government official unexpectedly arrives at Saumya’s rented apartment for verification, with Kapil conveniently present. A medical emergency subplot adds drama but fails to advance the story, leading to a rushed climax that could have been better developed.

Vicky Kaushal delivers a commendable performance, effectively portraying the penny-pinching small-town guy. He particularly shines in a hospital scene where Kapil and Saumya engage in a heartfelt conversation to resolve their differences. On the other hand, Sara Ali Khan doesn’t entirely convince as a middle-class daughter-in-law or a feisty Punjabi girl. The supporting cast, including Neeraj Sood and Kanupriya Pandit as Kapil’s aunt and uncle, Inaamulhaq, Rakesh Bedi as Saumya’s father, Harcharan Chawla, and Akash Khurana as Kapil’s father, deliver solid performances. The catchy songs by Sachin-Jigar and Raghav Ramadoss’s cinematography effectively capture the essence and idiosyncrasies of small-town Indore.

In conclusion, Zara Hatke Zara Bachke offers an entertaining experience with its witty dialogues, eccentric characters, and commendable performances. However, the film falls short of realizing its complete potential due to an unconvincing storyline and a moderate screenplay. While it is enjoyable as a one-time watch, it leaves viewers wanting more.

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