Zara Hatke Zara Bachke movie review: A beautifully directed, easy-going family movie that features funny punchlines and far-out characters.
The performances from Vicky Kaushal and Sara Ali Khan as the happily married couple are as wildly uneven as the film itself.
Audience Response: A Wholesome Family Entertainer
Zara Hatke Zara Bachke starring Sara Ali Khan and Vicky Kaushal, is finally out in theaters and gathering immense attention from the audience.
Netizens have shared their thoughts and reviews after watching it in cinemas and claimed it as the ultimate family entertainer and wholesome.
Director’s Attempt at Feel-Good Vibes
Director Laxman Utekar attempts to channel the energy of these masters of feel-good in Zara Hatke Zara Bachke.
He finds more success than his Luka Chuppi, which made a mountain out of a molehill but is better off when carving its identity.
Zara Hatke Zara Bachke Story Review: A Familiar Formula
Zare Hatke Zara Bachke is set in another small town, Indore, and revolves around another couple pulling off a stunt that does not go down well with their orthodox relatives.
Smacks of a formula that has outlived its utility.
The Cramped Life of Kapil and Somya
Kapil Dubey (Vicky Kaushal), a miserly yoga instructor, and his wife of two years, Somya Chawla Dubey (Sara Ali Khan), live in a cramped home that has been inherited by the former’s father (Akash Khurana) from his father.
Kapil’s maternal uncle and aunt live in the same house, forcing him and Somya to give up their bed and sleep on the floor with a nosey nephew between them.
It is not what they had bargained for.
Somya’s Dream of Freedom
Somya, who belongs to a Punjabi family from Gwalior, does not get along with her conservative in-laws, especially with a perennially cantankerous aunt-in-law.
Deprived of privacy, she dreams of her own home against the counsel of her overly stingy husband. But the apartment that Kapil and Somya zero in on is beyond their budget.
The Quest for a Low-Cost Housing Scheme
Somya learns of a low-cost housing scheme mandated by the government at the coaching centre where she teaches. She sees in it an opportunity to break free from the constricted world of her in-laws.
Somya and Kapil discover that the eligibility norms are stringent, and only individuals with no property in their names can apply for the lottery.
The couple could qualify for the scheme only if Somya were to become single again.
A Complicated Plan Unfolds
They decide to legally part ways at the behest of a local fixer, Bhagwandas Ishwardas Sahai (Inaamulhaq). Kapil’s friend Manoj Bhagel (Himanshu Kohli) helps the couple file for divorce.
The first time around, the judge advises Kapil and Somya to give their marriage another chance. While the divorce comes through after a hiccup or two, and Somya then applies for a flat, the rest of the script does not go according to plan.
The film, too, veers out of control, lurching heavily from one ham-handed twist to another without coming up with any real surprises.
Stellar Performances by Vicky Kaushal and Sara Ali Khan
Everyone knows that Vicky Kaushal is among the most talented stars of his generation, and it won’t be wrong to say that he’s the best part of Zara Hatke Zara Bachke.
He’s done a great job in every scene and steals the show from his co-stars.
Chemistry and Charm: Vicky and Sara
The USP of the film is the performances by Vicky Kaushal and Sara Ali Khan. Vicky is your perfect middle-class guy who emotes every scene perfectly.
Sara Ali Khan is the perfect middle-class bahu and a fiery Punjabi girl. Every newly married couple will resonate with the two. Vicky and Sara’s chemistry is off the charts too!
Sara Ali Khan also looks endearing as Saumya and does well. They look perfect in their respective parts, and their onscreen chemistry is a major film highlight. Both Vicky and Sara suit their parts. They make for a good-looking pair, and their onscreen chemistry is endearing.
Impressive Supporting Cast
The supporting cast, including Neeraj Sood and Kanupirya Pandit as mama and mami, Inaamulhaq, Rakesh Bedi as Saumya’s father, Harcharan Chawla, and Akash Khurana have also given wonderful performances.
The supporting cast plays a pivotal role in the narrative, and everyone has their moments. However, Kanupriya Pandit as Kapil’s Mami and Rakesh Bedi as Saumya’s father make their presence felt.
Capturing the Essence of Small Town
Director Laxman Utekar has been a cinematographer in hit films like English Vinglish, Dear Zindagi, Hindi Medium, and 102 Not Out.
His work is reflected well in Zara Hatke Zara Bachke too. He has perfectly captured the small-town vibe. Laxman has also mixed the traditional template of a joint family living with an inter-caste love marriage.
Three cheers to Raghav Ramadoss’s cinematography as well.
A Stress-Busting Family Entertainer
Zara Hatke Zara Bachke is a must-watch for its funny punchlines and coming timings. It is a pure family entertainer who could act as a stress buster in life’s hustle and bustle. But it had the potential to do more.